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30 Jan American Pipits at Scarborough beach ["John Mitchell northernsawwhet AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
30 Jan Will You Marry Me ? ["Miss Maria ribirds AT cvnic.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
29 Jan Re: Tiverton 1/28 - Seapowet Marsh and Weetamoo Red Trail [4 Attachments] ["smb5682 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
29 Jan Tiverton 1/28 - Seapowet Marsh and Weetamoo Red Trail [8 Attachments] ["smb5682 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
29 Jan I Miss You ["Sunny Leone ribirds AT cvnic.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
28 Jan Snow bunting & Horned larks in Jamestown 1/28 ["barkey_0727 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
28 Jan Good Morning My Love ["Jessica Eva ribirds AT cvnic.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
27 Jan RBA: Rhode Island, January 27, 2015 ["DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
25 Jan Sunday on Aquidneck [4 Attachments] ["'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
24 Jan Towhee in Wickford ["Dwight Barrett dwugbt AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
24 Jan Re: drone ["Jackjsully AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
24 Jan Re: drone ["Peter Green peter AT providenceraptors.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
24 Jan drone ["'Jana Hesser' janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
24 Jan Snow Geese on Aquidneck Island ["mschenckee AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
23 Jan geese [1 Attachment] ["Don Heitzmann dheitzmann AT dovetl.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
22 Jan Cod Boat Alcids Wednesday ["kmueller AT ntplx.net [RIBIRDS]" ]
21 Jan Re: Lonsdale Marsh ["Marcie Bileau sigartgal AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
20 Jan [Extralimital] Sandhill Crane in Stonington, CT ["'Aaron Dollar' aaron.dollar AT yale.edu [RIBIRDS]" ]
20 Jan Lapland Longspur ["suebirds AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
20 Jan Common Redpoll at Sachuest 1/20 ["mschenckee AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
19 Jan Snow Goose at Pawt. City Hall [5 Attachments] ["'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
19 Jan birds today [1 Attachment] ["Don Heitzmann dheitzmann AT dovetl.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
19 Jan snow goose ["'Jana Hesser' janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
19 Jan Re: Lonsdale Marsh ["Greg Sargeant sargeguy.ri AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
19 Jan Lonsdale Marsh [5 Attachments] ["'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
19 Jan Jamestown Sunday morning [4 Attachments] ["'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
18 Jan Barrow's Goldeneye and Eurasian wigeon ["aaron.dollar AT yale.edu aaron.dollar@yale.edu [RIBIRDS]" ]
18 Jan Canvasbacks correction - Otter point ["aaron.dollar AT yale.edu aaron.dollar@yale.edu [RIBIRDS]" ]
18 Jan Canvasbacks at Trustom ["aaron.dollar AT yale.edu aaron.dollar@yale.edu [RIBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan Cackler, Shoveler, Others ["pedrodyl AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan Re: RE: Fort Getty "Western" Grebe ["Jackjsully AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan Re: RE: Fort Getty "Western" Grebe ["Greg Sargeant sargeguy.ri AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan Re: RE: Fort Getty "Western" Grebe ["Greg Sargeant sargeguy.ri AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan Eagle and owl ["teachmarkey AT hotmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan Re: RE: Fort Getty "Western" Grebe ["Jan StJean DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan RE: Fort Getty "Western" Grebe ["Wheelan Drew amazilia55 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan Female borealis Eider ["Keith Mueller kmueller AT ntplx.net [RIBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan Black headed gull ["Jana Hesser janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan Re: Barrow's Goldeneye and Lesser Black-backed Gull ["Bill McNee billmcnee AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
17 Jan Barrow's Goldeneye and Lesser Black-backed Gull ["snoozin50 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
16 Jan RE: Greater White-fronted Goose ["'Jana Hesser' janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
16 Jan RE: Borealis Common Eider at Beavertail Pt ["Shaibal Mitra Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu [RIBIRDS]" ]
16 Jan Barrows Goldeneye??? [2 Attachments] ["mdupre49 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
16 Jan Greater White-fronted Goose ["Jan DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
16 Jan Jamestown Western Grebe and Iceland Gull ["Andrew Wheelan amazilia55 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
15 Jan RBA: Rhode Island, January 15, 2015 ["DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
15 Jan Borealis Common Eider at Beavertail Pt ["Shaibal Mitra Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu [RIBIRDS]" ]
14 Jan Cod Boat Alcids ["kmueller AT ntplx.net [RIBIRDS]" ]
14 Jan Redpolls at Lonsdale Marsh ["'Aaron Dollar' aaron.dollar AT yale.edu [RIBIRDS]" ]
14 Jan Iceland and Lesser Black-backed Gull @ Beavertail 1/14/2015 ["mschenckee AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
14 Jan Audubon Society of RI Wednesday Morning Bird walk ["'Laura Carberry' lcarberry AT asri.org [RIBIRDS]" ]
13 Jan today's birds ["'Linda' jff30 AT cox.net [RIBIRDS]" ]
13 Jan Common Redpoll ["Barbara C Gearhart bcgearhart AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
11 Jan Lost scarf ["transformwe AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
11 Jan SEekonk River - ["'Jana Hesser' janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
11 Jan Fort Getty / Beavertail Sun Jan 11 2015 ["barkey_0727 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
11 Jan today at Sachuest [5 Attachments] ["'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
11 Jan Jamestown 1/11/2015 ["mschenckee AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
10 Jan Save the Bay 1/10 ["lighty70 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
10 Jan Black-headed Gull ["Paul L'Etoile pletoile2 AT verizon.net [RIBIRDS]" ]
7 Jan Northern Pintail and Cooper's hawks, Barrington ["Catherine Boisseau catherine_boisseau AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
7 Jan ASRI's Wedensday Morning Bird Walk ["'Laura Carberry' lcarberry AT asri.org [RIBIRDS]" ]
07 Jan Snowy Owl at Quonset ["'Dr. Bob Kenney' drbobk AT verizon.net [RIBIRDS]" ]
7 Jan Re: Sea Bird Query ["John Fulweiler johnfulweiler AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
6 Jan Sea Bird Query ["John Fulweiler johnfulweiler AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
6 Jan this morning's birds ["'Linda' jff30 AT cox.net [RIBIRDS]" ]
6 Jan Re: House finches eye disease ? ["Suzanne French fieldfareusa AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
6 Jan Re: House finches eye disease ? ["Kevin Rogers kevin.rogers82 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
6 Jan Re: House finches eye disease ? ["Jackjsully AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
6 Jan Re: House finches eye disease ? ["Dan Berard djberard84 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
6 Jan Re: House finches eye disease ? ["Peter Green peter AT providenceraptors.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
6 Jan House finches eye disease ? ["Jana Hesser janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
5 Jan Re: Tiogue lake ["John Mitchell northernsawwhet AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
4 Jan Tiogue lake ["John Mitchell northernsawwhet AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
04 Jan Horned Larks at Seapowet Marsh [5 Attachments] ["smb5682 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
03 Jan Woonsocket 1/3 ["'Mark Lynch' moa.lynch AT verizon.net [RIBIRDS]" ]

Subject: American Pipits at Scarborough beach
From: "John Mitchell northernsawwhet AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:48:48 -0500
Today at about 12:45 there were at least 3 American Pipits on the rocky
beach area just above the Jetty at the south end of the beach near the
treatment plant.  I did not see the Black-headed gull that has been
previously spotted there but was excited to find the Pipits.

John Mitchell
Subject: Will You Marry Me ?
From: "Miss Maria ribirds AT cvnic.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:13:45 -0500




Subject: Re: Tiverton 1/28 - Seapowet Marsh and Weetamoo Red Trail [4 Attachments]
From: "smb5682 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Jan 2015 10:43:09 -0800
Here is a better cropped shot of the Peregrine Falcon from yesterday. 

 I stopped down there today and I think a Cooper's Hawk took over where the 
Peregrine Falcon was near the marsh entrance, however, I think I saw the 
Peregrine Falcon flying off in the distance over the farmland towards the cove. 

 

 Scott Borowy
 Tiverton, RI

Subject: Tiverton 1/28 - Seapowet Marsh and Weetamoo Red Trail [8 Attachments]
From: "smb5682 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Jan 2015 05:48:05 -0800
At Seapowet Marsh
 Peregrine Falcon seen on the marsh-side entrance before the bridge flushing 
out birds Red-breasted Merganser Killdeer Northern Flicker flew from marsh to 
cove side 


 Weetamoo Woods (Near Red Trail Entrance)
 
 A Red-shouldered Hawk landed on our bird feeder in an attempt to get at some 
suet. He got his claws out of the cage and flew down the street. The first 
three pictures are through our kitchen window as I was shocked to see it! 

 
 

Subject: I Miss You
From: "Sunny Leone ribirds AT cvnic.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:11:49 -0500




Subject: Snow bunting & Horned larks in Jamestown 1/28
From: "barkey_0727 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jan 2015 16:04:00 -0800
Fort Getty around 3:00pm - mixed group of White-throated, Song, and Tree 
sparrows, dominated by White-throated. Group also contained a single Savannah 
sparrow. ~15 total. 

 

 Beavertail shortly after - 5 Horned larks in the patch of grass between the 
road and 2nd parking lot, feeding with a beautiful SNOW BUNTING (my first!). 
One of the larks was not too happy about the bunting and mildly harassing it. 
Also a second Savannah sparrow feeding in the field behind the lighthouse/in 
front of the port-a-pottys. No alcids, as far as I could see. Usual sea duck 
cast with no stand-outs. 

 

 -Ben
Subject: Good Morning My Love
From: "Jessica Eva ribirds AT cvnic.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:46:49 -0500




Subject: RBA: Rhode Island, January 27, 2015
From: "DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:22:10 -0500
* RBA
* Rhode Island
* Statewide 
* January 27, 2015
*  RIRI1501.27
 
- Birds mentioned:
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Canada  Goose
Lapland Longspur
Horned Lark
CACKING GEESE
Green-winged  Teal
Northern Shoveler
BARN OWL
SNOWY OWL
COMMON REDPOLL
BLACK  GUILLEMOT
DOVEKIE
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
Purple Finch
EURASIAN  WIGEON
Redhead
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
ICELAND GULL 
NORTHERN GOSHAWK  
Black-crowned Night-Heron
BLACK VULTURE
American Woodcock
Wilson's  Snipe
Black-legged Kittiwake
Common Murre
Razorbill
 
     date: January 27, 2015
(401)  949-5454 or 245-7500 ext 3052
compiler: Janice  St.Jean
transcriber: Janice St.Jean (_janstjean AT gmail.com_ 
(mailto:janstjean AT gmail.com) )
_www.asri.org_ (http://www.asri.org) 
 
Welcome to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's bird alert for January  
27th, 2015. This report covers the period from January 16th to January 26th 
and  will be updated in about one week.
 
On the 16th a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was observed with CANADA GEESE on 
 Lawton Valley Reservoir in Portsmouth, across from Raytheon.  On the 19th 
a  GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was spotted on the turf field across from 
Heaton Orchard Road in Richmond. On the 20th, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was observed 

 there along with over 200 HORNED LARKS.  Another 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED  
GEESE were reported on the 22nd, on the turf fields off Plains Rd near  URI.
 
CACKING GEESE have been reported this past week, 2 were at St.Mary's Pond  
in Portsmouth, and 4 were at Hammersmith Farm in Newport. Three SNOW GEESE 
were  found on the 17th at Oliphant Lane in Middletown.  Also, at St.Mary's 
Pond,  15 GREEN-WINGED TEAL and 17 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were reported on the 
19th. 
 
A BARN OWL has been observed several times this past week in the late  
afternoon at Sachuest Saltmarsh in Middletown.  SNOWY OWLS were reported  from 
the Charlestown Breachway, Sachuest Saltmarsh and 
Misquamicut Beach in Westerly.
 
On Block Island, 4 COMMON REDPOLLS were reported coming to a feeder.   At 
Mansion Beach on the 22nd, 3 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in the parking lot,  
and 2 BLACK GUILLEMOTS and a DOVEKIE were seen off the beach there.  On  
Sachem Pond, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found.
 
At Trustom Pond NWR, 1 PURPLE FINCH, 1 EURASIAN WIGEON, 2 REDHEADS and 1  
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE were seen.
 
A DOVEKIE was sighted close to the western shore of Sachuest Point on the  
18th.
 
At Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, the adult ICELAND GULL continues  
along with a COMMON REDPOLL.  At the end of Frigate 2 male BARROW'S  GOLDENEYE 
were reported on the 17th.
 
A BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues to be seen in Providence, in the  Seekonk 
River near the Henderson bridge.
 
In Charlestown, near East Beach, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was recorded several  
times this past week.
 
A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was observed at Seapowet Marsh in Tiverton on  
the 19th.
 
About 10 BLACK VULTURES were seen near the roost site in Ashaway, near  
Church St.
 
In Westerly, an AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen in a backyard on the 26th.  
 
A WILSON'S SNIPE was seen along Paradise Ave in Middletown on the  21st.
 
Finally, birds seen on a cod fishing trip to Cox's Ledge on the 21st  
included: 60 NORTHERN GANNETS, 7 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 7 DOVEKIE, 17 COMMON 

MURRE and 12 RAZORBILLS. 
 
That's all for this week, thank you for calling and good birding!
 
- End transcript
 
 
 
 
 
 
Subject: Sunday on Aquidneck [4 Attachments]
From: "'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:31:00 -0500
Starting early in the morning at some popular Portsmouth locations off Rte.
114, we were unable to find any flocks of geese. The bay off Burma Rd.
produced  200+ scaup, 4 Am. Wigeon, 10 Bl. Duck, 4 Goldeneye and 1 Red-br.
Merganser and approx.. 50 Canada Geese, but no cornfield geese, even on
Oliphant Lane.

 

A check at Third Beach found us 2 Horned Grebes, 24 Sanderlings, 2 Horned
Grebe, and a small mix of Black Duck, Bufflehead, Com. Eider, Scaup, and
Com. Goldeneye. A hike around the Sachuest perimeter added 100+ Com. Eider,
15 Black Scoter, 8 Com. Loons, many more Scaup and Bufflehead, 2 Harlequin
Ducks, 2 Horned Grebe, and a few Mockingbirds, Robins, and Carolina Wrens.
The wind was seemingly gale force, blowing from the south and creating the
largest waves we have ever seen at the southern tip of Sachuest. The biggest
effect seemed to be that there were very few birds in the air.

 

Finally, returning, we decided to try Oliphant Lane again, due to Matt
Schenck's report from Sat. morning (1/24). As soon as we turned off E. Main
Rd. (Rte. 138) we saw that the field on the left was crowded with 300+
Canada Geese and right in front, closest to the road, were 3 Snow Geese. A
birder there (thanks, Mike) pointed out another goose behind the Snow Geese.
I didn't have my camera with me, so we took some Iphone + spotting scope
pictures. The goose appeared to be a Greater White-fronted Goose in that it
had orange legs and feet, and a yellowish-orange bill. It showed some white
at the base of the bill, which would seem to clinch it, but there were
issues. As you can see in one of the photos, the goose had a wide swath of
white feathers, a stripe more than a few inches wide, running across its
upper belly / lower breast area, horizontally. This does not match with any
goose photos I could find on the internet, and its large size makes me
wonder if the goose was a hybrid of some type (graylag?). The goose also
seemed to be lacking any kind of dark barring on the belly. It also had a
white marking on the side of the head, and an eye-ring. Any responses would
be welcome. The quality of the photos is terrible, but perhaps someone else
will have seen it and chime in.

 

Thanks,

 

Marc Gousie

Marie LoPresti

 
Subject: Towhee in Wickford
From: "Dwight Barrett dwugbt AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:59:21 +0000 (UTC)
Thought this a good time for my first post. A towhee under the feeder in my 
yard in Wickford.  
Subject: Re: drone
From: "Jackjsully AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:01:59 -0500
Yes, there will be More coming !  Get "ready. 



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From: 'Jana Hesser' janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS] 
 

To: RIBIRDS 
Sent: Sat, Jan 24, 2015 11:09 am
Subject: [RIBIRDS] drone


 
  
    
                  

Thought others might be interested… I was birding late afternoon in East 
Providence near the Seekonk River this past Tuesday and saw my first drone. 
Will we be seeing more of these in flight? 





	
		
												
		
			
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Subject: Re: drone
From: "Peter Green peter AT providenceraptors.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:14:06 -0500
> Thought others might be interested… I was birding late afternoon in East 
Providence near the Seekonk River this past Tuesday and saw my first drone. 
Will we be seeing more of these in flight? 

> 

Not if this hawk is around ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhDG_WBIQgc 
 






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Subject: drone
From: "'Jana Hesser' janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:09:21 -0500
Thought others might be interested. I was birding late afternoon in East
Providence near the Seekonk River this past  Tuesday and saw my first drone.
Will we be seeing more of these in flight?  



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Subject: Snow Geese on Aquidneck Island
From: "mschenckee AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jan 2015 06:48:49 -0800
This morning around 8:20 there were 3 Snow Geese feeding with a flock of Canada 
Geese along the south side of Oliphant Lane in Middletown. 

 

 -Matt Schenck
 Middletown RI
Subject: geese [1 Attachment]
From: "Don Heitzmann dheitzmann AT dovetl.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:10:21 -0500
<*>[Attachment(s) from Don Heitzmann included below]

This afternoon there were two Greater White-fronted Geese in the flocks of 
thousands on the turf fields at the corner of Heaton Orchard Rd. and Rt. 2 in 
Richmond. These may be the same geese reported by Peter Paton around the URI 
fields the other day. Photo attached. 

- Don


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Subject: Cod Boat Alcids Wednesday
From: "kmueller AT ntplx.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:02:27 -0500
 From the Lady Frances cod boat Wednesday, Cox's Ledge (7:00 am to  
2:00 pm) was extremely slow for Alcids.  The few that flew by were  
seen in the first two hours and then not a single Alcid seen the  
remaining time on Coxes. Interesting note, the Alcids that I did see  
on Coxes were coming from the Southeast and heading Northerly. Gulls  
were scarce as well including the ride in at the end of the day.  
Normally there will be several hundred Gulls hanging off the stern.  
Today there were less than 30. Fishing was good today so quite a bit  
of fish cuttings were tossed off the stern so the lack of hungry Gull  
numbers was disappointing. Not many Gulls in Galilee Harbor area  
either, maybe following offshore fishing boats?

  The Gannets were active and flying throughout the day; approx. 60  
Gannets seen. Only 7 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE seen (5 on Coxes, 2 on the  
ride back to Galilee Harbor and East of Block Island). Fulmars remain  
absent this winter. The last Fulmars I have seen on the cod boats were  
3 in October and 2 in November.

Alcid Highlights:  7 DOVEKIE (only 1 distant fly-by on  Coxes), 17  
COMMON MURRE (including 1 with a nearly full dark hood). This was my  
highest count of Common MUrres so far from the cod boats (3 distant  
flying by on Coxes), 12 Razorbill (5 on Coxes) 5 large alcids  
(probably Common Murres- seen in the area of concentrated Common  
Murres East of Block Island 85% positive ID through binoculars). The  
majority of alcids were seen on the ride back to Galilee Harbor about  
5 miles Southeast and and East of Block Island.

NOTE- I ran into a small charter boat Captain on the cod boat that I  
know who has a boat in Galilee Harbor. I asked him if he would  
consider a private charter for birders. His boat has now been pulled  
for the winter, but he introduced me to his friend who is also a small  
charter boat Captain who has a boat in the water in Galilee. I  
mentioned that I want to put together a private Alcid trip in the  
waters around Block Island in February. He is interested!

This is only in the planning stages at this point. It will probably go  
the middle of February and I want to concentrate on the waters on the  
Easterly side of Block Island from near shore to a few miles offshore  
of Block. Alcids
(especially Puffins, Murres and Dovekie) will be the main target  
species. I will also bring chum along to see what Gull species we can  
attract.

Since it will be a private charter he will only be able to take 6. I  
will have 5 spaces to fill. If you are interested, please send me an  
email and if I have enough response I will go ahead with the plans. I  
don't have the cost per each yet, I will do that if and when I get  
enough interest to make this trip happen. My email is below.

Keith Mueller
Killingworth, CT
kmueller AT ntplx.net




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Subject: Re: Lonsdale Marsh
From: "Marcie Bileau sigartgal AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:18:35 -0800
Awesome eagle shots.  How do you access the Marsh?  From John St, Lincoln?



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Subject: [Extralimital] Sandhill Crane in Stonington, CT
From: "'Aaron Dollar' aaron.dollar AT yale.edu [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:31:53 -0500
Hi All - 

 

Just wanted to point out that a Sandhill Crane has been hanging out just
over the border in Stonington, CT for a number of days. In Lambert's Cove,
Wheeler Rd. Check the CT Birds listserv for updates. 

 

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Science

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Subject: Lapland Longspur
From: "suebirds AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:24:11 -0500
There was a Lapland Longspur in with a flock of Horned Larks in the fields at 
the corner of Rt 2 and Heaton Orchard Rd, also the continuing Greater 
White-fronted Goose in the same area. 

Sue Talbot and 
Dan Finizia

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Subject: Common Redpoll at Sachuest 1/20
From: "mschenckee AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jan 2015 07:18:47 -0800
This morning at Sachuest Point NWR in Middletown there was a Common Redpoll 
feeding on the ground at the Southeastern end of the parking lot. I saw the 
bird at approximately 9:50 I was able to get one photo before the bird flew off 
to the west (towards the visitor center). 

 

 -Matt Schenck
 Middletown RI
Subject: Snow Goose at Pawt. City Hall [5 Attachments]
From: "'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:32:23 -0500
Thanks to Jana, I grabbed my first Snow Goose of the year. Jana found it
with a flock of Canada Geese in the Blackstone River (Seekonk River) behind
the fire station south of the bridge at the corner of Exchange St. and
Roosevelt Ave. The light was poor, but I managed to get a few pictures. We
northerners don't get the huge flocks of geese found in southern RI, so this
is a great event for us!

 

Marc Gousie
Subject: birds today [1 Attachment]
From: "Don Heitzmann dheitzmann AT dovetl.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:47:24 -0500
<*>[Attachment(s) from Don Heitzmann included below]

A varied day of birding: Among 1000+ Canada Geese on (frozen) Sisson Pond in 
Middletown there was at least 1 Cackling Goose. At Beavertail, the surf was 
very heavy being driven by the strong southwesterly winds and although there 
were the expected Eiders, Scoters, etc. there were noticeably fewer total birds 
around the point. I did not see the Redpolls near lot 1, nor did I see the 
Western Grebe up at Ft. Getty (not many grebes at all up there). Early in the 
afternoon I was able to find the Greater White-fronted Goose located by Linda 
G. this morning on the turf fields in Richmond. Apparently, the bird came and 
went throughout the day, as at least two people talked of it "flying off" or 
"flying in." Attached is one poor photo through the scope -- unfortunately, the 
bird was continuously facing south, and my shots are of the north end. Later, 
around 3:15-3:30, there were a couple of dozen vultures circling over the roost 
area in Ashaway (thanks, Jan, for the directions)... at least 10 of them were 
Black Vultures. When I first arrived in that area, before 3, there wasn't a 
vulture to be seen anywhere, so perhaps they were all coming in near end-of-day 
to that known roost area. 

- Don


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Subject: snow goose
From: "'Jana Hesser' janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:54:28 -0500
Found this afternoon, and Marc Gousie later verified and took pictures, of a
Snow Goose amongst Canada Geese on the Blackstone River in back of Pawtucket
City Hall.



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Subject: Re: Lonsdale Marsh
From: "Greg Sargeant sargeguy.ri AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:06:56 -0500
Was the marsh frozen?  Were there any ducks?
Thanks,
Greg Sargeant

On Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 4:52 PM, 'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS] <
RIBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>  [Attachment(s) <#14b042faaee4b37e_TopText> from Marc Gousie included
> below]
>
> Had a little time late morning to survey the marsh. Had no luck finding
> Common Redpoll, although I found many goldfinches feeding off the birch
> trees (of which there are very many). They could only be found in sporadic
> and very small flocks, 4-5 at most, but had no company. Amongst the other
> more usual birds were red-tailed hawk, tree sparrows, wh.-throated
> sparrows, juncos, song sparrows, hooded and common mergansers, as well as a
> mama doe guarding five young’uns.
>
> Walking back along the Blackstone River, 2 adult bald eagles flew over,
> flapping and circling on the stiff breeze.
>
>
>
> Marc Gousie
>
>  
>
Subject: Lonsdale Marsh [5 Attachments]
From: "'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:52:51 -0500
Had a little time late morning to survey the marsh. Had no luck finding
Common Redpoll, although I found many goldfinches feeding off the birch
trees (of which there are very many). They could only be found in sporadic
and very small flocks, 4-5 at most, but had no company. Amongst the other
more usual birds were red-tailed hawk, tree sparrows, wh.-throated sparrows,
juncos, song sparrows, hooded and common mergansers, as well as a mama doe
guarding five young'uns. 

Walking back along the Blackstone River, 2 adult bald eagles flew over,
flapping and circling on the stiff breeze.

 

Marc Gousie
Subject: Jamestown Sunday morning [4 Attachments]
From: "'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:32:03 -0500
Birded Jamestown from Beaverhead at Fort Getty (no Western Grebe) to
Beavertail, and Marsh Meadows, seeing the following:

 

Horned Grebe  5

Canada Goose  X

Brant  25 (Mackerel Cove)

Mallard  12

Black Duck  ~35

Gadwall  25

Com. Goldeneye  1

Harlequin Duck  5

Common Eider  200+

Black Scoter  80+

Surf Scoter  6

Common Merganser  2

Red-breasted Merganser  4

Hooded Merganser  2 (Marsh Meadows)

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Gr. Blue Heron  1 (Marsh Meadows)

Purple Sandpiper  5

Herring Gull  X

Ring-billed Gull  3

Iceland Gull  1  (thanks, David)

Gr. Bl-backed Gull  4

Belted Kingfisher  1

Am. Robin  6

Carolina Wren  3

Song sparrow  2

Wh.-throated Sparrow  5

Common Redpoll  1 (thanks to Matthew Schenck and Susan D., Bob and David)

 

Marc Gousie

Danielle Gousie

Marie LoPresti 

 
Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye and Eurasian wigeon
From: "aaron.dollar AT yale.edu aaron.dollar@yale.edu [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:55:18 -0800 (PST)





 Osprey pt. Trustom. Pretty much the winter duck gamut. Pintails, gadwall, 
wigeon, common goldeneye, ringnecks, shoveler, bufflehead. Canvasbacks also 
viewable here. Many Coors, black ducks, mallards. 

    Sent from my phone - please excuse the typos and brevity.



Subject: Canvasbacks correction - Otter point
From: "aaron.dollar AT yale.edu aaron.dollar@yale.edu [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:29:04 -0800 (PST)





    Otter point at Trustom pond, not Osprey.
    Sent from my phone - please excuse the typos and brevity.



Subject: Canvasbacks at Trustom
From: "aaron.dollar AT yale.edu aaron.dollar@yale.edu [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:18:37 -0800 (PST)





 At least 4, seen from Osprey pt. Platform. Now. Actively diving. Fairly far 
away - bring your own scope if you have one.  

    Sent from my phone - please excuse the typos and brevity.



Subject: Cackler, Shoveler, Others
From: "pedrodyl AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jan 2015 17:12:31 -0800
Hi all,
 Birded today with Barbara Sherman and Wayne Munns around Jamestown and 
Newport. 

 We initially tried for the Black-backed Woodpecker that was in Boston, but 
came up 1 "chek" short unfortunately. 

 

 Around the islands, it was mostly staring vacantly at thousands of Canada 
Geese in search of something different. 

 

 At Lawton's Valley Reservoir in Portsmouth there were around 1200 Canadas in 
the morning at 6:50 AM, and then about 600 when we got back around 1:30 PM. We 
were hoping for the Greater White-fronted, but couldn't find it. It does make 
you wonder just how much these birds move from spot to spot during the day 
though as others reported only 25 Canadas in the late morning. Also there were 
several Ruddy Ducks, a couple of Common Mergansers, and an unusual Hairy 
Woodpecker. 

 At St. Mary's Pond at 1:30 PM we had more luck. The path to the pond had the 
usual White-crowned Sparrow (juv.), which was nice to see, and further down in 
the reedy area next to the pond was a wintering Swamp Sparrow. In the 600 or so 
Canadas there was an easily recognizable Cackling Goose picked out by Wayne. It 
sat for a short while on the ice, but the geese around it got antsy and flew 
north, and it was soon to follow. Ducks included the usual Ruddies and 18 (!) 
Northern Shovelers ashovelin'. They scooted around with their bills dipped 
underwater, filter feeding, which I had never seen before. 

 

 Over in Jamestown around 3 PM we of course tried for the Western Grebe at Ft. 
Getty, but found nothing but Red-neckeds and Horneds. The marsh nearby, the 
name of which escapes me, held a "grey ghost" Harrier along with its female 
friend, and in the sky you could pick out a female Kestrel hovering. Beavertail 
had Purple Sandpipers and a female Surf Scoter among the usual lot, but no 
Redpolls, Kumlien's Gulls, or borealis Eiders that I could see anyway. At 
Mackerel Cove was the overwintering Killdeer accompanied by a Sanderling. At a 
crow gathering near the Newport Bridge, there were approx. 45 American and at 
least 2 Fish Crows. 

 

 Stay warm, and Good birding!
 Dy-lon Pedro
Subject: Re: RE: Fort Getty "Western" Grebe
From: "Jackjsully AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:06:34 -0500
In my humble opinion, I would say that these are all excellent comments and 
very much in order.! The more info, the much better is the likelihood of a 
correct identification of an unusual bird appearance. I have not seen the "bird 
so, I have nothing to add. Let the comments and evidence of any kind continue. 
Jack 

 

 

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From: Greg Sargeant sargeguy.ri AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS] 
 

To: RIBIRDS 
Sent: Sat, Jan 17, 2015 6:02 pm
Subject: Re: [RIBIRDS] RE: Fort Getty "Western" Grebe


 
  
    
                  

I don't have much experience with Western Grebes. The Western Grebe I saw at 
Narragansett a couple years ago was pretty unequivocal, when you got your scope 
on it you knew you had it and did not need to rationalize the ID. It had the 
long, snakey neck topped by a large head. I was at Ft. Getty today and saw a 
Red-Necked Grebe that seemed larger and bulkier that the standard Red-Necked 
Grebe. It's plumage seemed to have more contrast as well. I initially thought 
"Aha! That's it!" but couldn't convince myself the more I looked at it and 
consulted Sibley and other observers. The other birders I spoke to had a 
similar experience: a bird that at first seemed promising but became less so 
the more you looked at it. 

Greg Sargeant
Providence



On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 3:57 PM, Jan StJean DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS] 
 wrote: 


 
 
  
    
                  

I was the one who first identified that grebe. It was the first bird I looked 
at with my scope, and it was fairly close in. I saw the long neck with a sharp 
line between the black and white. The throat was white without any hint of 
dusky color. Floating away, the neck had what looked like a thin black line 
straight down the back. The bill was yellow. I did not have a Red-necked Grebe 
in the same area at the time to compare size. Cathy Gim was with me and she 
agreed that it was a Western. In fact, I told her we needed to make sure it 
wasn't a Clark's! We pulled out the book at that point to remember what one had 
the back around the eye. Once it moved off towards Dutch Island, we didn't see 
it again, but saw several Red-necked Grebes. If a Red-necked Grebe can have a 
solid white throat, with a straight demarcation between the black and white, 
and no dusky face, I've never seen one. Cathy and I are quite sure we had a 
Western Grebe. 

Jan St.Jean

Sent from my iPad

On Jan 17, 2015, at 3:29 PM, "Wheelan Drew amazilia55 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" 
 wrote: 




      
                  

 Hey all, I know that a few birders out there have also seen what they 
identified to be a Western Grebe at Fort Getty, and I was hoping to get some 
info about the bird or photos of the bird in question. After reading Shai 
Mitra's report of the Red-necked Grebe that he posted on Friday, it has made me 
question my initial ID. Not that I didn't see what I described, but the bird 
was at least 400-600 meters distant, if not more, and at that distance many of 
the subtleties that separate the two species could be fuzzy to say the least. 
Having birded for a while now, and seen how crowd mentality and wishful 
thinking can cause even the best birders to see what they want to see I am not 
sure what to say. I know that had I seen the bird, exactly as I did without 
knowing that a Western Grebe had been identified, I still would have called the 
bird a Western Grebe, and reported it as such, as that is how it appeared, 
however, at that distance, I certainly could have been wrong, especially given 
the appearance of the bird that Shai described. Also, having done seabird 
surveys out west for years, I know that most data outside of 200 meters is not 
analyzed as scrutinizingly due to the increasing likelihood of introducing bad 
data. I'm curious as to what other people have seen. Perhaps there is more 
information being posted about this bird on Pollypie which I don't have access 
to, that might elucidate more about the situation. Thanks, and good birding! 

Drew Wheelan
Wakefield, RI

    
         

    
             

  




    
             

  
Subject: Re: RE: Fort Getty "Western" Grebe
From: "Greg Sargeant sargeguy.ri AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:59:22 -0500
The one we saw did not have as solid a demarcation as a Western, there was
some dusky color on the throat.  It had a paler throat and darker neck than
the typical Red-Necked, and seemed a little larger. It was not the same
bird you saw if you got that good a look at it and noted those field marks.

Greg

On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 3:57 PM, Jan StJean DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS] <
RIBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> I was the one who first identified that grebe.  It was the first bird I
> looked at with my scope, and it was fairly close in.  I saw the long neck
> with a sharp line between the black and white.  The throat was white
> without any hint of dusky color.  Floating away, the neck had what looked
> like a thin black line straight down the back.   The bill was yellow.  I
> did not have a Red-necked Grebe in the same area at the time to compare
> size.  Cathy Gim was with me and she agreed that it was a Western.  In
> fact, I told her we needed to make sure it wasn't a Clark's!    We pulled
> out the book at that point to remember what one had the back around the
> eye.   Once it moved off towards Dutch Island, we didn't see it again, but
> saw several Red-necked Grebes.  If a Red-necked Grebe can have a solid
> white throat, with a straight demarcation between the black and white, and
> no dusky face, I've never seen one.  Cathy and I are quite sure we had a
> Western Grebe.
> Jan St.Jean
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Jan 17, 2015, at 3:29 PM, "Wheelan Drew amazilia55 AT yahoo.com
> [RIBIRDS]"  wrote:
>
>
>
>     Hey all,  I know that a few birders out there have also seen what they
> identified to be a Western Grebe at Fort Getty, and I was hoping to get
> some info about the bird or photos of the bird in question.  After reading
> Shai Mitra's report of the Red-necked Grebe that he posted on Friday, it
> has made me question my initial ID.  Not that I didn't see what I
> described, but the bird was at least 400-600 meters distant, if not more,
> and at that distance many of the subtleties that separate the two species
> could be fuzzy to say the least.  Having birded for a while now, and seen
> how crowd mentality and wishful thinking can cause even the best birders to
> see what they want to see I am not sure what to say.  I know that had I
> seen the bird, exactly as I did without knowing that a Western Grebe had
> been identified, I still would have called the bird a Western Grebe, and
> reported it as such, as that is how it appeared, however, at that distance,
> I certainly could have been wrong, especially given the appearance of the
> bird that Shai described.  Also, having done seabird surveys out west for
> years, I know that most data outside of 200 meters is not analyzed as
> scrutinizingly due to the increasing likelihood of introducing bad data.
> I'm curious as to what other people have seen.  Perhaps there is more
> information being posted about this bird on Pollypie which I don't have
> access to, that might elucidate more about the situation.  Thanks, and good
> birding!
> Drew Wheelan
> Wakefield, RI
>
>   
>
Subject: Re: RE: Fort Getty "Western" Grebe
From: "Greg Sargeant sargeguy.ri AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:02:28 -0500
I don't have much experience with Western Grebes.  The Western Grebe I saw
at Narragansett a couple years ago was pretty unequivocal, when you got
your scope on it you knew you had it and did not need to rationalize the
ID.  It had the long, snakey neck topped by a large head.  I was at Ft.
Getty today and saw a Red-Necked Grebe that seemed larger and bulkier that
the standard Red-Necked Grebe.  It's plumage seemed to have more contrast
as well.  I initially thought "Aha! That's it!" but couldn't convince
myself the more I looked at it and consulted Sibley and other observers.
The other birders I spoke to had a similar experience: a bird that at first
seemed promising but became less so the more you looked at it.
Greg Sargeant
Providence

On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 3:57 PM, Jan StJean DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS] <
RIBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> I was the one who first identified that grebe.  It was the first bird I
> looked at with my scope, and it was fairly close in.  I saw the long neck
> with a sharp line between the black and white.  The throat was white
> without any hint of dusky color.  Floating away, the neck had what looked
> like a thin black line straight down the back.   The bill was yellow.  I
> did not have a Red-necked Grebe in the same area at the time to compare
> size.  Cathy Gim was with me and she agreed that it was a Western.  In
> fact, I told her we needed to make sure it wasn't a Clark's!    We pulled
> out the book at that point to remember what one had the back around the
> eye.   Once it moved off towards Dutch Island, we didn't see it again, but
> saw several Red-necked Grebes.  If a Red-necked Grebe can have a solid
> white throat, with a straight demarcation between the black and white, and
> no dusky face, I've never seen one.  Cathy and I are quite sure we had a
> Western Grebe.
> Jan St.Jean
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Jan 17, 2015, at 3:29 PM, "Wheelan Drew amazilia55 AT yahoo.com
> [RIBIRDS]"  wrote:
>
>
>
>     Hey all,  I know that a few birders out there have also seen what they
> identified to be a Western Grebe at Fort Getty, and I was hoping to get
> some info about the bird or photos of the bird in question.  After reading
> Shai Mitra's report of the Red-necked Grebe that he posted on Friday, it
> has made me question my initial ID.  Not that I didn't see what I
> described, but the bird was at least 400-600 meters distant, if not more,
> and at that distance many of the subtleties that separate the two species
> could be fuzzy to say the least.  Having birded for a while now, and seen
> how crowd mentality and wishful thinking can cause even the best birders to
> see what they want to see I am not sure what to say.  I know that had I
> seen the bird, exactly as I did without knowing that a Western Grebe had
> been identified, I still would have called the bird a Western Grebe, and
> reported it as such, as that is how it appeared, however, at that distance,
> I certainly could have been wrong, especially given the appearance of the
> bird that Shai described.  Also, having done seabird surveys out west for
> years, I know that most data outside of 200 meters is not analyzed as
> scrutinizingly due to the increasing likelihood of introducing bad data.
> I'm curious as to what other people have seen.  Perhaps there is more
> information being posted about this bird on Pollypie which I don't have
> access to, that might elucidate more about the situation.  Thanks, and good
> birding!
> Drew Wheelan
> Wakefield, RI
>
>   
>
Subject: Eagle and owl
From: "teachmarkey AT hotmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jan 2015 13:45:15 -0800
Hey, 

Swan Point Cemetery today: 1 Eastern Screech Owl roosting in the hole of a 
tree, and one adult bald eagle! What a great day! 


 
Subject: Re: RE: Fort Getty "Western" Grebe
From: "Jan StJean DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:57:15 -0500
I was the one who first identified that grebe. It was the first bird I looked 
at with my scope, and it was fairly close in. I saw the long neck with a sharp 
line between the black and white. The throat was white without any hint of 
dusky color. Floating away, the neck had what looked like a thin black line 
straight down the back. The bill was yellow. I did not have a Red-necked Grebe 
in the same area at the time to compare size. Cathy Gim was with me and she 
agreed that it was a Western. In fact, I told her we needed to make sure it 
wasn't a Clark's! We pulled out the book at that point to remember what one had 
the back around the eye. Once it moved off towards Dutch Island, we didn't see 
it again, but saw several Red-necked Grebes. If a Red-necked Grebe can have a 
solid white throat, with a straight demarcation between the black and white, 
and no dusky face, I've never seen one. Cathy and I are quite sure we had a 
Western Grebe. 

Jan St.Jean

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 17, 2015, at 3:29 PM, "Wheelan Drew amazilia55 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Hey all, I know that a few birders out there have also seen what they 
identified to be a Western Grebe at Fort Getty, and I was hoping to get some 
info about the bird or photos of the bird in question. After reading Shai 
Mitra's report of the Red-necked Grebe that he posted on Friday, it has made me 
question my initial ID. Not that I didn't see what I described, but the bird 
was at least 400-600 meters distant, if not more, and at that distance many of 
the subtleties that separate the two species could be fuzzy to say the least. 
Having birded for a while now, and seen how crowd mentality and wishful 
thinking can cause even the best birders to see what they want to see I am not 
sure what to say. I know that had I seen the bird, exactly as I did without 
knowing that a Western Grebe had been identified, I still would have called the 
bird a Western Grebe, and reported it as such, as that is how it appeared, 
however, at that distance, I certainly could have been wrong, especially given 
the appearance of the bird that Shai described. Also, having done seabird 
surveys out west for years, I know that most data outside of 200 meters is not 
analyzed as scrutinizingly due to the increasing likelihood of introducing bad 
data. I'm curious as to what other people have seen. Perhaps there is more 
information being posted about this bird on Pollypie which I don't have access 
to, that might elucidate more about the situation. Thanks, and good birding! 

> Drew Wheelan
> Wakefield, RI
> 
Subject: RE: Fort Getty "Western" Grebe
From: "Wheelan Drew amazilia55 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:29:47 +0000 (UTC)
    Hey all,  I know that a few birders out there have also seen what they 
identified to be a Western Grebe at Fort Getty, and I was hoping to get some 
info about the bird or photos of the bird in question.  After reading Shai 
Mitra's report of the Red-necked Grebe that he posted on Friday, it has made me 
question my initial ID.  Not that I didn't see what I described, but the bird 
was at least 400-600 meters distant, if not more, and at that distance many of 
the subtleties that separate the two species could be fuzzy to say the least. 
 Having birded for a while now, and seen how crowd mentality and wishful 
thinking can cause even the best birders to see what they want to see I am not 
sure what to say.  I know that had I seen the bird, exactly as I did without 
knowing that a Western Grebe had been identified, I still would have called the 
bird a Western Grebe, and reported it as such, as that is how it appeared, 
however, at that distance, I certainly could have been wrong, especially given 
the appearance of the bird that Shai described.  Also, having done seabird 
surveys out west for years, I know that most data outside of 200 meters is not 
analyzed as scrutinizingly due to the increasing likelihood of introducing bad 
data. I'm curious as to what other people have seen.  Perhaps there is more 
information being posted about this bird on Pollypie which I don't have access 
to, that might elucidate more about the situation.  Thanks, and good 
birding!Drew WheelanWakefield, RI 
Subject: Female borealis Eider
From: "Keith Mueller kmueller AT ntplx.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:23:30 -0500
East side Beavertail Point also 3rd cycle returning Kumlien's Iceland Gull

Keith Mueller

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Subject: Black headed gull
From: "Jana Hesser janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:04:09 -0500
continues at Watchemoket.  Also an immature bald eagle.
Subject: Re: Barrow's Goldeneye and Lesser Black-backed Gull
From: "Bill McNee billmcnee AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:10:12 -0500
Snowy Owl in Central Beach (Quonnie) - on apex of rooftop on Surfside Ave at 
home under construction- beautiful bird 


Bill McNee
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> On Jan 17, 2015, at 10:50 AM, snoozin50 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Jana Hesser and I saw the Barrow's Goldeneye and a Lesser Black-backed Gull 
off Frigate St in Jamestown on Friday, Jan 16th. 

> 
> Photos available
> 
> 
> 
> Sue Dunn
> 
> 
Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye and Lesser Black-backed Gull
From: "snoozin50 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jan 2015 07:50:26 -0800
Jana Hesser and I saw the Barrow's Goldeneye and a Lesser Black-backed Gull off 
Frigate St in Jamestown on Friday, Jan 16th. 

 Photos available
 

 Sue Dunn
Subject: RE: Greater White-fronted Goose
From: "'Jana Hesser' janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:15:26 -0500
Western grebe not seen later in the day today.  There were at least 7
birders there at various times. 

Jana

 

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Sent: Friday, January 16, 2015 10:16 AM
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Subject: [RIBIRDS] Greater White-fronted Goose

 

  

Greater White-fronted Goose, Portsmouth, Lawton Valley Reservoir across from
Raytheon, route 114. 

I found the Western Grebe yesterday at Fort Getty, sorry forgot to post to
this list. It was seen there again this morning.

Jan St Jean
Chepachet RI

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Subject: RE: Borealis Common Eider at Beavertail Pt
From: "Shaibal Mitra Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:26:51 +0000
Having just returned to LI, I've uploaded some of my photos from yesterday of 
the borealis subspecies Common Eider at Beavertail. 


This northern subspecies is pretty poorly known in southern New England and 
Long Island, with some old specimens from Massachusetts and at least one from 
Montauk. In a note I just received from Keith Mueller, he mentions three RI 
specimens, including one at the Sachuest visitor center. I also recall a recent 
sight record from Massachusetts-- 


--thanks Google!--

http://www.maavianrecords.com/home/annual-reports/report-14-1

 It's worth 
noting that I was consciously looking for borealis when I found yesterday's 
bird, having noticed that circumstances favored close study of a large number 
of birds. To me this suggests that borealis might be at least somewhat more 
regular in our area than the scant records would imply, but then again, I've 
made many, many unsuccessful searches on LI and in RI, too. 


A series of images of the borealis individual begins here:


https://picasaweb.google.com/109808209543611018404/Somateria#6105051753337142418 



A 
series of reference images of the locally prevalent subspecies dresseri 
precedes the borealis images, for instance, starting here: 



https://picasaweb.google.com/109808209543611018404/Somateria#5589853276305504834 


I tried for the Western Grebe again this morning and failed again. I did note 
that one of the Red-necked Grebes present was markedly cleaner looking than the 
others, more neatly blackish gray and white, and showed an especially bright 
yellow bill. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore, NY


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Subject: Borealis Common Eider at Beavertail Pt

After deftly dipping this afternoon on the Western Grebe at Fort Getty (my 
consolation there were no fewer than 12 Red-necked Grebes), I proceeded to 
Beavertail. There, among a large flock of dresseri Common Eiders, I found and 
photographed what I believe was an example of the northern subspecies, 
borealis. This male eider had a yellow bill and short, sharply pointed bill 
lobes projecting up onto the sides of its head. Drew Wheelan and Aaron Dollar 
joined me while I was there and were able to see the bird. 


Although I might not be able to upload my photos until tomorrow night, I wanted 
to get the word out so others visiting Jamestown might be able to study this 
very interesting bird. I'm aware of some old specimen records of borealis from 
RI, but I'm not aware of recent sight records. 


Shai Mitra
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Subject: Barrows Goldeneye??? [2 Attachments]
From: "mdupre49 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jan 2015 08:00:35 -0800
I saw these two on Thursday the 15th at Colt state park. Not sure if they are 
Common or Barrow's. I know the pictures kinda suck but Im hoping some of you 
more expierienced birders can identify. 

 Thanks for the help and good birding!!
 

 Martin D.
Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose
From: "Jan DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:16:01 -0500
Greater White-fronted Goose, Portsmouth, Lawton Valley Reservoir across from 
Raytheon, route 114. 


I found the Western Grebe yesterday at Fort Getty, sorry forgot to post to this 
list. It was seen there again this morning. 


Jan St Jean
Chepachet  RI

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Subject: Jamestown Western Grebe and Iceland Gull
From: "Andrew Wheelan amazilia55 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 01:21:57 -0500
This afternoon, around 16:00 the previously reported Western Grebe (via text 
and private email list{don't know who originally "found" this bird}), was 
relocated along the eastern shore of Dutch Island, as viewed from Fort Getty. 
The bird was by itself, and quite distant, but clearly viewed at 60X in a 
spotting scope by myself, Aaron (Dollar, i believe) and Ashley Holberton. There 
were at least 10 Red-necked Grebes in the water between Fort Getty and Dutch 
Island which provided for an excellent comparative study. The Western Grebe 
showed a much more slender neck, sharply contrasting black back and neck with 
white breast and throat without any "smudgey" shading in the upper breast/lower 
neck. The bill also appeared thinner and longer, even at that distance and the 
extensive yellow was also clearly visible. We observed the bird through several 
foraging dives for close to 5 minutes, but then "lost" it. 

 We were also fortunate to see the adult Iceland Gull just on the west side of 
the point at Beavertail at around 16:15. 

good birding,
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Wakefield, RI

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Subject: RBA: Rhode Island, January 15, 2015
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Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:13:46 -0500
* RBA
* Rhode Island
* Statewide 
* January 15, 2015
*  RIRI1501.15
 
- Birds mentioned:
WESTERN GREBE
Red-necked Grebe
COMMON  MURRE
DOVEKIE
NORTHERN FULMAR
Black-headed Kittiwake
Bonaparte's  Gull
Northern Gannet
Long-tailed Duck
ICELAND GULL
LESSER  BLACK-BACKED GULL
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD 
COMMON  REDPOLL
American Goldfinch
BLACK-HEADED GULL
American Pipit
Virginia  rail
EURASIAN WIGEON 
Northern Shoveler
PILEATED  WOODPECKER
BLACK-HEADED GULL 
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
THICK-BILED  MURRE
Razorbill
 
     date: January 15, 2015
(401)  949-5454 or 245-7500 ext 3052
compiler: Janice  St.Jean
transcriber: Janice St.Jean (_janstjean AT gmail.com_ 
(mailto:janstjean AT gmail.com) )
_www.asri.org_ (http://www.asri.org) 
 
Welcome to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's bird alert for January  
15th, 2015. This report covers the period from January 6th to January 15th and 
 will be updated in about one week.
 
In Jamestown, from the dock at Fort Getty, a WESTERN GREBE was found along  
with several RED-NECKED GREBES on the 15th.  At Beavertail State Park, on  
the 9th, with strong southerly winds, the 
following birds were recorder: 1 COMMON MURRE, 1 DOVEKIE, 1 NORTHERN  
FULMAR, 8 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 10 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, 14 NORTHERN GANNETS 
and 

17 LONG-TAILED DUCKS.  An adult ICELAND GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL 
 were also reported there this past week.  The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues 
 to be seen at the end of Frigate St.  
 
On the 7th, a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was reported in a private yard in  
North Kingstown.
 
At Lonsdale Marsh in Lincoln, a small flock of about a dozen COMMON  
REDPOLLS have been observed in the birches with AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. 
 
A BLACK-HEADED GULL and 2 AMERICAN PIPITS were found at Scarborough Beach  
in Narragansett.   A VIRGINA RAIL was observed near Aunt Carrie's  
Restaurant on the 7th.
 
On the 10th, a EURASIAN WIGEON was found in the cove at Burma Road in  
Middletown.  In Portsmouth, at St.Mary's Pond, 18 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were  
reported.

Another EURASIAN WIGEON was reported from Winnapaug Pond in Westerly  this 
week.
 
In Foster, 3 PILEATED WOODPECKERS were observed on the 14th at Rams Tail  
Road.
 
In East Providence at Watchemocket Cove, a BLACK-HEADED GULL was reported  
several times this past week.
 
On the 11th, a BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was found at Colt State Park in  Bristol.
 
Finally, birds seen on a cod fishing trip with the Frances Fleet out of  
Galilee on the 14th included: 4 DOVKIE, 7 COMMON MURRES, 2 THICK-BILED MURRES, 
 11 RAZORBILLS, 30 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and 1 ICELAND GULL.
 
That's all for this week, thank you for calling and good birding!
 
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Subject: Borealis Common Eider at Beavertail Pt
From: "Shaibal Mitra Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:31:21 +0000
After deftly dipping this afternoon on the Western Grebe at Fort Getty (my 
consolation there were no fewer than 12 Red-necked Grebes), I proceeded to 
Beavertail. There, among a large flock of dresseri Common Eiders, I found and 
photographed what I believe was an example of the northern subspecies, 
borealis. This male eider had a yellow bill and short, sharply pointed bill 
lobes projecting up onto the sides of its head. Drew Wheelan and Aaron Dollar 
joined me while I was there and were able to see the bird. 


Although I might not be able to upload my photos until tomorrow night, I wanted 
to get the word out so others visiting Jamestown might be able to study this 
very interesting bird. I'm aware of some old specimen records of borealis from 
RI, but I'm not aware of recent sight records. 


Shai Mitra
Bay Shore, NY

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Subject: Cod Boat Alcids
From: "kmueller AT ntplx.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:30:59 -0500
 From Keith Mueller and James Purcell- On the Lady Frances Cod boat at  
Coxes Ledge- Slow alcid day for mid-January, but a few Highlights:

DOVEKIE-4, COMMON MURRE-7, THICK-BILLED MURRE-2 (one of the two had a  
nearly full black hood), Razorbill-11, Large Alcids-30, BLACK-LEGGED  
KITTIWAKE- 24, Gannet-60, 1st cycle Kumlien's Iceland Gull-1



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Subject: Redpolls at Lonsdale Marsh
From: "'Aaron Dollar' aaron.dollar AT yale.edu [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:14:24 -0500
At least 7 redpolls in flock of finches (about 30 total) at the Marsh this
morning on so-called "Birch Island", with previous reports by Barbara
Gearhart. Park near Gate on Rt. 122 that has a "closed" sign, walk down the
paved rd, and take the path immediately to the left after the guardrail
ends. Follow this around and cross the little frozen stream and about 30ft
of marsh to the edge of the "island" that is nearly all birch trees. Birds
moved around a bit, but stayed mostly in the tops of the trees on the marsh
side of the island, mostly on the northern half. 

 

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Subject: Iceland and Lesser Black-backed Gull @ Beavertail 1/14/2015
From: "mschenckee AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Jan 2015 11:09:19 -0800
This morning an Iceland Gull was present at Beavertail I first spotted it 
around 7:00 AM flying south from the western side of the point (Lot 2), later I 
relocated the bird flying south again this time from the east side of the point 
(Lot 4). Eventually after I drove back around the lighthouse the bird game to 
rest on a rock directly below me and allowed for some good photographs From 
near lot 3. Around 7:30 AM I also spotted a Lesser Black-backed Gull flying 
North around the point and up the western side of the Island. 

 

 Happy Birding,
 

 Matt Schenck
 Middletown RI
Subject: Audubon Society of RI Wednesday Morning Bird walk
From: "'Laura Carberry' lcarberry AT asri.org [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:02:52 -0500
On today's Audubon Society of RI's Wednesday Morning Bird Walk at Beavertail
State Park we had 20 hardy participants. It was very cold but we had a good
turnout of birds. 30 species were seen throughout the walk. Some highlights
included. 34+Razorbills, Northern Gannets, Harlequin ducks, White-wing,
Black and Surf Scoter, Greater Scaup, American Wigeon, Red-breasted
Merganser, 2 Bonaparte's Gulls, Bufflehead, Horned Grebe, Red-throated and
Common Loon, Common Eider, and Purple Sandpiper. 

 

At Fort Getty an American Kestrel and Golden-eye were present. 

 

Laura Carberry

 

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Subject: today's birds
From: "'Linda' jff30 AT cox.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:45:54 -0500
This morning along Post Rd in Perryville, 3-5,000 blackbirds feeding on the
ground from field to field near Carpenter's Farm on Moonstone Beach Rd.  I
followed the flock to Gravelly Hill Rd. where the flock descended on
residential properties.  No yellow headed blackbird that I could see.  About
65% of the flock was common grackles with the remainder including starlings,
brown headed cowbirds, and red winged blackbirds.  Down Moonstone Beach Rd.
towards Rt. 1, a winter wren and at Card's Pond, which is low, a killdeer.
The black headed gull continues at the Scarborough jetty by the outflow.

 

Linda Gardrel
Subject: Common Redpoll
From: "Barbara C Gearhart bcgearhart AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:38:06 -0500
At Lonsdale Marsh now, with Goldfinches on Birch Island.

Barbara Gearhart
Cumberland
Subject: Lost scarf
From: "transformwe AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:42:54 -0500
Somewhere in our birding travels today I lost my hand knit infinity scarf. 
I think it's most likely I lost it in the parking lot of Sunset Farm, but it 
could also have been at Tiogue lake in Coventry or Apponaug Cove. if anyone 
should find it please contact me. I would really love to get it back. 


Thank you so much. 

Amy Collins


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Subject: SEekonk River -
From: "'Jana Hesser' janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 22:35:28 -0500
Late on Sunday afternoon, 2 adult Bald Eagles on the ice on the east side
some distance north of the Henderson Bridge devouring a dark bird carcass;
60+ hooded mergansers, plus common goldeneye, bufflehead and many gulls
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Subject: Fort Getty / Beavertail Sun Jan 11 2015
From: "barkey_0727 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jan 2015 18:27:54 -0800
Fort Getty:
 Northern Pintail (hen)
 Buffleheads
 Gadwall (pair)
 Black Ducks
 White-winged Scoter
 Canada Geese
 Red-Breasted Merganser
 Herring Gulls
 

 Beavertail:
 Surf Scoter
 Black Scoter
 Harlequins
 Eiders
 Common Loon
 
 Red-Breasted Merganser
 

 Frigate St.:
 Goldeneye (hen) - not sure if Barrow or Common
 Mallards
 Surf Scoter
 Canada Geese
 Brants
 Herring Gulls
 

 

Subject: today at Sachuest [5 Attachments]
From: "'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:18:29 -0500
Today at Sachuest:

 

Red-throated Loon  1

Canada Goose  X

Mallard  2

Bl. Duck  24

Gr. Scaup  ~150

Com. Goldeneye  ~45

Bufflehead  ~40

Harlequin Duck  5

Com. Eider  200+

Com. Scoter  18

Surf Scoter  5

Red-br. Merganser  1

No. Harrier  1

Kildeer  2

Sanderling (3rd Beach)  35

Herring Gull  X

Ring-billed Gull  2

Gr. Bl.-backed Gull  2

Com. Crow  5

Bl.-capped Chickadee  2

Carolina Wren  1

Robin  8

Cardinal  1

Savannah Sparrow (2nd Beach)  2

Wh.-throated Sparrow  2

Tree Sparrow  ~30

Song Sparrow  9

 

Also, 9 White-tailed Deer and 1 Harbor Seal at the Island Rocks.

 

At Brenton Pt., another 5 Harlequin Ducks, 13 Com. Scoter, 200+ Com. Eider,
and 1 Horned Grebe. 

 

Marc Gousie

Marie LoPresti

 

 

 

 

 

 
Subject: Jamestown 1/11/2015
From: "mschenckee AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jan 2015 07:05:39 -0800
This morning at Beavertail at least 3 Razorbills,1 Common Murre, and 1 immature 
White-winged Scoter were visable from Lot 2. also present were Common Eider, 
Red-breasted Merganser, Harlequin Duck, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, American 
Black Duck, Surf Scoter, Black Scoter, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Common 
Loon, Red-throated Loon. As well as lots of Ring-billed, Herring and Great 
Black-backed Gulls. 

 

 There was a Brown Thrasher foraging just off the road near the pavilion at 
Fort Getty Park. 

 

 There was no sign of any Goldeneye at Frigate Street.
 

 Matt Schenck
 Middletown, RI
Subject: Save the Bay 1/10
From: "lighty70 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Jan 2015 10:32:03 -0800
Down at Save the Bay in Providence this morning there were big rafts of greater 
scaup, some mallards, and a trio of American wigeons. Also plenty of 
ring-billed gulls and swans. 

 

 Under the bridge by Fox Point there were some hooded and red-breasted 
mergansers and a seal! 

 

 SL
Subject: Black-headed Gull
From: "Paul L'Etoile pletoile2 AT verizon.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:29:34 -0500
On Friday a Black-headed Gull was roosting on the jetty on the south 
side of Scarborough Beach in Narragansett.

Paul L'Etoile
South Kingstown


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Subject: Northern Pintail and Cooper's hawks, Barrington
From: "Catherine Boisseau catherine_boisseau AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 22:31:13 +0000 (UTC)
This afternoon on East Bay bike path, Barrington, 2 Cooper's hawks, bringing 
total for day to 3.  

Around 4 pm In Allin's Cove, one northern pintail with a flock of about 25 
mallards. On the far side of the marshy inlet a large mixed flock, probably 
hybrids and/or black ducks, also possibly teal... 

I returned to Brickyard Pond hoping to get a closer view of the distant, 
unidentified black and white ducks seen yesterday (they were not bufflehead or 
goldeneye) but the pond has completely frozen and all the birds, even the 
ubiquitous Canada geese, were gone.  

At the feeders in my yard, throughout the morning to early afternoon:
Blue jays (2), Cardinals (4, resident family of 2 and 2), Carolina wren 
(1), Chickadee (1), Cooper's hawk (1), Downy woodpecker (2),  Flicker (1), 
House finch (2), Juncos (about 6), Mourning doves (2; these have fallen way 
off), Nuthatches (2-3), Red-bellied woodpecker (1), Red-wing blackbirds 
(7), Robins, about 25 perched in a tree looking on at the food fest, Starlings 
(about 20), Titmice (few),  Sparrows included House sparrows (about 15), Song 
sparrow (2), White-throated (1-2).  
Subject: ASRI's Wedensday Morning Bird Walk
From: "'Laura Carberry' lcarberry AT asri.org [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 17:08:10 -0500
Today on ASRI's Wednesday Morning bird walk at Trustom Pond Wildlife Refuge
we saw a number of nice birds. There was very little open water so the ducks
were packed in tightly so view was a bit difficult as the birds swam in
tight clusters. But we were able to pick out 1 Redhead, 1 Canvasback,
Greater Scaup, American Wigeon, 1 Eurasian Wigeon, at least 9 Northern
Pintail, Gadwall, Mallards, Black Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, American Coot,
many Canada Geese and Mute Swans, and a Bald Eagle that picked up a dead
duck.  We also had a Golden-crowned Kinglet right up close at the
observation platform. 

 

At the feeders were many of the usual suspects as well as Tree Sparrows and
a Fox Sparrow.  It was a great day with 10 hardy participants. 

 

Laura

 

 

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Subject: Snowy Owl at Quonset
From: "'Dr. Bob Kenney' drbobk AT verizon.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2015 15:35:03 -0600 (CST)




Subject: Re: Sea Bird Query
From: "John Fulweiler johnfulweiler AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 06:44:30 -0500
Thank you for your many and rapid responses; indeed it was a Common Eider.
One of you expressed interest in the continuity of responses and I report
that, save for one, all responses named the Common Eider with some offering
a Long Tailed Duck as an alternate consideration.  Happy New Year to all
and thanks again. -- John K. Fulweiler

On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 4:10 PM, John Fulweiler 
wrote:

> My daughter and I were at Kings Beach in Newport this past Sunday.
> Swimming out of the cove was a white duck looking bird (a good 50 yards
> from us) with a prominent black stripe on its side sort of arching from
> side of tail up and to side of neck.  We also saw three brownish looking
> and smaller birds accompanying it as one might associate goslings with a
> swan, but the distance prevented us from concluding whether they were
> juveniles.  Anyway, my daughter and I identified the bird as a Labrador
> Duck - but then turned the page to find this duck is extinct.  With
> apologies for my poor description and appreciating our observation isn't
> stellar, I'd be grateful for your thoughts as to what we saw?  Thank you.
> John K. Fulweiler, Newport, RI
>
Subject: Sea Bird Query
From: "John Fulweiler johnfulweiler AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:10:56 -0500
My daughter and I were at Kings Beach in Newport this past Sunday.
Swimming out of the cove was a white duck looking bird (a good 50 yards
from us) with a prominent black stripe on its side sort of arching from
side of tail up and to side of neck.  We also saw three brownish looking
and smaller birds accompanying it as one might associate goslings with a
swan, but the distance prevented us from concluding whether they were
juveniles.  Anyway, my daughter and I identified the bird as a Labrador
Duck - but then turned the page to find this duck is extinct.  With
apologies for my poor description and appreciating our observation isn't
stellar, I'd be grateful for your thoughts as to what we saw?  Thank you.
John K. Fulweiler, Newport, RI
Subject: this morning's birds
From: "'Linda' jff30 AT cox.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 15:13:20 -0500
At Camp Fuller Rd. in So. Kingstown white crowned sparrows near the cows in
the pasture.  Around 9:00 at Perry Mill Pond, 1 rusty blackbird near the
stream and 1 brown thrasher near the stream in the thickets.  Above the
stream in the trees, 4 common grackles and above them flying east to west,
one red tailed hawk.

 

Linda Gardrel
Subject: Re: House finches eye disease ?
From: "Suzanne French fieldfareusa AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:35:44 -0500
Here is the FAQ page from Cornell on the House Finch Disease.
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/hofi/hofifaqs.html
Take the feeders down, wash them with a 10 percent bleach solution, dry
them and put them back out with fresh seed. Clean up the shells and
droppings from underneath the feeder. Also clean any water source you are
offering.

Keeping them coming to a clean feeder is a way to keep the disease from
spreading (if at all possible) as opposed to taking the feeders in and
having them move to other feeding stations.

Suzanne




On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 11:25 AM, Jana Hesser janaehesser AT gmail.com
[RIBIRDS]  wrote:

>
>
> I've had several House finches at my feeders that appear to have an eye
> disease. Does anybody know anything about this?  Is it something that's
> common? Or unusual to see? Has anybody else noticed this?  I've only had my
> feeders up recently this year never had them before so this is new to me.
> Thanks for any information you might have.
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: House finches eye disease ?
From: "Kevin Rogers kevin.rogers82 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:04:42 -0500
Yes, it's fairly common...

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/hofi/hofifaqs.html

http://feederwatch.org/learn/house-finch-eye-disease/

*Kevin Rogers*

*Master's Candidate*

*NRS 410 Teaching Assistant*

Dept. of Natural Resources Science

1 Greenhouse Rd.

Coastal Institute at Kingston, Rm 006

University of Rhode Island

Kingston RI 02881

kevin_rogers AT my.uri.edu

On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 11:25 AM, Jana Hesser janaehesser AT gmail.com
[RIBIRDS]  wrote:

>
>
> I've had several House finches at my feeders that appear to have an eye
> disease. Does anybody know anything about this?  Is it something that's
> common? Or unusual to see? Has anybody else noticed this?  I've only had my
> feeders up recently this year never had them before so this is new to me.
> Thanks for any information you might have.
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: House finches eye disease ?
From: "Jackjsully AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:40:53 -0500
Hey, Dan, thank you for this excellent "Post !          Jack......
 

 

 

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From: Dan Berard djberard84 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS] 
 

To: Jana Hesser 
Cc: ribirds AT yahoogroups. com 
Sent: Tue, Jan 6, 2015 11:36 am
Subject: Re: [RIBIRDS] House finches eye disease ?


 
  
    
                  
Hi Jana et all,


This is likely conjunctivitis which is often caused by the bacteria Mycoplasma 
gallisepticum, which as the species name implies often causes respiratory 
problems in chickens and other poultry. 



It's a common issue among House Finches and causes a few issues. 


The swollen eyelids obviously impair vision which makes them more susceptible 
to predation, but also makes them more likely to stay at a feeding station or 
other food sources. This then spreads the bacteria to other finches. 



I don't believe this bacteria is harmful to other feeder species besides House 
Finches and goldfinches, but the best thing to do is clean the feeders. 



Hope this helps!


- Dan Berard
   Glocester, RI

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Jana Hesser janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS] 
 wrote: 


 
 
  
    
                  
I've had several House finches at my feeders that appear to have an eye 
disease. Does anybody know anything about this? Is it something that's common? 
Or unusual to see? Has anybody else noticed this? I've only had my feeders up 
recently this year never had them before so this is new to me. Thanks for any 
information you might have. 



    
             

  


    
             

  
Subject: Re: House finches eye disease ?
From: "Dan Berard djberard84 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:36:38 -0500
Hi Jana et all,

This is likely conjunctivitis which is often caused by the bacteria
Mycoplasma gallisepticum, which as the species name implies often causes
respiratory problems in chickens and other poultry.

It's a common issue among House Finches and causes a few issues.

The swollen eyelids obviously impair vision which makes them more
susceptible to predation, but also makes them more likely to stay at a
feeding station or other food sources. This then spreads the bacteria to
other finches.

I don't believe this bacteria is harmful to other feeder species besides
House Finches and goldfinches, but the best thing to do is clean the
feeders.

Hope this helps!

- Dan Berard
   Glocester, RI

On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Jana Hesser janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS] <
RIBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> I've had several House finches at my feeders that appear to have an eye
> disease. Does anybody know anything about this?  Is it something that's
> common? Or unusual to see? Has anybody else noticed this?  I've only had my
> feeders up recently this year never had them before so this is new to me.
> Thanks for any information you might have.
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: House finches eye disease ?
From: "Peter Green peter AT providenceraptors.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:33:25 -0500
Hi Jana,

Unfortunately for the House Finches, conjunctivitis is indeed common. 
Here’s more info: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/hofi/hofifaqs.html 
 


I noticed it a few years ago on a finch at my feeder downtown.

best,
Peter







> On Jan 6, 2015, at 11:25 AM, Jana Hesser janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS] 
 wrote: 

> 
> I've had several House finches at my feeders that appear to have an eye 
disease. Does anybody know anything about this? Is it something that's common? 
Or unusual to see? Has anybody else noticed this? I've only had my feeders up 
recently this year never had them before so this is new to me. Thanks for any 
information you might have. 

> 
> 
> 

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http://providenceraptors.com
Subject: House finches eye disease ?
From: "Jana Hesser janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:25:58 -0500
I've had several House finches at my feeders that appear to have an eye
disease. Does anybody know anything about this?  Is it something that's
common? Or unusual to see? Has anybody else noticed this?  I've only had my
feeders up recently this year never had them before so this is new to me.
Thanks for any information you might have.
Subject: Re: Tiogue lake
From: "John Mitchell northernsawwhet AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 20:46:03 -0500
Hi Bonnie,

I don't know if the Eagle is a regular visitor to Tiogue lake or was just
passing through.  Maybe someone else can clarify this.

Anyways, yesterday I stopped at the overlook area of Tiogue lake on Arnold
Rd. where the bridge is and there is a bench alongside the road looking at
the lake.  From there I scanned the lake with my spotting scope.  I found
the Eagle sitting on some dark structure (it looks like some sort of
pillars, rocks or stumps) at the North end of Tiogue lake near Lakeside
Drive.  A few minutes later the Eagle flew over to the middle of the lake
and sat on the ice not far from the Tundra Swans.  I drove up to Lakeside
for a little bit closer look.

Hope you get to see the Eagle.

John Mitchell

On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 3:10 PM, Bonnie Hawksley  wrote:

>   I’d love to see that elusive eagle! I see the swans when I drive by,
> but the big guy is never there. Is there a specific street I might have
> better luck with? I’m a homecare nurse and I can sorta plan my client
> visits in that area around my birding [image: Smile]
> Thanks,
> Bonnie
>
>  *From:* mailto:RIBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
> 
> *Sent:* Sunday, January 04, 2015 11:16 PM
> *To:* ribirds AT yahoogroups.com
> *Subject:* [RIBIRDS] Tiogue lake
>
>
>
> This afternoon I went to Tiogue Lake to see the Tundra Swans before the
> lake finishes icing over (probably later this week). While there, I saw the
> pair of Tundra Swans and a great look at an adult Bald Eagle,
>
> a fun start for bIrding in the new year,
> John Mitchell
>
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>
Subject: Tiogue lake
From: "John Mitchell northernsawwhet AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 23:16:31 -0500
This afternoon I went to Tiogue Lake to see the Tundra Swans before the lake 
finishes icing over (probably later this week). While there, I saw the pair of 
Tundra Swans and a great look at an adult Bald Eagle, 


a fun start for bIrding in the new year,
John Mitchell

Sent from my iPad

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Subject: Horned Larks at Seapowet Marsh [5 Attachments]
From: "smb5682 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Jan 2015 16:59:02 -0800
Happy New Year!
 

 Roughly 30 Horned Larks were feeding in the farm fields around 2pm at Seapowet 
Marsh opposite of Sapowet Cove/Sakonnet River. 

 

 Scott Borowy
 Tiverton, RI
Subject: Woonsocket 1/3
From: "'Mark Lynch' moa.lynch AT verizon.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 03 Jan 2015 16:46:19 -0500
We did a brief birding tour around the area of north Woonsocket that borders
Blackstone MA and had the following:
Canada Goose (117)
Hooded Merganser (2)
Turkey Vulture (65: most perched on roofs or chimneys of the houses across
from the park)
Black Vulture (8: all at the transfer station)
Among the many regular gulls at the transfer station was (1) 1stW ICELAND
GULL.
Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll
moa.lynch AT verizon.net


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