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White-winged Tern,©Jan Wilczur

19 Dec NYC Area RBA: 19 December 2014 [Ben Cacace ]
19 Dec Barnacle, Greater White-fronted and Cackling Geese @ St. Charles Cemetery LI... [Andrew Baksh ]
19 Dec Snow Geese Van Cortland Park [Sean Camillieri ]
19 Dec CAKI continues [Hugh McGuinness ]
18 Dec Re: Cassin's Kingbird-Yes [Isaac Grant ]
18 Dec Cassin's Kingbird-No [Rob Jett ]
17 Dec Brookln Birds [syschiff ]
17 Dec Cassin's Kingbird-YES [pmaxp ]
17 Dec Pileated Woodpecker in staten island [Isaac Grant ]
16 Dec Newburgh Iceland Gull (Orange County) [Curt McDermott ]
16 Dec Lower Hudson CBC Results (NJ portion) [Michael Britt ]
16 Dec Set mail [Bobbi Manian ]
16 Dec RE: Thayer's Gull at Inwood Hill Park, northern Manhattan, NYC - NO [Joe DiCostanzo ]
16 Dec Barnacle and Greater White fronted Geese Suffolk Co. [Arie Gilbert ]
16 Dec Glaucous Gull, Brooklyn [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
16 Dec Re:Thayer's Gull at Inwood Hill Park, northern Manhattan, NYC - NO [Anders Peltomaa ]
16 Dec Wilson's Warbler in Queens [Hugh McGuinness ]
15 Dec Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
15 Dec Black-headed Gull - Jones Inlet [Bob Anderson ]
15 Dec Possible Thayer's Gull at Inwood Hill Park, northern Manhattan, NYC [Joe DiCostanzo ]
15 Dec Clay-colored Sparrow in Brooklyn [Rob Jett ]
14 Dec Queens CBC Preliminary Results [Corey Finger ]
15 Dec Captree CBC Preliminary Results [Shaibal Mitra ]
14 Dec Hooded Warbler in eastern Suffolk County, NY [Richard Guthrie ]
14 Dec Pelham Bay Park, Hunter Island Waterfowl [Jack Rothman ]
14 Dec Looking for Screech Owls [Jonathan Green ]
13 Dec Nashville Warbler, Massapequa, Long Island [Michael C Bochnik ]
13 Dec Lower Hudson CBC Scouting [Michael Britt ]
13 Dec Central Park Bird - Reservoir [Patricia Pollock ]
13 Dec Tundra Swans, GWFG- Hook Pond, Suffolk County [Taylor Sturm ]
13 Dec Cassin's Kingbird follow up [Rob Jett ]
13 Dec Massapequa Preserve: Rusty Blackbird [Robert Taylor ]
13 Dec Cassins kingbird continues [Peter ]
12 Dec NYC Area RBA: 12 December 2014 [Ben Cacace ]
12 Dec West End/Jones Beach Birds (Nassau Co.) [ken feustel ]
12 Dec My Roughleg Route [Michael Britt ]
12 Dec Snow Geese - Greene County, NY [James Coe ]
12 Dec RE: Northern Goshawk [Will Raup ]
12 Dec Jones Beach Nassau County - Vesper Sparrow, Bald eagle [David Klauber ]
12 Dec Northern Goshawk ["Robert A. Proniewych" ]
12 Dec Barnacle Goose, St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale []
11 Dec Jones Beach and Point Lookout []
11 Dec Barnacle Goose, St Charles Cemetary (Suffolk) YES [Pete Morris ]
10 Dec Re: Longspur [Andrew Baksh ]
10 Dec Re: Barnacle Goose Farmingdale, Suffolk Co [Mike ]
10 Dec New Empidonax identification tip [Joe DiCostanzo ]
9 Dec Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Monthly Nature Program [Stella Miller ]
9 Dec Longspur [syschiff ]
9 Dec NYS eBird Hotspots - State, Counties & Locations Updated [Ben Cacace ]
9 Dec Fwd: [JERSEYBI] Red Knot Rufa Subspecies Listed [Andrew Baksh ]
8 Dec Re: Great Gray Owl Not Found ["Timothy O'Connor omoo3 AT yahoo.com [hmbirds]" ]
8 Dec Syracuse RBA [Joseph Brin ]
8 Dec Linnaean Society of NY: Science of bird’s eggs and Central Park botanizing (Tues Dec 9, 6-9 pm) [Angus Wilson ]
8 Dec Queens County Bird Club Inc. - Upcoming Meeting Info - Arie Gilbert and Ian Resnick, presenting 'Eastern Panama In the 'Rainy' Season" [Nancy Tognan ]
8 Dec Great Gray Owl Not Found ["Timothy O'Connor omoo3 AT yahoo.com [hmbirds]" ]
8 Dec BBC Evening Presentation:Birding Cuba [Dennis Hrehowsik ]
7 Dec Eastern Long Island Highlights [Arie Gilbert ]
7 Dec RE: Great-gray Owl [unconfirmed] Greene County, NY [Patrick Santinello ]
7 Dec Great-gray Owl [unconfirmed] Greene County, NY [Richard Zaineldeen ]
7 Dec Central Park Bird Walk Sunday December 7, 2014 [Deborah Allen ]
7 Dec CP, North End- Northern Goshawk [Nadir Souirgi ]
7 Dec Black - headed Gull still at New Rochelle [amynewyork ]
7 Dec Re:Cassin's Kingbird continues at Floyd Bennett Field,, Brooklyn [Anders Peltomaa ]
7 Dec Bald Eagle Ocean Pkwy (Suffolk) [d Futuyma ]
7 Dec Re: Bald eagles Eastport Suffolk [David La Magna ]
7 Dec RE: Long Island CBC Sites [Andy Mason ]
7 Dec Long Island CBC Sites [Carson Wood ]
7 Dec COGD continues at West End Jones Beach LI [Andrew Baksh ]
7 Dec Bald eagles Eastport Suffolk [Peter Priolo ]
7 Dec Common Ground-Dove [Gail Benson ]
7 Dec Cassin's Kingbird continues at Floyd Bennett Field,, Brooklyn [Anders Peltomaa ]
7 Dec Cassin King bird, floyd Bennet YES [Rich Perkins / TAM ]
6 Dec Glaucous Gull-Shinnecock Inlet [Thomas Moran ]
6 Dec Central Park Bird Report [Patricia Pollock ]
6 Dec RE:adult Bald Eagle Phillipse Manor [Carole Griffiths ]
6 Dec Black-headed Gull high tide roost at Five Islands Park New Rochelle [Gail Benson ]

Subject: NYC Area RBA: 19 December 2014
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:00:21 -0500
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Dec. 19, 2014
* NYNY1412.19

- Birds mentioned
BARNACLE GOOSE+
THAYER'S GULL+
CASSIN'S KINGBIRD+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
TUNDRA SWAN
Wood Duck
Eurasian Wigeon
Common Eider
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
Red-necked Grebe
Great Egret
Black Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Red Knot
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
Black-legged Kittiwake
SNOWY OWL
Short-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Common Raven
House Wren
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Pine Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Vesper Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

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If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or
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Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Number: (212) 979-3070

To report sightings call:
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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 Friday, December 19th
2014 at 8am. The highlights of today's tape are CASSIN'S KINGBIRD,
BLACK-HEADED GULL, THAYER'S GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, BARNACLE GOOSE, GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, SNOWY OWL and
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

Although there have been no reports of the Jones Beach West End COMMON
GROUND-DOVE since Monday the 8th the CASSIN'S KINGBIRD does continue to
frequent the area around the community gardens at Floyd Bennett Field in
Brooklyn. Thursday morning it was spotted again in the picnic area adjacent
to the gardens but continuing its elusive behavior but not seen there in
the afternoon. Nonetheless staking out the picnic area still seems to be
the best strategy.

The Christmas Count period began last Sunday and the Queens Count recorded
124 species there highlights included BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, NORTHERN SAW-WHET and 2 SNOWY OWLS, 3 EASTERN PHOEBES, 3
swallow, a lingering WILSON'S WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED and 3 PINE WARBLERS
and VESPER SPARROW.

The Captree Count Sunday tallied 123 species including the BARNACLE GOOSE
at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, 2 EURASIAN WIGEON, a female
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE off Democrat Point on Fire Island, GREAT EGRET, 2 BALD
EAGLES, 5 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 2 NORTHERN SAW-WHET and 2 SNOWY OWLS, a
BLUE-HEADED VIREO at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 2 COMMON RAVENS, 2
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, NELSON'S
SPARROW, 9 PINE SISKINS and 6 PURPLE FINCHES. The BARNACLE GOOSE was joined
on Tuesday by 4 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at St. Charles Cemetery.

The Greenwich-Stamford Count Sunday recorded 111 species including a
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE in Ryebrook, 2 GREAT EGRETS, BLACK VULTURE, 6
BALD EAGLES, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, SHORT-EARED and NORTHERN SAW-WHET
OWL, HOUSE WREN and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.

The immature BLACK-HEADED GULL in Westchester County has not been reported
recently but an immature was seen in Jones Inlet last Monday.

Interesting was a likely first winter THAYER'S GULL photographed last
Sunday at Inwood Hill Park in Manhattan the bird perched on pilings on the
pier at the end of Dyckman Street. It has not been seen since but
additional photographs, especially of the spread wing, would be desirable
to pin down this difficult identification.

Completing the gulls, a GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted Tuesday at Bush Terminal
Piers Park in Brooklyn where a EURASIAN WIGEON continues. Other single
EURASIAN WIGEON remain at Grant Park in Hewlett, on the Mill Pond in
Setauket and at Hommocks Park in Larchmont. Single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GEESE last Saturday featured one at Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk, one on
the sod fields off Route 105 south of Sound Avenue in Riverhead and one at
West Dix Hills High School. The 2 TUNDRA SWANS continue on Hook Pond in
East Hampton where 4 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were also present last
Saturday.

In Brooklyn a SNOWY OWL was at Floyd Bennett Field on Wednesday, a
RED-NECKED GREBE or two have been seen recently along the waterfront at
various locations, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Marine Park Tuesday, a
NELSON'S SPARROW at Plumb Beach Wednesday and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW has
been lingering recently in Prospect Park near the Maryland Monument.

Among the other ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS noted recently have been birds at
Morningside Park in Manhattan Sunday and Robert Moses State Park and
Southards Pond in Babylon Tuesday and another NELSON'S SPARROW was a
Randall's Island Sunday.

At Jones Beach West End the absence of the COMMON GROUND-DOVE last weekend
was somewhat compensated for by an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK cruising the
West End as was an immature RED-SHOULDERED HAWK Saturday. While other birds
included WOOD DUCK and LAPLAND LONGSPUR in the swale and VESPER SPARROW
around the West End 2 parking lot. Saturday about 20 RED KNOTS with
Black-bellied Plovers and Dunlin on the pilings at the Point Lookout
waterworks on high tide and good numbers of COMMON EIDER continue around
Jones Inlet.

Interestingly late were a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER at Swindler's Cove
Park in northern Manhattan and a male HOODED WARBLER in Mastic Beach last
Sunday.

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: Barnacle, Greater White-fronted and Cackling Geese @ St. Charles Cemetery LI...
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:21:20 -0500
The previously reported Barnacle Goose, 3 Greater White-fronted Geese and 3
Cackling type Geese were observed earlier today with Tom Burke and Gail
Benson at St. Charles Cemetery.

While there, we were advised by a groundsman that anyone visiting the
Cemetery should first check in with the office for permission.

We also learned that they are required to chase the Geese from the central
area of the Cemetery which results in the flock congregating on the south
end of the cemetery.

Alternatively to being on St. Charles Cemetery property, viewers could look
for vantage points along Wellwod Avenue as long as you are not impeding
traffic.

Further east a continuing Glaucous Gull was the lone highlight on the bar
at Shinnnecock Inlet.

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: Snow Geese Van Cortland Park
From: Sean Camillieri <scamillieri AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:42:44 -0500
2 Snow Geese with the many Canada Geese foraging on the parade grounds towards 
the North end. Obviously Snow Geese. 


Sean Camillieri 

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Subject: CAKI continues
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:57:33 -0500
The Cassin's Kingbird appeared suddenly from the north at 11:25 in the 
community gardens. It is currently in the picnic area. 

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Subject: Re: Cassin's Kingbird-Yes
From: Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:17:32 -0500
The bird was present this morning from about nine until about 11:00 o'clock in 
the picnic area. 


Isaac Grant
Senior Loan Officer

> On Dec 18, 2014, at 3:59 PM, Rob Jett  wrote:
> 
> I spent about 90 minutes looking for the kingbird this afternoon at Floyd 
Bennett Field but unfortunately did not locate it. 

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> Good birding,
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> Rob
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Subject: Cassin's Kingbird-No
From: Rob Jett <citybirder AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:59:08 -0500
I spent about 90 minutes looking for the kingbird this afternoon at Floyd 
Bennett Field but unfortunately did not locate it. 


Good birding,

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Subject: Brookln Birds
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:54:30 -0500
Various Brooklyn Sites; 17 December

Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) did a preliminary survey of Joe's Brooklyn CBC 
territory (within count period time). Pleasant morning birding but with few 
land birds, There were a few CORMORANTS scattered about, both GREAT and 
DOUBLE-CRESTED. Very unusual, we did not see a single Red-breasted merganser 
anywhere. 


The most interesting birds were in the water as seen from the parks on Coney 
Island Creek. From Coney Island Creek Park, 200 BONAPARTE'S GULLS in the were 
towards the Verrazano Bridge; from Kaiser Park, a RED-NECKED GREBE. Several 
PURPLE SANDPIPERS were on the rocks along the shore just west of the Verrazano 
Bridge. 


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Subject: Cassin's Kingbird-YES
From: pmaxp <pmaxp AT well.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:30:05 -0500
The bird is showing nicely at the Floyd Bennett Community Gardens picnic area. 
Glad it stayed. 

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Subject: Pileated Woodpecker in staten island
From: Isaac Grant <hosesbroadbill AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:38:45 -0500
There is a pileated woodpecker just off of the parking lot at Willowbrook Park 
in Staten Island. This is the parking lot right next to the pond. 


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Subject: Newburgh Iceland Gull (Orange County)
From: Curt McDermott <tele-tek AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:37:25 -0500
 Another exciting Gull Season has begun on the Hudson River in Orange County. 
Annually, around this time, Gulls begin to congregate on the Hudson late in the 
afternoon, with numbers peaking just before dark. The current number of 
individuals is in the ballpark of 2500 birds. Historically this number will 
steadily increase until sometime mid-late January when the number will top out 
around 10,000 birds (Hi Corey). The ideal circumstances arise, when the river 
is 50-75% ice packed and when the Newburgh side is left open, although the 
Dutchess County folks would probably differ and like it more when the Newburgh 
side is ice packed and the Beacon Waterfront is open water. At that time, the 
birds congregate along the ice edge and ride loose ice up and down the flowing 
river, making for optimal viewing. Currently, there is no ice at Newburgh. With 
that many gulls, the potential is great for rarities. In previous years, we 
have seen increasing numbers of Lesser Black-backed(up to 3 at a time) and 
Iceland Gulls(up to 5 at a time). Glaucous Gulls are also seen on occasion and 
3 years ago, a Slaty-backed Gull was found and photographed on the Beacon side 
of the river. Yesterday, while scanning from the Newburgh side, in an area just 
North of Washington Street, my father, Ken McDermott, found a beautiful first 
winter (pale juvenile) Iceland Gull. This was our first notable gull this 
winter but will certainly not the last. 

 For those interested in checking this area, the entire Newburgh waterfront 
from Washington Street to Second Street is worth checking and offers multiple 
viewing opportunities. On the Beacon side, The Beacon Waterfront Park (In front 
of the Metro North Train Station) is the ideal spot. I have included a map of 
the Newburgh side for familiarization. 

Good Birding,     Curt McDermott 


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Subject: Lower Hudson CBC Results (NJ portion)
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:52:02 -0500
New York Birders,

The "Jersey portion" of the Lower Hudson CBC tallied 94 species. "Relative"
highlights were: Wild Turkey, Ring-necked Pheasant, American Bittern, 3
Great Egret, 3 Black-crowned Night Heron, Rough-legged Hawk, Barn Owl, 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 3 Hairy Woodpeckers, 8 American Kestrels!,
Common Raven, 56 Horned Larks, 2 Marsh Wrens, 3 Hermit Thrush, Gray
Catbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, 2 Eastern Towhee, 13 White-crowned
Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlark, Rusty Blackbird, 5 Purple Finches, & 2 Pine
Siskins.

Full list can be viewed here:


http://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/lower-hudson-christmas-bird-count/ 


Mike Britt
Bayonne, NJ

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Subject: Set mail
From: Bobbi Manian <roberta.manian AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:18:20 -0500
Set mail 

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Subject: RE: Thayer's Gull at Inwood Hill Park, northern Manhattan, NYC - NO
From: Joe DiCostanzo <jdicost AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:04:14 -0500
I stayed at the Dyckman St pier on the Hudson River until a little after noon. 
There was no sign of the Thayer’s Gull. James Knox was still there when I 
left. 


 

Joe DiCostanzo

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[mailto:bounce-118632296-3714685 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Anders Peltomaa 

Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 11:01 AM
To: Phil Jeffries
Cc: NYSBirds
Subject: Re:[nysbirds-l] Thayer's Gull at Inwood Hill Park, northern Manhattan, 
NYC - NO 


 

The Thayer's Gull has not been seen so far this morning. Joe DiConstanzo, James 
Knox, Dawn Hannay and myself has been on the pier for varying amounts of time 
since shortly after 8am. I had to leave at 10:30 for work, but the others 
continued the vigil. 


If you go, dress warm and bring food to toss. The gulls like popcorn.

Anders Peltomaa 
Manhattan

‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.' 
– Martin Luther King, Jr 


On Dec 15, 2014 2:59 PM, "Joe DiCostanzo"  wrote:

Yesterday on the Inwood Hill park part of the Lower Hudson CBC, Alan Messer 
found and photographed an immature gull on the pier at the end of Dyckman 
Street on the Hudson River in upper Manhattan. The bird intrigued Alan and 
after consulting some references last night he sent me some photos wondering 
about it being a Thayer’s Gull. I have circulated them to a few people and 
the consensus is that it looks good for a Thayer’s. I have Alan's the 
pictures up on my Inwood Birder blog (www.inwoodbirder.blogspot.com)for people 
to look at. Alan saw it yesterday morning around 9:45 am. 


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Subject: Barnacle and Greater White fronted Geese Suffolk Co.
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:01:06 -0500
Phil Uruburu just texted me to say he had 1 Barnacle and 4 gwf geese at 
St. Charles Cemetary ca 20 min ago, until a photographer approached too 
closely and the flock flew off.


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Subject: Glaucous Gull, Brooklyn
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:39:05 -0500
Bobbi Manian is currently viewing an immature GLGU at Brooklyn's Bush Terminal 
Park. Eurasian widgeon also continues there. Two great birds for this fantastic 
new birding location. 


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Subject: Re:Thayer's Gull at Inwood Hill Park, northern Manhattan, NYC - NO
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:00:57 -0500
The Thayer's Gull has not been seen so far this morning. Joe DiConstanzo,
James Knox, Dawn Hannay and myself has been on the pier for varying amounts
of time since shortly after 8am. I had to leave at 10:30 for work, but the
others continued the vigil.

If you go, dress warm and bring food to toss. The gulls like popcorn.

Anders Peltomaa
Manhattan

‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.'
– Martin Luther King, Jr
On Dec 15, 2014 2:59 PM, "Joe DiCostanzo"  wrote:

Yesterday on the Inwood Hill park part of the Lower Hudson CBC, Alan Messer
found and photographed an immature gull on the pier at the end of Dyckman
Street on the Hudson River in upper Manhattan. The bird intrigued Alan and
after consulting some references last night he sent me some photos
wondering about it being a Thayer’s Gull. I have circulated them to a few
people and the consensus is that it looks good for a Thayer’s. I have
Alan's the pictures up on my Inwood Birder blog (
www.inwoodbirder.blogspot.com)for people to look at. Alan saw it yesterday
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Subject: Wilson's Warbler in Queens
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:41:48 -0500
I noticed on ebird that a Wilson's Warbler was reported from Queens this
past weekend as the eastern race. I'm wondering how that determination was
made, and suggest that if it was merely presumed to be the eastern race,
then the observers or the editors might want to list it as a Wilson's
Warbler unassigned to race. My hunch is that many, and perhaps all, of the
late fall/early winter Wilson's Warblers in the east may be of western
provenance.

Nevertheless, it is a wonderful find.

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Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:48:17 +0000
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* December 15, 2014*  NYSY  12. 15. 14 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):December 08, 2014 - December 15, 2014to 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: December 15 AT 5:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph 
BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #421 Monday December 
15, 2014 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of December 08, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

RED-THROATED LOONBRANTNORTHERN SHOVELERSANDHILL CRANEICELAND GULLGLAUCOUS 
GULLLESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLSNOWY OWLMERLINRUBY-CROWNED KINGLETEVENING 
GROSBEAKPINE SISKIN 


Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
(MWC)------------ 

     12/13: 35 SANDHILL CRANES were seen from East Road, down from the 
numbers last week. 


Onondaga county------------
     12/9: A BRANT was seen at Wegman’s Landing on Onondaga Lake near 
Liverpool. This may be the same individual seen in the area since early 
October. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was again found at the Carpenter’s Brook Fish 
Hatchery near Elbridge.     12/13: An immature NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen at 
the north end of Tully Lake. Another NORTHERN SHOVELER was seen the next day on 
Onondaga Lake at Willow Bay.     12/15: A MERLIN and about 20 SNOW BUNTINGS 
were seen on Hoag Road south of Baldwinsville. 


Madison County------------
     12/9: 20 EVENING GROSBEAKS and 12 PINE SISKINS were seen at a private 
residence on Carpenter Road near Sheds. 


Oswego county------------
     12/14: 76 species were recorded on the Oswego Christmas count. There 
were new high counts for 15 species. Highlights include RED-THROATED LOON, 
GLAUCOUS GULL, and SNOWY OWL. 


Oneida County------------
     12/15: 6 ICELAND GULLS and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found on 
Oneida Lake at south Bay. 

                                          

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Subject: Black-headed Gull - Jones Inlet
From: Bob Anderson <parksys AT optonline.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:30:19 -0500
Seen this morning from West End, feeding along north end of Jones Inlet 
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Subject: Possible Thayer's Gull at Inwood Hill Park, northern Manhattan, NYC
From: Joe DiCostanzo <jdicost AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:58:27 +0000
Yesterday on the Inwood Hill park part of the Lower Hudson CBC, Alan Messer 
found and photographed an immature gull on the pier at the end of Dyckman 
Street on the Hudson River in upper Manhattan. The bird intrigued Alan and 
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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow in Brooklyn
From: Rob Jett <citybirder AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:20:29 -0500
I received this second hand report that I thought I should share with the list.

A Clay-colored Sparrow was observed in Prospect Park yesterday near the 
Maryland Monument and Wellhouse Drive. Klemens Gasser posted some photos on his 
Flickr page here: 


https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/gasserberlin/15836779838/

It's getting a bit late in the year for this species, so it would be a very 
nice addition to the Brooklyn CBC if it stays until Saturday. Here's more 
details from Klemens email to me: 


"It was at Maryland monument where the fenced in bushy area is next to the 
street and later around the cut down tree on peninsula Meadow. With a first 
winter CHSP, other CHSPs and DEJU." 


Good birding,

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Subject: Queens CBC Preliminary Results
From: Corey Finger <10000birdsblogger AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:22:03 -0500
Queens also had our count today in the balmy weather and managed 122
species, 2 off our all-time high. More importantly, we smashed our
participation record, with 54 or so participants.

Highlights included Bald Eagle, Wilson's Warbler, 3 Eastern Phoebe, 3 Pine
Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Vesper Sparrow, Marsh Wren, Rough-legged
Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Eastern Screech-Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, and
2 Snowy Owl.

Big misses included Ring-necked Pheasant, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Purple
Finch (where did they all go?), and American Pipit.

Thanks to all who participated.

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Subject: Captree CBC Preliminary Results
From: Shaibal Mitra <Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 01:58:31 +0000
The Captree CBC enjoyed good coverage and mild weather today and tallied 123 
species (unofficial) in southwestern Suffolk County. Highlights, defined as 
species detected on fewer than 50% of years, included 1 Barnacle Goose, 2 
Eurasian Wigeon, 1 Barrow's Goldeneye*, 1 Great Egret, 2 Bald Eagles, 5 
Black-legged Kittiwakes, 2 Snowy Owls, 2 Northern Saw-whet Owls, 1 Blue-headed 
Vireo*, 2 Common Ravens, 2 Orange-crowned Warblers, 1 Pine Warbler, 1 Palm 
Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Lapland Longspurs, 1 Nelson's Sparrow, 2 
White-crowned Sparrows, 108 Boat-tailed Grackles, 3 Common Grackles, 9 Pine 
Siskins, and 6 Purple Finches. 


*potentially new to count.

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Subject: Hooded Warbler in eastern Suffolk County, NY
From: Richard Guthrie <richardpguthrie AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:40:56 -0500
I just received an email with a* photo *of a male HOODED WARBLER said to be
in "eastern Suffolk County in December"

I've asked for more details and will provide whatever I get and which is
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Subject: Pelham Bay Park, Hunter Island Waterfowl
From: Jack Rothman <jacroth1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:36:26 -0500
A huge raft of mostly Greater Scaup are between Hunter and Twin Islands in 
Pelham Bay Park. There are actually three rafts, one off Orchard Beach and two 
more between the islands. The rafts continuously merge and separate. Im 
guessing there are approximately 2000 Scaup, quite a sight as they lift off. 

Yesterday there were an additional 1500 or so Brant alongside the Scaup. Other 
species include Horned Grebe, Common Goldeneye, Common Loon, Red-breasted 
Merganser, American Black Duck, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Great Cormorant, 
Bufflehead, Greater Black-backed, Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. 


Of note was an Eastern Bluebird, the first Ive seen here in years. Just as I 
left the lookout where I scoped the ducks, it flew out and landed nearby. 


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Subject: Looking for Screech Owls
From: Jonathan Green <18jgreen AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:20:28 -0500
I've seen reports of Screech Owls at Massapequa Preserve, specifically on
Walker Street and was just wondering if anyone had any helpful hints on
finding one there, or if you just kind of hope for the best and look very
carefully.

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Subject: Nashville Warbler, Massapequa, Long Island
From: Michael C Bochnik <bochnikm AT cs.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:25:46 -0500
A Hudson River Audubon Field trip to the Massapequa, LongIsland area found a 
Nashville Warbler near the Pennsylvania Avenue Pond inMassapequa Preserve and a 
Common Yellowthroat at Tackapausha Preserve at thefoot bridge at the pond on 
Merrick Road. 



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Subject: Lower Hudson CBC Scouting
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:44:16 -0500
New York Birders,

While doing some scouting for the Lower Hudson CBC, I observed an immature
NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Liberty State Park this afternoon. Not sure if the
adult is still in Central Park, so this could wind up a "Count Week" bird,
if not re-found tomorrow. It's nice that the Nor'easter came early Eh!

More details here:


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Subject: Central Park Bird - Reservoir
From: Patricia Pollock <ppoll9870 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:29:32 +0000
12/13/14, SaturdayPat Pollock
Saw Pied-billed Grebe from the fancy north bridge about 3:15pm3 Ringed-neck 
Ducks in SE section of Reservoirabout 11 or so Hooded Mergansers scattered 
along all sides of Res.I heard there was a Scaup from Susan yesterday but I 
wasn't able to pick it up - whole north end is still baricadedabout 10 
Buffleheads scattered on all sides of Res.Ruddies & No. Shovelers, Mallards, 
gulls, Titmice along Res.  AT  various pointsa couple of Red-tailed Hawks on 
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Subject: Tundra Swans, GWFG- Hook Pond, Suffolk County
From: Taylor Sturm <tjsturm AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:03:16 -0500
2 Tundra Swans as well as 4 Greater White-Fronted Geese on Hook Pond among many 
Mute Swans and Canada Geese. 

A single GWFG was also present at deep hollow ranch in Montauk. 

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Subject: Cassin's Kingbird follow up
From: Rob Jett <citybirder AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:35:55 -0500
Just a brief follow up ...

The kingbird was seen well in its usually spot at the picnic area on the south 
side of Floyd Bennett Field's community gardens. Heydi Lopes, myself and 
several others observed it from around 10:15am until 10:30am. 


One week until the CBC and this is my count circle! Keeping my fingers crossed.

Good birding,

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Subject: Massapequa Preserve: Rusty Blackbird
From: Robert Taylor <rmtaylo516 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:22:33 -0800
Hi Everyone,

I took a walk around the pond parellel to Doris Place about an hour ago,
saw expected mix of ducks and a Rusty Blackbird.  Each time I visit the
preserve in the last few months I have seen at least one Rusty Blackbird at
this spot.

Also, I tried to find the Barnacle Goose at St Charles around 9:30am
scanning 2 flocks of Canada Geese but came up empty.  Hopefully will be
seen again.

Good birding,
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From: Peter <prosbird AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:45:04 +0000




Subject: NYC Area RBA: 12 December 2014
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:15:45 -0500
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Dec. 12, 2014
* NYNY1412.12

- Birds mentioned
BARNACLE GOOSE+
COMMON GROUND-DOVE+
CASSIN'S KINGBIRD+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
TUNDRA SWAN
EURASIAN WIGEON
Common Eider
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Bald Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Red Knot
Western Sandpiper
BLACK-HEADED GULL
ICELAND GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
SNOWY OWL
Blue-headed Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Vesper Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Indigo Bunting

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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 Friday, December 12th
2014 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are COMMON GROUND-DOVE,
CASSIN'S KINGBIRD, BLACK-HEADED GULL, BARNACLE GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, HARLEQUIN DUCK, EURASIAN WIGEON, SNOWY OWL, GLAUCOUS
GULL and ICELAND GULL.

New York's second state records were both still present last weekend but
there have been no late week reports of either. The COMMON GROUND-DOVE last
Sunday spent much of its time in the high winds walking on the pavement
along the northern edge of parking field 2 at Jones Beach West End on
either side of the lot's central exit though mostly along the edge east of
the exit. It was doing the same on Monday but has been looked for
unsuccessfully since. The CASSIN'S KINGBIRD at Floyd Bennett Field in
Brooklyn was still frequenting the picnic area just south of the community
garden last Sunday but that is the last day reported.

The immature BLACK-HEADED GULL continues in Westchester County where it is
spending most of its time at Five Island Park in New Rochelle. The
Black-headed does visit the Warwick Treatment Plant on the right side as
you enter into the park thus sometimes not visible until it and the
accompanying Ring-billed Gulls fly around. Other times it feeds around the
edges of the island with the parking lot or roosts on the island just west
of the lot. The entrance to Five Island Park is on Le Fevres Lane off Route
1. Another location to check if necessary would be Premium Millpond to the
east in Larchmont viewable from Prior Manor Road.

A BARNACLE GOOSE has been seen Wednesday through today with Canadas at St.
Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale located between Wellwood Avenue on the east
and New Highway on the west. In the past a Barnacle with accompanying
Canadas has often spent the overnight at Belmont Lake State Park to the
east.

Activity in the Jones Inlet area has been interesting this past week. An
immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK was noted at West End today by the Fisherman's
Road and in front of the Roosevelt Nature Center. Three immature BALD
EAGLES were spotted high over Point Lookout today. Two SNOWY OWLS were at
West End last weekend and four HARLEQUIN DUCKS and a good sized flock of
COMMON EIDER have been around the inlet. The HARLEQUINS often off the Point
Lookout jetties. Recent shorebirds have included RED KNOT on the Coast
Guard bar and WESTERN SANDPIPER on the West End jetty roosting with Dunlin
and Sanderlings. Landbirds have included seven Longspurs with Snow Buntings
and Horned Larks in the swale off the West End 2 concession building. One
larger pale Longspur last Sunday needing more scrutinizing to determine
whether it too was a LAPLAND. A VESPER SPARROW was at West End Friday.

Several local drake EURASIAN WIGEON include birds at Bush Terminal Piers
Park in Brooklyn, at Hummocks Pond in Larchmont, at Grant Park in Hewlett,
on the Mill Pond in Sayville, on Mill Pond in Setauket and three on
Patchogue Lake last Saturday.

Single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE have included one at Dix Hills High
School West at Wolf Hill Road and Melrose Road today, one off Daniel's Lane
in Bridgehampton last Sunday and another Sunday at Deep Hollow Ranch in
Montauk with five Snow Geese, three TUNDRA SWANS were on Hook Pond in East
Hampton Sunday and a GLAUCOUS GULL was at Shinnecock Inlet last weekend.
Noted at Montauk Point last Sunday were ICELAND and LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULLS.

Recent birds in Alley Pond Park in Queens featured BLUE-HEADED VIREO Monday
and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER today and an INDIGO BUNTING was in Rye yesterday
so hopefully some great birds will continue to linger for the Christmas
Counts. This period beginning Sunday. Please call in highlights of regional
counts for inclusion ihere.

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weekdays call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483.

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Subject: West End/Jones Beach Birds (Nassau Co.)
From: ken feustel <feustel AT optonline.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:06:36 -0500
West End obviously received some good coverage today, with many birders 
recording the same species independently. We started out the morning getting a 
quick view of an immature Northern Goshawk as it flew across the Fishing Road 
at about 10:OOAM. Working our way south along the West End jetty, we observed 
three Harlequin Ducks on the Pt. Lookout side of the inlet. While observing the 
Harlequin's we heard a flyby Horned Lark calling, looking up we saw an immature 
Bald Eagle high overhead, quickly observing a second immature bird nearby. 
Looking at the sky more closely, we found a third immature Bald Eagle, 
accompanied by a smaller buteo (probably a Red-tail). After snapping some 
photos we continued on our hike. A flock of thirteen Tree Swallows are hanging 
in, where they ranged all over West End. Off the first Pt. Lookout jetty was a 
flock of some two hundred Common Eider, with a fair number of adult males 
present. The birds were too distant to see if any King Eiders (especially 
females) were present. At the tip of the West End jetty there were approx. 
eighteen hundred Dunlin. We patiently went through the birds, finally locating 
a single Western Sandpiper. We did not see the Ground Dove, and we missed the 
longspurs. We did pick up a Vesper Sparrow at the eastern exit to WE2. Photos 
of the Eagles, Western Sandpiper (sleeping), and the Vesper Sparrow are on my 
Flickr site. 


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Subject: My Roughleg Route
From: Michael Britt <sootyshear AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:57:18 -0500
New York Birders,

I ran my Roughleg Route in southern upstate NY today and tallied 26 birds.

More details here:

http://pelagicaddict.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/my-roughleg-route/

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Subject: Snow Geese - Greene County, NY
From: James Coe <jim AT jamescoe.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:13:21 -0500
Just had a large skein of about 150 Snow Geese fly over the yard, heading
due south  (Town of New Baltimore; northeastern Greene County).

 

 

 

Jim Coe

Hannacroix, NY  

 

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Subject: RE: Northern Goshawk
From: Will Raup <hoaryredpoll AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:00:09 -0500
Adult or Immature Goshawk?
Will RaupGlenmont, NYDate: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:56:52 -0500
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Northern Goshawk
From: baobabbob AT gmail.com
To: NYSbirds-L AT cornell.edu

A phone call from Bob Anderson alerted myself and Ed Becher to a N. Goshawk at 
the nature center at West End ll, Jones Beach. We went from St. Charles after a 
successful chase for the Barnacle Goose to the nature center poking around when 
the Goshawk appeared flying past the ponds heading west. It then put down at 
the western most part of the pond and could not be located. The Snow Bunting 
flock put down in front of us and a single Lapland Longspur showed well. 


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Subject: Jones Beach Nassau County - Vesper Sparrow, Bald eagle
From: David Klauber <davehawkowl AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:16:00 -0500
This morning a few of us spent a couple of hours by the swale at West End 2 
looking for the paler longspur previously reported. We saw what were probably 
at least 3 different flocks of birds: a large (100+?) flock of Snow Buntings, a 
medium sized flock of Horned Larks that had 6 Laplands, and a smaller flock of 
mixed larks and snow buntings with one Lapland, as well as a flock of House 
Finches that occasionally mixed. These birds moved around constantly, sometimes 
mixing together. All the Lapland Longspurs were dark clearly marked birds - no 
drab immatures or paler individuals. The Ground-dove was not seen, although not 
extensively looked for. 

 
Best birds were a Vesper Sparrow seen in the median about halfway between the 
two exits in the WE2 parking lot, and an immature Bald Eagle around 12 that 
flew slowly east past the WE2 lot, and then rose some thermals to soar upwards 
in a southeasterly direction. 

 
The Barnacle Goose was still present along Wellwood Avenue in the St. Charles 
Cemetary around 1, best viewed from parking lots along the east side of Wellwod 
Avenue, south of the gas station - there's no parking or room topull off along 
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Subject: Northern Goshawk
From: "Robert A. Proniewych" <baobabbob AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:56:52 -0500
A phone call from Bob Anderson alerted myself and Ed Becher to a N. Goshawk
at the nature center at West End ll, Jones Beach. We went from St. Charles
after a successful chase for the Barnacle Goose to the nature center poking
around when the Goshawk appeared flying past the ponds heading west. It
then put down at the western most part of the pond and could not be
located. The Snow Bunting flock put down in front of us and a single
Lapland Longspur showed well.
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Subject: Barnacle Goose, St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale
From: <mscheibel49 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:18:59 -0500
Barnacle Goose continues with flock of Canada's, along Wellwood Av south of the 
main entrance to cemetery. 

Mike Scheibel 
Brookhaven 

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Subject: Jones Beach and Point Lookout
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Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:55:44 -0500
Date: Dec. 11, 2014
Location: Jones Beach, Point Lookout, Nassau County
 
The "200 Challenge Birding Group" recorded 34 species in very chilly and  
windy conditions.
The highlights were:
 
Harlequin  Duck - 4 at Point Lookout
Lapland Longspur- at least 2 at the swale, west end 2
Horned Larks- 40
Snow Buntings- 75
Red Knot- sandbar
Northern Pintail- 3 at the swale
both loons
Black and Surf Scoters
Long-tailed Ducks
Common Eider- at Jones and Pt. Lookout (50)
 
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Subject: Barnacle Goose, St Charles Cemetary (Suffolk) YES
From: Pete Morris <p_morris39 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:55:03 -0500
The Barnacle Goose reported yesterday is still present today.

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Subject: Re: Longspur
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:25:33 -0500
After reading Sy Schiff's report and then consulting with a few birders who
were with me on Sunday at Jones Beach. I thought that I would add some
information that is sure to add to the intrigue of Lapland sp. at Jones
Beach LI.

On Sunday, a few of us, Gail Benson, Tom Burke, Douglas Futyuma, Steve
Schellenger and I spent sometime scanning a mixed flock of Horned Larks,
Snow Buntings and Longspurs that were feeding sporadically near the
entrance to the swale at West End II, Jones Beach.

We had heard reports of at least 2 Lapland Longspurs in the mixed flock but
after several passes and comparing notes, found that we had *7 Longspurs*
in the flock. Of the seven, *6 were definitely Lapland Longspur* but there
was one bland, heftier looking bird that apparently only Tom Burke and I
laid eyes on; though, neither of us got enough time to study it at length.

Eventually, after the flock disappeared into the dunes we relocated to look
for a Common Ground-Dove.  But then Tom Burke and I began discussing the
bland Longspur, comparing what we saw and we decided that we ought to try
harder for a better look at the odd Longspur.  Unfortunately, despite
several hours, we were never able to connect with the entire flock and our
second tour only resulted in a maximum of 5 *Lapland Longspurs*. 2
Longspurs were missing, including the odd Longspur that we were hoping to
study.

All of this to say that anyone out at Jones Beach should carefully study
any Longspur. Given the bland, hefty look of this bird, perhaps McCown's
should be given more of a thought than Chestnut-collared but who knows it
all could just be a mild case of "raritis."

Cheers,


On Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 11:51 AM, syschiff  wrote:

>  A lovely day to catch up on my research.  Last Sunday, when I left the
> Ground-Dove feeding on the west portion of the lot, I found a large group
> of Horned Larks on the east side. Scanning through, I found a first year
> LONGSPUR. I originally picked it out by shape. Usually one looks for a
> darker bird. Studying it, the bird appeared to look bland. It bothered me
> then, but they all flew off before I could get a picture.
>
> I spent some time studying up on Longspurs this morning. I kept thinking
> about the prior Chestnut-collared Longspur, and now I'm not absolutely
> positive it was a Lapland, although it may very well be one.
>
> I think that any Longspurs at Jones Beach should be looked over very
> carefully.
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Subject: Re: Barnacle Goose Farmingdale, Suffolk Co
From: Mike <mikec02 AT optonline.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:36:03 -0500
A Barnacle Goose was present on the property of St Charles Cemetery in 
Farmingdale today. It's likely that this bird will make the rounds of the local 
golf courses and cemeteries and nearby Belmont Lake. 


Mike Cooper
Ridge LI, NY  

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On Dec 10, 2014, at 7:24 PM, Joe DiCostanzo  wrote:

> Just got the current issue of the Journal of Field Ornithology (vol. 85, no. 
4, December 2014). I figure this is not a journal that most birders check for 
ID articles so I thought I would draw attention to an article in it: “Simple 
technique for distinguishing Yellow-bellied Flycatchers from Cordilleran and 
Pacific-slope flycatchers by M. J. Baumann, S. C. Galen, N. D. Pederson and C. 
C. Witt. Pp. 391-396. Anyone interested should read the article for all the 
details, many of which involve measurements that can only be done in the hand, 
but there is one character that can be used to distinguish Yellow-bellied 
Flycatcher from “Western Flycatcher” (the complex composed of Cordilleran 
and Pacific-slope flys.). It involves the space on the folded wing between the 
lower wing bar and the start of the pale fringes on the secondaries. This space 
is much larger in the Yellow-bellied than in the “Western”. I pulled out a 
few field guides from my bookshelf to see if it was distinguishable in 
published illustrations. I found it was apparent in the photos in Kenn 
Kaufman’s Birds of North America (at least in the first edition that I have). 
It was also obvious in Dave Sibley’s paintings of these species in his Second 
Edition of the Sibley Guide to Birds (I didn’t check the first edition). The 
authors of the Journal of Field Ornithology article tested their technique on 
113 museum specimens that had been identified based on locality. They found 
their technique correctly place 112 of the specimens. One specimen labeled as a 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher that had been collected in Illinois was identified as 
a “Western Flycatcher” by their technique. Amazingly, when the mtDNA of 
this specimen was examined, the specimen proved to be a “Western 
Flycatcher”, the first for the complex for Illinois! 

>  
> Distinguishing a Yellow-bellied Fly from a “Western Fly” has not come up 
yet in New York, but hey, you never know. 

>  
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Subject: New Empidonax identification tip
From: Joe DiCostanzo <jdicost AT nyc.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:24:55 -0500
Just got the current issue of the Journal of Field Ornithology (vol. 85, no.
4, December 2014). I figure this is not a journal that most birders check
for ID articles so I thought I would draw attention to an article in it:
"Simple technique for distinguishing Yellow-bellied Flycatchers from
Cordilleran and Pacific-slope flycatchers by M. J. Baumann, S. C. Galen, N.
D. Pederson and C. C. Witt. Pp. 391-396. Anyone interested should read the
article for all the details, many of which involve measurements that can
only be done in the hand, but there is one character that can be used to
distinguish Yellow-bellied Flycatcher from "Western Flycatcher" (the complex
composed of Cordilleran and Pacific-slope flys.). It involves the space on
the folded wing between the lower wing bar and the start of the pale fringes
on the secondaries. This space is much larger in the Yellow-bellied than in
the "Western". I pulled out a few field guides from my bookshelf to see if
it was distinguishable in published illustrations. I found it was apparent
in the photos in Kenn Kaufman's Birds of North America (at least in the
first edition that I have). It was also obvious in Dave Sibley's paintings
of these species in his Second Edition of the Sibley Guide to Birds (I
didn't check the first edition). The authors of the Journal of Field
Ornithology article tested their technique on 113 museum specimens that had
been identified based on locality. They found their technique correctly
place 112 of the specimens. One specimen labeled as a Yellow-bellied
Flycatcher that had been collected in Illinois was identified as a "Western
Flycatcher" by their technique. Amazingly, when the mtDNA of this specimen
was examined, the specimen proved to be a "Western Flycatcher", the first
for the complex for Illinois!

 

Distinguishing a Yellow-bellied Fly from a "Western Fly" has not come up yet
in New York, but hey, you never know.

 

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Subject: Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Monthly Nature Program
From: Stella Miller <stella.miller63 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 18:46:59 +0000
Please join us tonight for our monthly program.  Tonight's topic is a critical 
one...the conservation of tigers.  If we cannot save our most charismatic 
species, what hope do other less "sexy" species have?  Tonight we will discuss 
the efforts being made to conserve tigers in the wild: 


Tigers: Can we Save Our Most Charismatic Species? with Peter Clyne, PhD of the 
Wildlife Conservation Society 

December 10, 7pm

Wild tigers are down to a historic low of 3,200 compared to 100,000 at the 
beginning of the 20th century. These 3,200 are now found in scattered fragments 
across tropical Asia and Russia. Of these fragments, only 42 of them are large 
enough to hold viable populations of tigers (defined as enough land to hold at 
least 25 breeding female tigers). Called Source Sites, these 42 fragments hold 
60% of the remaining tigers. These Source Sites are the last realistic hope for 
wild tigers. But although it may sound bleak, the reality for tigers in most of 
these Source Sites is considerably more optimistic provided high-quality 
protection is given to them. 

Join us tonight as Dr. Clyne discusses the specifics of these tiger 
conservation efforts in these 25 Source Sites. 

Dr. Peter Clyne is an Assistant Director in the Wildlife Conservation 
Society’s Asia Program. Dr. Clyne’s hippie parents took him to rural India 
when he was 11 to live in an ashram. During his teens, he shuttled back and 
forth between India and the U.S., where he fell in love with southern Asia. His 
undergraduate degree is in South Asia regional studies. After college Clyne 
worked for an NGO teaching Hindi literacy to illiterate adults living in 
village India. After returning to the states, he decided to pursue a higher 
degree in biology. His PhD is in molecular neuroscience (on the sense of smell 
and taste) from Yale, and he did a post-doc in neuroscience (on synaptic 
architecture) at the University of California-San Francisco. An avid 
birdwatcher, Dr. Clyne joined WCS five years ago, working on conservation 
efforts in India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and 
Indonesia. The program will be held at the Cold Spring Harbor Library.  For 
more information on Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon, please visit our website. 

Stella Miller


"Conservation is sometimes perceived as stopping everything cold, as holding 
whooping cranes in higher esteem than people. It is up to science to spread the 
understanding that the choice is not between wild places or people, it is 
between a rich or an impoverished existence for Man." Thomas Lovejoy   

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Subject: Longspur
From: syschiff <icterus AT optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:51:48 -0500
A lovely day to catch up on my research. Last Sunday, when I left the 
Ground-Dove feeding on the west portion of the lot, I found a large group of 
Horned Larks on the east side. Scanning through, I found a first year LONGSPUR. 
I originally picked it out by shape. Usually one looks for a darker bird. 
Studying it, the bird appeared to look bland. It bothered me then, but they all 
flew off before I could get a picture. 


I spent some time studying up on Longspurs this morning. I kept thinking about 
the prior Chestnut-collared Longspur, and now I'm not absolutely positive it 
was a Lapland, although it may very well be one. 


I think that any Longspurs at Jones Beach should be looked over very carefully.

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Subject: NYS eBird Hotspots - State, Counties & Locations Updated
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:28:33 -0500
The county and location pages have been updated on the wiki. Updates
involve # of species and color codings based on species # plus updating the
2014 periods on the tables to display the Month: Dec./2014 and the two
month period Nov. - Dec. 2014.

For the following county pages the Top 10 locations appears at the top of
the list: Cayuga, Erie, Monroe, Niagara, Orange, Oswego, Seneca, Tompkins,
Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island), Nassau, Suffolk and
Westchester Counties. For New York County (Borough of Manhattan) all
hotspots have location pages.

On all county and location pages there's a table showing the months,
seasons and several time frames for the current year. Clicking any of these
will bring up a complete list of species and other taxa with bar charts
representing abundance. To see a list of species for all periods click on
the name above the months i.e. New York State (460 spp.).

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each species which will display a map of the latest sightings. Red icons
show sightings within the past 30 days. Click on the icons to see who
reported the species then click on 'Checklist' to view their full list.

Click around. Check out 'My Location Life List', 'My County Life List' and
'My State Life List' links. Click 'Overview' on any of the pages to bring
up a sortable list of all species along with the latest checklists
submitted and a list of the Top eBirders. Click on 'Directions' to bring up
a Google Map page. Clicking 'Directions' on Google Maps then 'Transit' will
plot a route. By clicking 'More Options and Times' you can refine your
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Subject: Fwd: [JERSEYBI] Red Knot Rufa Subspecies Listed
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:49:22 -0500
See e-mail below from the NJ list serve, which I think is noteworthy.

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*


(\__/)
(= '.'=)

(") _ (")

Sent from somewhere in the field using my mobile device!


Andrew Baksh
www.birdingdude.blogspot.com

Begin forwarded message:

*From:* Eric Stiles 
*Date:* December 9, 2014 at 5:43:35 PM EST
*To:* JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
*Subject:* *[JERSEYBI] Red Knot Rufa Subspecies Listed*
*Reply-To:* Eric Stiles 

Dear All:



After lots of hard work from the research and advocacy community, the US
Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the listing of the Red Knot rufa
subspecies as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/new-jersey/2014/12/09/us-names-red-knot-bird-threatened-species/20152191/ 

).
Special thanks to Dr. Larry Niles, Amanda Dey and the team of international
researchers who have driven the science on this.  Also a whole list of
non-profits have worked hard to achieve the listing including NJ Audubon,
American Bird Conservancy, National Audubon, Defenders for Wildlife,
American Littoral Society, Delaware Riverkeeper, the Eastern Environmental
Law Center and others.  Congrats to all on achieving this milestone which
will be key to the Red Knot conservation work in the US.



Sincerely,

Eric Stiles

President & CEO

New Jersey Audubon Society

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Phone: 908.766.5104 ext 13  Fax: 908.766.7775

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Subject: Re: Great Gray Owl Not Found
From: "Timothy O'Connor omoo3 AT yahoo.com [hmbirds]" <hmbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 17:40:47 -0500
Yeah, thanks!

Naturally I wondered the same, but whether Strix varia or nebulosa,  
what can be deduced from the lack of footprints in the reported area?

Nothing.


On Dec 8, 2014, at 5:35 PM, Bill Cook wrote:

> Will Yandik suspects that it was a misidentified Barred Owl based on  
> the original email.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Timothy O'Connor [mailto:omoo3 AT yahoo.com]
> Sent: Monday, December 08, 2014 12:10 PM
> To: Drew Hopkins; Chris Franks; Bill Cook
> Cc: patrick AT qprocorp.com; richjack115 AT aol.com; NYSBIRDS- 
> L AT CORNELL.EDU; hmbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Great Gray Owl Not Found
>
> All -
>
> Whether or not the owl is somewhere in the wider vicinity, this  
> alleged observation was very carelessly mapped.
>
> A difficult site to get to, for hours I searched in vain for human  
> tracks in the old, crunchy snow.
>
> No one's walked anywhere near the spot marked on the Google map.
>
> Perhaps it was a hoax, like the recent claim of Spruce Grouse in the  
> Helderbergs.
>
> - TO'C
Subject: Syracuse RBA
From: Joseph Brin <brinjoseph AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:33:18 +0000
RBA *  New York*  Syracuse* December 08, 2014*  NYSY  12. 08. 14 Hotline: 
Syracuse Rare bird AlertDates(s):December 01, 2014 - December 08, 2014to 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: December 08 AT 5:00 p.m. (EST)compiler: Joseph 
BrinOnondaga Audubon Homepage: www.onondagaaudubon.org  #420 Monday December 
08, 2014 Greetings. This is the Syracuse Area Rare Bird Alert for the week 
of December 01, 2014 Highlights:----------- 

RED-THROATED LOONTUNDRA SWANCACKLING GOOSEGREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSESANDHILL 
CRANESAW-WHET OWLSNOWY OWLTOWNSEND’S SOLITAIREEVENING GROSBEAK 


Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR) and Montezuma Wetlands Complex 
(MWC)------------ 

     12/2: A SNOWY OWL was on Rt.89 just south of East Tyre Road. 950 TUNDRA 
SWANS were seen from the Visitor’s Center. 49 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at 
Knox-Marsellus Marsh.      12/4: 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from Est 
Road. 82 SANDHILL CRANES were seen coming into Knox-Marsellus Marsh. 85 were 
counted the next day.     12/6: 4 CACKLING GEESE were seen from East Road. 


Onondaga County------------
     12/4: A SAW-WHET OWL was found on the Bog Trail at Beaver Lake Nature 
Center.     12/6: 6 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found in corn stubble 
on East Sorrell Hill Road just north of Conners Road in the Town of Van 
Buren.     12/7: 6 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, most likely the same birds 
from yesterday, were seen in the pond at Van Buren Park south of Baldwinsville. 
5 CACKLING GEESE were also seen in the pond.     12/8: A SNOWY OWL is again 
being seen at the Rt.31 shopping area in Clay. This one was photographed atop a 
Wal-Mart sign. 


Madison County------------
     12/2: The TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE found on Irish Hill Road south of 
Cazenovia was relocated. It was found throughout the week but was not seen 
today.     12/3: A SNOWY OWL was seen south of the Fenner Community Church 
on Bingley Road.     12/4: 8 EVENING GROSBEAKS were again at a feeder on 
Carpenter Road near Sheds. Smaller numbers were seen throughout the week up to 
yesterday. 


Oswego County------------
          12/3: 2 RED-THROATED LOONS and a SNOWY OWL  were seen from 
Oswego at the harbor. 

                                     

--  end report


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Subject: Linnaean Society of NY: Science of bird’s eggs and Central Park botanizing (Tues Dec 9, 6-9 pm)
From: Angus Wilson <oceanwanderers AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 13:35:15 -0500
*** THE LINNAEAN SOCIETY OF NEW YORK - MEETING PROGRAM - AMERICAN MUSEUM OF
NATURAL HISTORY, NEW YORK CITY ***



Tomorrow (Tuesday, 9th Dec 2014) the evening program of the LSNY will
reflect on two very different but equally fascinating topics, the flora of
our beloved Central Park and the biological basis of egg coloration. Please
join us.



*6:00 pm – The Botany of Central Park, Regina Alvarez and Daniel Atha*

Central Park is famous around the world. Although its cultural history is
well documented, our knowledge of the flora — supported by scientific
studies — has lagged behind. Seeking to build a permanent record of the
flora and how it has changed through time, Regina Alvarez and Daniel Atha
are collecting herbarium specimens of every species growing wild in the
park. Already they have discovered new botanical records for the park and
have rediscovered plants not seen there since the 1850s. Alvarez, former
director of horticulture and woodland manager for the Central Park
Conservancy, is currently an adjunct professor of botany at the City
University of New York. Atha is a research associate and associate editor
of the systematic botany journal, Brittonia, at the New York Botanical
Garden.



*7:30 pm – Tracing the Sources of Avian Egg Color Diversity, Mark Hauber*

“Avian egg colors are some of the most vividly and diversely pigmented and
patterned natural products. What generates this conspicuous and complex
evolutionary variation?” asks Mark Hauber. His research has involved
tracking the physical structure, the chemical pigmentation, and the
resulting biological function of eggshells, both within and across species.
His talk will explore why some thick eggs are beige, some thin eggs are
speckled — and why birds as diverse as hummingbirds, doves, and owls lay
immaculate white eggs. Hauber is a Hunter College professor of psychology
and the director of the school’s Animal Behavior and Conservation Program.
He is also editor of *The Auk: Ornithological Advances* and the author of *The
Book of Eggs* (2014).



*WHERE & WHEN*

Both programs are open to the public FREE OF CHARGE and will be held in the
Linder Theater of the AMNH. Enter the museum from the 77th Street entrance,
where the route to the auditorium will be sign posted. The first program
will last approximately one hour with time before the second program to
talk to the speakers, and mingle with LSNY officers and council members,
who can provide information on becoming a part of this thriving and
historic natural history society.



*MORE INFORMATION ON LSNY PROGRAMS*

Please check out (and bookmark) our website:



http://linnaeannewyork.org/calendar-programs-trips/programs2014-2015.html



or visit us on Facebook



http://www.facebook.com/pages/Linnaean-Society-of-New-York/335385365977?ref=ts



Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday (no reservations necessary).



Angus Wilson

President, The Linnaean Society of New York (LSNY)

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Subject: Queens County Bird Club Inc. - Upcoming Meeting Info - Arie Gilbert and Ian Resnick, presenting 'Eastern Panama In the 'Rainy' Season"
From: Nancy Tognan <nancy.tognan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 13:23:33 -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 8pm on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. 

Our speakers will be Arie Gilbert and Ian Resnick, presenting "Eastern
Panama In the 'Rainy' Season"

Join us for a presentation of Arie and Ian's incredible experience in
eastern Panama in July 2014.  This choice of destination and season would
baffle most travelers due to Panama's reputation for hot, humid weather, and
the expectation that birds would not be on breeding territory.  But what
they found will have you asking yourself, "Why haven't I been to Panama?"


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
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Subject: Great Gray Owl Not Found
From: "Timothy O'Connor omoo3 AT yahoo.com [hmbirds]" <hmbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:10:20 -0500
All -

Whether or not the owl is somewhere in the wider vicinity, this  
alleged observation was very carelessly mapped.

A difficult site to get to, for hours I searched in vain for human  
tracks in the old, crunchy snow.

No one's walked anywhere near the spot marked on the Google map.

Perhaps it was a hoax, like the recent claim of Spruce Grouse in the  
Helderbergs.

- TO'C 


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Subject: BBC Evening Presentation:Birding Cuba
From: Dennis Hrehowsik <deepseagangster AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 08:01:24 -0500
Remember to join he Brooklyn Bird Club tomorrow evening, 7:00 P.M. at the
Litchfield Villa for:

Birding Cuba, Presenter Arturo Kirkconnell


https://www.facebook.com/events/554333871377799/

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Subject: Eastern Long Island Highlights
From: Arie Gilbert <ariegilbert AT optonline.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 20:54:46 -0500
The highlights of a QCBC trip to Montauk Point today included

Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Am. Pipit
Iceland Gull
Lesser BB Gull
Field Sparrow

A stop at Shinnecock and Dune Road on the way back included

Glaucous Gull
Am. Bittern

Arie Gilbert
President - Queens County Bird Club, Inc
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Subject: RE: Great-gray Owl [unconfirmed] Greene County, NY
From: Patrick Santinello <patrick AT qprocorp.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 19:56:49 -0500
One could hope ;)

 

From: bounce-118600430-13703895 AT list.cornell.edu
[mailto:bounce-118600430-13703895 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Richard
Zaineldeen
Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2014 7:53 PM
To: NYSBIRDS-L AT CORNELL.EDU
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Great-gray Owl [unconfirmed] Greene County, NY

 

It IS pretty far south for Great Gray OwI. However, I saw my first Great
Gray Owl on the North Shore of Long Island in the late 1970's (it was an
invasion year). 

 

Richard ZainEldeen

Brooklyn, New York

 

 

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To: hmbirds ; 'NYSBIRDS_L' 
Sent: Sun, Dec 7, 2014 7:40 pm
Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Great-gray Owl [unconfirmed] Greene County, NY

Hi all,

Wondering if anyone else would agree that this is pretty far south for a
Great Gray.  Is the person who made the report a list subscriber?  It would
be god to get more details.

Thanks!

Patrick Santinello

Center Moriches, NY

 

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Guthrie
Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2014 7:09 PM
To: hmbirds AT yahoogroups.com; NYSBIRDS_L
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Great-gray Owl [unconfirmed] Greene County, NY

 

A heads up anyway:

 

There's an eBird report, as yet without any documentation - other than
"clearly a Great-gray", reported from NY Rt. 23 about halfway between Acra
and Windham.

 

See map at:
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2.3202876,-74.1721344,12z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

 




 

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Subject: Great-gray Owl [unconfirmed] Greene County, NY
From: Richard Zaineldeen <richjack115 AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 19:52:30 -0500
It IS pretty far south for Great Gray OwI. However, I saw my first Great Gray 
Owl on the North Shore of Long Island in the late 1970's (it was an invasion 
year). 

 
Richard ZainEldeen
Brooklyn, New York
 
 
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To: hmbirds ; 'NYSBIRDS_L' 
Sent: Sun, Dec 7, 2014 7:40 pm
Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Great-gray Owl [unconfirmed] Greene County, NY



Hi all,
Wondering if anyone else would agree that this is pretty far south for a Great 
Gray. Is the person who made the report a list subscriber? It would be god to 
get more details. 

Thanks!
Patrick Santinello
Center Moriches, NY
 
From: bounce-118600360-13703895 AT list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-118600360-13703895 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Richard 
Guthrie 

Sent: Sunday, December 07, 2014 7:09 PM
To: hmbirds AT yahoogroups.com; NYSBIRDS_L
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Great-gray Owl [unconfirmed] Greene County, NY
 

A heads up anyway:

 

There's an eBird report, as yet without any documentation - other than "clearly 
a Great-gray", reported from NY Rt. 23 about halfway between Acra and Windham. 


 

See map at: 
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Subject: Central Park Bird Walk Sunday December 7, 2014
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 18:16:46 -0500
Central Park Bird Walk Sunday December 7, 2014

Canada Goose
American Black Duck - female at Indian Cave
Mallard
Northern Shoveler - more than 40 on the Lake, others on the Reservoir
Bufflehead - flock reservoir
Hooded Merganser - pair on Turtle Pond, others at the Reservoir
Ruddy Duck - flock on the Reservoir
Red-shouldered Hawk -a flyover seen from Shakespeare Garden (spotted by Andrea 
Hessel) 

Red-tailed Hawk - several
The usual gulls - Reservoir
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse - many
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren - between the Boathouse and the Point (thanks to Steve Gott)
American Tree Sparrow - the Gill side of Laupot Bridge
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
House Finch 
American Goldfinch

Sandra Paci reported the two male Ring-necked Ducks at the Reservoir 
(northwest). 


Anne Shanahan alerted me to an immature Cooper's Hawk at the feeders after 
lunch, which I saw with her, Martha Marshall, Dennis Geisel, and Sandra Paci. 


Before the walk I found a Veery (very late) at Balancing Rock/Captain's Bench, 
a Fox Sparrow at the feeders, a Winter Wren and Song Sparrow at the Upper Lobe, 
and a small flock of American Goldfinches feeding on the seeds of Evening 
Primrose (not Sweetgum seeds) next to Oak/Bank Rock Bridge.. 


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Subject: CP, North End- Northern Goshawk
From: Nadir Souirgi <nadir75 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:56:36 -0500
I caught a brief but diagnostic view of an adult Northern Goshawk soaring low, 
then power diving over the northwest portion on the Loch at approximately 12:15 
pm. This is in the north end of Central Park in NYC at roughly 103rd street. 

The bird was observed during my final NYC Audubon Birding for Families walk 
which limited my ability to track the bird when it was first seen. It's 
behavior suggested it may remain in the area, at least for today. 

Apologies for not getting the report out more quickly.

Good luck,

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Subject: Black - headed Gull still at New Rochelle
From: amynewyork <amynewyork AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:54:58 -0500
The Black - headed Gull was still there today as of 2:30 pm.   I saw it with 
Ring-billed Gulls sitting on a dock at the end of two parallel ramps extending 
into the water from the shore, south of the water treatment plant, which is 
southwest of the Five Islands Park parking lot. Much smaller than Ringed-bills. 
Adult bird. We used scope (recommended) and were able to clearly see red at the 
base of the bill. Also saw the reddish legs once the bird finally stood for a 
few minutes. 


Amy Simmons
NYC



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Subject: Re:Cassin's Kingbird continues at Floyd Bennett Field,, Brooklyn
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:29:41 -0500
The famed Cassin's Kingbird at Floyd Bennett Field is still around and
appears to be in good shape. It was still finding grub today to feed on,
despite yesterday's downpour and today's chilly weather and strong winds.
Wouldn't it be terrific if it lingers for another 2 weeks and can be seen
and counted on the Brooklyn CBC?

Mediocre handheld phone-scope video here:
http://youtu.be/7D1rCmfxmCc

good December birding,

Anders Peltomaa
Manhattan

On Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM, Anders Peltomaa 
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> Hi all,
> The CAKI is showing nicely now by the picnic area by community gardens.
> And Richard Fried is bird mobile again :-)
>
> Anders Peltomaa
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Subject: Bald Eagle Ocean Pkwy (Suffolk)
From: d Futuyma <dfutuyma AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:18:28 -0500
Immature, probably first year, soaring low over parkway east of Gilgo, moving 
westward., now. 


Doug Futuymastony Brook

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Subject: Re: Bald eagles Eastport Suffolk
From: David La Magna <dlamagna AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:09:12 -0500
At 1:45pm on the way back from cutting a Christmas tree my wife and I pulled 
over on the side of the LI expressway between exits 69 and 68 and observed 
presumingly the same previously reported pair of bald eagles (1 adult, 1 
immature) soaring and drifting further east. 


Keep your eyes open,
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> Sitting on a bench at the northern bulkhead of Eastport lake currently are 
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Subject: RE: Long Island CBC Sites
From: Andy Mason <andymason AT earthling.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:37:37 -0500
You might want to check out the NYSOA CBC calendar at 
http://www.nybirds.org/ProjCBC.htm. Most of the NY counts and contact info are 
there. 


 

Andy Mason

 

Andrew Mason

1039 Peck St.

Jefferson, NY  12093

(607) 652-2162

AndyMason AT earthling.net

 

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[mailto:bounce-118599767-3714815 AT list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Carson Wood 

Sent: Sunday, December 7, 2014 1:22 PM
To: NY Listserve
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Long Island CBC Sites

 

Hello All,

 

I will be traveling to Long Island in the Islip area the 17th through the 27th. 
I am looking to participate in any Christmas Bird Counts that may be occurring 
in that time frame. If anyone could put me in touch with coordinators I'd 
greatly appreciate it. 


 

Best Regards,

 

Carson

 

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Subject: Long Island CBC Sites
From: Carson Wood <cdwood AT coastalplaincg.org>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:22:14 -0500
Hello All,

I will be traveling to Long Island in the Islip area the 17th through the 27th. 
I am looking to participate in any Christmas Bird Counts that may be occurring 
in that time frame. If anyone could put me in touch with coordinators I'd 
greatly appreciate it. 


Best Regards,

Carson

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Subject: COGD continues at West End Jones Beach LI
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 12:34:42 -0500
For those of you interested, the Common Ground-Dove continues at Jones
Beach West End.

It is currently feeding in the parking lot near the first exit. Good luck
if you try for it.

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: Bald eagles Eastport Suffolk
From: Peter Priolo <peterpriolo AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 10:33:49 -0500
Sitting on a bench at the northern bulkhead of Eastport lake currently are one 
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Subject: Common Ground-Dove
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 10:30:41 -0500
The Common Ground-Dove is walking at the north edge of Parking lot 2 at
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Subject: Cassin's Kingbird continues at Floyd Bennett Field,, Brooklyn
From: Anders Peltomaa <anders.peltomaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 10:17:11 -0500
Hi all,
The CAKI is showing nicely now by the picnic area by community gardens. And
Richard Fried is bird mobile again :-)

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Subject: Cassin King bird, floyd Bennet YES
From: Rich Perkins / TAM <rich AT tamweb.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 10:15:46 -0500
KINGBIRD continues at garden area.

Aidan Perkins

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Subject: Glaucous Gull-Shinnecock Inlet
From: Thomas Moran <tomster101 AT optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 17:32:43 -0500
What I believe is a second summer/winter Glaucous Gull was seen at
Shinnecock Inlet this afternoon. It was on the beach next to the jetty mixed
in with some Great Black-backed Gulls and took off and made a loop to the
bay and back several times. A Red-throated Loon with some red left on the
neck(which is why I mention it) worked its way from the ocean into the bay.
An American Bittern was found between Dockers and the berm.

 

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Subject: Central Park Bird Report
From: Patricia Pollock <ppoll9870 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 20:39:32 +0000
Sat., 12/6/14Pat Pollock
(Please excuse mangled previous report - was running out of time here  AT  
library) 

2 Ringed-neck Ducks continue SE sec. Reservoir (11am)counted over 40 
Buffleheads and did not see earlier Buffs moving from west to east sideHooded 
Mergansers more than 102 Am. CootsJuncoRed-bellied Wood Pecker  

(Isaiah:  if you see this report, please reply so I can email you Adam's 
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Subject: RE:adult Bald Eagle Phillipse Manor
From: Carole Griffiths <Carole.Griffiths AT liu.edu>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 19:04:01 +0000
Roosting now in tree near the train station___


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Sent: Friday, December 05, 2014 8:05 PM
To: nysbirds-l; Gail Benson
Subject: [nysbirds-l] NYC Area RBA: 5 December 2014

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Dec. 5, 2014
* NYNY1412.05

- Birds Mentioned

BARNACLE GOOSE+
COMMON GROUND-DOVE+
CASSINS KINGBIRD
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Cackling Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
KING EIDER
Common Eider
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Red-necked Grebe
American Bittern
Black Vulture
Rough-legged Hawk
American Oystercatcher
Marbled Godwit
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Ring-billed Gull
Razorbill
Mourning Dove
SNOWY OWL
Long-eared Owl
Horned Lark
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilsons Warbler
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Henslows Sparrow
LE CONTES SPARROW

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, December
5, at 6:00 pm.

The highlights of todays tape are COMMON GROUND-DOVE, CASSINS
KINGBIRD, LE CONTES SPARROW, BLACK-HEADED GULL, BARNACLE GOOSE, SNOWY
OWL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, KING EIDER and more.

Despite the weather both the COMMON GROUND-DOVE and the CASSINS
KINGBIRD have continued in our area, but if you havent seen them,
dont put it off much longer.  The Ground-Dove at Jones Beach West End
has become quite elusive, but continues to occasionally be seen around
the NE corner of parking field 2 through Thursday.  It was spotted
Sunday near the West End turnaround as well, so it continues to move
about that area, sometimes with accompanying MOURNING DOVES, but does
seem to return periodically to the NE section of Lot 2.

The CASSINS KINGBIRD at Floyd Bennett Field was still present today.
It has been seen most consistently around the picnic area south of the
Community Garden but also occasionally frequents the Garden itself.
Once it wanders off it becomes very difficult to find, so the best
strategy seems to be to wait around the picnic area, keeping an eye
also on the many perches in the Community Garden, which is off
Aviation Boulevard.

It almost seemed like dj-vu all over again, but with changes in
species and location. Back on Sunday, November 23rd a richly colored
HENSLOWS SPARROW was found at Riis Park and was enjoyed by many as it
ran through grasses there through Monday.  Then last Sunday at Floyd
Bennett Field a beautiful LE CONTES SPARROW was expertly uncovered as
it too ran through low vegetation, also staying to Monday to the
delight of many.  Cant wait to see what will show up this Sunday,

Other birds around Floyd Bennett Field this week featured 3 BLACK
VULTURES overhead last Friday, LONG-EARED OWL, and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS
last Friday, with one Saturday.

At Jones Beach West End, 2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS around Jones Inlet are most
frequently seen on the Point Lookout side along the jetties, where a
decent flock of COMMON EIDER also remained.  The MARBLED GODWIT is
still visiting the bar off the Coast Guard Station at high tide with
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS.  A SNOWY OWL flying along the West End dunes
last Saturday landed near enough to an AMERICAN BITTERN to cause the
Bittern to relocate elsewhere, and also on Saturday three LAPLAND
LONGSPURS were with SNOW BUNTINGS and HORNED LARKS in the swale off
the Field 2 Pavilion.

In Westchester County an immature BLACK-HEADED GULL was found on
Friday the 28th at Premium Mill Pond in Larchmont.  It was relocated
on Sunday, spending most of its time at adjacent Five Islands Park in
New Rochelle, where it was still being seen today.  The park entrance
is off Route 1 on Le Fevres Lane, and the bird is usually with
RING-BILLED GULLS feeding around the edge of the pond, especially on
the east side.  If not there, also check Premium Mill Pond to the east
from Pryer Manor Road.

A BARNACLE GOOSE was seen on Millers Pond in Smithtown late last
Saturday morning but not since.  Scattered CACKLING GEESE included 6
on the fields and golf course at Van Cortland Park last Sunday.

Off Montauk Point last Sunday were a female KING EIDER with many
COMMON EIDER and 4 RAZORBILLS.

Recent EURASIAN WIGEONS have been at Jamaica Bays East Pond, Bush
Terminal Piers Park in Brooklyn, Grant Park in Hewlett, the Centerport
Mill Pond, and Hommocks Park in Mamaroneck.  A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK has
been at the landfills along the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, and several
reports of interesting species from RED-NECKED GREBE to ORANGE-CROWNED
and WILSONS WARBLERS hopefully forebode good things for the upcoming
Christmas Bird Count season.

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: Black-headed Gull high tide roost at Five Islands Park New Rochelle
From: Gail Benson <gbensonny AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 12:26:03 -0500
At high tide today, the Black-headed Gull is now sitting with Ring-billed
Gulls on a small island west of the Five Islands Park parking lot just
south of the water treatment plant.

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