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Solitary Vireo,©David Sibley

31 Jul Re: Revised: Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper [Andrew Baksh ]
31 Jul Shinnecock Inlet Sea Watch, Suffolk County [Sean Sime ]
31 Jul NYC Area RBA: 31 July 2015 [Gail Benson ]
31 Jul Re: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI [Arie Gilbert ]
31 Jul Revised: Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper [Robert Taylor ]
31 Jul Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper [Robert Taylor ]
30 Jul FW: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI [David Klauber ]
30 Jul Re: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI [Andrew Baksh ]
30 Jul Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI [Shaibal Mitra ]
30 Jul Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Shorebirds and East Pond update 7-30 [Andrew Baksh ]
30 Jul Black-billed Cuckoo(s)/Red Crossbills/Olive-sided Flycatchers/Boreal Chickadees/Gray Jays/Black-backed Woodpecker, etc. [Joan Collins ]
30 Jul Cattle Egret @ West Pond JBWR Queens County []
29 Jul East Pond Water Level and Shorebird Report 7-29 [Andrew Baksh ]
29 Jul Jamaica Bay- July 29, 2015 []
28 Jul From the blue of water, to the blue of sky. [robert adamo ]
28 Jul Bald Eagle-New Suffolk [Thomas Moran ]
27 Jul Eisenhower Park NY- Fledgling Red Tail Hawk bathing [Steve Williams ]
27 Jul Croton Point Landfill Grasslands -- Upland Sandpiper this am [Anne Swaim ]
27 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
26 Jul NYC Area RBA: 25 July 2015 [Ben Cacace ]
26 Jul Jones Beach West End: Red Phalarope-No, other shorebirds - Yes [Robert Taylor ]
26 Jul Barbequing & Birds [robert adamo ]
25 Jul Jamaica Bay East Pond update and Shorebird report 7-25 []
25 Jul Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Smith Pt. County Park (Suffolk) [John Gluth ]
25 Jul Red Phalarope Jones Beach NO [Ryan Candee ]
25 Jul My "no" helped bring about someone else's "yes" at the Calverton Grasslands ! [robert adamo ]
24 Jul Red Phalarope - Yes [Robert Taylor ]
24 Jul Central Park, NYC 7/24 & prior: migration [Thomas Fiore ]
23 Jul Jones Beach Red Phalarope []
23 Jul Dune Rd Rd K New York Waterthrush [Thomas Moran ]
23 Jul Re: East Pond Update July 23rd [Pat Aitken ]
23 Jul Long Island sparrows [Peter Reisfeld ]
23 Jul East Pond Update July 23rd []
23 Jul Nassau County Red Phalarope continues @ new location []
23 Jul Red Phalarope at Jb west end [parksys577 ]
23 Jul Red Phalarope continues [Rob Bate ]
23 Jul Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am [Ardith Bondi ]
22 Jul Red Phalarope ["Carney, Martin" ]
22 Jul Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am [Ardith Bondi ]
22 Jul Reed Phalarope Jones beach YES 4.50 [Kenton Gomez ]
22 Jul Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am [steve rosenthal ]
22 Jul Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am [John Laver ]
22 Jul RE: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am [Rick ]
22 Jul RE: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am ["Grover, Bob" ]
22 Jul Re: Red Phalarope at Jones Beach-Yes also Lark Sparrow at Moses [Andrew Baksh ]
22 Jul Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am [Ardith Bondi ]
22 Jul Red Phalarope at Jones Beach-Yes [Rob Bate ]
22 Jul Re: Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Nassau Co.) - NO [Anders Peltomaa ]
22 Jul RE: Lark Sparrow Robert Moses SP., Suffolk Co. [Shaibal Mitra ]
22 Jul Cupsogue County Park Tidal Flats (Suffolk Co.) [Ken Feustel ]
21 Jul Black-bellied Whistling-duck Details and Photos (Nassau Co.) [Brent Bomkamp ]
21 Jul Re: Nickerson BBWD (Nassau Co.) Potential Search Strategy [steve rosenthal ]
21 Jul Nickerson BBWD (Nassau Co.) Potential Search Strategy [Brendan Fogarty ]
21 Jul Red Phalarope WE2 Ponds JBSP Update [Philip Ribolow ]
21 Jul Black-bellied Whistling-duck - Departed [Brent Bomkamp ]
21 Jul RE: Black-bellied Whistling-ducks Currently at Nickerson [Arie Gilbert ]
21 Jul Black-bellied Whistling-ducks Currently at Nickerson [Brent Bomkamp ]
21 Jul Nickerson Beach Parking Lot - black-bellied whistling ducks [Rob Longiaru ]
21 Jul East Pond update and Breezy Point Shorebird Survey Report Queens County... [Andrew Baksh ]
21 Jul Re: Lark Sparrow Robert Moses SP., Suffolk Co. [Arie Gilbert ]
21 Jul Re: Lark Sparrow Robert Moses SP., Suffolk Co. [Anne Swaim ]
21 Jul Lark Sparrow Robert Moses SP., Suffolk Co. []
20 Jul Cupsogue Report and Jamaica Bay water level update [Andrew Baksh ]
20 Jul Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
20 Jul At times, things are not what they seem to be...at least to some of us ! [robert adamo ]
19 Jul Fledgling Bicknell's Thrush!/Black-backed Woodpecker/Boreal Chickadees/Gray Jays/Mourning Warbler at its nest site, etc. [Joan Collins ]
19 Jul More NYC Night-Heron News [Gabriel Willow ]
19 Jul Nassau County Night-Heron Rookery [Amy Simmons ]
19 Jul Jones Beach Red Phalarope YES midday Sunday [Rick ]
19 Jul Jones Beach Red Phalarope (Yes, last evening) ["Avery Scott (SkyOfBirds)" ]
19 Jul RE: A hummer of a breakfast + my "2 cents" ! [Shaibal Mitra ]
19 Jul Calverton Grasslands, aka EPCAL, still L.I's. "Grasshopper Sparrow Central" ! [robert adamo ]
18 Jul Re: Cliff Swallow Nest in the Bronx [Matthieu BENOIT ]
18 Jul Re: A hummer of a breakfast + my "2 cents" ! [Paul R Sweet ]
18 Jul Video of the Red Phalarope at Jones Beach SP [Anders Peltomaa ]
18 Jul Red Phalarope Jones Beach YES [Rich Fried ]

Subject: Re: Revised: Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:58:27 -0400
Thanks for the report Robert. Yellow flag might be Peru if I remember the color 
scheme to which country correctly. 


That certainly, is an interesting one since I seem to see most flagged SESAs 
with green or blue flags. 


Even if you cannot read the code, I recommend submitting the data as it is 
useful for those researchers who are interested to know where their banded 
birds travel to once leaving their wintering grounds 


Cheers,

風 Swift as the wind
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
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> On Jul 31, 2015, at 7:23 AM, Robert Taylor  wrote:
> 
> Also Short Billed Dowitchers....
> 
>> On Friday, July 31, 2015, Robert Taylor  wrote:
>> Hi Everyone,
>> 
>> I was by the coast guard station from around sunrise to 7am- lots of 
shorebirds including Oystercatchers, groups of Willetts, semi palmated 
sandpipers and plovers, and sanderlings. One of the semi-palmated sandpiper had 
a yellow tag on its leg- took a photo but lighting was bad and couldnt make out 
the letters/ numbers - will upload and enhance the photo later so I can try to 
report it. 

>> 
>> I briefly checked the vernal ponds for the Red Phalarope- only checked the 
western pond cause I had to get to work- just curious if anyone has seen it 
after my sighting I posted on ebird? (reported 8:00pm June 24th) 

>> 
>> On a sidenote, weather was pleasant and didnt have any mosquitos or gnats at 
all. 

>> 
>> Good birding,
>> Rob in Massapequa
>> www.longislandbirding.blogspot.com
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Subject: Shinnecock Inlet Sea Watch, Suffolk County
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:39:31 -0400
I scanned the ocean and bay this evening from 6:45 till 8pm. The winds were
not ideal for shearwaters, but shorebirds were moving east to west
offshore. Highlights included;

1 Shearwater sp.
32 Semipalmated Plover
3 Ruddy Turnstone
27 Red Knot (single flock)
32 Sanderling
75 small shorebird sp.
3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls among the hundreds of large gulls present.
167 Common Tern

Good birding,

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Brooklyn, NY

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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 31 July 2015
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:55:44 -0400
-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* July 31, 2015
* NYNY1507.31

- Birds Mentioned

Cory’s Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel
Tricolored Heron
CATTLE EGRET
Piping Plover
Willet
UPLAND SANDPIPER
Whimbrel
Red Knot
STILT SANDPIPER
Short-billed Dowitcher
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
RED PHALAROPE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
Royal Tern
Least Flycatcher
Purple Martin
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Grasshopper Sparrow
BLUE GROSBEAK

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

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to
nysarc44nybirdsorg

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

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

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

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

Transcriber:  Gail Benson

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 31 at 6:00
pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, CATTLE
EGRET, UPLAND and STILT SANDPIPERS, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and BLUE
GROSBEAK.

The nicely plumaged female RED PHALAROPE, first spotted at Jones Beach West
End on Friday the 10th, was last reported late last Saturday afternoon,
still on the now completely dry pools between the Roosevelt Nature Center
and the West End 2 Parking Lot.  Presumably dealing with less than ideal
phalarope habitat due to its leg injury, the phalarope had also been seen
Thursday by Short Beach next to the boat basin off the Coast Guard Station,
but Sunday it could not be found at either location.

Last Sunday two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were reported from a whale-watching
boat trip out of Montauk, and also recorded were 50 CORY’S and 5 GREAT
SHEARWATERS and 20 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS.

Here in the midst of shorebird season the water level situation on the East
Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge still remains way behind schedule and
is now compounded by an algae mat covering the areas that are slowly
becoming exposed.  Like the repairs to the West Pond, the Park Service has
really dropped the ball with the East Pond, and this marvelous shorebird
resource has so far effectively been unavailable for the thousands of
shorebirds that annually take advantage of it.  Efforts are being made to
deal with the issue, but so far shorebird numbers have been minimal.  The
season’s first STILT SANDPIPER did appear Thursday on the East Pond, where
about 250 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a few other shorebirds were also
present.

One surprise at Jamaica Bay was a CATTLE EGRET, now a scarce bird
regionally, that was reported yesterday near the breach on the West Pond,
while a TRICOLORED HERON was noted at the Bay Wednesday.

Cupsogue County Park in Westhampton Dunes has been drawing in shorebirds
recently, with last weekend providing a WHIMBREL Sunday, plus a few
“WESTERN” WILLETS, increasing numbers of RED KNOTS, over 350 SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHERS, and a mix of other expected shorebirds, including the locally
breeding PIPING PLOVERS.  Up to 8 ROYAL TERNS were also present, as their
numbers too are on the increase.  Other ROYALS for the week included 2 at
Plumb Beach in Brooklyn and 2 at Jones Beach West End last Sunday.

A nice shorebird find was an UPLAND SANDPIPER up on the landfill at Croton
Point Park in Westchester Monday.

A walk west along the beach at Smith Point County Park in Shirley Saturday
produced 4 immature LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.

A BLUE GROSBEAK along with about 25 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were present at
the Calverton Grasslands on the former Grumman Airport property last
Saturday, again emphasizing the natural value of this resource.  A pair of
BLUE GROSBEAKS along with a recently fledged juvenile were found Thursday
at the restricted Brookhaven National Lab property.

Some recent landbird migrants in our area have included LEAST FLYCATCHER,
PURPLE MARTIN, CLIFF and BANK SWALLOWS and a few species of regionally
breeding warblers.

To phone in reports, on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126, or
weekdays call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483.

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: Re: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:42:22 -0400




Subject: Revised: Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:23:44 -0400
Also Short Billed Dowitchers....

On Friday, July 31, 2015, Robert Taylor  wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> I was by the coast guard station from around sunrise to 7am- lots of
> shorebirds including Oystercatchers, groups of Willetts, semi palmated
> sandpipers and plovers, and sanderlings.  One of the semi-palmated
> sandpiper had a yellow tag on its leg- took a photo but lighting was bad
> and couldnt make out the letters/ numbers - will upload and enhance the
> photo later so I can try to report it.
>
> I briefly checked the vernal ponds for the Red Phalarope- only checked the
> western pond cause I had to get to work- just curious if anyone has seen it
> after my sighting I posted on ebird? (reported 8:00pm June 24th)
>
> On a sidenote, weather was pleasant and didnt have any mosquitos or gnats
> at all.
>
> Good birding,
> Rob in Massapequa
> www.longislandbirding.blogspot.com
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Subject: Jones Beach West End: tagged Semi-palmated Sandpiper
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:22:18 -0400
Hi Everyone,

I was by the coast guard station from around sunrise to 7am- lots of
shorebirds including Oystercatchers, groups of Willetts, semi palmated
sandpipers and plovers, and sanderlings.  One of the semi-palmated
sandpiper had a yellow tag on its leg- took a photo but lighting was bad
and couldnt make out the letters/ numbers - will upload and enhance the
photo later so I can try to report it.

I briefly checked the vernal ponds for the Red Phalarope- only checked the
western pond cause I had to get to work- just curious if anyone has seen it
after my sighting I posted on ebird? (reported 8:00pm June 24th)

On a sidenote, weather was pleasant and didnt have any mosquitos or gnats
at all.

Good birding,
Rob in Massapequa
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Subject: FW: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI
From: David Klauber <davehawkowl AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:57:34 -0400
looking for a rare bird is not helped when possible reports are received 5 days 
after the fact. And neither you nor I know how many unsuccessful attempts have 
been made, which doesn't necessarily mean everyone is being reactionary. There 
are many people out there birding regularly as evidenced by the many reports 
posted on various forums 

 
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing 
Gull RFI 

From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:52:28 -0400
CC: nysbirds-l AT cornell.edu; ebirdsnyc AT yahoogroups.com
To: Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu

The answer to Shai's question on juvenile Laughing Gulls is yes! I have seen 
several on the East Pond with my last few visits along with a few crisp looking 
Juv Herring Gulls as well. 

The possible Little Egret sighting, is quite intriguing and I agree about the 
apparent lack of effort in trying to track the possible whereabouts of that 
bird when it went missing. Alas, these days it appears birding....at least to 
my observation has become more reactionary to eBird Alerts rather than the 
search itself. 

Cheers,

$BIw!!(BSwift as the wind$BNS!!(BQuiet as the forest$B2P!!(BConquer like 
the fire$B;3!!(BSteady as the mountainSun Tzu The Art of War 

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Andrew Bakshwww.birdingdude.blogspot.com
On Jul 30, 2015, at 3:10 PM, Shaibal Mitra  wrote:

On the evening of Saturday, 25 July, Patricia Lindsay and I boarded the "Moon 
Chaser" for an old-fashioned Wilson Brothers Band Brews Cruise of Fire Island 
Inlet. Pat didn't even have her binoculars, but I had mine, and I scanned the 
marsh north of the Captree boat basin in an effort to find her an elusive 
Tricolored Heron for her year list. What I found was an egret that strongly 
reminded me of the Little Egret present at nearby Gardiner County Park in late 
May: long black bill, flat crown, and an angular nape lacking any visible 
plumes; and the lores appeared dark, so that the eye through the bill looked 
continuously dark. I showed the bird to Pat, and also to Holly Wilson and 
Phillip Camhi, and they all agreed with the impressions just described. Taking 
my turn with the binoculars again, I watched the bird rise and fly out of sight 
to the north, revealing all-black legs and bright yellow feet, indicative of an 
adult. Although the circumstances of our views were far from ideal, I have a 
hard time seeing an adult Snowy Egret with dark lores and and lacking a bushy, 
rounded nape, and furthermore standing stately and lanky-looking, as this bird 
had. The passage of two months could account for the loss of the two long head 
plumes and a shift from orange to yellow foot color. I mentioned our 
expererience to some local birders but saw little point in posting it unless we 
were able to nail it down--especially given the disappointingly limpid follow 
up searches back in May, after the bird first went missing. 


When I returned to Captree today, I did not find the egret of interest (nor the 
Tricolor), but I did see something that surprised me: at least three brand-new 
juvenile Laughing Gulls, well out to the east of Sexton Island, in bad light. 
For years now we southwestern Suffolk County birders have suspected that 
Laughing Gulls were breeding in the Captree/Sexton/East/West Fire Island area 
of Great South Bay, based on the regular early spring arrival here of birds in 
high breeding plumage, earlier than and inland from our ocean-hugging passage 
migrants. 


While pondering these things, a Royal Tern flew over heading east with a 
begging juv in tow, reminding me that it is by no means too early for juv 
Laughing Gulls to disperse east from Jamaica Bay. But it has been my impression 
that fledging there is late this year (I saw no juvs on my twice daily commutes 
on the Belt Parkway through 21 July). On a hunch, I drove over to Orowoc Lake 
in Islip, an epicenter of the sort of early spring LAGU activity has been 
making us curious, and was delighted to see a juvenile Laughing Gull fly 
in--surely one of the most beautiful birds in the world. 


So, have folks been seeing juvs around Jamaica Bay lately? Does anyone know of 
actual nesting evidence in Great South Bay? 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

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Subject: Re: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:52:28 -0400
The answer to Shai's question on juvenile Laughing Gulls is yes! I have seen 
several on the East Pond with my last few visits along with a few crisp looking 
Juv Herring Gulls as well. 


The possible Little Egret sighting, is quite intriguing and I agree about the 
apparent lack of effort in trying to track the possible whereabouts of that 
bird when it went missing. Alas, these days it appears birding....at least to 
my observation has become more reactionary to eBird Alerts rather than the 
search itself. 


Cheers,

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

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Andrew Baksh
www.birdingdude.blogspot.com

> On Jul 30, 2015, at 3:10 PM, Shaibal Mitra  
wrote: 

> 
> On the evening of Saturday, 25 July, Patricia Lindsay and I boarded the "Moon 
Chaser" for an old-fashioned Wilson Brothers Band Brews Cruise of Fire Island 
Inlet. Pat didn't even have her binoculars, but I had mine, and I scanned the 
marsh north of the Captree boat basin in an effort to find her an elusive 
Tricolored Heron for her year list. What I found was an egret that strongly 
reminded me of the Little Egret present at nearby Gardiner County Park in late 
May: long black bill, flat crown, and an angular nape lacking any visible 
plumes; and the lores appeared dark, so that the eye through the bill looked 
continuously dark. I showed the bird to Pat, and also to Holly Wilson and 
Phillip Camhi, and they all agreed with the impressions just described. Taking 
my turn with the binoculars again, I watched the bird rise and fly out of sight 
to the north, revealing all-black legs and bright yellow feet, indicative of an 
adult. Although the circumstances of our views were far from ideal, I have a 
hard time seeing an adult Snowy Egret with dark lores and and lacking a bushy, 
rounded nape, and furthermore standing stately and lanky-looking, as this bird 
had. The passage of two months could account for the loss of the two long head 
plumes and a shift from orange to yellow foot color. I mentioned our 
expererience to some local birders but saw little point in posting it unless we 
were able to nail it down--especially given the disappointingly limpid follow 
up searches back in May, after the bird first went missing. 

> 
> When I returned to Captree today, I did not find the egret of interest (nor 
the Tricolor), but I did see something that surprised me: at least three 
brand-new juvenile Laughing Gulls, well out to the east of Sexton Island, in 
bad light. For years now we southwestern Suffolk County birders have suspected 
that Laughing Gulls were breeding in the Captree/Sexton/East/West Fire Island 
area of Great South Bay, based on the regular early spring arrival here of 
birds in high breeding plumage, earlier than and inland from our ocean-hugging 
passage migrants. 

> 
> While pondering these things, a Royal Tern flew over heading east with a 
begging juv in tow, reminding me that it is by no means too early for juv 
Laughing Gulls to disperse east from Jamaica Bay. But it has been my impression 
that fledging there is late this year (I saw no juvs on my twice daily commutes 
on the Belt Parkway through 21 July). On a hunch, I drove over to Orowoc Lake 
in Islip, an epicenter of the sort of early spring LAGU activity has been 
making us curious, and was delighted to see a juvenile Laughing Gull fly 
in--surely one of the most beautiful birds in the world. 

> 
> So, have folks been seeing juvs around Jamaica Bay lately? Does anyone know 
of actual nesting evidence in Great South Bay? 

> 
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Subject: Possible Re-sighting of Little Egret and Laughing Gull RFI
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:10:11 +0000
On the evening of Saturday, 25 July, Patricia Lindsay and I boarded the "Moon 
Chaser" for an old-fashioned Wilson Brothers Band Brews Cruise of Fire Island 
Inlet. Pat didn't even have her binoculars, but I had mine, and I scanned the 
marsh north of the Captree boat basin in an effort to find her an elusive 
Tricolored Heron for her year list. What I found was an egret that strongly 
reminded me of the Little Egret present at nearby Gardiner County Park in late 
May: long black bill, flat crown, and an angular nape lacking any visible 
plumes; and the lores appeared dark, so that the eye through the bill looked 
continuously dark. I showed the bird to Pat, and also to Holly Wilson and 
Phillip Camhi, and they all agreed with the impressions just described. Taking 
my turn with the binoculars again, I watched the bird rise and fly out of sight 
to the north, revealing all-black legs and bright yellow feet, indicative of an 
adult. Although the circumstances of our views were far from ideal, I have a 
hard time seeing an adult Snowy Egret with dark lores and and lacking a bushy, 
rounded nape, and furthermore standing stately and lanky-looking, as this bird 
had. The passage of two months could account for the loss of the two long head 
plumes and a shift from orange to yellow foot color. I mentioned our 
expererience to some local birders but saw little point in posting it unless we 
were able to nail it down--especially given the disappointingly limpid follow 
up searches back in May, after the bird first went missing. 


When I returned to Captree today, I did not find the egret of interest (nor the 
Tricolor), but I did see something that surprised me: at least three brand-new 
juvenile Laughing Gulls, well out to the east of Sexton Island, in bad light. 
For years now we southwestern Suffolk County birders have suspected that 
Laughing Gulls were breeding in the Captree/Sexton/East/West Fire Island area 
of Great South Bay, based on the regular early spring arrival here of birds in 
high breeding plumage, earlier than and inland from our ocean-hugging passage 
migrants. 


While pondering these things, a Royal Tern flew over heading east with a 
begging juv in tow, reminding me that it is by no means too early for juv 
Laughing Gulls to disperse east from Jamaica Bay. But it has been my impression 
that fledging there is late this year (I saw no juvs on my twice daily commutes 
on the Belt Parkway through 21 July). On a hunch, I drove over to Orowoc Lake 
in Islip, an epicenter of the sort of early spring LAGU activity has been 
making us curious, and was delighted to see a juvenile Laughing Gull fly 
in--surely one of the most beautiful birds in the world. 


So, have folks been seeing juvs around Jamaica Bay lately? Does anyone know of 
actual nesting evidence in Great South Bay? 


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Subject: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Shorebirds and East Pond update 7-30
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:44:46 -0400
This morning, despite the rain I spent some time breaking up and raking
some Algae on the north west end of the pond. I think it looks much better
there now and the next effort, would be on the south end all along the east
side.

Despite my focus not being on birding, I kept a count of the shorebirds
observed and I noted an increase in Short-billed Dowitchers *(253)*. Most
of them looked quite thin suggesting new arrivals who were happily
feeding.  Additionally, year listers and twitchers would be happy to learn
that I also had 1 *STILT SANDPIPER*.

A quick scan on the east side showed more Semipalmated Plovers than was
seen yesterday but Least and Semiplamated Sandpipers are very
underrepresented to this point.

I am not going to keep referencing this as I already made a point yesterday
about the pond conditions and requirements. However, as a reminder the open
flats are mostly on the south end while water is still above ankle and in
some places higher on the north end.

The recommendation has always been knee high boots to bird the East Pond
but every season I observe sneaker heads venturing onto the pond. If you
don't mind getting your sneakers soaked in East Pond mud and water then be
my guest, otherwise get the proper gear or wait for the pond to have ample
dry flats.

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Subject: Black-billed Cuckoo(s)/Red Crossbills/Olive-sided Flycatchers/Boreal Chickadees/Gray Jays/Black-backed Woodpecker, etc.
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:36:21 -0400
In the past week of late July, warbler waves have started, and vocal
activity has significantly dropped off - particularly in the hot, humid
afternoons (but early mornings are still exciting!).  Fortunately, Hermit
Thrushes sing into mid-August and I've been listening to a solo Hermit
Thrush sing into the dark each night outside our Long Lake home - ever
thankful for that enchanting voice.  Finding a vocalizing Black-billed
Cuckoo two days in row was exciting - the locations were several miles
apart, so it was likely two different birds.  This species is as fascinating
and perplexing to me as crossbills!  It is difficult to predict what cuckoos
will do in the Adirondacks year to year.  Here are some sightings from the
past week and a half:

 

On a half-day tour on July 28 , 2015 with a birder from Massachusetts, we
found 53 species by visiting Sabattis Circle Road (Hamilton Co.), Tupper
Lake causeway, and the boreal forest areas in the Spring Pond Bog complex
(not the bog itself) (Franklin Co.).  Here is our list:

 

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

American Black Duck

Ring-necked Duck

Common Merganser

Common Loon

Turkey Vulture

Broad-winged Hawk

Mourning Dove

Black-billed Cuckoo - vocalizing bird at Sabattis Bog!

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Olive-sided Flycatcher - 2 (both calling and one singing) one observed
eating a dragonfly at Sabattis Bog! (Photo on my Facebook page below.)

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 2 calling at Sabattis Bog

Alder Flycatcher - several

Eastern Phoebe

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - 6; (at least 4 at Sabattis Bog (including a juvenile) and at
least 2 in the Spring Pond Bog complex)

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - at least 2 in the Spring Pond Bog complex

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler - feeding young in the Spring Pond Bog complex!

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler - nice view!

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow - singing at Sabattis Bog!

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

 

We also observed a Mink in the Spring Pond Bog complex!

 

On a half-day tour on July 27, 2015 with a couple from Auburn, NY, we found
49 species by visiting Sabattis Circle Road, Tupper Lake causeway, and the
boreal forest areas of the Spring Pond Bog complex (not the bog itself).  We
had heavy fog conditions for 3 hours of our morning trip, but the birds were
quite active!  Here is our list:

 

Common Loon - on Tupper Lake along Route 30

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Northern Goshawk - flyover at the Spring Pond Bog complex

Broad-winged Hawk

Mourning Dove

Black-billed Cuckoo - vocalizing bird heard during our stop at the inlet of
Little Tupper Lake!

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 2 calling at Sabattis Bog (one observed)

Alder Flycatcher - several

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - 5 (1 at Sabattis Bog, groups of 3, and at least one, in the
Spring Pond Bog complex)

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - 5! (family group in the Spring Pond Bog complex)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Hermit Thrush

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Scarlet Tanager

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

 

July 23, 2015 Long Lake (Hamilton Co.)

 

Broad-winged Hawks nested outside our Long Lake house once again and remain
quite vocal each day.  At Sabattis Bog, 4 Grays Jays (one juvenile - photo
on Facebook below) came out for food.  A pair of Blue Jays have been
observed on most of my trips to the bog and on this day, they followed the
Gray Jays and un-cached their food!  One of the Gray Jays decided to fight,
and successfully kept the Blue Jay away with aggressive maneuvers.  It then
took the piece of fought-over bread and cached it elsewhere!  A Chimney
Swift was observing flying over the bog.

 

On a half-day July 22, 2015 (car-birding) tour with a birder from Rochester,
NY, we found 54 species by visiting the Long Lake Town Beach, Shaw Pond,
Newcomb (Hudson River and Marsh along Route 28N), Minerva roadside
locations, and Tahawus Road (Hamilton and Essex Counties).  Here is our
list:

 

Wood Duck

Amer. Black Duck

Mallard

Ring-necked Duck

Wild Turkey

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Broad-winged Hawk

Herring Gull

Mourning Dove

Black-backed Woodpecker - female! (Two not-so-great photos on Facebook
below!)

Northern Flicker

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - one calling

Alder Flycatcher - many!

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - at least 5 (groups of 3 (nice views!) and 2)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Swainson's Thrush - several

Hermit Thrush - several

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Cedar Waxwing

Northern Waterthrush - nice view at the marsh!

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat - many!

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - nice view!

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Purple Finch

Red Crossbill - 2! (Two birds calling as they flew over us on Santanoni
Drive near the Hudson River in Newcomb)

American Goldfinch

 

On July 20. 2015, ten people went on the field trip to Massawepie Mire
co-sponsored by the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Dept. and the Northern
New York Audubon chapter.  We took the Long Lake "Little Bus" and began our
hike at 8:30 a.m. on a hot, humid day.  We hiked nearly 6 miles round trip
(turning around at Silver Brook).  Here is our list of 31 species:

 

Ruffed Grouse - several

Turkey Vulture

Broad-winged Hawk

Chimney Swift

Northern Flicker - several

Alder Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Hermit Thrush

Cedar Waxwing

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Warbler - with a brief view!

Common Yellowthroat

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Palm Warbler - many!

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Lincoln's Sparrow - several singing!

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Purple Finch

 

Also:  We found Moose tracks along the mire road - it appeared to be a cow
with a calf.  Black Bear scat was found in several locations.  There was a
high school biology teacher on the trip and he collected some of the Black
Bear scat for his class!  Wildflowers: Steeplebush, Meadowsweet, Tall Meadow
Rue, Twinflower, Turtlehead, Swamp Candles, Sundew, Pitcher Plant, and
Pyrola.  There were many butterflies, but one in particular caught our
attention on the hike out - several of us photographed it.  As it turns out,
a few minutes later, we ran into Howard Hoople, President of the
Massachusetts Butterfly Club, and his wife (I met him many years ago when he
came on a field trip to Massawepie) and he identified the lovely butterfly -
a Baltimore Checkerspot.and, it turns out this was just the species he was
looking for that day!!!  He told us that Turtlehead is one of its foods -
and I had just photographed that wildflower exactly where we found the
butterflies!  It was terrific to run into Howard at that moment!  He later
emailed that they were hot, and just about to turn around when they ran into
our group - our info about the butterfly gave them new energy to keep going
and they found and photographed the Baltimore Checkerspots a few minutes
later!

 

Joan Collins

Editor, New York Birders

Long Lake, NY

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Subject: Cattle Egret @ West Pond JBWR Queens County
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:51:34 -0400
Rich Kelly reports a Cattle Egret observed near the breach on the West Pond of 
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens County. 


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Subject: East Pond Water Level and Shorebird Report 7-29
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:18:02 -0400
This morning I visited the East Pond of Jamaica Bay in Queens and observed
that the water level had drawn down enough to make a schlep up the pond. As
a result, I did a survey starting from the south end of the pond to the
north end and back. Please note that the conditions may be fine for me and
for those intrepid EXPERIENCED East Pond visitors. The conditions are not
for folks who are inadequately equipped or unfamiliar in navigating soft
muddy conditions.

Additionally, the path I cleared last season on the north side of the stone
berm that was created to close off the breach on the east side of the
shoreline has become over grown--Poison Ivy, is abundant there. I made a
small path through the overgrowth there today but will open it up some more
when I return with the proper tools.

There were not a lot of shorebirds around and being on the pond itself
allowed me to observe yet another condition *(we can't seem to catch a
break)* that I deem to be very problematic and could have been another
variable in the number of drainage issues encountered this season.

The flats that have opened up are covered in a THICK MAT of what appears to
be Planktonic Algae. I had observed the Algae on the pond but had no idea
how severe it was until I was walking the pond today. It made traversing
the pond a bit challenging due to the viscosity and the amount. This is a
problem, as there is very little open mud where peeps and other shorebirds
could readily feed.

There is breakage here and there in the Algae mat along the shoreline and
on the pond which allows your ducks and other waterfowl to move about but I
also watched a few ducks struggling to move around in some patches--this is
how thick the Algae is on the pond.

Algae, is merely a symptom to larger problems in a pond. Normally it means
there are too many available nutrients in the water caused by fish waste,
fish food, fertilizer run-off or other dead organic matter. Compounding
matters further could be too much direct sunlight or even low oxygen
levels...all of which contribute to algae growth. However, it could be
managed with the proper care and maintenance. I don't know if any water
sampling is done on the East Pond to checkup on the health of the pond but
I will reach out to NPS and ask.

Decomposing will occur but I have no idea how long it takes. I am tempted
to take a rake with me and try to clear out some areas of the mudflats to
give the birds (mainly peeps) areas in which they could feed.

Here are my shorebirds species and numbers from today.

American Oystercatcher (1)
Semipalmated Plover (9)
Killdeer (2)
Spotted Sandpiper (2) Adult and juvenile)
Greater Yellowlegs (9)
Lesser Yellowlegs (11)
Least Sandpiper (20)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (30)
Short-billed Dowitcher (53)

Other non shorebird highlights were several Northern Waterthrushes, 1
juvenile Tri-colored Heron and 2 Falco Peregrinus whose playful antics were
amusing to watch in lieu of shorebirds.

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Subject: Jamaica Bay- July 29, 2015
From: JGIUNTA746 AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:10:13 -0400
I went to Jamaica Bay today scouting out the area for the upcoming NYC  
Audubon shorebird class and walk this weekend. I found the conditions on the  
east pond to be unsafe. 
I was only able to walk in about 20 feet on the  south side of the east 
pond went I started in sink into water and mud. Breaking the suction caused by 

the mud was not easy. I had to retreat. The north end of  the east pond was 
even worse. I was not able to pass the phragmites before I  started to sink 
into mud and water. I did not see any shorebirds at all on the  east pond.

I tried the west pond and recorded a total of three shorebird  species ( 
semipalmated sandpiper-10, semipalmated plover-3, oystercatcher- 6). I  told 
the rangers at the desk that the east pond should be put off limits because  
of safety concerns.

When you think it couldn't  get any worse it  did. I do not recommend 
anyone going to Jamaica Bay.

Joe Giunta  

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Subject: From the blue of water, to the blue of sky.
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:31:55 -0400
At ~ 2:30 this afternoon, while floating in our Condo's pool, I observed a
group of 7 Turkey Vultures slowly passing overhead.

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Subject: Bald Eagle-New Suffolk
From: Thomas Moran <tomster101 AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:09:36 -0400
Kayaking around Robins Island today I saw a Bald Eagle harassing a low
Osprey, then being harassed by a higher, agile Osprey, northeast end of
island. This would have been visible from the beach at New Suffolk.

 

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Subject: Eisenhower Park NY- Fledgling Red Tail Hawk bathing
From: Steve Williams <biodswil AT optonline.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:22:21 -0400
Not a rare bird but an unexpected suprise.  Immature Red Tail cooling off in
a puddle near a water fountain right next to the walking path.  Did not seem
to have any fear of people yet.  A few people walked by while I was taking
pictures.  He just kept bathing. 
 
Photo from phone: 
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=895278130544681

&set=a.704008463004983.1073741826.100001875071681&type=1&theater¬if_t=lik
e

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From: Steve Williams [mailto:biodswil AT optonline.net] 
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2014 1:39 PM
To: 'NYSbirds-L AT cornell.edu'
Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] East Meadow - 2 Turkey Vultures -On House, Feeding
in Driveway


Some photos from phone.
 
http://s143.photobucket.com/user/SeaView-Photo/media/tv1.jpg.html
http://s143.photobucket.com/user/SeaView-Photo/media/tv2.jpg.html
 
 

  _____  

From: bounce-116224492-51943359 AT list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-116224492-51943359 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Steve
Williams
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2014 1:08 PM
To: NYSbirds-L AT cornell.edu
Subject: [nysbirds-l] East Meadow - 2 Turkey Vultures -On House, Feeding in
Driveway


Just saw 2 Turkey Vultures on Prospect ave East Meadow, NY.  One is on the
ground in the drive way feeding the other is on the roof of the house.  Not
a very common site around here.  Still there5 minutes ago . They are about
1/2 block east of the East Meadow Jewish Center. On the north side of the
road. 
 
Steve

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Subject: Croton Point Landfill Grasslands -- Upland Sandpiper this am
From: Anne Swaim <anneswaim AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:08:20 -0400
An Upland Sandpiper was flushed this morning from the Croton Point landfill
grasslands in Westchester County during the regular 4th Monday birdwalk
from Saw Mill River Audubon.  Circled back a bit offering good looks and
then flew off to another part of landfill and landed.  (We didn't pursue it
for additional looks despite the temptation.)  Has been seen before on the
landfill in previous years during migration.

Also seen on the landfill were 18+ Bobolinks, including some
interestingly-patterned males transitioning into non-breeding plumage as
well as females and immature birds.

Hot and humid and otherwise fairly quiet.

Catbirds and American Robins, including many fledglings seemingly
everywhere and feeding on black cherry.  Ospreys very present too including
young birds vocalizing and flying about.  (Three young successfully fledged
from nearby cell tower in train station last week.)  Young Red-tailed Hawk
giving begging call seen following an adult across the landfill. Marsh wren
still singing from phrags b/n landfill and Croton Bay.

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:44:05 +0000 (UTC)
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* July 27 2015*  NYSY  07. 27. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 20, 2015 - July 27, 2015to 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: July 27  AT 10:00 a.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #452 Monday July 27, 
2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of July 20, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

LITTLE BLUE HERONWHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERSHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERWILSON’S 
PHALAROPEBONAPARTE’S GULLRED-HEADED WOODPECKERACADIAN FLYCATCHERGRASSHOPPER 
SPARROWORCHARD ORIOLE 




Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
(MWC)------------ 

     7/21: 2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS were seen in the Main Pool.     7/22: 10 
species of shorebirds including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHER were seen along the Wildlife Drive.     7/25: 11 species of 
shorebirds including STILT SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen along 
the Wildlife Drive. A distant PHALAROPE was seen but could not be ID’d. An 
ORCHARD ORIOLE was found also. 2 GREAT EGRETS and 3 SANDHILL CRANES were noted 
in Knox-Marsellus Pool.     7/26: A WILSON’S PHALAROPE was found at 
Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 


Onondaga County------------
     7/26: A SNOW GOOSE continues at Mercer Park in Baldwinsville. Also seen 
there were FISH CROWS and MERLINS. 


Cayuga County------------
     7/25: 2 ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS continue at the Sterling Nature Center. An 
adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Fair Haven State Park. 


Madison County------------
     7/24: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found on Ditchbank Road.

Oneida county------------
     7/22: 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were found at the Spring Farm Nature 
Preserve south of clinton. 


Herkimer county------------
     7/21: 2 very rare juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERONS were found and 
photographed in a  small pond on Millstone Road just north of Richfield 
Springs. The next two days they were observed on nearby Weatherby Pond on Co. 
Rt. 167 but after that they were not relocated. 


      --  end report


Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.  
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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 25 July 2015
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:20:42 -0400
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 25, 2015
* NYNY1507.25

- Birds mentioned

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

WILLET (subspecies "Western Willet")
WHIMBREL
RED PHALAROPE
ROYAL TERN
WORM-EATING WARBLER
LARK SPARROW
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark

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You can also send reports and digital image files via email to
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If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or
sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

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

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

To report sightings call:
Tom Burke (212) 372-1483 (weekdays, during the day)
Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 (Long Island)

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

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Saturday, July 25th
2015 at 3:30pm. The highlights of today's tape are BLACK-BELLIED
WHISTLING-DUCK, WHIMBREL, WESTERN WILLET, RED PHALAROPE, ROYAL TERN, LARK
SPARROW and WORM-EATING WARBLER.

Two BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS were found and photographed on Tuesday at
a pond at the Nickerson Beach County Park Lido Beach west of Point Lookout.
The birds unfortunately were not seen again after Tuesday.

Sixteen species of shorebirds were surveyed last Sunday at the Cupsogue
flats highlighted by WHIMBREL and WESTERN WILLET. 22 WHIMBREL were found on
the eastern end of the south shore of Long Island on Tuesday, 13 birds at
the Cupsogue flats, another 6 flying through the area and 3 at the Moriches
Inlet flats. Another 4 WHIMBREL were found also on Tuesday at Breezy Point.
Two to four ROYAL TERNS were seen at Cupsogue from Sunday to Tuesday.

The RED PHALAROPE was still present at the Roosevelt Nature Center Jones
Beach West End yesterday. This also has been seen at the flats at the Coast
Guard Station which lies north of the nature center.

A LARK SPARROW was found Tuesday and continued through Thursday at the
eastern exit of parking field 2 at Robert Moses State Park Fire Island. The
bird was also seen at the adjacent athletic fields east of the exit.

Good numbers of GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS and EASTERN
MEADOWLARKS were found at the runway areas of the Grumman property in
Calverton through the week.

A WORM-EATING WARBLER was seen last Saturday at Strawberry Field Central
Park along with about 10 species of other warblers.

To phone in reports on Long Island, call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 or
weekdays call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483.

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Subject: Jones Beach West End: Red Phalarope-No, other shorebirds - Yes
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:21:29 -0400
Hi Everyone,

I went looking for the Red Phalarope this morning starting around sunrise -
I checked each of the west end ponds but did not see it - a lot of them
have grown over and Canada Geese and Robins have moved in - still other
shorebirds were present: Semi-Palmated Sandpipers/ Plovers, Killdeer, Least
Sandpipers and a few Sanderlings.  When leaving, saw a Horned Lark on the
dunes.

I also checked the area by the Coast Guard Station but was not there either
- what I did find instead were a lot of shorebirds on the sandbar -
Semi-Palmated Sandpipers/ Plovers, Least Sandpipers, Sanderlings (some in
beautiful plumage), Piping Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Short Billed
Dowitchers and at least 3 Red Knots.  Number of all shorebirds on the
sandbar were in the hundreds - 1000 is a good estimate.  (I left around
7:30am.)

Good shorebirding,
Rob in Massapequa

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Subject: Barbequing & Birds
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 01:33:08 -0400
Yesterday, at ~ 6 PM, I was taking chicken off the grill, when I heard what
sounded more like a Raven's call than that of an A. Crow. Looking around I
saw neither species, but did see a Peregrine Falcon flying directly
overhead !

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Subject: Jamaica Bay East Pond update and Shorebird report 7-25
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 19:08:48 -0400
This afternoon just before high tide, I ventured forth onto the East Pond, 
first checking the north end. There are no flats on that end and water, is 
still above the ankles--in some areas much higher. It was tricky navigating but 
I made it up to Dead Man's Cove where I had 6 shorebirds. 


Over at the south end, flats have started to open up but there were no 
shorebirds around. At Big John's Pond, I had 2 Northern Waterthrushes and one 
Spotted Sandpiper. A careful scan from the overlook did not turn up any 
shorebirds that I might have missed--although I got to count the Mute Swan 
population, which holds steady at 122. 


In total I had a "whopping" 7 species of shorebirds. It was depressing but I am 
holding out hope that we have yet to see a big wave of migrating shorebirds. 


The species and numbers are as follows: 6 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser 
Yellowlegs, 2 Short-billed Dowitchers, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 4 
Least Sandpipers and about 15 Semipalmated Sandpipers. 


This time last year (26th to be precise), I was reporting 2100 Semipalmated 
Sandpipers. 



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

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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Smith Pt. County Park (Suffolk)
From: John Gluth <jgluth AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:33:26 -0400
A hike this afternoon (12:30-3:30), from Smith Point County Park west to the 
new inlet opened up by Hurricane Sandy, produced 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls 
(1-3 yrs. old) and 6 Piping Plovers (2 adult females, 4 juveniles-all banded). 
I mistimed the tide (used low at Smith Point bridge) and found the inlet bars 
in the process of being covered by the rising tide. Those that were above water 
held gulls, terns, cormorants, and a couple Snowy Egrets, but shorebirds were 
scarce and those seen were mostly flyby "peeps" in distant small flocks. Those 
that passed or landed close enough to identify included 3 Oystercatchers and 4 
Greater Yellowlegs. 


An earlier short visit to check the impoundments of the Shirley marina found 
only 9 Semipalmated and 5 Least sandpipers. The marsh to the west held 2 
Greater and 1 Lesser yellowlegs, 3 Willet and a Little Blue Heron. 


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Subject: Red Phalarope Jones Beach NO
From: Ryan Candee <ryanacandee AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:26:31 -0400
I, together with several other hapless souls encountered along the way, spent 
the first half of the day covering the area around the duck blind with no 
results. Checking the bay by the coast guard station was similarly fruitless. 

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Subject: My "no" helped bring about someone else's "yes" at the Calverton Grasslands !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 01:05:38 -0400
Since 7/18, I have tried at least 4 X to get a photo of a perched E.
Meadowlark, drenched in sunlight, and of course, with his head back,
singing ! Arriving ~ 0830, and spending a little more than 3 hours Friday
AM looking, I'm still without that photograph ! Although I saw ~ 8
Meadowlarks spread out over those 3+ hours, all of them refused to perch !
If I had been successful earlier, I would have left for home then, and not
have been in place to meet Eric Schneider (from Baldwin), who had headed
east today, with hope of finding the RMSP Lark Sparrow, as well as his 1st
NYS Grasshopper Sparrow. He missed the RMSP bird, but kept on trucking to
Calverton. When I heard the reason for his travel, I was able to take him
to the spot, where I had just seen a Grasshopper sparrow, perched on a
Mullein stalk, and carrying food. It was not long after arriving at this
location, that a Grasshopper Sparrow (also carrying) flew in, affording
Eric good views, especially through my scope !

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Subject: Red Phalarope - Yes
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:43:46 -0400
Seen at sunset - western most pond

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Subject: Central Park, NYC 7/24 & prior: migration
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:57:50 -0400
Friday, 24 July, 2015  -  Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

Migration was a little more apparent in this urban green-space over  
the last several days with the shift in winds out of the northwest.  
Warblers, as can be expected from now thru Aug. (much of our "fall"  
warbler migration is well ahead of Labor Day) are at the forefront of  
the diversity seen in this park, and at least a dozen species of them  
have already turned up; these have included Worm-eating, Blue-winged,  
Blackburnian, Canada, Prairie, Black-and-white, Chestnut-sided,  
American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, and numbers of Yellow (for  
over 10 days now), along with both Northern (last few days, in modest  
no's.) and Louisiana (a few earlier in the month, more recently  
several in various sites) Waterthrushes.  Half of these species were  
just "singles" as far as I'm aware, and redstart numbers were, so far,  
quite minimal.

A Worm-eating Warbler was at Strawberry Fields on July 18, and there  
were some of the other species as of then; this Wed. & Thurs. however  
seemed the best push so far; it's possible as many as 10 warbler spp.  
were recorded in total for Wed., and of course it's still a bit early  
in the season, and more will be evident going into August.

Interesting have been a modest push of nuthatches, with a few Red- 
breasted & more White-breasted in the past week - would be more  
interesting to learn if these or other "forest/interior" species may  
be showing up at coastal locations. Swallows, aside from those that  
bred in the park, have passed thru on some days, with Northern Rough- 
winged as well as Barn, Bank, & a few Tree being noted.

Also noted in the past 10 days: Osprey (1 seen sitting in the  
reservoir, at the slightly submerged dike, on 7/23; some others as  
flyovers on other days), Wood Duck (several on the lake & occ.  
elsewhere), Spotted Sandpiper (not too many, & may be a bit hard to  
see at the reservoir, with water level high and the dike not exposed),  
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (a few males have turned up, & there may  
have been more on some days), Orchard Oriole (a very scarce breeder in  
Central, although not at all rare as such in NYC - an adult male on  
the Great Hill, 7/23), & Bobolinks, esp. in numbers on 2 early  
mornings, seen from the Great Hill - and as too-typical for that  
species in Central, not likely lingering at all, merely flying on thru.

This (Friday) morning, I and a number of other birders were out &  
seeking migrants, a few finding some, but for me & the others I was  
with at times, a quiet morning; it seemed that some of the birds of  
the preceding days moved on.  Some of these migrants, & other spp. are  
turning up elsewhere around the city as well in the past few days or so.

It's been good to see some of the less-common or scarce breeding  
species in Central have a few successes; Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher,  
Chipping Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, and some others.

Thanks to the birders who offered their recent sightings &
good birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan

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Subject: Jones Beach Red Phalarope
From: AndyatWH AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:34:12 -0400
When saw that this bird was seen today  at Jones Beach at the West  End  
parking lot, area on the bay side,I decided to take the  road  trip from 
Westhampton this afternoon to see if I might find it.  This was my second 
unsucessful trip.
 
Unfortunately,when I got to  the East End Ocean Parkway, I found there  was 
a State Trouper preventing any motorists to drive futher east. I was not  
happy about this, having come all this way. in the late afternoon to look for 
 the bird.  I  planned o arrive after 4 PM  snce park  charges  $8.00 to 
park your car from 8 AM to 4PM (So I go  birding to  arrive earlier than 8 or 
after 4)
 
When I tried to find out why they would not let me drive further East on  
the parkway, they told me that there was some special event scheduled, ( 
Turns  out filming a TV Advertisement comercial.)
 
About 5 PM they started o let us continue to East End I never did  see the 
Phalarope.
 
I think the park should be limited for public use not   comercials.
 
Andy Murphy
 
 
 
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Subject: Dune Rd Rd K New York Waterthrush
From: Thomas Moran <tomster101 AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:39:58 -0400
At about 2pm this afternoon, I spotted a Northern Waterthrush at the bay end
of Road K along Dune Rd. It responded to phishing and was pumping its tail
and posturing in an alert, aggressive manner in response.

 

Tom Moran

Shoreham


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Subject: Re: East Pond Update July 23rd
From: Pat Aitken <aitkenpatricia AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:34:53 -0400
That's fabulous news.  Andrew, thank you for your dedicated and tireless
efforts, because without you riding heard on the NPS, and keeping us
informed, I doubt anything would have happened.

Just a suggestion, maybe we should all call NPS and thank them.  It may
help get work accomplished more quickly in future, or maintain momentum
now.  The park service needs to know how valuable a resource Jamaica Bay
is, and that there is a large group of us out here who want it maintained.





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On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 11:18 AM,  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> As I indicated a few days ago, there is currently work being done on the
> north end of the East Pond. Although, I had a fairly good idea of what was
> being attempted.  Yesterday evening, I had a conversation with NPS
> management in an effort to clarify what exactly was being done.
>
> Here is the scoop--NPS, has uncovered an area of the pipe that drains the
> pond. This section was found to have some collapsing occurring and so the
> SHORT TERM solution is to sleeve it with PVC piping. A long term solution
> will be to replace the entire pipe and put in place a more robust and
> updated system.  This will require much more money than the short term
> solution so it will not happen overnight. However, it is on the radar to
> get done.
>
> As a result of the action taken to uncover the problematic section of the
> pipe and clearing the collapsed area and any blockage, water is now flowing
> at a considerable clip out of the pond. This, I verified early this morning
> as I visited the site and could see that the output will make a difference
> in the water level.
>
> This increased flow coupled with a dry spell means that we have a very
> good chance of salvaging the shorebird season on the pond. I'll keep
> posting updates as I check in and note the water level and movement of
> shorebirds.
>
> Again, thank you to all those who took the time to call in and or write to
> NPS, who themselves deserve credit for taking the necessary actions.
>
> Start brushing up on your shorebirds peeps, it's going to get real in a
> matter of weeks!
>
> Cheers,
>
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Subject: Long Island sparrows
From: Peter Reisfeld <drpinky AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:16:27 -0400
Went looking for sparrows today. There were good numbers of grasshopper 
sparrows at EPCAL in Calverton, perhaps due to a number of juveniles trying out 
their wings. I was also happy to see that the Lark sparrow was still present 
near the volleyball courts east of the Field 2 parking lot at Robert Moses mid 
morning today. Here's a link to a photo (will upload a video later tonight): 


https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/50403904 AT N03/19759272440/

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Subject: East Pond Update July 23rd
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:18:27 -0400
Dear all,

As I indicated a few days ago, there is currently work being done on the north 
end of the East Pond. Although, I had a fairly good idea of what was being 
attempted. Yesterday evening, I had a conversation with NPS management in an 
effort to clarify what exactly was being done. 


Here is the scoop--NPS, has uncovered an area of the pipe that drains the pond. 
This section was found to have some collapsing occurring and so the SHORT TERM 
solution is to sleeve it with PVC piping. A long term solution will be to 
replace the entire pipe and put in place a more robust and updated system. This 
will require much more money than the short term solution so it will not happen 
overnight. However, it is on the radar to get done. 


As a result of the action taken to uncover the problematic section of the pipe 
and clearing the collapsed area and any blockage, water is now flowing at a 
considerable clip out of the pond. This, I verified early this morning as I 
visited the site and could see that the output will make a difference in the 
water level. 


This increased flow coupled with a dry spell means that we have a very good 
chance of salvaging the shorebird season on the pond. I'll keep posting updates 
as I check in and note the water level and movement of shorebirds. 


Again, thank you to all those who took the time to call in and or write to NPS, 
who themselves deserve credit for taking the necessary actions. 


Start brushing up on your shorebirds peeps, it's going to get real in a matter 
of weeks! 


Cheers,

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

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Subject: Nassau County Red Phalarope continues @ new location
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:10:22 -0400
The Jones Beach Red Phalarope continues but not at any of the now dry areas 
near the Teddy Roosevelt Nature Center. 


This according to Steve Schellenger who just called to report that the bird was 
seen at the eastern edge of the lagoon near the Coast Guard Station. Smart bird 
that. 


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Subject: Red Phalarope at Jb west end
From: parksys577 <parksys577 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:08:18 -0400
Currently swimming in Short Beach Cove near boat basin

Bob Anderson


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Subject: Red Phalarope continues
From: Rob Bate <robsbate AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:23:36 -0400
Milkkel Thorup, visiting from Denmark, reports the Red Phalarope in the usual 
location at Jones Beach this morning. 


Rob Bate
Brooklyn



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Subject: Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am
From: Ardith Bondi <ardbon AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:46:47 -0400
One more very interesting finding about the Eastern Hog-nosed snake - 
their specialty food is TOADS! The snakes, apparently, are adapted to be 
immune to the toxin in the toad's skin. In contrast, they are rarely 
kept as pets because they don't like feeder mice (unless the mice are 
first scented with amphibians).

They strike but do not bite, and instead flip over and play dead when 
threatened.

https://experiment.com/projects/spatial-ecology-of-eastern-hognose-snakes-on-a-barrier-island 


Also, 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterodon_platirhinos?sa=X&ved=0CBwQ9QEwAmoVChMIvPGDrYTxxgIVynE-Ch2I6Q1C 


Ardith Bondi

On 7/22/15 10:27 PM, Ardith Bondi wrote:
> I did not see any Fowler's toads today, but saw several last week.
>
> The rangers also told me that they are trying to keep track of the
> population numbers for the Hog-nosed snake, so if you see one, you might
> let them know where and when. It is a very pretty snake.
>
> They said the only other snake normally found out there is a garter snake.
>
> Ardith Bondi
>
> On 7/22/15 1:48 PM, steve rosenthal wrote:
>> I haven't checked this year, but usually there are lots of juvenile
>> Fowler's toads  in the sandy areas near the fishermen's parking area
>> past the Coast Guard station. Never have figured out where the
>> freshwater was over there.
>>
>> On 7/22/15, Rick  wrote:
>>> Yes, last weekend in dunes, somewhat near dried ponds.
>>>
>>> Rick Cech
>>>
>>>
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>>>
>>> -------- Original message --------
>>> From: "Grover, Bob" 
>>> Date:07/22/2015  1:15 PM  (GMT-05:00)
>>> To: Ardith Bondi , New York Birds
>>> 
>>> Cc:
>>> Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of
>>> about 10 am
>>>
>>> That is really interesting.  Has anyone encountered any Fowlers Toads
>>> in the
>>> park this year?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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>>>
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>>> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of
>>> about
>>> 10 am
>>>
>>> A novel find on my way between the WE Nature Center and the blind,
>>> was an
>>> Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (rangers in NC helped me ID it). My first Jones
>>> Beach snake. Unfortunately, it took off too fast for a portrait.
>>>
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Subject: Red Phalarope
From: "Carney, Martin" <carneym AT fordhamprep.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:42:37 -0400
The Red Phalarope was not in the pond in front of the blind (the only one I
checked) at 5:30 pm today.  There were only about 10 sandpipers and 1
Killdeer in the whole area...Martin Carney

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Subject: Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am
From: Ardith Bondi <ardbon AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:27:12 -0400
I did not see any Fowler's toads today, but saw several last week.

The rangers also told me that they are trying to keep track of the 
population numbers for the Hog-nosed snake, so if you see one, you might 
let them know where and when. It is a very pretty snake.

They said the only other snake normally found out there is a garter snake.

Ardith Bondi

On 7/22/15 1:48 PM, steve rosenthal wrote:
> I haven't checked this year, but usually there are lots of juvenile
> Fowler's toads  in the sandy areas near the fishermen's parking area
> past the Coast Guard station. Never have figured out where the
> freshwater was over there.
>
> On 7/22/15, Rick  wrote:
>> Yes, last weekend in dunes, somewhat near dried ponds.
>>
>> Rick Cech
>>
>>
>> Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
>>
>>
>> -------- Original message --------
>> From: "Grover, Bob" 
>> Date:07/22/2015  1:15 PM  (GMT-05:00)
>> To: Ardith Bondi , New York Birds
>> 
>> Cc:
>> Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of
>> about 10 am
>>
>> That is really interesting.  Has anyone encountered any Fowlers Toads in the
>> park this year?
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Robert Grover
>> Vice President/Director of Environmental and Coastal Sciences
>>
>> Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
>> Engineering and Construction Services
>>
>> 325 West Main Street, Babylon, NY  11702
>> d 631.761.7369 | f 631.422.3479
>> rgrover AT gpinet.com | www.gpinet.com
>>
>> An Equal Opportunity Employer
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: bounce-119472305-3714742 AT list.cornell.edu
>> [mailto:bounce-119472305-3714742 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Ardith
>> Bondi
>> Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 12:47 PM
>> To: New York Birds 
>> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about
>> 10 am
>>
>> A novel find on my way between the WE Nature Center and the blind, was an
>> Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (rangers in NC helped me ID it). My first Jones
>> Beach snake. Unfortunately, it took off too fast for a portrait.
>>
>> Ardith Bondi
>> NYC
>> www.ardithbondi.com
>>
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Subject: Reed Phalarope Jones beach YES 4.50
From: Kenton Gomez <kentongomez AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:53:47 -0400
At the now dry Pool with blind. 

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Subject: Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am
From: steve rosenthal <smr914 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:48:41 -0400
I haven't checked this year, but usually there are lots of juvenile
Fowler's toads  in the sandy areas near the fishermen's parking area
past the Coast Guard station. Never have figured out where the
freshwater was over there.

On 7/22/15, Rick  wrote:
> Yes, last weekend in dunes, somewhat near dried ponds.
>
> Rick Cech
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> Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of
> about 10 am
>
> That is really interesting.  Has anyone encountered any Fowlers Toads in the
> park this year?
>
>
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Subject: Re: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am
From: John Laver <earthww AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:45:59 -0400
I (John Laver), Nancy O'Keefe & Barbara Saunders observed a dozen or so
Fowlers Toads at various points around the TRNC at Jones Beach West End
last weekend.

I thought I saw the rear end of a fox fleeing from my approach, as I hiked
out to observe the Red Phalarope last Sunday - but I can't confirm it.

John Laver
Manhattan

On Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 1:15 PM, Grover, Bob  wrote:

> That is really interesting.  Has anyone encountered any Fowlers Toads in
> the park this year?
>
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> A novel find on my way between the WE Nature Center and the blind, was an
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Subject: RE: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am
From: Rick <rcech AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:45:26 -0400
Yes, last weekend in dunes, somewhat near dried ponds.

Rick Cech


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-------- Original message --------
From: "Grover, Bob"  
Date:07/22/2015  1:15 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: Ardith Bondi , New York Birds 
 

Cc:  
Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 
10 am 


That is really interesting. Has anyone encountered any Fowlers Toads in the 
park this year? 





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Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 12:47 PM
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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 
am 


A novel find on my way between the WE Nature Center and the blind, was an 
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (rangers in NC helped me ID it). My first Jones Beach 
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Subject: RE: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am
From: "Grover, Bob" <rgrover AT gpinet.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:15:08 +0000
That is really interesting. Has anyone encountered any Fowlers Toads in the 
park this year? 





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Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 12:47 PM
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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 
am 


A novel find on my way between the WE Nature Center and the blind, was an 
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (rangers in NC helped me ID it). My first Jones Beach 
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Subject: Re: Red Phalarope at Jones Beach-Yes also Lark Sparrow at Moses
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:49:27 -0400
Thanks for posting Rob. I just got a call from Ken about the Phalarope and he 
also confirmed that the Lark Sparrow continues at Robert Moses State Park. 


Please check the previous posts for details on the location.

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> On Jul 22, 2015, at 11:37 AM, Rob Bate  wrote:
> 
> The Jones Beach Red Phalarope flew into the "pool" by the blind west of the 
Nature Center parking lot around 11 AM today. Ken McDermott, Steve Schuyler, 
Ardith Bondi, Bob O'Neil and I all had great looks as the bird rested on the 
flats before taking off. There is no water in any of the pools and scarcely any 
moisture at this point. 

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Subject: Red Phalarope still present this morning as of about 10 am
From: Ardith Bondi <ardbon AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:47:12 -0400
A novel find on my way between the WE Nature Center and the blind, was an 
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (rangers in NC helped me ID it). My first Jones Beach 
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Subject: Red Phalarope at Jones Beach-Yes
From: Rob Bate <robsbate AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:37:45 -0400
The Jones Beach Red Phalarope flew into the "pool" by the blind west of the 
Nature Center parking lot around 11 AM today. Ken McDermott, Steve Schuyler, 
Ardith Bondi, Bob O'Neil and I all had great looks as the bird rested on the 
flats before taking off. There is no water in any of the pools and scarcely any 
moisture at this point. 


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Subject: Re: Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Nassau Co.) - NO
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:40:44 -0400
Good morning,
For what it's worth, a negative report. Richard Fried and I have just
looked for the BBWD at Nickerson. No luck.

Anders Peltomaa

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On Jul 21, 2015 8:28 PM, "Brent Bomkamp"  wrote:

> After receiving the original email from Rob Longiaru (thanks Rob!) I
> arrived at Nickerson Beach to find Bob Anderson already there, with Bob
> Proniewicz arriving soon afterward.  The birds possessed no bands on their
> legs, and as evidenced by their eventual departure, a clear ability to
> fly.  All hind toes appeared to be present, though I'm sure that others
> with better photographs can substantiate this.  Additionally, they were
> extremely wary of people and displayed alert posture whenever anyone
> approached within about 100 feet.  As Brendan said, their flight was low,
> leaving the possibility that they are still in the area.
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Subject: RE: Lark Sparrow Robert Moses SP., Suffolk Co.
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:09:20 +0000
Patricia Lindsay reports that the Lark Sparrow is still present this morning 
near the east end of field 2, RMSP, Suffolk Co., LI. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore
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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Lark Sparrow Robert Moses SP., Suffolk Co.

Joan Quinlan just called to report a Lark Sparrow at Robert Moses SP,
near the eastern exit of parking field 2. It flew up and disappeared
into the shrubbery as she was leaving, about 15 or so minutes ago, but
Lark Sparrows have favored this area in past years so with any luck, it
will come back out and stick around for others to see.

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Subject: Cupsogue County Park Tidal Flats (Suffolk Co.)
From: Ken Feustel <feustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 05:45:40 -0400
Yesterday morning I birded for a few hours on the incoming tide at Cupsogue 
County Park. Although shorebirding was a bit slow, the trip was highlighted by 
twenty-two Whimbrels. A flock of thirteen were on the far northern flat, while 
a flock of six were flybys. An additional three birds were scattered among the 
sandbars in Moriches Inlet and the tidal flats to the east. Five Royal Terns 
were on the sandbar in the Inlet. A stop at Shirley Marina on the way home 
yielded both Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, both 
Yellowlegs, and two Hendersoni Short-billed Dowitchers. 


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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-duck Details and Photos (Nassau Co.)
From: Brent Bomkamp <bbomkamp AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:25:51 -0400
After receiving the original email from Rob Longiaru (thanks Rob!) I
arrived at Nickerson Beach to find Bob Anderson already there, with Bob
Proniewicz arriving soon afterward.  The birds possessed no bands on their
legs, and as evidenced by their eventual departure, a clear ability to
fly.  All hind toes appeared to be present, though I'm sure that others
with better photographs can substantiate this.  Additionally, they were
extremely wary of people and displayed alert posture whenever anyone
approached within about 100 feet.  As Brendan said, their flight was low,
leaving the possibility that they are still in the area.

Photos, albeit of poor quality, are in this eBird checklist and my flickr
account:
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Also worth noting in the area was a Tricolored Heron at Captree Island (no
White-faced Ibis)

Good Birding
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Subject: Re: Nickerson BBWD (Nassau Co.) Potential Search Strategy
From: steve rosenthal <smr914 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:53:15 -0400
I was told by the park office the parking fee is collected from 9am-
5pm.  Several birders were able to get permission to enter
specifically to look at/for the ducks  before 5pm by talking to the
person manning the booth, though there are no guarantees.

On 7/21/15, Brendan Fogarty  wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> When the whistling-ducks took off this afternoon, then flew west but low,
> and may not have gone far. I stopped in at Conservation and Waterways and
> talked with some of the plover crew there - this year the only other nearby
> body of water is only a few hundred feet southwest of the southwest corner
> of that same lot - you can access it by walking out to the beach (footpaths
> or the vehicle path along the west side of the lot) and heading right (west)
> toward the fenced-off, natural dune area right there. There are NO other
> vernal pools further back in the dunes; just let that area be.
> As for access, Nickerson is a problem, Sidestreet parking across Lido Blvd
> is NOT allowed in summer from 8am-8pm for most areas that I saw. Car access
> to the parking lot is $8 if you have a Leisure Pass (which costs $80 for the
> season), otherwise $30 - until they stop collecting sometime in the evening
> (6pm?). The best nearby parking option is likely the Lido Passive Preserve,
> just one stoplight to the east of Nickerson, then walk or bike into
> Nickerson. Good luck,Brendan Fogarty
> Hempstead, NY
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From: Brendan Fogarty <birderbf AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:47:53 +0000 (UTC)
Hey everyone,
When the whistling-ducks took off this afternoon, then flew west but low, and 
may not have gone far. I stopped in at Conservation and Waterways and talked 
with some of the plover crew there - this year the only other nearby body of 
water is only a few hundred feet southwest of the southwest corner of that same 
lot - you can access it by walking out to the beach (footpaths or the vehicle 
path along the west side of the lot) and heading right (west) toward the 
fenced-off, natural dune area right there. There are NO other vernal pools 
further back in the dunes; just let that area be. 

As for access, Nickerson is a problem, Sidestreet parking across Lido Blvd is 
NOT allowed in summer from 8am-8pm for most areas that I saw. Car access to the 
parking lot is $8 if you have a Leisure Pass (which costs $80 for the season), 
otherwise $30 - until they stop collecting sometime in the evening (6pm?). The 
best nearby parking option is likely the Lido Passive Preserve, just one 
stoplight to the east of Nickerson, then walk or bike into Nickerson. Good 
luck,Brendan Fogarty 

Hempstead, NY


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Subject: Red Phalarope WE2 Ponds JBSP Update
From: Philip Ribolow <philip.ribolow AT db.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:22:31 +0000
Classification: External Communication

6:20 PM. Still visible in pond, SW of duck blind. All alone in the open on a 
strip of dirt. 

On my way to Neil Young. Great night all around.



Regards,

Phil

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NYC 60-1015
New York, NY 10005
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From: Andrew Baksh [mailto:birdingdude AT gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 06:19 PM
Cc: Nyc ebirds ; NYSBirds listserve 
 

Subject: Re: [ebirdsnyc] Re: [nysbirds-l] Red Phalarope WE2 Ponds JBSP Update

A few people e-mailed me for further details on the whereabouts of this bird so 
I figured I would send a broadcast message. 


When I left, about 30 minutes ago, the Red Phalarope was still showing well. It 
sporadically takes flight in response to a number of variables including low 
flying aircraft. As seen earlier, when it disappeared for over 20 minutes it 
returned eventually to the ponds, just be patient and check all three ponds. 
Please do not attempt to go down into the ponds as it may spook everything and 
it may very well not return. 


For logistics, park in the Teddy Roosevelt Nature Center parking lot and head 
west through the dunes towards what appears to be an old blind--look for people 
with scopes etc. Additionally, Least Sandpipers, White-rumped Sandpiper, 
Short-billed Dowitchers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Killdeers, Semipalmated 
Plovers, Eastern Willet along with both Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs are in 
the area. 


Happy Phalarope Friday!

On Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM, Michael Zito 
> wrote: 

was the bird in a pond by the beach or by shoulder I am on shoulder any advice 
would help thanks 


Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 10, 2015, at 2:03 PM, "Andrew Baksh 
birdingdude AT gmail.com [ebirdsnyc]" 
> 
wrote: 




The Red Phalarope that was found this morning by Bob Anderson, took flight from 
one of the ponds near the Teddy Roosevelt center heading east--I lost it as it 
banked towards the ocean. 


The bird was showing well but kept getting spooked by low flying aircraft. It 
kept moving back and forth between the two ponds. However, since this last 
flight about 25 minutes ago it has been a no show. 


I don't know if the swale has any water but I'll check that area and post an 
update either way. 



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On Jul 10, 2015, at 11:33 AM, parksys577 
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Red Phalarope, WE2 ponds Jones Beach
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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-duck - Departed
From: Brent Bomkamp <bbomkamp AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:42:51 -0400
Unfortunately the birds just flew off to the west.

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Subject: RE: Black-bellied Whistling-ducks Currently at Nickerson
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:28:57 -0400
Birds still present on tiny pond

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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Black-bellied Whistling-ducks Currently at Nickerson 
 
The ducks are currently present at the pond.  No bands present on 
legs.  Watching with Bob Anderson. 


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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-ducks Currently at Nickerson
From: Brent Bomkamp <bbomkamp AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:21:36 -0400
The ducks are currently present at the pond.  No bands present on
legs.  Watching with Bob Anderson.

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Subject: Nickerson Beach Parking Lot - black-bellied whistling ducks
From: Rob Longiaru <r.longiaru AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:41:28 -0400
A mated pair of Black-bellied whistling ducks were seen in the man-made pond in 
the west side of Nickerson Beach Parking lot. Seems like they're out of their 
jurisdiction :) 


Rob Longiaru
Town of Hempstead Dept of Conservation & Waterways

> On Jul 21, 2015, at 12:09 AM, & [NYSBIRDS] digest 
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> 
> NYSBIRDS-L Digest for Monday, July 20, 2015.
> 
> 1. At times, things are not what they seem to be...at least to some of us !
> 2. Syracuse RBA
> 3. Cupsogue Report and Jamaica Bay water level update
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Subject: At times, things are not what they seem to be...at least to some of 
us ! 

> From: robert adamo 
> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:17:18 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 1
> 
> I want to thank both Paul Sweet and Shai Mitra for the quick course in Bird
> Anatomy, in response to my post of 7/18, when I incorrectly referred to the
> birds knee, rather than it's ankle...a mistake, I don't think I'll make
> again ! I also have the feeling, that by getting the correct terminology
> out there, Paul & Shai will be helping other birders than just myself, who
> use the list-serve.
> 
> Cheers,
> Bob
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Subject: Syracuse RBA
> From: Joseph Brin 
> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:38:36 +0000 (UTC)
> X-Message-Number: 2
> 
> RBA * New York* Syracuse* July 20 2015* NYSY 07. 20. 15 Hotline: Syracuse 
Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 20, 2015 - July 20, 2015to 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: July 20 AT 2:00 p.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org #451 Monday July 20, 2015 Greetings. 
This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week of July 13, 2014 
Highlights:----------- 

> BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONGREATER YELLOWLEGSLESSER 
YELLOWLEGSSANDERLINGSOLITARY SANDPIPERPECTORAL SANDPIPERSEMI-PALMATED 
SANDPIPERLEAST SANDPIPERWHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERSTILT SANDPIPERSHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHERBLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER 

> 
> 
> Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
(MWC)------------ 

> 7/14: 9 species of Shorebirds including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at Knox-Marsellus Maarsh. 7/18: 12 species of 
Shorebirds including 6 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 11 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were 
seen along the Wildlife Drive. A LEAST BITTERN was seen there also. 
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and SANDERLING were noted at 
Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are still being seen at Mays 
Point Road in the dead trees. 7/19: 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen on the 
Wildlife Drive. A LEAST BITTERN was seen at VanDyne Spoot Road in the Marsh. 

> 
> Onondaga County------------
> 7/14: An adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the creek walk on 
Onondaga Creek at Spenser Street in Syracuse. 7/18: GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER 
YELLOWLEGS and LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen in the ball field on Van Rensselear 
Street in Syracuse. 

> 
> Madison County------------
> 7/14: GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen at the sod farm on Lakeport Road. 
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER and LEAST SANDPIPER were seen on 
Ditchbank Road. 

> 
> Herkimer County------------
> 7/19: A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen and photographed in the northern 
part of the county east of Croghan near Woods Road. 

>       --  end report
> 
> 
> Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.  
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Subject: Cupsogue Report and Jamaica Bay water level update
> From: Andrew Baksh 
> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:44:53 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 3
> 
> On Sunday, I birded both the rising and falling tides at the Cupsogue flats
> on Long Island. There were not a lot of birds, especially in the peep
> variety but the diversity of shorebirds has increased. I ended up with 17
> species of shorebirds (I counted both Willet subspecies as separate
> entries).
> 
> 3rd time this season, I have stumbled on a Whimbrel which I always hear
> first before seeing. Red Knots were new for the season with 2 and 3
> Sanderlings were also new on the flats within the last few weeks. The two
> basic plumage Dunlins continued. A couple of Royal Terns also made brief
> appearances during high and falling tide. No other terns of note were
> observed but I spent a considerable amount of time just studying and
> observing Common and Forster's Terns.  The shorebird species are listed
> below:
> 
> American Oystercatcher
> Black-bellied Plover
> Semipalmated Plover
> Piping Plover
> Spotted Sandpiper
> Greater Yellowlegs
> Lesser Yellowlegs
> Willet (Eastern)
> Willet (Western)
> Whimbrel
> Ruddy Turnstone
> Red Knot
> Sanderling
> Dunlin
> Least Sandpiper
> Semipalmated Sandpiper
> Short-billed Dowitcher
> 
> On Saturday, I stopped in at Jamaica Bay to see how much water the rain had
> dumped on the East Pond. Sadly, the situation continues to be a race
> against time and mother nature, which it should not have come to. My
> shorebird count, all seen from Big John's overlook were: 2 Short-billed
> Dowitchers, 5 Least Sandpipers, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Semipalmated
> Sandpiper and 1 Lesser Yellowlegs.
> 
> A far cry from the previous years where I would be reporting more species
> variety and thousands of Short-billed Dowitchers. Keeping my fingers
> crossed that this dry spell will help with water evaporation and see the
> level down a bit faster.
> 
> Best,
> 
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From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:46:41 -0400
In addition to the sticking of PVC pipes to open the flap on the bayside,
thus allowing more drainage. This morning, I came across heavy duty work on
the North End East Side of the East Pond--the entrance is taped off as NPS
has engaged in some engineer work.  A hole has been dug just behind the
water control gate on the path, deep enough to reach the pipe that goes
under the north berm. I suspect this is the area that has been deemed
problematic either due to leakage/collapsed or clogged pipe. My guess, is
that they will try to repair this section of the pipe.

I was surprised to see this being attempted now but I suppose folks have
realized how dire the situation is and are trying to correct the problem.
You have to give NPS credit for trying. I cannot thank enough all of you
who took the time to call or write. Let's hope this fix works.  Your
efforts paid off in getting action and I hope that the result is a long
term solution in place that will enable proper drainage of the pond.

Earlier, I did a shorebird survey at Breezy Point where I had 10 species of
shorebirds highlighted by 4 Whimbrels and a fresh looking juvenile Spotted
Sandpiper. A brief seawatching was non productive.

Cheers,


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Subject: Re: Lark Sparrow Robert Moses SP., Suffolk Co.
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:24:00 -0400
The bird is present now and favoring the dead pine trees on both sides of the 
entry path 


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Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Lark Sparrow Robert Moses SP., Suffolk Co. 
 
Lark Sparrow relocated just now in picnic area by volleyball courts adjacent to 
East most exit of Parking #2 Rbt Moses State Park.  (A walk down rd marked 
auth vehicles only.) 


Thanks for orig report!

Anne Swaim

> On Jul 21, 2015, at 11:10 AM,  
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> Joan Quinlan just called to report a Lark Sparrow at Robert Moses SP, 
> near the eastern exit of parking field 2. It flew up and disappeared 
> into the shrubbery as she was leaving, about 15 or so minutes ago, but 
> Lark Sparrows have favored this area in past years so with any luck, it 
> will come back out and stick around for others to see.  
> 
> Patricia Lindsay
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Subject: Re: Lark Sparrow Robert Moses SP., Suffolk Co.
From: Anne Swaim <anneswaim AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:33:02 -0400
Lark Sparrow relocated just now in picnic area by volleyball courts adjacent to 
East most exit of Parking #2 Rbt Moses State Park. (A walk down rd marked auth 
vehicles only.) 


 Thanks for orig report!

Anne Swaim

> On Jul 21, 2015, at 11:10 AM,  
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> 
> Joan Quinlan just called to report a Lark Sparrow at Robert Moses SP, 
> near the eastern exit of parking field 2. It flew up and disappeared 
> into the shrubbery as she was leaving, about 15 or so minutes ago, but 
> Lark Sparrows have favored this area in past years so with any luck, it 
> will come back out and stick around for others to see.  
> 
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Subject: Lark Sparrow Robert Moses SP., Suffolk Co.
From: <pjlindsay AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:10:21 -0400
Joan Quinlan just called to report a Lark Sparrow at Robert Moses SP, 
near the eastern exit of parking field 2. It flew up and disappeared 
into the shrubbery as she was leaving, about 15 or so minutes ago, but 
Lark Sparrows have favored this area in past years so with any luck, it 
will come back out and stick around for others to see.  

Patricia Lindsay
Bay Shore

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Subject: Cupsogue Report and Jamaica Bay water level update
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:44:53 -0400
On Sunday, I birded both the rising and falling tides at the Cupsogue flats
on Long Island. There were not a lot of birds, especially in the peep
variety but the diversity of shorebirds has increased. I ended up with 17
species of shorebirds (I counted both Willet subspecies as separate
entries).

3rd time this season, I have stumbled on a Whimbrel which I always hear
first before seeing. Red Knots were new for the season with 2 and 3
Sanderlings were also new on the flats within the last few weeks. The two
basic plumage Dunlins continued. A couple of Royal Terns also made brief
appearances during high and falling tide. No other terns of note were
observed but I spent a considerable amount of time just studying and
observing Common and Forster's Terns.  The shorebird species are listed
below:

American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Willet (Eastern)
Willet (Western)
Whimbrel
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling
Dunlin
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher

On Saturday, I stopped in at Jamaica Bay to see how much water the rain had
dumped on the East Pond. Sadly, the situation continues to be a race
against time and mother nature, which it should not have come to. My
shorebird count, all seen from Big John's overlook were: 2 Short-billed
Dowitchers, 5 Least Sandpipers, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Semipalmated
Sandpiper and 1 Lesser Yellowlegs.

A far cry from the previous years where I would be reporting more species
variety and thousands of Short-billed Dowitchers. Keeping my fingers
crossed that this dry spell will help with water evaporation and see the
level down a bit faster.

Best,



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林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:38:36 +0000 (UTC)
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* July 20 2015*  NYSY  07. 20. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):July 20, 2015 - July 20, 2015to 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: July 20  AT 2:00 p.m. (DST)compiler: Joseph BrinOnondaga 
Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #451 Monday July 20, 
2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of July 13, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONGREATER YELLOWLEGSLESSER YELLOWLEGSSANDERLINGSOLITARY 
SANDPIPERPECTORAL SANDPIPERSEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPERLEAST SANDPIPERWHITE-RUMPED 
SANDPIPERSTILT SANDPIPERSHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERBLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER 



Montezuma National Wildlife Complex (MNWC) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
(MWC)------------ 

     7/14: 9 species of Shorebirds including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at Knox-Marsellus Maarsh.     7/18: 12 
species of Shorebirds including 6 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 11 SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHERS were seen along the Wildlife Drive. A LEAST BITTERN was seen there 
also. SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and SANDERLING were noted at 
Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are still being seen at Mays 
Point Road in the dead trees.     7/19: 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen 
on the Wildlife Drive. A LEAST BITTERN was seen at VanDyne Spoot Road in the 
Marsh. 


Onondaga County------------
     7/14: An adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen along the creek walk 
on Onondaga Creek at Spenser Street in Syracuse.     7/18: GREATER 
YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS and LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen in the ball field 
on Van Rensselear Street in Syracuse. 


Madison County------------
     7/14: GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen at the sod farm on Lakeport Road. 
SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER and LEAST SANDPIPER were seen on 
Ditchbank Road. 


Herkimer County------------
     7/19: A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen and photographed in the 
northern part of the county east of Croghan near Woods Road. 

      --  end report


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Subject: At times, things are not what they seem to be...at least to some of us !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:17:18 -0400
I want to thank both Paul Sweet and Shai Mitra for the quick course in Bird
Anatomy, in response to my post of 7/18, when I incorrectly referred to the
birds knee, rather than it's ankle...a mistake, I don't think I'll make
again ! I also have the feeling, that by getting the correct terminology
out there, Paul & Shai will be helping other birders than just myself, who
use the list-serve.

Cheers,
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Subject: Fledgling Bicknell's Thrush!/Black-backed Woodpecker/Boreal Chickadees/Gray Jays/Mourning Warbler at its nest site, etc.
From: Joan Collins <joan.collins AT frontier.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 19:35:29 -0400
7/18/15 Long Lake (Hamilton County)

 

Twenty-seven people and one dog took part in the Annual Loon Census on Long
Lake.  There were 10 boating parties covering the 14-mile Long Lake.  We
tallied 11 Common Loons (all adults) this year (we usually tally 11 to 13
loons).  Everyone enjoyed breakfast at Phil Terrie's boat-access only camp
at the north end of the lake after the count - a beautiful, peaceful place!
(Photo of the group on my Facebook page below.)

 

On a 7/16/15 tour with a birder from eastern Long Island, NY, we visited
Whiteface Mountain at dawn, River Road, Bloomingdale locations, and Sabattis
Circle Road.  This was one of my most memorable tours - one that I will
always remember!  We found a Bicknell's Thrush nest site at dawn, among many
observed singing and calling Bicknell's Thrushes this day (plus a fabulous
sunrise!).  We ran into Pat and John Thaxton and told them where the nest
site was located.  We re-visited the location and Pat & John had just
observed two young fledge!  One of the fledgling Bicknell's Thrushes was in
the road being fed by the adult -it was a remarkable sight!  The fledgling
had no tail and it was adorable!  Its feet and toes were bright pink.  It
appeared to be quite tired and snuggled up against the rock wall to roost.
We all observed this behavior from a great distance - I used my scope and
iPhone attachment, and Canon Powershot SX 50 for photographs (the Canon did
a much better job than the scope/iPhone, so I should have used it for all
the photos).  We also heard 3 more fledglings at another location along the
road - so it appeared that 7/16 was the date when Bicknell's Thrush young
were fledgling! (Photos of the fledgling Bicknell's Thrush on my Facebook
page below.)  We found the following 52 species:

 

Turkey Vulture

Broad-winged Hawk

Mourning Dove

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Black-backed Woodpecker - wonderful views of a male

Northern Flicker - pair on Whiteface

American Kestrel

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Gray Jay - 3 (2 adults and a juvenile)

Blue Jay

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee - at least 4 including a begging fledgling

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Bicknell's Thrush - many singing and calling!  And fledglings!!!

Swainson's Thrush - several observed and many heard

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Warbler - nice observation of a bird near its (still active) nest
site!

Common Yellowthroat

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler - including females carrying food

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow - Sabattis Bog

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Indigo Bunting

Purple Finch

 

We also observed a large Black Bear along Sabattis Circle Road!

 

7/12/15 Long Lake

 

I found a Ruffed Grouse with 3 chicks along Sabattis Circle Road.  (Photo on
my Facebook page below.)

 

Joan Collins

Editor, New York Birders

Long Lake, NY

(315) 244-7127 cell       

(518) 624-5528 home

http://www.adirondackavianexpeditions.com/ 

http://www.facebook.com/AdirondackAvian

 


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Subject: More NYC Night-Heron News
From: Gabriel Willow <gabrielwillow AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 18:45:26 -0400
I was on Governors Island today for NYC Audubon's "It's Your Tern" festival, 
celebrating the nesting colonies of Common Terns there (now on all 3 piers 
along Buttermilk Channel, with young ranging in age from week-old little 
fuzzies to fledglings practicing flying the length of the piers). 


I visited the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron nest, and am happy to report they have 
2 fairly large nestlings now, which both parents were shading with half-spread 
wings today, in punishing heat & sun. 


There is a second YCNH nest which I discovered along with another birder 
yesterday, which has an adult sitting on eggs or chicks. This nest is much 
smaller & more fragile-looking than the aforementioned one that Ben & I 
initially reported. I only saw one adult at this nest. I wonder if it doesn't 
have a mate, or if the male at the other nest mated with two females? 


Also of note on the island are large numbers of Barn & Northern Rough-winged 
Swallows; I presume both are nesting there. 


Good albeit hot birding,

Gabriel Willow



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Subject: Nassau County Night-Heron Rookery
From: Amy Simmons <amynewyork AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 18:02:49 -0400
After a late morning trip to Jones Beach to see the Red Phalarope, Eric
Reubel and I made a quick stop at Cammanns Pond Park in Merrick.  (Never
having read anything about it on the list serves, we'd first happened upon
it by accident late last December and were quite surprised to find 20
Black-crowned Night-Heron's there at the time).  We were equally surprised
yesterday when we saw not only four Black-crowned Night-Herons, but a
whopping 17 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons.  There were at least four juvenile
YCNH's present, as well as evidence of at least one empty nest.  We were
only able to stick around for 20 minutes or so (and kept finding more
individuals by the minute), so I would be shocked if there weren't even more
there than we found.  I'm assuming others must be well aware of the
Night-Heron rookery on the island in the middle of the pond, but it was
heretofore unknown to us and made for a nice way to end the day. 

 

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Subject: Jones Beach Red Phalarope YES midday Sunday
From: Rick <rcech AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:26:52 -0400
The phalarope was on the “blind pond” around 9:30-10:00, then flew to the 
large pond-mudflat just west of that and stayed there feeding until at least 
11:00, probably later. 


 

Rick Cech / Emily Peyton

 

From: bounce-119463406-3714678 AT list.cornell.edu 
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(SkyOfBirds) 

Sent: Sunday, July 19, 2015 4:23 PM
To: NYSBirds
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Jones Beach Red Phalarope (Yes, last evening)

 

I observed the Red Phalarope last night around 7:15 PM. The bird was first 
found in the pool with the wood blind, and then flew from pond to pond heading 
East until around 8:00. 



 

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Subject: Jones Beach Red Phalarope (Yes, last evening)
From: "Avery Scott (SkyOfBirds)" <wingedwonders AT scottopia.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:22:45 -0400
I observed the Red Phalarope last night around 7:15 PM. The bird was first
found in the pool with the wood blind, and then flew from pond to pond
heading East until around 8:00.

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Subject: RE: A hummer of a breakfast + my "2 cents" !
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:31:32 +0000
Here's just a ha'penny more, regarding the perplexing ankles of birds.

In our ankle, the long bone of the lower leg (tibia) articulates with several 
small bones, the tarsals, in the rear part of our plantigrade foot. The basic 
anatomy is similar in other mammals, except that in more cursorial forms, like 
cats and dogs, the rear part of their digitigrade feet (composed of tarsals and 
metatarsals) is generally raised above the ground, so that the ankle appears as 
an elevated, backward-pointing hinge, as in birds. 


In Theropod dinosaurs, such as birds, the ankle joint forms among the tarsal 
bones, with some tarsal components fusing with the tibia (forming the 
tibiotarsus, above the ankle), and others, on the far side of the joint, fusing 
with each other and with metatarsal bones (forming the tarsometatarsus, below 
the ankle). 


Clearly, the apparent length of a bird's leg is influenced not only by the 
actual lengths of these two bones, but also by their angle relative to each 
other, and the degrees to which the top of the tibiotarsus is concealed within 
the body plumage and the bottom of the tarsometatarsus (i.e., foot) is 
concealed by grass, water, or mud. The surest bet is to patiently assess the 
length of the whole tarsometatarsus when both the ankle and the toes are 
visible. 


That said, the overall setup tends to look rather different in Dunlin and 
Curlew Sandpiper: 



https://picasaweb.google.com/109808209543611018404/CalidrisII#5747741452480409570 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore, NY
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From: bounce-119462293-3714944 AT list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-119462293-3714944 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Paul R Sweet 
[sweet AT amnh.org] 

Sent: Saturday, July 18, 2015 6:31 PM
To: robert adamo; NY BIRDS
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] A hummer of a breakfast + my "2 cents" !

Hi Robert

Just a quick note on bird anatomy. The lower (distal) long bone of the hindlimb 
to which the toes attach is the tarsometatarsus which is homologous with our 
foot. Thus the joint above this is the ankle not the knee. (look at the 
direction of hinging). The second long bone is the tibiotarsus which in 
shorebirds is partially exposed and scaly. The knee is where this joins the 
femur and is not visible as it is surrounded by muscle. 


Happy shorebirding. Paul




From: robert adamo >
Reply-To: robert adamo >
Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 1:17 AM
To: "nysbirds-l AT cornell.edu" 
> 

Subject: [nysbirds-l] A hummer of a breakfast + my "2 cents" !

Over breakfast, my doctor (Michael Dempsey) called with good news, and I in 
turn, was able to share my good news re: the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, who was 
having her breakfast around the patio, while we were talking ! 


And now for my "2 cents" concerning the ID question posed by the Arie 
Gilbert/Phil Urubaru posting on 7/16. After reading Angus Wilson's response to 
them, in particular re: the longer legs of the Curlew Sandpiper, I would like 
to advance the idea that in some cases of limited viewing, just the length of 
the tibia is a fairly good mark in helping to separate the Curlew from the 
Dunlin. Admittedly, I can't find this referenced in the text of any of the many 
general bird guides, or the 2 excellent shorebird guides I own (the size is 
probably too variable), but a number of them show it in their illustrations. 
Thus, I know it stands to reason, one shouldn't rely on this, but if, and when, 
the next opportunity arises to consider it..."check it out" ! Although I 
certainly could not tell by looking at the Gilbert/Urubaru photos which of the 
two species the bird was, I can attest to identifying both species in the past, 
using the tibia, along with some of both species other field marks, ie, on 
10/3/78 at the East Pond, J.B.W.R.(my first C.S. sighting). "Winter plumage - 
saw white rump both while standing & in flight - noticed slight curve 
throughout length of bill - also noticed longer legs than Dunlin, with more 
showing above knee"...didn't know it was called tibia back then ! I have also 
been able to make this direct comparison on at least one other occasion. 


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Subject: Calverton Grasslands, aka EPCAL, still L.I's. "Grasshopper Sparrow Central" !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 01:52:38 -0400
After the-5 PM Mass on Saturday, I visited the above and saw the following:

1) At the S/W/end along the fence line, at the intersection of Line Rd.
there were (4) Cedar Waxwings, a few Chipping Sparrows, and a single
Grasshopper Sparrow. This is the 1st of this specie I can remember finding
in this area of the old Grumman property. This however, should not be that
surprising, due to it's being fairly close to where most of the G.S's. are
usually found, toward the E/end of the short runway, and beyond.

2) At the E/end of the short runway, where it meets the the main road,
which runs N & S through the property, there were ~ (6) G. S's,  and (3) E.
Meadowlarks.

Cheers,
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Subject: Re: Cliff Swallow Nest in the Bronx
From: Matthieu BENOIT <matthieu.benoit76 AT orange.fr>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:32:41 -0400
Hi,

Regarding the Cliff Swallows in the Bronx, I did a kayak trip along 
Pelham Bay park shore on June 7 during which I saw 12 Cliff Swallows. 
Two together hunting along the North shore of Hunter Island, 2 pairs 
below the City Island bridge, flying in and out 2 specific points of the 
bridge (the boat traffic and the current did not enable me to check that 
there were nests however) and 3 pairs on the North-East side of Pelham 
Bay Bridge: 1 pair in a completed nest and 2 others that seemed to build 
new nests next to the completed one. During a visit last Sunday I saw 
however only one pair, in the completed nest (still active). These Cliff 
swallows were also easily seen in flight from the walk on Pelham Bridge. 
Orchard beach was not covered during that trip as kayaking is not 
allowed along it so it's good one nest was found here too. So with the 
nest reported by Jack Rothman there are at least 2 active nests in 
Pelham Bay and likely more nests on the multiple bridges and edifices in 
that area. As mentioned by Deborah Allen, 2 actives nests were reported 
on the southernmost arch of Pelham Bay Bridge in 2010 (Jared Cole & 
Richard Aracil) so the nesting of these species is not new in that area 
not birded a lot during the breeding season.

Here is a link with 2 pictures of the active nest on Pelham Bay Bridge, 
taken on June 7 (presence of older or aborted nests is obvious on the 
pictures). I'll post on ebird soon.
https://www.flickr.com/gp/134171131 AT N08/szNtCk

Best,

Matthieu BENOIT


On 07/16/2015 04:50 PM, Jack Rothman wrote:
> Brendan Keogh, aka Bronx Brendan, found an active Cliff Swallow nest at 
Orchard Beach. I don’t ever remember seeing one in this area. I’m curious 
to know if any others have been reported in the NYC area. 

> I will post a photo on Facebook on the NY Birders page.
> Jack Rothman
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Subject: Re: A hummer of a breakfast + my "2 cents" !
From: Paul R Sweet <sweet AT amnh.org>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:31:41 +0000
Hi Robert

Just a quick note on bird anatomy. The lower (distal) long bone of the hindlimb 
to which the toes attach is the tarsometatarsus which is homologous with our 
foot. Thus the joint above this is the ankle not the knee. (look at the 
direction of hinging). The second long bone is the tibiotarsus which in 
shorebirds is partially exposed and scaly. The knee is where this joins the 
femur and is not visible as it is surrounded by muscle. 


Happy shorebirding. Paul




From: robert adamo >
Reply-To: robert adamo >
Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 1:17 AM
To: "nysbirds-l AT cornell.edu" 
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Subject: [nysbirds-l] A hummer of a breakfast + my "2 cents" !

Over breakfast, my doctor (Michael Dempsey) called with good news, and I in 
turn, was able to share my good news re: the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, who was 
having her breakfast around the patio, while we were talking ! 


And now for my "2 cents" concerning the ID question posed by the Arie 
Gilbert/Phil Urubaru posting on 7/16. After reading Angus Wilson's response to 
them, in particular re: the longer legs of the Curlew Sandpiper, I would like 
to advance the idea that in some cases of limited viewing, just the length of 
the tibia is a fairly good mark in helping to separate the Curlew from the 
Dunlin. Admittedly, I can't find this referenced in the text of any of the many 
general bird guides, or the 2 excellent shorebird guides I own (the size is 
probably too variable), but a number of them show it in their illustrations. 
Thus, I know it stands to reason, one shouldn't rely on this, but if, and when, 
the next opportunity arises to consider it..."check it out" ! Although I 
certainly could not tell by looking at the Gilbert/Urubaru photos which of the 
two species the bird was, I can attest to identifying both species in the past, 
using the tibia, along with some of both species other field marks, ie, on 
10/3/78 at the East Pond, J.B.W.R.(my first C.S. sighting). "Winter plumage - 
saw white rump both while standing & in flight - noticed slight curve 
throughout length of bill - also noticed longer legs than Dunlin, with more 
showing above knee"...didn't know it was called tibia back then ! I have also 
been able to make this direct comparison on at least one other occasion. 


Cheers,
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Subject: Video of the Red Phalarope at Jones Beach SP
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 15:34:39 -0400
Hello all,
This morning Richard Fried and I had our first chance this week to get out
to Jones Beach for the Red Phalarope. The pool it has been frequenting had
no open water, but luckily the bird was still there.

Here is a short video of it feeding in the wet grass and mud.

https://youtu.be/RpH--viHyKw

good summer birding,

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Subject: Red Phalarope Jones Beach YES
From: Rich Fried <rfried AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 06:44:25 -0400
The phalarope is still present this morning (6:45am) in the boggy "pools" 
between the nature center and west end 2 parking lot at Jones Beach State Park. 


Rich Fried
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