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02 Mar Jamestown & South County (3/2/2015) ["mschenckee AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
1 Mar pre-snowstorm birds [4 Attachments] ["'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
1 Mar RBA: Rhode Island, March 1, 2015 ["DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
28 Feb tufted duck ["Marge Bradley margebradley53 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
25 Feb Black and White Warblers ["laurie_schaper AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
24 Feb Black and White Warblers ["laurie_schaper AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
22 Feb Reminder -- "Wings Over Water" Presentation Feb 23rd by Steven Reinert at Warwick Public Library ["'Jana Hesser' janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
22 Feb RBA: RBA: Rhode Island, February 22, 2015 ["DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
21 Feb Seekonk River 2/21 ["'Mark Lynch' moa.lynch AT verizon.net [RIBIRDS]" ]
20 Feb Common Raven ["John Mitchell northernsawwhet AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
19 Feb RE: Re: Tufted Duck ["'Jana Hesser' janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
19 Feb Re: Tufted Duck ["'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
19 Feb " Close Encounter ! ["Jackjsully AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
19 Feb Female Tufted Duck, Seekonk River ["suebirds AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
16 Feb blizzard birds [6 Attachments] ["'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
15 Feb Hawk in Saunderstown [5 Attachments] ["toolanfamily AT cox.net [RIBIRDS]" ]
15 Feb at the feeders, West Barrington, Sun. Feb15 [1 Attachment] ["Catherine Boisseau catherine_boisseau AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
15 Feb Re: Strange and Beautiful Birds Today ["Jackjsully AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
15 Feb RBA: Rhode Island, February 15, 2015 ["DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
14 Feb Strange and Beautiful Birds Today ["pedrodyl AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
14 Feb Hermit Thrush - Jamestown ["steve AT mldonline.net [RIBIRDS]" ]
14 Feb Painted Bunting & Lapland Longspur Continue ["Barbara Sherman birdingbarbara AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
14 Feb Re: Painted Bunting ["smb5682 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
13 Feb BIRDS , BEERS AND \ OR DINNERS NEXT FRIDAY IN WARWICK OCEAN STATE BIRD CLUB ! ["Jackjsully AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
12 Feb Painted Bunting [2 Attachments] ["Don Heitzmann dheitzmann AT dovetl.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
12 Feb Barrow's Goldeneye - Jamestown ["steve AT mldonline.net [RIBIRDS]" ]
11 Feb Re: Painted Bunting in Middletown 02/11/2015 ["Jackjsully AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
11 Feb Painted Bunting in Middletown 02/11/2015 ["mschenckee AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
11 Feb Glaucous/Iceland gull Providence River ["Richard Tucker msorp AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
09 Feb Dedicated Alcid Private Charter trip east of Blook Island ["kmueller AT ntplx.net [RIBIRDS]" ]
8 Feb Birds today! ["Patrick Felker patbirddude AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
7 Feb Redhead ["John Mitchell northernsawwhet AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
7 Feb RBA: Rhode Island, February 7, 2015 ["DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
07 Feb Black and White Warbler ["laurie_schaper AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
7 Feb RE: Rough-legged hawks ["Candace ladyonthefly AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
07 Feb Rough-legged hawks ["aaron.dollar AT yale.edu aaron.dollar@yale.edu [RIBIRDS]" ]
7 Feb Rough-legged hawk ["Alice Morgan morgan.alice AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
5 Feb longspur ["Jim Murphy jimride0457 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
5 Feb longspur ["Jim Murphy jimride0457 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
5 Feb Thick-billed Murre continues in Newport ["Barbara Sherman birdingbarbara AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
04 Feb Let's Play: Guess That Bird ["pedrodyl AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
04 Feb Thick-billed Murre in Newport 02/04/2015 ["mschenckee AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
3 Feb Vesper Sparrow & other sightings ["Barbara C Gearhart bcgearhart AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
02 Feb Leucustic American Goldfinch? [4 Attachments] ["wildbirdsmatter AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
1 Feb Pt. Judith Hawks--Help [5 Attachments] ["'Bruce Kindseth' bkindseth AT cox.net [RIBIRDS]" ]
01 Feb Woodpecker ID Question [1 Attachment] ["smb5682 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" ]
31 Jan Bald eagles at Gorton pond Warwick ["dondan AT cox.net [RIBIRDS]" ]
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]" ]

Subject: Jamestown & South County (3/2/2015)
From: "mschenckee AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Mar 2015 15:12:49 -0800
Highlights from this morning (3/2) in Jamestown & South County
 Jamestown: Beavertail Point
 Typical collection of sea ducks along with 1 Iceland gull roosting on the 
rocks near lot 3, a lone American Wigeon in the surf just south of lot 3,15 
Brant and 3 Common Loon. 

 Wakefield/South Kingstown: Card's Pond Rd.
 Several White-crowned, and Savannah Sparrows, 30+ Horned Lark feeding on both 
sides of the road, and 1 Sharp-shinned hawk near the blue house with the 
feeder. An Immature Red-shouldered Hawk & an Adult Red-tailed Hawk were on the 
south side of the road near the theater by the sea. 2 Dark Morph Rough-legged 
Hawks were just North of the road and visible from the intersection of 
Moonstone Beach Rd. 

 Trustom Pond NWR
 Busy at the feeders with all of the typical woodland birds in good numbers. 1 
Hairy Woodpecker, and 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler were also frequenting the suet 
feeder. 

 Charlestown:
 There was a Turkey Vulture soaring near the intersection of Matunuck 
Schoolhouse Rd. and Old Post Rd. 

 Charlestown Breachway,
 1 lone male Black Scoter, 8 Common Eider 2 Common Loons, 2 Horned Grebes. Also 
6 Horned larks in the parking lot, and 1 Northern Harrier hunting over the 
marsh. 

 Westerly:
 Weekapaug,
 13 Mallards, 7 American Black Ducks, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers and 1 female 
Common Merganser. 21 Common Loon, 10 Greater Scaup, 6 Lesser Scaup, and 2 
Red-tailed Hawks. 


 

Subject: pre-snowstorm birds [4 Attachments]
From: "'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:42:40 -0500
Hello to All,

 

This morning, got down to Trustom area about 8:00, and as soon as I started
down Matunuck Beach Rd. I noticed a buteo at the top of a tree, far off to
the west of the road at the end of a field (Weeden Farm?). Putting the scope
on it, it spooked, but not before I noticed the dark wrist patches and belly
as it flew off southwest. As luck would have it, I found it again where
others have seen it, in the southwest corner of the farm at Cards Pond Rd.
and Moonstone Beach Rd. The photo I took is from a great distance, but the
pale head and dark belly of a light juvenile Rough-legged Hawk can be seen,
as well as the dark eyeline. From the same spot a No. Harrier flew by, and
the end of the road nearer Matunuck Beach Rd. gave up a juv. White-crowned
Sparrow (near the house with the feeder) and a flock of 21 Horned Larks in
the cornfield before Roy Carpenter's. 

 

Walking the beach at Moonstone turned up a Snowy Owl, which flew from the
beach at the breach point out to the middle rocks of Trustom Pond.

 

Back in Providence at Waterman Grille (River Rd.) about noon, it looks as if
the ice has forced many ducks downstream, and all the common ones could be
found congregating right at this spot, with a good viewing platform right at
the bottom of the steps. The female Tufted Duck continues with the scaup,
and the Barrows Goldeneye pair as well.

 

Marc Gousie 

 

 

 

 
Subject: RBA: Rhode Island, March 1, 2015
From: "DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:08:40 -0500
* RBA
* Rhode Island
* Statewide 
* March 1, 2015
*  RIRI1503.01
 
- Birds mentioned:
PAINTED BUNTING (not)
TUFTED DUCK 
Short-eared  Owl
COMMON RAVEN
Snow Goose
Rough-legged Hawk
SNOWY OWL  
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Redhead
 
     date: March 1, 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 March 1st,  
2015. This report covers the period from February 22nd to February 28th and 
will  be updated in about one week.
 
The male PAINTED BUNTING was not seen the neighborhood in Middletown this  
week.  The last report was the 19th.
 
The female TUFTED DUCK found in Providence is still being seen.  It is  in 
the Seekonk River near the Henderson Bridge.  The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE  also 
continues there.
 
A SHORT EARED OWL was seen in Narragansett on the 22nd, at the Galilee  
Saltmarsh along the Escape Road. Two COMMON RAVENS were seen near Fisherman's 

campground on the 26th.
 
Another SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Sachuest NWR on the 20th.  
 
A SNOW GOOSE was observed in a large flock of CANADA GEESE along Card's  
Pond Road in South Kingstown on the 22nd.  Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS continue  to 
be reported in that vicinity.
 
At the Charlestown Breachway, a SNOWY OWL was spotted several times this  
past week. A MERLIN was seen there on the 26th and a PEREGRINE FALCON was 
found  on the 27th.
 
In Tiverton at Seapowet, a COMMON RAVEN was reported on the 26th, and on  
the 27th, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed.
 
Lastly, in Westerly, at the WeEkapaug Breachway 2 REDHEADS continue to be  
reported. 
 
That's all for this week, thank you for calling and good birding!
 
- End transcript
 
 
 
 
 
 
Subject: tufted duck
From: "Marge Bradley margebradley53 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:05:33 -0500
Found female tufted in tiny bit of open water in Providence River this
agternoon from parking lot at Richmond Square

Dick & Marge Bradley
Seekonk, MA
Subject: Black and White Warblers
From: "laurie_schaper AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Feb 2015 07:39:28 -0800
After a suggestion from Glenn that the birds could be Brown Creepers, I looked 
them up in my guide and although there is no brown on the birds visiting, they 
are black and white but not as distinct in color as the B and W warblers but 
their bills, markings and behavior are those of Brown Creepers. 

 Thanks, Glenn.  
Subject: Black and White Warblers
From: "laurie_schaper AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Feb 2015 12:39:18 -0800
Richmond...there are now 3 of them visiting to feed on the oak tree with peanut 
butter on the bark. 
Subject: Reminder -- "Wings Over Water" Presentation Feb 23rd by Steven Reinert at Warwick Public Library
From: "'Jana Hesser' janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:25:40 -0500
All Welcome for presentation Monday evening, Feb 23rd by Steven Reinert
"Wings Over Water: Migratory Land Bird Flights Over the Western Atlantic and
Gulf of Mexico"

Warwick Public Library, 7pm - 8:30 (6:30 - 7:00 meet and greet - light
refreshments) . Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Ocean State Bird Club. 

This talk will describe and contrast the wondrous flights of migratory
landbirds over the Western Hemisphere's largest water bodies. The focus will
be on spring flights of migrant songbirds over the Gulf of Mexico, and on
fall flights of immature songbirds over the Western Atlantic; and how these
long-distance travelers survive their over-water journeys.

STEVEN E. REINERT - Biographical Sketch

Steven Reinert has studied birds in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for over
35 years, and has authored several scientific papers, monographs, and
book-chapters, on the region's avifauna. His specialty areas are coastal-
and estuarine-bird ecology, and land-bird migration. He received his
bachelor of science degree in Zoology from the University of Rhode Island in
1975, and his Master's in Wildlife Biology from URI in 1978. He has worked
as an ornithologist for the University of Rhode Island and the Lloyd Center
for Environmental Studies in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, has partnered
with the Environmental Protection Agency on studies of salt-marsh sparrow
ecology, and has served on the boards of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island
and the Barrington Land Conservation Trust. He is a Master Bird-Bander, and
has served as the volunteer data manager for the Block Island Banding
Station since 1996.

 



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Subject: RBA: RBA: Rhode Island, February 22, 2015
From: "DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:36:39 -0500
* RBA
* Rhode Island
* Statewide 
* February 22, 2015
*  RIRI1502.22
 
- Birds mentioned:
PAINTED BUNTING 
TUFTED DUCK
Greater  Scaup
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
Peregrine  Falcon
Bald Eagle
Wilson's Snipe
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 
Pileated  Woodpecker
Redhead
Canvasback 
EURASIAN WIGEON
LESSER BLACK-BACKED  GULL 
Pine Siskin
Purple Finch
Pine Warbler
 
     date: February 22, 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 February  
22nd, 2015. This report covers the period from February 15th to February 21st 
 and will be updated in about one week.
 
The male PAINTED BUNTING is still being seen visiting a neighborhood in  
Middletown. It was mostly reported from a feeder at 35 King Rd.
 
On the 19th a female TUFTED DUCK was found in Providence, in the Seekonk  
River near the Henderson Bridge.  It has been seen every day since then  
associating with a flock of GREATER SCAUP.  Also observed near this  location 
were a male and female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, 3 ICELAND GULLS, 1 GLAUCOUS  GULL, 
1 PEREGRINE FALCON and 2 BALD EAGLES.
 
At Third Beach in Middletown, a GLAUCOUS GULL was seen briefly on the 21st, 
 and a WILSON'S SNIPE was seen along Third Beach Road on the 20th.  At  
Sachuest Point NWR on the 21st, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was spotted.
 
On the 17th, 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS were seen on private property in  
Exeter. 
 
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported on the 20th, at Ninigret NWR in  
Charlestown.
 
In Westerly, 3 REDHEADS were seen in the Weekapaug Breachway marshes this  
past week, along with 1 CANVASBACK and 1 EURASIAN WIGEON.
 
On the 21st, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported from Colt State Park  
in Bristol.
 
In Jamestown, a EURASIAN WIGEON was found at Hull Cove on the 21st.
 
Finally, 1 PINE SISKIN, 1 PURPLE FINCH and a PINE WARBLER are visiting a  
feeder in Carolina.
 
That's all for this week, thank you for calling and good birding!
 
- End transcript
 
 
Subject: Seekonk River 2/21
From: "'Mark Lynch' moa.lynch AT verizon.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:38:50 -0500
Today we birded along the Seekonk River south to Bold and India Points.
Access to many of our usual vantage points was difficult, sometimes
impossible, because of all the snow. Many side roads were very icy and
walking on them was dangerous. The northern section of the river is mostly
ice covered, though there was still an area of open water off the East
Providence water treatment facility that held some interesting ducks. We
looked for the TUFTED DUCK, and though we saw many scaup, we could not spot
it. But many flocks of scaup were at a distance or in poor light, so it is
entirely possible that the Tufted is still somewhere along the Seekonk.
Totals below:
Common Loon (1)
Great Cormorant (2 br pl)
Canada Goose (225)
Gadwall (17)
A Black Duck (132)
Mallard (69)
Canvasback (4)
Ring-necked Duck (3)
Greater Scaup (40+)
Lesser Scaup/scaup sp. (232)
Bufflehead (128)
Common Goldeneye (134)
Hooded Merganser (213)
Common Merganser (36)
Red-breasted Merganser (49)
Ruddy Duck (7)
Red-tailed Hawk (2)
Peregrine Falcon (2ad: pair? Perched on adjacent poles on East Providence
side of river)
A Coot (26)
E Screech Owl (1 gray: photographed)
Fish Crow (4)
A Robin (53)
Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll
Moa.lynch AT verizon.net


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Subject: Common Raven
From: "John Mitchell northernsawwhet AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:18:50 -0500
While birding in South County this morning, I saw two Common Ravens above route 
91 between Alton and Bradford (maybe a half mile from intersection with route 
216 in Bradford). I also saw one of the Redheads in Weekapaug but missed the 
Eurasian Wigeon. There were large groups of Horned Larks at the farm on Noyes 
Neck Rd. and also on Cards Pond rd near the town beach. There was also a dark 
phase Rough-legged Hawk still present above the fields along Cards Pond Rd. 


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Subject: RE: Re: Tufted Duck
From: "'Jana Hesser' janaehesser AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:42:16 -0500
I also spent about 30 minutes looking for the Tufted duck around 4 pm this
afternoon and encountered the same problems as Marc Gousie plus increasing
cold and wind.  However I did see the Barrow's Goldeneye that has previously
been reported in this location.  Weather permitting, I'll try again tomorrow
morning.

 

 

From: RIBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:RIBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015 3:06 PM
To: ribirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [RIBIRDS] Re: Tufted Duck

 

  

Spent 40 minutes scoping from River Road this afternoon. Unable to find the
tufted duck amongst the scaup. My search was hampered by several factors:
the ducks were mid-river, a considerable distance from shore, and about at
the end of range for my 65mm/30x scope; the sky was cloudy and the light
level under the bridge was lower; the scaup were moving behind the wooden
pilings of the old pier structure, hiding many of them; finally, many of the
female scaup were still enjoying their midday nap, and with their heads
tucked under their wings, couldn't be counted out.

 

Thanks, Sue and Dan, for furnishing more details,

 

Marc Gousie

N. Providence





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Subject: Re: Tufted Duck
From: "'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:06:13 -0500
Spent 40 minutes scoping from River Road this afternoon. Unable to find the
tufted duck amongst the scaup. My search was hampered by several factors:
the ducks were mid-river, a considerable distance from shore, and about at
the end of range for my 65mm/30x scope; the sky was cloudy and the light
level under the bridge was lower; the scaup were moving behind the wooden
pilings of the old pier structure, hiding many of them; finally, many of the
female scaup were still enjoying their midday nap, and with their heads
tucked under their wings, couldn't be counted out.

 

Thanks, Sue and Dan, for furnishing more details,

 

Marc Gousie

N. Providence
Subject: " Close Encounter !
From: "Jackjsully AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:22:17 -0500
Just had a juvenile Bald Eagle fly over my home at 30 feet high, here in 
Rumford ! The Bird was coming from the West { Seekonk River } and was headed 
East towards the Turner Reservoir. Additionally IT was carrying prey, which 
appeared to be a Fish ! 



Jack S.
Subject: Female Tufted Duck, Seekonk River
From: "suebirds AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:28:11 -0500
We just found a female Tufted Duck in with a flock of approx 40 scaup in the 
Seekonk River, under the Henderson Bridge. Viewed from River Drive on the 
Providence side of the river. Note that parking is on the river side of the 
road only. 

Sue Talbot and 
Dan Finizia, Providence

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Subject: blizzard birds [6 Attachments]
From: "'Marc Gousie' gousie6 AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:25:44 -0500
Yesterday's storm seemingly brought in birds to the feeders  which I
wouldn't otherwise have. I was able to list 20 species while coming and
going to the window. Not a bad list for North Providence.

 

Mourning Dove

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

No. Flicker

Blue Jay

Bl.-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

Carolina Wren

Eastern Bluebird

Am. Robin

Starling

Song Sparrow

Wh.-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

No. Cardinal

Purple Finch

House Finch

Am. Goldfinch

House Sparrow

 

Marc Gousie

N. Providence

 
Subject: Hawk in Saunderstown [5 Attachments]
From: "toolanfamily AT cox.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:51:57 -0500
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I spotted this yesterday off Boston Neck Road. There are two. I don't know if 
this is usual but it sure seems awful big. 


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Subject: at the feeders, West Barrington, Sun. Feb15 [1 Attachment]
From: "Catherine Boisseau catherine_boisseau AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 22:13:45 +0000 (UTC)
Today at multiple feeders in my west Barrington yard: 
2 goldfinches (m &f; plumage yellowing up, at sunflower feeder exclusively). 
Photo attached.titmice (4)juncos (5-6)white throated sparrow (3)house sparrows 
(about 20)song sparrow (2-3)starling (1-2)Cardinals (4)chickadee (2)fox sparrow 
(1)Carolina wren (1)mourning dove (2)nuthatch (1) 
Subject: Re: Strange and Beautiful Birds Today
From: "Jackjsully AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:33:44 -0500
A real good effort,except for the "paparazzing"! Haha.... Followed by an 
excellent "Write up" ! ........Jack 




-----Original Message-----
From: pedrodyl AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS] 
To: RIBIRDS 
Sent: Sat, Feb 14, 2015 8:34 pm
Subject: [RIBIRDS] Strange and Beautiful Birds Today


 
  
    
                  

Birding today with Barbara Sherman, Carlos Pedro, Wayne Munns, and Linda 
Gardrell 2/14/2015: 



Started off at the Painted Bunting spot of course at 7:15, ended up waiting 
around there for something to happen until about 8:20 when Barbara spotted the 
bunting. At first it was behind the usual house on King Rd, then it disappeared 
as soon as we readied our cameras. Then it popped up 10 ft away from us in a 
tree, giving us a great photo op in good light. We then drove down the road to 
Admiral Ct to see the Longspur, which showed up in the driveway around 8:40. We 
were hoping to see the two simultaneously in the same driveway (as the bunting 
did end up there at Admiral Ct. shortly after we paparazzi'd it), but one 
showed up shortly after the other left. That wasn't really a problem, though, 
because the fact that we got to see these two amazing birds in such a strange 
place was reward enough for a cold morning. We i magined it's not too often 
that you get to see these two in the same place at all, nevermind in the local 
neighborhood bird crew. Also seen were two Savannah Sparrows, a red Fox 
Sparrow, both in that same drive, and a Merlin dodging around looking for food. 



Then we took a trip to Exeter/Hopkinton area for some feeder watching, and 
found about a dozen Pine Siskins at a feeder on Summit Rd. in Exeter. 



From there we headed to Weekapaug Breachway in hopes of Redheads, but they 
weren't out in the open so we dipped. But not after getting pretty good photo 
ops at the continuing Eurasian Wigeon drake. While there, another birder 
(Chris?) notified us of a Snow Goose on the other side on Noyes Neck Rd. We 
found the Snow Goose, but not easily. See the below link to my flickr and see 
if you can spot it! 



We headed to East Beach to search for a Red-breasted Nuthatch and successfully 
so. It was about 0.75 miles in, in a flock of chickadees and woodpeckers. On 
the beach side, all three Scoter species. 



At Trustom Pond NWR feeders, a Brown Creeper, a blue-capped White-breasted 
Nuthatch and a male Purple/House Finch. The finch was very confusing (also see 
flickr photos) as it was the color and shape of a House Finch, but lacked any 
of the usual brown streaking that is supposedly an ID clincher. 



On Cards Pond Rd, a single Rough-legged Hawk.


A single Bonaparte's Gull at Galilee Harbor (no white-winged gulls today).


Here's a link to the Goose on my flickr, just click right a couple times to get 
to the finch and nuthatch, and other birds of the day: 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/125983298 AT N05/16346230959/in/photostream/



Thanks and Good Birding!
Dy-lon  Pedro, Burrillville

    
             

  
Subject: RBA: Rhode Island, February 15, 2015
From: "DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 11:42:42 -0500
* RBA
* Rhode Island
* Statewide 
* February 15, 2015
*  RIRI1502.15
 
- Birds mentioned:
PAINTED BUNTING 
LAPLAND LONGPUR 
Savannah  Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
ICELAND GULL
DOVEKIE
BLACK  VULTURE
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
Eastern Meadowlark
SNOWY OWL 
EURASAIN  WIGEON 
Redhead
Horned Lark
Snow Goose
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE 
COMMON  REDPOLL
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL 
Red-shouldered Hawk 
Chipping  Sparrow
Pine Warbler
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Thrasher
Purple  Finch
 
     date: February 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 February  
15th, 2015. This report covers the period from February 7th to February 14th 
and  will be updated in about one week.
 
The highlight bird of the week is a male PAINTED BUNTING visiting a  
neighborhood in Middletown. First reported on the 11th, from a feeder at 35 
King 

Rd, the bird has been seen all week.  It moves around the area,  often 
going to the seed in the driveway on Admiral Ct.  A LAPLAND LONGPUR  has also 
been seen at Admiral Ct, on the ground and on the rooftop.  A few  SAVANNAH 
SPARROWS and a FOX SPARROW were also recorded.
 
An ICELAND GULL was observed on the ice in the river between the Point St  
bridge and the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier in Providence on the 11th.
 
On the 7th, a DOVEKIE was reported at the Forty Steps section of the Cliff  
Walk in Newport.
 
In South Kingstown, 6 BLACK VULTURES were observed near Trustom Pond NWR on 
 the 8th, and on the 7th 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were in the area and 2 
EASTERN  MEADOWLARKS were seen on Card's Pond Road in the cornfield.
 
On the 14th, a SNOWY OWL was seen at Sachuest Point in Middletown, and on  
the 11th, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was recorded there. 
 
In Westerly, at Weekapaug Breachway, a EURASAIN WIGEON and 8 REDHEADS were  
observed this past week. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen with HORNED LARKS on 
the  14th at the farm on Noyes Neck Road, along with a SNOW GOOSE. 
 
In Jamestown, a BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen at the end of Seaside Dr, and  
an ICELAND GULL continues at Beavertail State Park.  On the 7th, a COMMON  
REDPOLL was seen near the town center.
 
The LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continues at Ninigret NWR in Charlestown and a 
 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was reported there on the 14th.  A CHIPPING SPARROW 
was  seen at a feeder in Narrow Lane.
 
A feeder in Carolina produced a PINE WARBLER and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH  
this week.
 
Finally at Norman Bird Sanctuary, 3 BROWN THRASHERS and a PURPLE FINCH were 
 seen.
 
That's all for this week, thank you for calling and good birding!
 
- End transcript
 
 
 
 
 
 
Subject: Strange and Beautiful Birds Today
From: "pedrodyl AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Feb 2015 17:34:02 -0800
Birding today with Barbara Sherman, Carlos Pedro, Wayne Munns, and Linda 
Gardrell 2/14/2015: 

 

 Started off at the Painted Bunting spot of course at 7:15, ended up waiting 
around there for something to happen until about 8:20 when Barbara spotted the 
bunting. At first it was behind the usual house on King Rd, then it disappeared 
as soon as we readied our cameras. Then it popped up 10 ft away from us in a 
tree, giving us a great photo op in good light. We then drove down the road to 
Admiral Ct to see the Longspur, which showed up in the driveway around 8:40. We 
were hoping to see the two simultaneously in the same driveway (as the bunting 
did end up there at Admiral Ct. shortly after we paparazzi'd it), but one 
showed up shortly after the other left. That wasn't really a problem, though, 
because the fact that we got to see these two amazing birds in such a strange 
place was reward enough for a cold morning. We imagined it's not too often that 
you get to see these two in the same place at all, nevermind in the local 
neighborhood bird crew. Also seen were two Savannah Sparrows, a red Fox 
Sparrow, both in that same drive, and a Merlin dodging around looking for food. 

 

 Then we took a trip to Exeter/Hopkinton area for some feeder watching, and 
found about a dozen Pine Siskins at a feeder on Summit Rd. in Exeter. 

 

 From there we headed to Weekapaug Breachway in hopes of Redheads, but they 
weren't out in the open so we dipped. But not after getting pretty good photo 
ops at the continuing Eurasian Wigeon drake. While there, another birder 
(Chris?) notified us of a Snow Goose on the other side on Noyes Neck Rd. We 
found the Snow Goose, but not easily. See the below link to my flickr and see 
if you can spot it! 

 

 We headed to East Beach to search for a Red-breasted Nuthatch and successfully 
so. It was about 0.75 miles in, in a flock of chickadees and woodpeckers. On 
the beach side, all three Scoter species. 

 

 At Trustom Pond NWR feeders, a Brown Creeper, a blue-capped White-breasted 
Nuthatch and a male Purple/House Finch. The finch was very confusing (also see 
flickr photos) as it was the color and shape of a House Finch, but lacked any 
of the usual brown streaking that is supposedly an ID clincher. 

 

 On Cards Pond Rd, a single Rough-legged Hawk.
 

 A single Bonaparte's Gull at Galilee Harbor (no white-winged gulls today).
 

 Here's a link to the Goose on my flickr, just click right a couple times to 
get to the finch and nuthatch, and other birds of the day: 

 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/125983298 AT N05/16346230959/in/photostream/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125983298 AT N05/16346230959/in/photostream/ 


 

 Thanks and Good Birding!
 Dy-lon Pedro, Burrillville
Subject: Hermit Thrush - Jamestown
From: "steve AT mldonline.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Feb 2015 08:44:35 -0800
Staying at Newport Overlook on the shore of the East Channel just north of the 
Pell Bridge, we just had a Hermit Thrush on the grassy bank of the waterfront. 


Steve Hamlin
Huntington MA (currently in Jamestown)
 

Subject: Painted Bunting & Lapland Longspur Continue
From: "Barbara Sherman birdingbarbara AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 08:53:48 -0500
The Painted Bunting was seen at 35 King Rd, from the road, at 8:20 AM. It flew 
from there to the house on Admiral Ct. The Lapland Longspur & a Fox Sparrow 
were also at Admiral Ct. With Wayne Munns, Carlos Pedro & Dylan Pedro. 


Barbara Sherman
Narragansett, RI



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Subject: Re: Painted Bunting
From: "smb5682 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Feb 2015 04:45:41 -0800
Hi Don, All,

Outside of common sense and staying off private property, are there any other 
courtesy items I should be aware of when looking for the Painted Bunting? 


It seems some of the folks here weren't shy when it came to engaging with the 
neighborhood, but I'm not that comfortable yet. 


Thanks,
Scott Borowy
Tiverton, RI

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Subject: BIRDS , BEERS AND \ OR DINNERS NEXT FRIDAY IN WARWICK OCEAN STATE BIRD CLUB !
From: "Jackjsully AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:03:17 -0500
CELEBRATION TO BE HELD AT " DOHERTY'S ALE HOUSE - JEFF BLVD, WARWICK  AT  6 PM ! 
FEBRUARY 20 TH ! 



RSVP  ..JACK  SULLIVAN  AT      JACKJSULLY  AT  AOL.COM ! ! !


"BE THERE" !   Haha !
Subject: Painted Bunting [2 Attachments]
From: "Don Heitzmann dheitzmann AT dovetl.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:15:46 -0500
<*>[Attachment(s) from Don Heitzmann included below]

The male Painted Bunting was seen on-and-off throughout the day today in the 
King Rd. neighborhood in Middletown. There were many birders there throughout 
the day; Barbara Gearhart was apparently the first to find it this morning 
(Thanks, Barbara!) but re-finding it over and over was a team effort. The bird 
moved around among backyards, feeders, and driveways with birdfeed on them. At 
one point, a Sharp-shinned Hawk came in and took a House Sparrow, and we were 
all pleased to see that the Bunting, though nearby, was spared. Talking with 
neighbors, and the postal-delivery woman, we learned that the bird has been 
around for some time, and has been there this same time the last 2 years. A 
couple of not-so-great photos attached. 

- Don Heitzmann


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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye - Jamestown
From: "steve AT mldonline.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Feb 2015 11:48:50 -0800
Just got good looks at a pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes in the East Channel, just 
north of the Pell Bridge (Jamestown side). They were heading north towards 
Potter Cove. 


Steve Hamlin
Huntington (temporarily Jamestown)
 

Subject: Re: Painted Bunting in Middletown 02/11/2015
From: "Jackjsully AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:31:45 -0500
Matt, thanks for this update. Appreciated by all ,I'm sure !   Jack



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Sent: Wed, Feb 11, 2015 6:17 pm
Subject: [RIBIRDS] Painted Bunting in Middletown 02/11/2015


 
  
    
                  

Today (2/11) multiple sources contacted the Norman Bird Sanctuary about a Male 
Painted Bunting in the Neighborhood behind the Bank Newport on West Main Road 
in Middletown. Mark Pagliarini and I went to look for the bird around 5:00 PM 
but were unable to find it. We will be looking again tomorrow. 



Good Birding!


Matt Schenck
Middletown RI

    
             

  
Subject: Painted Bunting in Middletown 02/11/2015
From: "mschenckee AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Feb 2015 15:16:55 -0800
Today (2/11) multiple sources contacted the Norman Bird Sanctuary about a Male 
Painted Bunting in the Neighborhood behind the Bank Newport on West Main Road 
in Middletown. Mark Pagliarini and I went to look for the bird around 5:00 PM 
but were unable to find it. We will be looking again tomorrow. 

 

 Good Birding!
 

 Matt Schenck
 Middletown RI
Subject: Glaucous/Iceland gull Providence River
From: "Richard Tucker msorp AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 11:40:40 -0800
There is a first year Glaucous or Iceland gull roosing on the ice in the 
Providence River between the Point St. Bridge and the Fox Point Hurricane 
Barrier. I only have pocket binoculars with me and can't confrim the species. 
Perhaps someone with better optics can. 


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Subject: Dedicated Alcid Private Charter trip east of Blook Island
From: "kmueller AT ntplx.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:22:26 -0500
I had scheduled a private chartered Block Island area dedicated Alcid
trip for this past Saturday, Feb.7. However, the past storm caused the
Captain to postpone this trip due to excessive ice build-up on his boat.
I have rescheduled the trip for Saturday, Feb 28 and a weather postponement
date for Sunday, March 1. The trip will leave Galilee Harbor at 7:00
am and return at 12:00 pm noon. The private trip is for six people. As
of now, I have five confirmed reserved spaces for the re-scheduled
trip. I have one space available. If anyone is interested in the
details for this 5-hour dedicated Alcid trip, please contact me by
email and I will email you the trip plans and details.   email:
kmueller AT ntplx.net     This trip will explore the waters east to
southeast of Block Island which usually holds the concentrations of
Alcids. In the event that I have the six people needed for the trip, I  
will also keep a standby list.

Thank You,

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Subject: Birds today!
From: "Patrick Felker patbirddude AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 15:36:18 -0500
Today at the Trustom Pond NWR feeders there were the normal feeder birds and an 
Eastern Towhee and a Hairy Woodpecker. On Moonstone Beach road there was a 
group of BLACK VULTURES. On Cards Pond Rd. There was one dark morph 
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and Horned Larks. 


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Subject: Redhead
From: "John Mitchell northernsawwhet AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 22:08:56 -0500
At about 4 pm today there was a male Redhead near several American Wigeon, 
Hooded Mergansers and a large flock of Canada Geese in the water just north of 
the Edgewood Yacht Club in Cranston 


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Subject: RBA: Rhode Island, February 7, 2015
From: "DLSaint AT aol.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 18:32:27 -0500
* RBA
* Rhode Island
* Statewide 
* February 7, 2015
*  RIRI1502.07
 
- Birds mentioned:
THICK-BILLED MURRE
Fox Sparrow
BARROW'S  GOLDENEYE 
EVENING GROSBEAK
VESPER SPARROW 
ROUGH-LEGGED  HAWK
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
COMMON RAVEN 
Bald Eagle  
Eastern Meadowlark
Horned Lark
SNOWY OWL 
Peregrine  Falcon
ICELAND GULL
EURASIAN WIGEON 
 
     date: February 7, 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 February  
7th, 2015. This report covers the period from January 27th to February 6th 
and  will be updated in about one week.
 
A THICK-BILLED MURRE was found in Newport, along the Cliff Walk at the end  
of Narragansett Ave, at Forty Steps on the 4th.  The bird was seen again at 
 the location early on the 5th, and later in the day the Murre was found 
further  south, from the end of Ledge Rd.  Also in Newport, at Brenton Point, 
6 FOX  SPARROWS were reported. A BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was reported from 
Seaside Dr on the  1st.
 
In Greenville, an EVENING GROSBEAK made a brief appearance at a feeder on  
the 28th.
 
In South Kingstown, a VESPER SPARROW was seen along Card's Pond Rd, near  
South Shore Beach on the 3rd and 5th.  Three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS have been  
observed in the vicinity of Moonstone Beach and Trustom Pond this past  week.  
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found with 12 SNOW BUNTINGS at Moonstone  Beach on 
the 5th.  A COMMON RAVEN and a BALD EAGLE were found near Trustom  on the 
5th.  Six EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were reported from Card's Pond  Rd.
 
On the 1st, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen with HORNED LARKS along Route 2,  
near Heaton Orchard Rd, in Richmond. 
 
At Sachuest point in Middletown, 1 SNOWY OWL was reported on Island Rocks  
on the 30th.  A PEREGRINE FALCON has been frequenting the area near Third  
Beach.
 
An ICELAND GULL was reported at Beavertail Point in Jamestown on the  7th.
 
In Westerly, on the 31st, a EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at the Weekapaug  
Breachway.
 
That's all for this week, thank you for calling and good birding!
 
- End transcript
 
 
 
 
 
 
Subject: Black and White Warbler
From: "laurie_schaper AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Feb 2015 13:29:35 -0800
Richmond, RI...eating crunchy peanut butter off the bark of an oak tree along 
with a Carolina Wren, Downy and Hairy Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Chickadee. 
Subject: RE: Rough-legged hawks
From: "Candace ladyonthefly AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 10:22:49 -0800




Subject: Rough-legged hawks
From: "aaron.dollar AT yale.edu aaron.dollar@yale.edu [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2015 10:20:51 -0800 (PST)





 Three birds, two dark and one light morph, hunting and perching in the field 
east of moonstone beach rd. And south of Matunuck schoolhouse rd., just north 
of the theater by the see. Seen well from pull off on Matunuck with the gate 
and hunting signs. 

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



Subject: Rough-legged hawk
From: "Alice Morgan morgan.alice AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 13:15:35 -0500
Sachuest  

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Subject: longspur
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Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 11:34:14 -0800


This morning there were 12 snow buntings and 10 horned larks at Galilee, the 
vesper sparrow and white crowned sparrow in same location along Cards Pond Rd. 
That Barbara Gearhart posted earlier, and a Lapland Longspur with 25 horned 
larks along Moonstone Beach. With blizard like conditions I was able to watch 
the longspur within ten feet for over 20 minutes. 


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Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 11:34:13 -0800


This morning there were 12 snow buntings and 10 horned larks at Galilee, the 
vesper sparrow and white crowned sparrow in same location along Cards Pond Rd. 
That Barbara Gearhart posted earlier, and a Lapland Longspur with 25 horned 
larks along Moonstone Beach. With blizard like conditions I was able to watch 
the longspur within ten feet for over 20 minutes. 


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Subject: Thick-billed Murre continues in Newport
From: "Barbara Sherman birdingbarbara AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 07:57:17 -0500
The Thick-billed Murre found by Matt Grimes yesterday, continues in the area of 
40 Steps, Newport. Being viewed by me, Wayne Munns & Barbara & Bill Gearhart. 


Barbara Sherman
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Subject: Let's Play: Guess That Bird
From: "pedrodyl AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Feb 2015 16:09:16 -0800
So I was listening to a Hozier song on the radio on the ride home today and was 
greeted with a familiar birdsong: . Cherry Wine (live) - Hozier 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWWX0aUW_HY 

 
 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWWX0aUW_HY 
 
 Cherry Wine (live) - Hozier https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWWX0aUW_HY 
Official Store & Vinyl - http://po.st/HozierD3 iTunes - http://po.st/HozieriT3 
Amazon - http://po.st/HozierAm3 Hozier the albu... 

 
 
 
 View on www.youtube.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWWX0aUW_HY 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 The bird sings throughout, but skip to 3:28 and you can hear it more clearly. 

 Think you know what it is?
 

 Dylan Pedro, Burrillville RI 
Subject: Thick-billed Murre in Newport 02/04/2015
From: "mschenckee AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Feb 2015 15:03:37 -0800
This afternoon Matt Grimes Reported a Thick-billed Murre at the cliff walk near 
the Narraganset Ave. Access. Mark Pagliarini and I went over around 4:45 and 
with some help from Tom Auer were able to find the bird pretty easily. I was 
very close to shore and gave us some great looks before it eventually swam 
around a rock just south of the 40 stairs. apparently the bird had been seen 
swimming up and down the same section of shore for most of the afternoon. 

 

 Good birding to you!
 

 Matt Schenck
 Middletown RI
Subject: Vesper Sparrow & other sightings
From: "Barbara C Gearhart bcgearhart AT gmail.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 16:59:52 -0500
This afternoon on Cards Pond Road at the east end of the road, on the north
side. It was in the yard of a pale blue house with a feeder and a flag
pole. On the western end of Cards Pond Road near Moonstone Beach Road a
Brown Thrasher.

On Moonstone Beach Road a Rough-legged Hawk continues. Also on that road
were an adult Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk and a Northern Harrier.

Barbara Gearhart
Cumberland
Subject: Leucustic American Goldfinch? [4 Attachments]
From: "wildbirdsmatter AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Feb 2015 08:23:59 -0800
I first saw this Goldfinch on Christmas Day but it did not stay around long 
enough for a picture. For the past 3 days it has been coming to the feeders 
with a flock of American Goldfinches for food. The location is Black Rock 
Reservoir in Coventry. 
Subject: Pt. Judith Hawks--Help [5 Attachments]
From: "'Bruce Kindseth' bkindseth AT cox.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:19:16 -0500
A couple of days ago my wife and I saw a hawk on a Conant Ave light pole.
It didn't stay long enough to get a good identification but it had a
distinctive light head so I figured it was probably a rough legged hawk.
Today we saw it again down by the Pt. Judith lighthouse and that
identification doesn't seem to fit.  First of all, it was much smaller than
a red-tail.  As you can see in the first picture, the legs are bare.  The
second picture is in flight and there does not appear to any dark wing
patches or belly.  By comparison, the third picture is an immature red-tail
that was at the Fishermen's Memorial St. Park and it had a much heavier
flight than the first bird.  The fourth and fifth pictures are of a third
hawk.  It was about the same size as the first hawk but much slimmer.  I at
first took it to be a Cooper's hawk but the tail was too short.  Also, it
flew across the street and flew more like a buteo than an accipiter.  I know
that there is a lot of variation in hawk plumages and I would like your help
in identifying these birds.

Bruce Kindseth

Pt. Judith
Subject: Woodpecker ID Question [1 Attachment]
From: "smb5682 AT yahoo.com [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Feb 2015 09:53:15 -0800
The blizzard has been good for new backyard visitors this week.
 

 A Woodpecker stopped by our suet feeder twice today. I am thinking it is a 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Immature or non-breeding), but I was hoping someone 
could verify. 

 

 I didn't get a good enough picture until he came back a few hours later, which 
I have attached. 

 

 Thanks and happy birding!
 

 Scott Borowy
 Tiverton, RI
  
Subject: Bald eagles at Gorton pond Warwick
From: "dondan AT cox.net [RIBIRDS]" <RIBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 31 Jan 2015 10:30:18 -0800
I spotted two adult American Bald Eagles this morning on the western side of 
the pond at 10:AM. 


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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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John J. Lee Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials
Science

Yale University

office: (203) 436-9122

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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.