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27 Feb 2 Red-necked Grebes, Georges Is., Montrose [Tait Johansson ]
27 Feb LAST CALL for 2014 County & State Listing Reports ["Carena Pooth" ]
27 Feb Many more morphs: or, how many Rough-legged Hawks were on L. I. today ? [robert adamo ]
26 Feb Kings County Rough-legged Hawks [Sean Sime ]
26 Feb interesting Beach Birds Feb. 26, 2015 [Ardith Bondi ]
26 Feb Re: Gyrfalcon [Scott Haber ]
26 Feb Re: Gyrfalcon [Scott Haber ]
26 Feb Gyrfalcon []
26 Feb Correction - 2/25 NO GYRFALCON [Mardi Dickinson ]
25 Feb GYRFALCON Wallkill NY - YES 2/25 [Mardi Dickinson ]
25 Feb Pink-footed staying put ! [robert adamo ]
25 Feb Alewife Monitoring Training Sessions this March ["Amy C. Mandelbaum" ]
25 Feb Bald Eagle & Eurasin Widgeon [Phil Uruburu ]
25 Feb 2 flying Wild Turkeys for dessert ! [robert adamo ]
24 Feb Wallkill GYRFALCON - YES Tuesday 2/24 [Mardi Dickinson ]
23 Feb Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
23 Feb C.Redpoll, etc. Central Park, NYC 2/23 [Thomas Fiore ]
23 Feb 2-22 Queens County Rough-legged & Red-shouldered Hawks + [Andrew Baksh ]
23 Feb North Shore Audubon Society - Tues. Feb 24, 2015 - Doug Robinson presents "American Crows" [Nancy Tognan ]
22 Feb Re: Barrier beach Rough-legged Hawks [Mike ]
22 Feb RE: Barrier beach Rough-legged Hawks [Steve Walter ]
23 Feb Rough-legged Hawks at EPCAL []
22 Feb Barrier beach Rough-legged Hawks [John Gluth ]
22 Feb Napeague red-shouldered hawk [Bruce Horwith ]
22 Feb Common Raven, Central Islip (Suffolk Co) []
22 Feb Re: Jones Beach Snow Geese, Raptors [Luke ]
22 Feb Jones Beach Snow Geese, Raptors [Robert Taylor ]
22 Feb King eider []
22 Feb Fwd: Gyrfalcon in Seneca County [Scott Haber ]
22 Feb Test []
21 Feb Test [Wayne Fidler ]
22 Feb RE: Croton Point [Carole Griffiths ]
21 Feb Croton Point [Matthew Wills ]
21 Feb Gyrfalcon - copied from NY Birders FB page just now ["Carena Pooth" ]
21 Feb Re: Gyr falcon [Brian Whipple ]
21 Feb Gyr falcon [Larry Trachtenberg ]
21 Feb Brooklyn Pelagic Scheduled for Sat, April 11 [Paul Guris ]
21 Feb Massapequa Preserve: Snow Goose, Wood Duck etc, signs of Spring [Robert Taylor ]
20 Feb NYC Area RBA: 20 February 2015 [Gail Benson ]
20 Feb Croton: Redpoll, Horned Grebe, Redheads [Ryan MacLean ]
20 Feb Wallkill GYRFALCON - Any sightings today? [John Zucker ]
20 Feb Redpolls -- croton point [Larry Trachtenberg ]
19 Feb Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center ["Carney, Martin" ]
19 Feb Massapequa Preserve Birds (Nassau County) [ken feustel ]
19 Feb Wilson's Snipe - Douglaston Queens co. [Arie Gilbert ]
19 Feb Interested in surveying for Marsh Birds or Amphibians this spring? [Kathy Jones ]
19 Feb First winter MEW GULL Brooklyn-YES [Shane Blodgett ]
19 Feb Rough Legged at Epcal [Rich Perkins / TAM ]
19 Feb NO GYRFALCON 2/19 Thursday [Mardi Dickinson ]
19 Feb Rough-legged Hawk-EPCAL [tomster101 ]
18 Feb Common Teal, Rough-legged Hawk ++ Southeast Queens County [Andrew Baksh ]
18 Feb HR Bald eagle viewing ["Lake, Thomas R" ]
18 Feb Brooklyn birds [syschiff ]
18 Feb GYR NOW 2/18 1:12PM [Mardi Dickinson ]
18 Feb GYR NOW 2/18 [Mardi Dickinson ]
18 Feb C.Redpoll, etc. Central Park NYC 2/18 [Thomas Fiore ]
18 Feb Re: Eagle fest [Ann ]
17 Feb Riverhead (Suffolk) geese, etc. [Douglas Futuyma ]
17 Feb Snipe ad other birds [syschiff ]
17 Feb REMINDER - 2014 County & State Listing Deadline is MARCH 1 ["Carena Pooth" ]
17 Feb NorthEast Hawk Watch conference on April 4, 2015 [Gertrude Battaly ]
17 Feb Gyrfalcon Near wallkill ny [Chrissy G ]
17 Feb Eastern towhee - Athens ["Taylor, Jeremy J (DEC)" ]
17 Feb Gyr? [James Coe ]
17 Feb Croton point [Larry Trachtenberg ]
16 Feb Late report: Northern Shrike in Wallkill 2/14 [Ryan MacLean ]
16 Feb Ulster County highlights: Gyrfalcon, Golden Eagle + [Sean Sime ]
17 Feb Fwd: Golden Eagle Sighting w/ Gyrfalcon ["Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" ]
16 Feb Ocean Pkwy and WE2 [richard gostic ]
16 Feb Queens County Bird Club - Upcoming Meeting Info - Wed. 02/18/2015 - Rick Wright presents Peppereaters: A Field Guide to the Toucans of Central Europe [Nancy Tognan ]
16 Feb Glaucous Gull at Mt Sinai Harbor [Rich Perkins / TAM ]
16 Feb Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
16 Feb Re:2nd-hand report: Dark-morph Gyrfalcon at Charlotte Pier in Rochester [Scott Haber ]
16 Feb 2nd-hand report: Dark-morph Gyrfalcon at Charlotte Pier in Rochester [Scott Haber ]
16 Feb Re: Gyrfalcon [Dawn Hannay ]
16 Feb Gyrfalcon [Jeffrey Ritter ]

Subject: 2 Red-necked Grebes, Georges Is., Montrose
From: Tait Johansson <taitjohansson AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:43:17 -0500
2 Red-necked Grebes just S of Montrose Pt. at Georges Is. County Park in 
Montrose, Westchester Co., yesterday (2/26) evening. Keep an eye out for more 
on the Hudson and anywhere else that may have larger areas of open water, as 
there may be more of them displaced by the Great Lakes icing over. 


Tait JohanssonKatonah, NY  		 	   		  
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Subject: LAST CALL for 2014 County & State Listing Reports
From: "Carena Pooth" <carena AT prodigy.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:15:35 -0500
The deadline is MARCH 1: 
- Paper forms sent via USPS must be postmarked no later than February 28
(TOMORROW).  
- Online submission, fax, or email attachments will be accepted Sunday March
1.

Many thanks to those who have already submitted their reports! 

The NYSOA (New York State Ornithological Association) County and State
Listing Project is accepting birders data for 2014. If you wish to get your
numbers into the 2014 report, dont miss the March 1 deadline. Data may be
submitted online, via fax, via email, or via USPS. If youre new to this and
it sounds interesting, the details are summarized below.

Participation in this fun, friendly competition is open to anyone who is a
2015 member of NYSOA or one of NYSOAs member clubs or the NYS Young Birders
Club.

Started in 1992 by Berna Lincoln, the project continues to engage many
participants across the state, some of whom have not missed a single year
since the beginning. The ultimate objective of the project is to encourage
birders of all levels to get out and bird the many varied habitats of New
York State and report their sightings throughout the year to local clubs,
NYSOAs regional editors, and eBird. 

After the close of each calendar year, participants send in their life list
totals for the entire state, the 10 Kingbird regions, and/or the 62
counties. You can send in just one number or as many as 74, or anywhere in
between  its your choice depending on where youve birded and what records
youve kept. A compilation is produced annually and published in NYSOAs
newsletter and also on the NYSOA website at
http://nybirds.org/ProjCountyLists.html. Forms and a map of the ten Kingbird
regions of the state are available on that web page also.

Join in on the fun  but dont miss the deadline! And remember, no reports
submitted in previous years are automatically carried into the next
published list. If you want to be listed, you must submit your report, even
if your numbers havent changed since the last one you sent in.

Carena Pooth
NYSOA
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Subject: Many more morphs: or, how many Rough-legged Hawks were on L. I. today ?
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:13:48 -0500
After an early afternoon appointment at the VA Hospital in Northport, I
decided to stop at the Calverton Grasslands on the way home. While there, I
had 2 dark morph Rough-legs, plus a very probable 3rd bird, and 1 of the
resident Red-tail Hawks. "Lonesome George", the moniker given to the single
Turkey Vulture that has patrolled the Wading River, Calverton and Riverhead
fields and roads for a number of years, was seen today over Middle Rd.,
Calverton. Closer to home, near the intersection of Roanoke Ave & Reeves
Ave, Riverhead, were N.Harrier, Red-tail Hawk and a light-morph
Rough-legged Hawk. Combining the posts of Sean, Ardith and my own (10 sure,
1 probable and  2-4 possible) caused me to wonder what a realistic number
for L.I. might be ? I'm going to make it ~ 28, taking into effect, that
although we were in prime habitat, there were only 4 individuals involved.
I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this subject.

Again referencing Sean's post, I too was surprised by finding certain ducks
resting with a goose flock on a snow covered field, on Lenny Bruno's Farm,
at the intersection of Wading River Rd. & the LIE (Exit 69). Taking this
exit to get to the Calverton Grasslands, I pulled over to check out the
Canada flock, finding 6 Pintails, ~ 20 Mallards and ~ 5 Black Ducks, among
the geese. While Mallards & Black Ducks are fairly common in the fields out
east, I can't remember ever finding Pintails with them.

Cheers,
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Subject: Kings County Rough-legged Hawks
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:39:18 -0500
A brief tour of Floyd Bennett Field and Canarsie Pier mid day yielded a
total of 6 Rough-legged Hawks. (3 at Floyd, 1 on Canarsie Pol and 2 over
the landfill off Erskine).
These 6 consisted of 4 light morph and 2 dark morph. I wasn't able to check
White Island in Gerritson Creek, but for the numbers people out there, it
is conceivable there may be as many as 8-10 RLHA in Brooklyn.
There is substantial amounts of exposed grass along the Belt Pkwy and the
geese are taking full advantage. What I wasn't prepared for were the 23
Mallards feeding with them in various spots between Canarsie Pier and
Farmer's Blvd. to the east.
3 Snow Geese continue at Floyd.

Cheers,

Sean Sime
Brooklyn, NY

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Subject: interesting Beach Birds Feb. 26, 2015
From: Ardith Bondi <ardbon AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:37:40 -0500
Peter Post and I (Ardith Bondi) drove Jones Beach Ocean Parkway looking 
for ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. We found one dark morph between Gilgo Beach and 
Oak Beach, as has been reported a few times, which caught something and 
went out on the bay ice to eat it. No good photos, but some good looks. 
Passed a NORTHERN HARRIER carrying a mouse, and saw another mouse run in 
front of some Gilgo homes, so there is definitely hawk food around. 
While at Gilgo, an adult BALD EAGLE flew over us, flying west. Later, as 
we were checking the lawns by the Nickerson Beach parking lot, we came 
upon a flock of about a dozen REDPOLLS feeding in the pine(?) trees 
along the road (Donna Lane) leading west to the next parking area.

Ardith

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Subject: Re: Gyrfalcon
From: Scott Haber <scotthaber1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:41:52 -0500
I neglected to mention that Mark got some awesome photos of the Gyr nabbing
a Mallard in flight, and then fighting off two Red-tailed Hawks trying to
claim the carcass on the ground. The photos can be viewed here:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=881790955212707&set=pcb.720534001377417&type=1&permPage=1 


On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 4:34 PM, Scott Haber  wrote:

> The Seneca County Gyrfalcon was relocated this afternoon by Mark Miller on
> Seybolt Road in Seneca Falls. More specific locations/directions can be
> found on the Cayugabirds list.
>
> -Scott
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> On Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 10:47 AM,  wrote:
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>>  Any signs of the gyr today??   If yes, I am planning to go there
>> tomorrow.
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Subject: Re: Gyrfalcon
From: Scott Haber <scotthaber1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:34:08 -0500
The Seneca County Gyrfalcon was relocated this afternoon by Mark Miller on
Seybolt Road in Seneca Falls. More specific locations/directions can be
found on the Cayugabirds list.

-Scott

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> tomorrow.
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Subject: Gyrfalcon
From: <Claudedoc AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:47:42 -0500
Any signs of the gyr today??   If yes, I am planning  to go there tomorrow. 
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Subject: Correction - 2/25 NO GYRFALCON
From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1 AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:15:27 -0500

Birders et al,

My Apologies & Correction! 
Hate little keyboards.

2/25/15 - NO GYRFALCON in Wallkill NY today. Updates from several NY birders 
together with CT birders did not see any sign of Gyrfalcon all day and left at 
dark. 

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Cheers,
Mardi Dickinson
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Subject: GYRFALCON Wallkill NY - YES 2/25
From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1 AT optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:56:17 -0500
Birders et al,

2/25/15 - NO GYRFALCON in Wallkill NY today. Updates from several NY birders 
together with CT birders did not see any sign of Gyrfalcon all day and left at 
dark. 

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Subject: Pink-footed staying put !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:15:30 -0500
Today, from 1715 to 1745, I observed the long staying Pink-footed Goose, as
it fed, along with 11 Canada Geese, on the e/s of Doctor's Path, between
Sound Ave & Reeves Ave, Riverhead. The birds, when first seen were only ~
100' from the road, but  upon my stopping, and getting my camera out,
started to quickly move farther out into the field. Although I did manage
to get a couple of "keepers", they are well short of what they might have
been.

Cheers,
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Subject: Alewife Monitoring Training Sessions this March
From: "Amy C. Mandelbaum" <acb328 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:14:57 +0000
Please distribute

Interested in monitoring river herring in Long Island this spring? Then, attend 
one of the upcoming Alewife Monitoring Training Sessions this March! 


No experience required - you will be taught everything you need to know. We 
hope to see you there! 


Attend ONE training:


* Monday, March 2, 2015 at 4:30-5:30pm at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling 
Museum, 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724. Contact Victoria O'Neill 
at victoria.oneill AT dec.ny.gov to RSVP and 
for more information. 




* Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6:30-7:30pm at the Science Museum of Long Island's 
Visitor Center, 1526 North Plandome Road, Manhasset, NY 11030. Contact Victoria 
O'Neill at victoria.oneill AT dec.ny.gov to 
RSVP and for more information. 




* Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:00-8:00pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension of 
Suffolk County's 2nd floor conference room, 423 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, NY 
11901. Contact Julie Nace at 
julie.nace AT dec.ny.gov to RSVP and for more 
information. 



* Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6:00-7:00pm at the Suffolk County Environmental 
Center/Scully Mansion, 550 South Bay Avenue, Islip, NY 11751. Contact Enrico 
Nardone at egnardone AT seatuck.com to RSVP and for 
more information. 


Sponsors: Long Island Sound Study, Peconic Estuary Program, NYS Department of 
Environmental Conservation, and Seatuck Environmental Association 




For more information, visit: 
http://longislandsoundstudy.net/2015/02/long-island-alewife-monitoring-workshops/ 




Thank you!


Amy


Amy Mandelbaum
Long Island Sound Study Outreach Coordinator
New York Sea Grant
146 Suffolk Hall
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York 11794-5002
Phone: 631-632-9216
Fax: 631-632-8216
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Subject: Bald Eagle & Eurasin Widgeon
From: Phil Uruburu <pgu876 AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:33:39 -0500
Connetquot River State Park, adult Bald Eagle perched in tree overlooking main 
pond. Eurasin Wigeon Drake in with large mixed group of Gadwalls and Wigeons. 
1:17pm 

Phil Uruburu

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Subject: 2 flying Wild Turkeys for dessert !
From: robert adamo <radamo4691 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:17:05 -0500
After lunch with another couple at J & R's in Calverton on Tuesday, I drove
through the "Grasslands" to primarily (HO HO) acquaint our visitors with
this huge track of land, and secondly (HO HO) to check for raptors while we
were there, with none being seen !

Returning toward home on River Rd., just e/o the end of the long runway, 2
"Tom" Turkeys had started to walk across the road but feeling threatened,
decided to go airborne, giving us quite a thrill !  While all 4 of us had
seen W. Turkeys before, the other 3 had never seen them fly. Seeing "B
52's" lift off and fly isn't observed too often on L.I.  A pair of
Red-tailed Hawks and a N. Harrier (Gray Ghost) were also seen along Route
25 in Calverton.

Cheers,
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Subject: Wallkill GYRFALCON - YES Tuesday 2/24
From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:28:45 -0500
Birders et al,

 2/24 TUESDAY 1:10PM ~ YES GYRFALCON sighted Old Fort Road, Wallkill today. 
Just got update from two great CT birders. They saw gorgeous looks as it flew 
over the fields. 

on top of hill In original location of Old Fort Road. Any other details I will 
post here. 

MAP Here http://t.co/hNq2I6xBKx

Cheers,
Mardi Dickinson
Norwalk, CT
www.kymrygroup.com



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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:13:41 +0000
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* February 23, 2015*  NYSY  02. 23. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):February 16, 2015 - February 23, 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: February 23 AT 10:00 a.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph 
BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #431 Monday February 
23, 2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of February 09, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

RED-NECKED GREBETRUMPETER SWANBARROW’S GOLDENEYEWILSON’S SNIPETHAYER’S 
GULL ICELAND GULLGLAUCOUS GULLSNOWY OWLNORTHERN SHRIKEEVENING GROSBEAKCHIPPING 
SPARROW 


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

     2/22: A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen near May’s Point Road.

Onondaga county------------
     2/17: ICELAND GULLS in all stages were seen on the Seneca River in 
Baldwinsville just below the dam.     2/19: An adult THAYER’S GULL was 
found below the dam in Baldwinsville. also seen were ICELAND GULLS, GLAUCOUS 
GULLS and a PEREGRINE FALCON. Two TRUMPETER SWANS, missing for a few days, 
returned and were present through the 21st.     2/22: A WILSON’S SNIPE was 
seen at Carpenter’s Brood Fish Hatchery near Elbridge. ICELAND and GLAUCOUS 
GULLS were again seen in Baldwinsville. also seen were a RED-NECKED GREBE and a 
HORNED GREBE. 


Madison County------------
     2/17: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Irish Hill Road south of 
Cazenovia.     2/22: EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feeding station on 
Carpenter Road near Sheds. Also coming to the feeders are FOX SPARROW, CHIPPING 
SPARROW and NORTHERN GOSHAWK. 


Oneida County------------
     2/19: A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Barneveld.     2/21: A SNOWY 
OWL was seen on Hillsboro Road south of Camden. 


Oswego County------------
2/18: The female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE continues at the oswego River in Phoenix 
downriver of the bridge. A RED-NECKED GREBE was also seen. 


Jefferson County------------
     2/20: 5 SNOWY OWLS were found in the Town of Cape Vincent.     2/22: 
A SNOW OWL was seen near Evan’s Mills.       

--  end report


Joseph BrinRegion 5Baldwinsville, N.Y.  13027  U.S.A.  

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Subject: C.Redpoll, etc. Central Park, NYC 2/23
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:10:41 -0500
Monday, 23 February, 2015

At Central Park (Manhattan, N.Y. City) a single male Common Redpoll  
continues to visit the feeders in the Ramble, this a.m. seen as I  
walked up at 7:15 a.m., while some other mornings I have not seen it  
until a while later in the a.m. but always making at least one  
appearance before 9, this past week. An assortment of other more- 
regular species included a Carolina Wren, a wintering Chipping Sparrow  
(very fluffed out & sitting still in a small shrub next to the feeder  
array, but then joining all the other hungry birds to feed), American  
Tree Sparrow (down by the lakeshore, where there was also a great deal  
of small bird activity), several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (including  
at Strawberry Fields, & the Pinetum area, as well as by the Ramble's  
feeders);  down at The Pond in the park's SE corner, a drake Wood Duck  
continues among the many Mallards & a few Americam Black Ducks, plus a  
single American Coot; a female Wood Duck remains at the reservoir's  
miniscule path of open water (at the south end) & also along the icy  
bank there, among relatively scant Mallards & Canada Geese, plus a  
couple of Coot. At least 1 more Coot plus a very few Northern  
Shovelers were in the barely-open patch of water at the west side of  
the Lake, a bit south of the Ladies Pavillion / Hernshead.

At least today, and perhaps all this chilly week ahead, many paths, &  
even sections of the main Park Drives, are extremely icy-slippery in  
spots, and extreme caution will be needed to maintain balance &  
prevent a fall. I saw at least a dozen other people, many of them  
young & athletic, nearly do so, and I (no longer young or athletic ;-)  
nearly slipped any number of times. There are crews out trying to put  
sand, & scrape where possible but the work is very, very difficult,  
and the icy patches are sure to continue until there is a much longer- 
lasting warm-up.

Good birding,

Tom Fiore
Manhattan

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Subject: 2-22 Queens County Rough-legged & Red-shouldered Hawks +
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:13:21 -0500
I spent most of the day at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR), taking in
the winter scene and digging up birds where I could.  Both the South and
North Marsh are frozen over with very little open water. Pumpkin Channel in
the bay, was the same with small patches of open water.

There was not much waterfowl in these open patches but within the ones that
were available for viewing I found 1 drake Northern Pintail among American
Black Ducks and Mallards. An Adult Red-shouldered Hawk was also observed on
the short portion of the West Pond trail.

Over on the East Pond, the situation was much the same. The pond, is mostly
frozen over, with a sliver of open water which held 7 ducks. 4 Mallards, 2
Hooded Mergansers and 1 Bufflehead. Despite the paucity of birdlife, I had
2 Rough-legged Hawks on the east side of the pond. Both adult birds, one
dark and one light morph.

Back at the JBWR visitors center, I caught up with an American Kestrel,
that put on a nice show. It caught a White-footed Mouse, which it displayed
allowing a few digiscope shots before heading off for a comfortable dining
perch.

Later at Big Egg Marsh, I was greeted by 6 Snow Geese on the ball field not
knowing there were hundreds more on the ice in the frozen bay which all put
up when a chopper flew over the area.  The only notable bird was an
Ipswitch Sparrow, that was tracked down by Tom Burke who by then had joined
me along with Gail Benson.  Not a lot of birds but an enjoyable day birding
around the Bay.

Cheers,

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林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
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Subject: North Shore Audubon Society - Tues. Feb 24, 2015 - Doug Robinson presents "American Crows"
From: Nancy Tognan <nancy.tognan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:39:18 -0500
The North Shore Audubon Society will hold its monthly program on Tuesday,
February 24, 2015, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Manhasset Public Library, 30
Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset NY 11030.  All are invited, free of charge.

Professor Douglas Robinson will present "American Crows: Environmental
Barometers with Complex Social Tendencies".

American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) are songbirds like many of the
sparrows and finches that come to bird feeders, but their degree of
intelligence and social complexity rivals that of primates.  Their
gregarious nature and high visibility also lend themselves to serving as an
excellent organism by which to assess environmental health.  Join us to
learn more about the sophisticated, almost soap-opera life of American
Crows, and how they are an indicator species for microscopic organisms in
nature.

Professor Doug Robinson is an evolutionary biologist whose teaching and
research experiences have focused on organismal biology and behavior. He has
taught classes on animal behavior, ecology, ornithology, vertebrate biology,
general biology, environmental science, and human anatomy and physiology.
The questions that guide his research revolve around how behavior is shaped
by ecological and social environments.

For more information on NSAS programs and weekly walks, see
www.northshoreaudubon.org   or visit our
Facebook page.

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Subject: Re: Barrier beach Rough-legged Hawks
From: Mike <mikec02 AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:23:11 -0500
Great video !!


Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 22, 2015, at 7:47 PM, John Gluth  wrote:

> I enjoyed a beautiful afternoon observing and photographing Rough-legged 
Hawks along Ocean Parkway between Oak Beach and Gilgo (Suffolk County). Both 
light and dark morphs were seen, one of the former scavenging a road-killed Red 
Fox near Cedar Beach, very close to the roadway. Photos and video of these 
birds can be viewed here: 

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/jgluth_brb/sets/72157650917409106/
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Subject: RE: Barrier beach Rough-legged Hawks
From: Steve Walter <swalter15 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:30:50 -0500
I posted my own offerings at my web site http://www.stevewalternature.com/ ,
on the Birds Recent Work page. My plan was to issue a warning about the fox.
It's rather gruesome and my picture is closer and sharper. I put the picture
at the bottom of the page. You don't have to scroll all the way down if you
want to avoid it.

Trying to put numbers on them, I'd say there are at least 4 Rough-legs from
Gilgo to Cedar Beach, 2 just west of Tobay, 2 along the Loop Parkway, and
maybe one along the Meadowbrook. You don't need no black dirt region this
year. There are also a couple of Red-tails from Tobay to Oak Beach, so a
close look at the Buteos is warranted if you're counting as you drive. 

One additional note of interest was the presence of two Ipswich Sparrows
(with other Savannahs) near the entrance to Captree, below the sign for
"boat trailers left lane only".


Steve Walter



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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Barrier beach Rough-legged Hawks

I enjoyed a beautiful afternoon observing and photographing Rough-legged
Hawks along Ocean Parkway between Oak Beach and Gilgo (Suffolk County). Both
light and dark morphs were seen, one of the former scavenging a road-killed
Red Fox near Cedar Beach, very close to the roadway. Photos and video of
these birds can be viewed here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jgluth_brb/sets/72157650917409106/

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Subject: Rough-legged Hawks at EPCAL
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Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:12:08 +0000
3 Rough-legged Hawks were observed at EPCAL this evening from 4:30 to 5:15 (2 
light, 1 dark morph) in the field between Rt 25 and the Riverhead Building 
Supply Warehouse. 


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Subject: Barrier beach Rough-legged Hawks
From: John Gluth <jgluth AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:47:11 -0500
I enjoyed a beautiful afternoon observing and photographing Rough-legged Hawks 
along Ocean Parkway between Oak Beach and Gilgo (Suffolk County). Both light 
and dark morphs were seen, one of the former scavenging a road-killed Red Fox 
near Cedar Beach, very close to the roadway. Photos and video of these birds 
can be viewed here: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jgluth_brb/sets/72157650917409106/

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Subject: Napeague red-shouldered hawk
From: Bruce Horwith <bruce.horwith AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:25:36 -0500
Took a quick trip to Lazy Point to see if there was any open water, since
much of the near shore of Gardiner's Bay has been frozen for about a week.
There was a bit of open water, and the usual assortment of winter ducks
(ruddy, scaup, redhead, surf and white-winged scotor, horned grebe, common
loon, bufflehead, long-tailed, goldeneye, mallard, black duck, red-breasted
merg). The highlight was a red-shouldered hawk on Lazy Point Rd, the first
I've seen in that area. We've also been getting decent numbers of hooded
mergs in Three Mile Harbor and neighboring ponds like Pussy's Pond, which
is not that typical for those spots.

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Subject: Common Raven, Central Islip (Suffolk Co)
From: <glennq AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:53:43 -0500
I forgot to post this on the day of the sighting (Thu., Feb 19th).

Around 4:45, I picked up my son from private soccer training at the Central 
Islip campus of NYIT. While driving out of the main campus road, we observed 
a large black bird pecking at something in the snow.
It turned out to be a Common Raven. We enjoyed views of it from the car at a 
distance of only 10 feet. It stared at us intently, you could see the 
intelligence in its eye. A bit unnerving. It reminded me of the game warden’s 

opinion of the  velociraptors in the movie Jurassic Park:

“That one... when she looks at you, you can see she's working things 
out...............They remember.......”


Glenn Quinn
Antonio Quinn
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Subject: Re: Jones Beach Snow Geese, Raptors
From: Luke <leormand AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:45:25 -0500
I missed out on dark morphs but saw 2 light more roughies including one trying 
to eat some roadkill (cars were spooking it). Also had a long eared owl 



> On Feb 22, 2015, at 3:25 PM, Robert Taylor  wrote:
> 
> Hi Everyone,
> 
> Saw 2 Snow Geese with a flock of Canadas in the median north of the needle. 
Closer to the island I saw 2 dark morph rough legged hawks. There was also a 
Northern Harrier over the dunes. Lots of Song Sparrows, Yellow Rumped Warblers 
and Horned Larks around where the ground is exposed,. Great day to be out 

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Subject: Jones Beach Snow Geese, Raptors
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:25:49 -0800
Hi Everyone,

Saw 2 Snow Geese with a flock of Canadas in the median north of the
needle.  Closer to the island I saw 2 dark morph rough legged hawks.  There
was also a Northern Harrier over the dunes.  Lots of Song Sparrows, Yellow
Rumped Warblers and Horned Larks around where the ground is exposed,. Great
day to be out

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Subject: King eider
From: <wayne13114 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:33:19 -0500
The adult male King Eider is currently viewable behind the russel station in 
Rochester 




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Subject: Fwd: Gyrfalcon in Seneca County
From: Scott Haber <scotthaber1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:55:50 -0500
Forwarding from Cayugabirds.

-Scott

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From: Dave Nutter 
Date: Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 9:36 AM
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Gyrfalcom per Tim Lenz, 928am
To: CAYUGABIRDS-L 


gray GYRFALCON on pole, Stahl Rd off Seyboldt, Canoga, Fayette Township,
Seneca County

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Subject: RE: Croton Point
From: Carole Griffiths <Carole.Griffiths AT liu.edu>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 02:34:22 +0000
Common Redpolls seen this morning in the birch trees just below the turnoff - 
around 9 am. Posted on ebird. There were five eagles in one tree just above the 
bridge. And horned grebe, redheads, common mergansers, buffle heads and the 
other usual ducks (including the pair of mallards displaying and mating). 

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[bounce-118846278-14379029 AT list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Matthew Wills 
[matthewwills AT earthlink.net] 

Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2015 9:01 PM
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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Croton Point

A birthday walk in Croton Point Park before the snow today revealed a dearth of 
Bald Eagles. We had 9 sightings of eagles, mostly distant. (Only 9! I know, 
we're getting spoiled.) A male Norther Harrier was bouncing over the hill. A 
Merlin nicely perched near the Point. A single Red-tailed hawk. No Common 
Redpoll. Cold and bitter with the damp wind, with ice everywhere except around 
the Point itself. I was expecting to see some eagles on the train ride up the 
Croton-Harmon and then back to NYC, but only one each way. 




A good day for a flask of whisky, for reinforcements.

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From: Matthew Wills <matthewwills AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:01:21 -0500




Subject: Gyrfalcon - copied from NY Birders FB page just now
From: "Carena Pooth" <carena AT prodigy.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:02:27 -0500
*          

  Mike Parr The bird was
reported around 1:20 on Sycamore Drive off Albany Post Road. Several of us
arrived seconds too late.

 
 1 hr .  

  Tracy Little A friend
of mine lives on Hoagerburg Rd and she just texted me that the falcon said
hello at 3:20pm.

 
 1 hr .  

*          

  Larry Master Address on
Hoagerberg Rd?

 
 1 hr . 

*          

  Tracy Little She was
driving and saw it twice. Not by her house. Sorry I don't know exactly
where, but it appears to be back in the neighborhood.

 
 57 mins .

 

> On 2/21/2015 4:37:00 PM, Brian Whipple (brian.whipple AT gmail.com) wrote: 
> > Seconded. 
> On Feb 21, 2015 4:34 PM, "Larry Trachtenberg"  
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> > about Thursday) but is not being posted on NYS birds --apparently on 
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From: Brian Whipple <brian.whipple AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:37:00 -0500
Seconded.
On Feb 21, 2015 4:34 PM, "Larry Trachtenberg" 
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From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:33:57 +0000
I have learned the falcon was seen both Friday and again today (not sure about 
Thursday) but is not being posted on NYS birds --apparently on Facebook only. 
As an anachronism who has never joined Facebook (and perhaps I'm not alone) a 
post on NYS birds would be appreciated either positive or negative. Thanks. 


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Subject: Brooklyn Pelagic Scheduled for Sat, April 11
From: Paul Guris <paulagics.com AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:12:53 -0500
For our inaugural trip out of Brooklyn, we have scheduled an experimental
trip for Saturday, April 11.  This is a time of year with very poor pelagic
coverage in our area, but we have chosen the date to coincide with the
large northbound migration of gulls, Gannets, loons, waterfowl, and
baitfish that typically occur at this time of year.

Target birds we hope to see include Northern Fulmar, Great, Manx, and Sooty
Shearwaters, Red Phalarope, Northern Gannet, Pomarine Jaeger, Black-legged
Kittiwake, and perhaps lingering alcids which at this time may already be
in breeding plumage.  Our real hope, and it's definitely a hope, is that we
might find something rare like a Great Skua or even an albatross moving
with this push of birds and bait.  With schools of bait moving, it's also a
good time to look for cetaceans like Fin, Humpback, and Minke Whales, as
well as Common and Atlantic White-sided Dolphin.

The trip details are:

   - Leave:  6:00 AM
   - Return:  Approx 6:00 PM
   - Cost:  $175
   - Boat:  Brooklyn VI, Pier #6, 2200 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY
   - Public Transportation: Q Line, Sheepshead Bay Station (approx 0.7
   miles away)
   - We can arrange to shuttle people from the station to the dock with
   their gear.


We're very excited about working with the Brookly VI.  The boat is a fast,
stable platform.  It is 110' long, 26' wide, has a maximum speed of 27
knots, and is licensed for 132 passengers.  A full trip for us is normally
40-50 so that means plenty of room.  For those who have sailed with us
aboard the Starstream out of Freeport, this is essentially the same hull
except that it is a bit longer and a little wider.  There is a full galley
aboard and a regular cook so real food will be available.  We visited the
boat and spoke with the captains and crew this winter.  They are friendly,
professional, and are VERY interested in running pelagic birding trips with
us.

For more information or to sign up, email us at info AT paulagics.com or call
215-234-6805.  Hope to see you aboard!


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Subject: Massapequa Preserve: Snow Goose, Wood Duck etc, signs of Spring
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:44:40 -0800
Hi Everyone,

I stopped at Massapequa Preserve to check out the previously reported
possible hybrid Ross/ Snow Goose.  I don't see anything indicating a hybrid
- looks like a Snow Goose to me - in any event it was very vocal with the
Canada Geese - it was at the Pittsburgh Ave Pond and the stream south of
Clark St.  Also in the stream, but North of Clark St was a continuing male
Wood Duck.  Other waterfowl included Pintail, Bufflehead, Ruddy, Black
Duck, Coots and Mallards - many walking on the ice giving good photo ops.

At my house (2 blocks from the preserve) Cardinals and Song Sparrows were
singing.

Good birding,
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Subject: NYC Area RBA: 20 February 2015
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Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:09:19 -0500
-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Feb. 20, 2015
* NYNY1502.20

- Birds Mentioned

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE+
GYRFALCON+
MEW GULL+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Greater White-Fronted Goose
Cackling Goose
EURASIAN WIGEON
Green-winged Teal
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, Eurasian form
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
Red-necked Grebe
Black Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Greater Yellowlegs
Wilson’s Snipe
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
SNOWY OWL
Short-eared Owl
Horned Lark
BOHEMIAN WAXWING
Orange-crowned Warbler
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Common Redpoll

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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

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, February 20 at
7:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are MEW GULL, PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, BOHEMIAN
WAXWING, BLACK-HEADED GULL, BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, Eurasian form of
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, EURASIAN WIGEON and SNOWY OWL, plus an extralimital
GYRFALCON.

The first winter MEW GULL, of the western subspecies brachyrhynchus,
continues its presence in Brooklyn, though its whereabouts 99% of the time
is unknown.  For a few minutes Thursday it was seen on rocks just south of
BJ’s Wholesale Club, which is just a quarter mile southeast of the Caesar’s
Bay Plaza shopping center area, where the previous sightings have
occurred.  The gull soon flew up over the nearby Belt Parkway and
disappeared.  Somewhere nearby it has a site where it comfortably spends
much of its time.

The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE in Riverhead also remains elusive, but here the
problem usually is to pick it out among the few thousand CANADA GEESE using
the rolling sod fields located south of Sound Avenue between Doctor’s Path
on the west and Route 105 on the east, as the PINK-FOOTED is often fairly
well hidden among the Canadas and crevasses in the fields.  A GREATER-WHITE
FRONTED and CACKLING GEESE are also present there.

The Jones Beach West End BOHEMIAN WAXWING was still present in the median
near the turnaround last Saturday, but we have nothing confirmed since
then.  A decent gathering of LAPLAND LONGSPURS at West End included 9
counted Wednesday among a large number of HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS.
A flock of 20 plus COMMON REDPOLLS continues to roam the West End, and a
NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported there again Wednesday, with a SHORT-EARED OWL
there Monday.

A SNOWY OWL was still at Floyd Bennett Field last weekend.

An immature BLACK-HEADED GULL was spotted Sunday afternoon at Five Islands
Park in New Rochelle, this perhaps the same bird previously at that
location into last December.  It has not been relocated during the week.

The drake BARROW’S GOLDENEYE was still present a little west of the Sands
Point Preserve last Saturday, and a female type BARROW’S continues on a
pond at Moravian Cemetery on Staten Island, this just north of Richmond
Road.

A male Eurasian form of GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen with American
GREEN-WINGED TEAL Wednesday through today at Brookville Park in Queens,
this along the west side of Brookville Boulevard.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON remains at Bush Terminal Piers Park in Brooklyn,
this site also hosting one of the several RED-NECKED GREBES lingering along
the Brooklyn and Manhattan waterfront.

Birds at the Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park in Brooklyn this week
included the lingering WILSON’S SNIPE, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a SHORT-EARED
OWL Tuesday, BALD EAGLE and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.  Quite a few ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWKS have been pushed further south by the snows, and a good stretch to
see multiple ROUGH-LEGGEDS recently has been Ocean Parkway from Jones Beach
West End to Cedar Beach, but they could be encountered almost anywhere.

Single GLAUCOUS GULLS were spotted at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island
Thursday, on Governor’s Island on Wednesday and around the fishing pier in
Mt. Sinai Harbor Monday, while an ICELAND GULL continues along the Brooklyn
waterfront, with another at Huguenot Avenue Beach on Staten Island Thursday.

Four BLACK VULTURES were spotted over 72nd Street and the West Side Highway
in Manhattan last Sunday, and a COMMON REDPOLL continues to visit the
Ramble feeders in Central Park.

The ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was still surviving in the cattails at Hempstead
Lake State Park Thursday, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was at Robert Moses State
Park last weekend.

Check the internet for updated information on the GYRFALCON in Ulster
County.

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Subject: Croton: Redpoll, Horned Grebe, Redheads
From: Ryan MacLean <mountainjam18 AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:41:24 -0500
After seeing the report from this morning of Common Redpolls at Croton Point 
Park, I headed over this afternoon to check it out myself. While I didn't have 
a flock of around 20, I did get good looks at a lone Redpoll along the paved 
road that runs past the RV campground. Also in the area were several GC 
Kinglets, a Fox Sparrow by the cabins, Hermit Thrush and a couple Sapsuckers. 



At Croton Harmon Train Station enough water was open at the end of the boat 
launch to draw in a nice little congregation of waterfowl, highlighted by 7 
REDHEADS (6 drake, 1 hen). A HORNED GREBE was also somewhat of a surprise, 
closely associating with several Bufflehead and diving repeatedly. Having heard 
that Long Island Sound is freezing over in certain areas it doesn't quite 
surprise me that this one worked its way inland. 



Earlier at nearby Black Rock Park a PIED-BILLED GREBE, 2 female LESSER SCAUP 
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Subject: Wallkill GYRFALCON - Any sightings today?
From: John Zucker <jwzucker AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:04:57 -0500


> On Feb 19, 2015, at 1:15 PM, Mardi Dickinson  wrote:
> 
> 
> Birders et al,
> 
>  2/19 THURSDAY 1:17PM ~ NO GYRFALCON has been sighted in Wallkill today. 
> Just spoke with Dave Winston on location with large group in original 
location of Fort Road. http://t.co/hNq2I6xBKx 

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Subject: Redpolls -- croton point
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:26:01 +0000
Good sized flock (est. 20) continues this a.m. about 715 in and around black 
birch trees and in bushes and on gravel road past RVs before cabins at croton 
point park giving really nice looks. 


L. Trachtenberg
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Subject: Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center
From: "Carney, Martin" <carneym AT fordhamprep.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:09:39 -0500
The Wilson's Snipe, Dunlin, Northern Pintail, Greater Yellowlegs, Killdeer
and Black-bellied Plover were all present during my brief and frigid visit
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Subject: Massapequa Preserve Birds (Nassau County)
From: ken feustel <feustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:04:15 -0500
Anxious to bird off the barrier beach on this cold and windy day, I headed out 
to Massapequa Preserve, hoping that the recent three inches of powder would 
cover the very icy trails. Upon arriving I parked on Parkside Boulevard and 
headed in to the "Pittsburgh Ave." Pond. There were a number of Canada Geese 
present and one smallish white goose. My first thought was that I had found the 
elusive Ross's Goose, but as the bird turned sideways the bill was too long for 
a Ross's Goose and had a prominent grinning patch. Nevertheless, the small size 
of the bird, along with the rounded head and short neck, suggested a Ross's x 
Snow Goose hybrid. After consulting some photos of Snow Geese, the bill did 
seem intermediate between Snow Goose and Ross's Goose. I have posted some 
photos of the goose on my flickr site, along with photos of Ross's and Snow 
Geese. Heading further north I was pleasantly surprised to see the 
Orange-crowned Warbler feeding in the same stand of cattails where it was found 
on the Southern Nassau CBC in early January. There was a fair variety of 
waterfowl in the stream including Wood Duck (2) Pintail, American Wigeon, 
Gadwall, and Green-winged Teal. My FOS Common Grackle feeding along the creek 
edge was a reminder that blackbirds are moving north despite the weather. 


Ken Feustel
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Subject: Wilson's Snipe - Douglaston Queens co.
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:40:26 -0500
saw one snipe today along the north edge of the John Riedl Wildflower 
Meadow.

this is the south end of the Joe Micheals Mile path 40.764108,-73.757232

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Subject: First winter MEW GULL Brooklyn-YES
From: Shane Blodgett <shaneblodgett AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:00:18 -0500
Briefly refound first winter Mew Gull (the younger of the 2 and the only one 
seen more than once) on rocks across cove that is just south of BJ's Wholesale 
Club-viewed from walkway on ground floor- this is about .25 south of Caesar's 
Bay Shopping Center where bird had previously been reported. 

This is my first sighting of the bird since February 1.
As it has done before, after 5 minutes it took off toward the north over the 
Belt and then dropped down out of sight. 


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Subject: Rough Legged at Epcal
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Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:26:51 -0500
Three Rough Legged now at EPCAL. One dark and two light

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Subject: NO GYRFALCON 2/19 Thursday
From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:15:38 -0500
Birders et al,

 2/19 THURSDAY 1:17PM ~ NO GYRFALCON has been sighted in Wallkill today. 
Just spoke with Dave Winston on location with large group in original location 
of Fort Road. http://t.co/hNq2I6xBKx 


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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk-EPCAL
From: tomster101 <tomster101 AT optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:08:02 -0500
Rough-legged Hawk light morph continues at EPCAL over west runway.

Tom Moran
Shoreham


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Subject: Common Teal, Rough-legged Hawk ++ Southeast Queens County
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:03:40 -0500
Late this afternoon, I found a Drake Common Teal (Eurasian) or if you
prefer, Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) in the company of several American
Green-winged Teals at Brookville Park Queens. This is the same area I found
one last year, though the date was later, see here -

http://birdingdude.blogspot.com/2014/03/photo-study-of-green-winged-vs-common.html 


Among the 23 other Green-winged Teals, there was one that could be a
candidate for an intergrade, Common X American. The facial pattern on this
duck was well defined like the Common Teal but while the vertical stripe
was strong, the horizontal stripe indicating Common Teal parentage was
weak. I might just chalk it up as a variation of American Green-winged Teal
unless my photos convince otherwise.

Other notables in the Brookville area included 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron
and 4 Greater Yellowlegs. The latter up from 2 indicating new arrivals,
probably frozen out from other areas.

Earlier at Idlewild Preserve, another area in Southeast Queens, I had a
Rough-legged Hawk perched near "snake road" off of Rockaway Blvd. A note on
Snake Road, it is a treacherous stretch and folks do not drive that road
slowly so be very careful if you bird that area.

Namasté,

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Subject: HR Bald eagle viewing
From: "Lake, Thomas R" <lake AT sunydutchess.edu>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:48:02 -0500
Ann Marie - Here are some of the best (from north to south):

Route 6/202 Overlook, Westchester County
Route 6/202 overlook, Bear Mountain Parkway, one mile south of Bear Mountain 
Bridge. 

Look: To the west from Bear Mountain south to Dunderberg, including Iona and 
Round islands. 


China Pier, Westchester County
Route 9 to 9A, Buchanan, just south of Peekskill (a mile).
Look: To the west to Dunderberg Mountain, south down into Haverstraw Bay, and 
upriver across Peekskill Bay. 


Jones Point, Rockland County
Route 9W south of Bear Mountain. Look: To the east from Charles Point south to 
Indian Point. 


Verplanck, Westchester County
Route 9 to 9A, Verplanck  AT  Old Steamboat Dock. Look: West from Stony Point and 
north to Indian Point. 


Georges Island Park, Montrose, Westchester County
Route 9, Route 9A, Montrose  AT  George's Island Westchester County Park 
Look: Look to the northwest to Dogan Point.

Croton Point Park, Westchester County
Route 9, Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson  AT  Croton Point Westchester 
County Park. Look: Look anywhere in the park, particularly the south end at 
Sarah Tellers Point. 


Croton River, Westchester County
Route 9, Croton-on-Hudson  AT  extreme south end of Metro North Train Station 
parking lot. Look: Look to the west to Croton Marsh, Croton Bay; south to 
Croton River across Innbuckie to railroad tracks. 


Tom Lake
Estuary Naturalist
NYSDEC HREP

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From: bounce-118832218-26920862 AT list.cornell.edu 
[bounce-118832218-26920862 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Ann 
[annhiker AT aol.com] 

Sent: Wednesday, February 18, 2015 7:43 AM
To: Larry Trachtenberg; NYSBirds-L AT Cornell.edu
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Eagle fest

Good morning,

Can anyone recommend a spot to view and photograph bald eagles over the next 
couple of days? I am looking for a place within 1-2 hours drive of Brooklyn, 
NY. 


Thank you,
Ann Marie

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 8, 2015, at 2:57 PM, Larry Trachtenberg  
wrote: 

>
> There were well in excess of 100 bald eagles seen during eagle fest yesterday 
between Tarrytown and Peekskill. High hourly counts were 39 at George's Island 
8 a.m. and 51 at Verplank pier at 10 am including 20 on an ice floe. Other 
birds seen during festival were: croton train boat ramp/ croton point park: 7 
redhead ducks (6 drake), canvasback, red breasted merganser (uncommon on the 
river side), ruddy duck, black duck (+/- 50), Amer. wigeon, common raven, great 
Horned owl, N. Harrier (3), peregrine falcon, horned lark (approx. 15); Black 
Rock park: pied billed grebe, E. Screech owl; George's island: rough legged 
hawk, red shouldered hawk and brown creeper. 

> No gyrfalcon at any location.
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Subject: Brooklyn birds
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:00:02 -0500
18 Feb 2015
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) joined by Debbie Martin continued our chase for 
target birds. Still after the elusive Canvasback, we went to Prospect Park and 
were again disappointed. Several COMMON MERGANSERS were among the ducks. At the 
feeders we saw Downy Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Song Sparrow, 
Red-winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch and our target PURPLE FINCH. 


Next, at Bush Terminal Park. we stopped for the wigeon and grebe. Here we found 
our EURASIAN WIGEON, AMERICA WIGEON, COMMON GOLDENEYE, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 
BUFFLEHEAD, our RED-NECKED GREBE, HORNED GREBE, COMMON and RED-THROATED LOONS 
and a GREAT CORMORANT, 


Travelling east on the Belt Pkwy we stopped at the first parking lot past the 
bridge, looked over onto the rocks and found a PURPLE SANDPIPER. 


After a pause at Nathan's for a lunch break, we went to Coney Island Creek. 
Surprise! Amidst the ducks were 2 CANVASBACKS. Among others were GREATER and 
LESSER SCAUP, HOODED and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and BUFFLEHEAD. 


The WILSON'S SNIPE, KILLDEER and DUNLIN continue at Marine Park Salt Marsh 
Nature Center. Only a KESTREL for raptors. A PIED-BILLED GREBE completed the 
grebe family for the day. 


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Subject: GYR NOW 2/18 1:12PM
From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:11:54 -0500
YES still at 1:11pm 2/18 GYRFALCON MAP Old Fort Rd. . http://t.co/hNq2I6xBKx

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Subject: GYR NOW 2/18
From: Mardi Dickinson <mardi1d AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:31:03 -0500
2/18 Wed 12:39pm on location NOW GYR is on old fort Rd orginal location! Across 
field in bare tree! 


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Subject: C.Redpoll, etc. Central Park NYC 2/18
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:00:02 -0500
Wednesday, 18 February, 2015

At the feeders within the Ramble of Central Park (Manhattan, N.Y.  
City) this early a.m. were a male Common Redpoll, arriving at the  
thistle feeders as of 8:45, along with a Pine Siskin that had already  
joined the many American Goldfinch also there;  fairly good activity  
of more-regular spp. including 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Brown  
Creeper, Hairy & Downy Woodpeckers, American Robins, & a nice  
assortment of sparrows including one (winter-plumaged) Chipping,  
several American Tree, several "red" Fox, a few Song, & the usual  
hordes of White-throated Sparrows plus Dark-eyed Juncos.  Common  
Grackles continue to be numerous there, and around the Ramble.

Good birding,

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Subject: Re: Eagle fest
From: Ann <annhiker AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:43:41 -0500
Good morning, 

Can anyone recommend a spot to view and photograph bald eagles over the next 
couple of days? I am looking for a place within 1-2 hours drive of Brooklyn, 
NY. 


Thank you,
Ann Marie

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 8, 2015, at 2:57 PM, Larry Trachtenberg  
wrote: 

> 
> There were well in excess of 100 bald eagles seen during eagle fest yesterday 
between Tarrytown and Peekskill. High hourly counts were 39 at George's Island 
8 a.m. and 51 at Verplank pier at 10 am including 20 on an ice floe. Other 
birds seen during festival were: croton train boat ramp/ croton point park: 7 
redhead ducks (6 drake), canvasback, red breasted merganser (uncommon on the 
river side), ruddy duck, black duck (+/- 50), Amer. wigeon, common raven, great 
Horned owl, N. Harrier (3), peregrine falcon, horned lark (approx. 15); Black 
Rock park: pied billed grebe, E. Screech owl; George's island: rough legged 
hawk, red shouldered hawk and brown creeper. 

> No gyrfalcon at any location. 
> 
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Subject: Riverhead (Suffolk) geese, etc.
From: Douglas Futuyma <dfutuyma AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:38:43 -0500
My goose chase this afternoon was partly successful, yielding one Greater
White-fronted Goose and one Cackling Goose amidst the Canadas visible from
Route 43 (Northville Turnpike), north of its intersection with Route 105. I
did not find the Pink-footed Goose, but it may well have been among the
considerable number of geese behind the rise that blocks view of the entire
field.

Earlier, I visited Mount Sinai Harbor on the north shore. Some gulls were
foraging along the outlet from the estuary, but I did not see the recently
reported Glaucous Gull.

Later, I went to Shinnecock Inlet. Hundreds of Common Eiders and some
scoters, in flocks of various sizes, were flying in and out of the inlet,
settling briefly  but then taking flight again.  I did not see the King
Eider. When I left, some had alighted on the ocean just east of the
jetties, while others were gone.  I didn't discern any cause of this
behavior, and wonder if it will prove to have been a prelude to departure
from the area.

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Subject: Snipe ad other birds
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:22:19 -0500
17 Feb 2015

Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) cased some target birds today with mixed results. 
We went to the World's Fair Mania in Queens to look for Canvasback reported 
there. A small patch of open water held Black, Mallard, Gadwall, Rudy, a Lesser 
Scaup, Bufflehead, Coot and Canada Geese, but not our target. 


We next went to the "U" street Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center in 
Brooklyn. Behind the center, the water's edge held feeding Black-bellied 
Plover, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Dunlin and our target Wilson's Snipe. 
Plus a mix of ducks including a pair of Pintail and Shoveler. We walked the 
path along the marsh and observed 3 Northern Harriers, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, a 
light morph Rough-legged Hawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Sparrows included Song, 
White-throated, Tree, Fox and Savannah. 


At present, this relatively new city park is a worthy alternate to Jamaica Bay 
and deserves a bit more attention. When all the plantings are complete it may 
supplant it unless the fresh water ponds are returned to their former 
condition. 


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Subject: REMINDER - 2014 County & State Listing Deadline is MARCH 1
From: "Carena Pooth" <carena AT prodigy.net>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:54:46 -0500
Many thanks to those who have already submitted their reports! Here's a
friendly reminder to those who haven't sent their data in yet.

 

The NYSOA (New York State Ornithological Association) County and State
Listing Project is accepting birders' data for 2014. If you wish to get your
numbers into the 2014 report, don't miss the March 1 deadline. Data may be
submitted online, via fax, via email, or via USPS. If you're new to this and
it sounds interesting, the details are summarized below.

 

Participation in this fun, friendly competition is open to anyone who is a
2015 member of NYSOA or one of NYSOA's member clubs or the NYS Young Birders
Club.

 

Started in 1992 by Berna Lincoln, the project continues to engage many
participants across the state, some of whom have not missed a single year
since the beginning. The ultimate objective of the project is to encourage
birders of all levels to get out and bird the many varied habitats of New
York State and report their sightings throughout the year to local clubs,
NYSOA's regional editors, and eBird. 

 

After the close of each calendar year, participants send in their life list
totals for the entire state, the 10 Kingbird regions, and/or the 62
counties. You can send in just one number or as many as 74, or anywhere in
between - it's your choice depending on where you've birded and what records
you've kept. A compilation is produced annually and published in NYSOA's
newsletter and also on the NYSOA website at
http://nybirds.org/ProjCountyLists.html. Forms and a map of the ten Kingbird
regions of the state are available on that web page also.

 

Join in on the fun - but don't miss the deadline! And remember, no reports
submitted in previous years are automatically carried into the next
published list. If you want to be listed, you must submit your report, even
if your numbers haven't changed since the last one you sent in.

 

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Subject: NorthEast Hawk Watch conference on April 4, 2015
From: Gertrude Battaly <merlin AT pipeline.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:43:30 -0500
The NorthEast Hawk Watch Conference will be in Holyoke MA on April 4, 2015.
We have an exciting program with lots to learn about our local raptors.

Please see the NEHW conference preview at: 
http://www.battaly.com/nehw/conference/2015_preview/

or the preview for MOBILE at: 
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The conference page with all information, including the program, 
directions, local motels, a flyer, and birding near Holyoke, is at:

http://www.battaly.com/nehw/conference/

If you are wondering why there are more Red-shouldered Hawks around, 
come for the "Increasing Red-shouldered Breeders" talk.

If you are a hawk watcher, come for the "Falcons on FIRE" talk (that's 
Fire Island).
If you want to know about those majestic Golden Eagles, come for the 
"Wintering Golden Eagles in New York" talk.
There is lots more, including live raptors and a documentary "Epic 
Journeys", about 3 iconic shorebird species, for the birder in all of us.

I hope to see you at the conference!

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Subject: Gyrfalcon Near wallkill ny
From: Chrissy G <chrissy.guarino AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:57:26 -0500
I see the gyr right now.  It is on marabac road near the intersection with
sand hill rd.  it is in the field behind the solo eating something.  Not
much shoulder to pull off...keep cars on one side of the rd please.

C guarino
New paltz
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Subject: Eastern towhee - Athens
From: "Taylor, Jeremy J (DEC)" <jeremy.taylor AT dec.ny.gov>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:21:30 +0000
Hi all,

Over the weekend my great-aunt and parents (Athens, Greene County) observed an 
Eastern towhee on multiple occasions at their feeders. My great-aunt observed 
it on Friday, and my parents saw it at least three different times on Saturday. 
They live next door to each other. Not sure if it is still hanging around... 


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Ravena, NY


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Subject: Gyr?
From: James Coe <jim AT jamescoe.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:04:56 -0500
Any reports or observations yet today Tuesday 2/17 of the Wallkill Gyrfalcon?




Jim Coe 
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Subject: Croton point
From: Larry Trachtenberg <Trachtenberg AT amsllp.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:01:33 +0000
There were many common redpolls in mixed flock of goldfinch and siskins 
yesterday even feeding on ground w juncos and WT sparrows. Sporadic reports 
over the last week so they are likely hanging around. Best spot seems to be in 
trees just at the left turn off, from the paved road (past the RVs) on to lower 
gravel road that goes past the old wine cellars. Only room for one car so if 
you want to try and get a good look find somewhere to park. 


L. Trachtenberg
Ossining 

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Subject: Late report: Northern Shrike in Wallkill 2/14
From: Ryan MacLean <mountainjam18 AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 23:49:55 -0500
Surprised it hasn't been reported on here, but I just saw on ebird that 
numerous observers who struck out on the Gyr on 2/14 saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE on 
Old Fort Rd in Wallkill (same general area as the Gyr). I don't know if anyone 
saw or looked for it today (luckily the resident rock star was obliging) but 
keep an eye out for it if you're looking for the Gyr. 



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Subject: Ulster County highlights: Gyrfalcon, Golden Eagle +
From: Sean Sime <sean AT seansime.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:37:11 -0500
Focusing on one of the goals of the Great Backyard Bird Count weekend my
brother and I planned to take my daughter and his nephew (7 and 13,
respectively) out to see the Short-eared Owl show at the Shawangunk
Grasslands.
We figured we'd swing by Blue Chip Farms in the hopes the Gyrfalcon was on
hand. Driving along Hoagerburgh Rd. and seeing a red carpet worthy line of
lenses pointing into a field was a good sign and the Gyrfalcon was quickly
located. It preened and stretched for 20-30 minutes before relocating to
the spruce along Old Fort Rd. It was great to be able to see it fly. What a
bird.
The dissemination of information of this bird has been on point and
wonderful and thank you to the community at large and also to the friends
who kept me posted while we were en route.
A quick conversation with John Askildsen and Sandra Paci on site tipped us
off to a Golden Eagle that was seen heading towards the grasslands shortly
before we arrived.

We moved to the grasslands and before long had located 2 light morph and 1
dark morph Rough-legged Hawks as well as 2 Short-eared Owls which briefly
coursed over the grasslands before disappearing towards Blue Chip. All the
while I kept looking back towards the ridge line. After seeing a few Black
Vultures I picked up a Golden Eagle flying WSW towards the ridge. After
noticing this very large raptor gliding with wings in a dihedral I spent
the first moments trying to turn it into a Turkey Vulture, but as soon as
it banked and circled there was no mistaking it was an eagle. The tiny head
projecting past the leading edge of the wings and the light band at the
base of the tail were all points that worked towards the ID.
The fire drill started as I handed off the scope to my brother and started
running down the line of cars trying to get people on the bird.

Things quieted down until eventually another Short-eared Owl flew in and
perched roughly 100 yards from the parking lot. The kids were able to get
great scope views and both were excited about it's "super-cool mask!"
Discretion was the better part of valor at that point and we retreated to
the warmth of the car and eventually, the city.

All in all a rewarding day. To watch a kid look through a scope at a
Gyrfalcon and say, "It's looking at me!!!" is pretty cool. When it's your
own kid it's just awesome.

Good birding,

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Brooklyn, NY

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Subject: Fwd: Golden Eagle Sighting w/ Gyrfalcon
From: "Christopher T. Tessaglia-Hymes" <cth4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 02:32:46 +0000
The following is a sighting I received word of via email, today.

Good birding!

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

Begin forwarded message:

From: Balabhadra Das 
> 

Subject: Golden Eagle Sighting w/ Gyrfalcon
Date: February 16, 2015 at 7:06:49 PM EST
To: "cth4 AT cornell.edu" 
> 


My name is Blake Geryk and I do not belong to the NY list serve but thought 
that the follow observations would be appreciated by the people who follow the 
sightings on your page. Feel free to post it as a second hand sighting if you 
like. If you have any questions on this sighting please just reply to this 
email. 


Best Regards,

Blake
------------------------------------- follows:

I am from out of state but thought local birders would appreciate the following 
information. 


There was an immature Golden Eagle soaring above the same field as the 
Gyrfalcon in Wallkill today around 1:30pm. This bird was high and I followed 
it, for about 10 mins, with a 28x scope - after initially IDing it with my 
binoculars. 


If you are Northbound, this location was on Hoagerburgh Road just before Old 
Fort Road (before the crest in the road). There is a fairly close tree in the 
hoarse field on your right where the Falcon apparently was yesterday and most 
of the day today. It also spend significant time perched on the fencing that 
runs behind the hoarse building in the field there - easy to miss if you are 
not carefully looking with glass. 


The Golden Eagle was spotted soaring over the tree of the Falcon and gradually 
worked its way over head and headed North/West. Field observations that were 
confirmed by two other birders are: 

1. Soaring smoothly with a noticeable dihedral wing pattern.2. Defined white 
patches by the primaries on the underside.3. White at the base of the bird's 
tail on the underside. 


As the bird turned, in a 28x scope, I could see light golden brown on its nape 
and scapulars. 


Around the same time, much lower and flying in a different direction than the 
Golden Eagle was an Adult Bald Eagle. 


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Subject: Ocean Pkwy and WE2
From: richard gostic <rgostic AT optonline.net>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:55:45 -0500
A late morning drive (11:30) down Ocean Pkwy to WE2 produced the 
following:

Ocean Pkwy:  4 Rough-legged Hawks between Oak Beach and Tobay.  All 4 
were hovering and actively hunting.  On the way back east a few hours 
later, they were not to be found.

Coast Guard Station:  A mixed flock of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks 
(about 50 of each) was feeding on the lawn to the east of the 
bathrooms.  Among the group were 4 Lapland Longspurs.

West End 2: I walked the median between the Coast Guard Station and WE2 
and was unsuccessful in locating the previously reported Bohemian 
Waxwing.  There was reasonable activity along the median made up of the 
usual cast of characters but during the hour long walk the only birds of 
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Subject: Queens County Bird Club - Upcoming Meeting Info - Wed. 02/18/2015 - Rick Wright presents Peppereaters: A Field Guide to the Toucans of Central Europe
From: Nancy Tognan <nancy.tognan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:34:59 -0500
The *Queens County Bird Club Inc.* will be meeting at the Alley Pond
Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd Douglaston, NY 11362
 >Map of location<  
at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.  Free admission.  Refreshments
served.

Public transportation users:  Meeting location is one mile from Bayside LIRR
station; you can either walk, take Q12 bus, or use car service located at
station.

Our speaker will be Rick Wright presenting "Peppereaters: A Field Guide to
the Toucans of Central Europe"

No, there aren't any toucans in the Old World--no wild ones, at least. But
over the centuries, the natural historians of central Europe have taken the
ramphastids to heart as the ultimate emblems of the exotic. Join Rick Wright
for an amusing and richly illustrated tour through the earliest literature
of the toucans, aracaris, and other big-nosed birds of the American tropics.


Rick Wright lives, birds, and writes in Bloomfield, New Jersey, with his
wife, Alison Beringer.  Rick's current book projects include the sparrow
volume in the Peterson Reference Guide series and a study of hummingbird
collecting in early modern France. His blog, Birding New Jersey and the
World, is filled with trip reports, book and art reviews, and reflections on
the history and the future of birding. 

A native of southeast Nebraska, Rick studied French, German, Philosophy, and
Life Sciences at the University of Nebraska before making a detour to
Harvard Law School. He took the Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures
at Princeton University in 1990, then spent a dozen years as an academic,
holding successive appointments as Assistant Professor of German at the
University of Illinois, Reader in Art and Archaeology at Princeton
University, and Associate Professor of Medieval Studies at Fordham
University. 

Rick is currently the book review editor for Birding and The ABA Blog and a
popular lecturer at birding events around the world.  He leads Birds and Art
tours in Spain, France, Italy, and Germany, and intends to expand this
program over the next couple of years. 

 

Nancy Tognan
Vice President: *Queens County Bird Club Inc*. 
See http://www.qcbirdclub.org/ for more information on trips, speakers, and
other events! 
See our 'Birding Maps & Locations' page for directions to and info about
many local birding hotspots


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

 


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Subject: Glaucous Gull at Mt Sinai Harbor
From: Rich Perkins / TAM <rich AT tamweb.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:21:33 -0500
We had a Glaucous Gull down at Mt Sinai Harbor by fishing pier earlier
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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:13:47 +0000
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* February 16, 2015*  NYSY  02. 16. 15 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):February 09, 2015 - February 16, 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: February 16 AT 4:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph 
BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #430 Monday February 
16, 2015 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of February 09, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

RED-NECKED GREBETRUMPETER SWANBARROW’S GOLDENEYENORTHERN HARRIERGOLDEN EAGLE 
ICELAND GULLGLAUCOUS GULLSNOWY OWLLONG-EARED OWLSHORT-EARED OWLNORTHERN 
SHRIKEHERMIT THRUSHEVENING GROSBEAKEASTERN TOWHEECHIPPING SPARROWHOARY REDPOLL 






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

     2/11: A NORTHERN HARRIER was spotted at East Road.

Onondaga county------------
     2/10: A SNOWY OWL was seen at Hancock Airport. A LONG-EARED OWL was 
found on the Creekwalk north of Hiawatha Boulevard.     2/12: 2 TRUMPETER 
SWANS remain in the Seneca River in Baldwinsville in the open water downriver 
of the bridge.     2/13: A SNOWY OWL was again seen at Hancock Airport.   
  2/14: ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS in all ages were seen near the falls on the 
Seneca River in Baldwinsville. A HERMIT THRUSH continues at Carpenter’s Brook 
Fish Hatchery near Elbridge.     2/15: A CHIPPING SPARROW continues at a 
feeder in Skaneateles. 


Madison County------------
     2/10: A SNOWY OWL was found near the Fenner Wind Farm.     2/15: 
EVENING GROSBEAKS continue at a feedr on Carpenter Road near Sheds. 


Oswego County------------
     2/11: The female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE in the Oswego River down river of 
the bridge in Phoenix.     2/14: A female EASTERN TOWHEE was again seen at a 
feeder on Marsden Drive near Mexico Point. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in 
Oneida Lake at Brewerton. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Peter Scott Road north 
of Phoenix 


Oneida County------------
     2/12: A GOLDEN EAGLE was spotted in Waterville.

Herkimer County------------
     2/13: 9 EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at a feeder near Rt. 28 where the 
Moose River crosses. 


Jefferson County------------
     2/9: An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen on Maxon Lane north of Adams.     
2/11: A HOARY REDPOLL was seen at Fort Drum.     2/13: A SHORT-EARED OWL was 
seen at the Point Peninsula Bird Conservation Area.     2/15: 4 SNOWY OWLS 
were seen in the Town of Lyme north of Rt. 12E. 

        
       
     
     --  end report


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Subject: Re:2nd-hand report: Dark-morph Gyrfalcon at Charlotte Pier in Rochester
From: Scott Haber <scotthaber1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:33:41 -0500
I forgot to mention that the Rochester bird is similar in appearance to the
one-day wonder dark Gyrfalcon found by Dave Kennedy in Seneca Falls on
1/29, but given that this appears to be an "invasion" year for this species
in the northeast, it's quite possible that it's a different individual.



On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 1:30 PM, Scott Haber  wrote:

> A photographer in a Hawk ID group on Facebook posted some nice photos of a
> dark-morph Gyrfalcon (much darker than the Wallkill bird) that was
> apparently attacking gulls at Charlotte Pier in Rochester yesterday (2/16).
>
> I haven't heard of any other sightings or photos, but hopefully some of
> the Rochester-area birders can track this bird down if they're willing to
> brave the cold!
>
> -Scott
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Subject: 2nd-hand report: Dark-morph Gyrfalcon at Charlotte Pier in Rochester
From: Scott Haber <scotthaber1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:30:39 -0500
A photographer in a Hawk ID group on Facebook posted some nice photos of a
dark-morph Gyrfalcon (much darker than the Wallkill bird) that was
apparently attacking gulls at Charlotte Pier in Rochester yesterday (2/16).

I haven't heard of any other sightings or photos, but hopefully some of the
Rochester-area birders can track this bird down if they're willing to brave
the cold!

-Scott

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Subject: Re: Gyrfalcon
From: Dawn Hannay <dawnvla AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:29:48 -0500
Being seen now perched along Hoagerburgh Rd, 1:30 PM
Dawn Hannay

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> On Feb 16, 2015, at 11:49 AM, Jeffrey Ritter  wrote:
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> The Gyrfalcon was seen at 11:15 this morning. A few minutes later seen 
soaring from Old Fort Rd. 

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Subject: Gyrfalcon
From: Jeffrey Ritter <jritt AT nysif.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:49:44 +0000
The Gyrfalcon was seen at 11:15 this morning. A few minutes later seen soaring 
from Old Fort Rd. 


Jeff Ritter

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