Hello Josh,
Sedge Wren (NY Threatened) should be added if there are fields within FLNF that 
are not managed for cattle and putting greens. I recall being a part of July 
surveys during the early 90s where we found a Sedge Wren with young and lots of 
Henslow’s in late cut hayfields around the periphery of FLNF, but none within. 
I suspect both species may still be irregular breeders in small numbers at FLNF 
& vicinity, especially in fields with no grazing contracts.

Bill Evans

On Mar 15, 2017, at 12:42 PM, Joshua Snodgrass <cedarsh...@gmail.com> wrote:
  Hello all, 
  I've been volunteering in the Finger Lakes National Forest checking on the 
condition of bird boxes for the new biologist there. He is currently updating 
the Regional Forester Sensitive Species list for the forest, and asked for my 
input on any birds that should be added to the list that are in trouble. It 
would be irresponsible of me to give advice without asking for input from this 
community, who are far more knowledgeable than I am. 
  What I have done in my efforts to make good recommendations are to crosscheck 
eBird sightings with the NY DEC's list of state Endangered, Threatened, and 
Species of concern, as well as the most recent State of the Birds report for 
species that are in trouble versus those that occur in the forest. I included 
any birds in the SotB report that received a score of "13" or higher. If any of 
you have recommendations for additional species, or other edits, please let me 
know. Thank you all for any input. Below is the list of bird species I came up 
with that have been recorded in eBird as occuring in the Finger Lakes NF, with 
NYDEC sensitive species first.

  Short-eared Owl- NY Endangered
  Golden Eagle- NY Endangered (usually a migrant, one recent record of a 
perched bird)
  Pied-billed Grebe- NY Threatened
  Bald Eagle- NY Threatened
  Northern Harrier- NY Threatened
  Henslow's Sparrow- NY Threatened
  Upland Sandpiper- NY Threatened (flyover record, but habitat seems amenable)
  Northern Goshawk- NY Species of Concern (SoC)
  Cooper's Hawk- NY SoC
  Sharp-shinned Hawk- NY SoC
  Red-shouldered Hawk- NY SoC
  Common Nighthawk- NY Soc
  Horned Lark- NY SoC
  Vesper Sparrow- NY SoC
  Grasshopper Sparrow- NY SoC

  Birds not listed by NY DEC, but in trouble globally according to 2016 State 
of the BIrds report follow.  The State of the Birds Watch List includes any 
species with a score of 14 or higher, as well as those with a score of 13 and a 
rapidly declining population. I have included all species that scored a 13 or 
higher that are known to occur in the Finger Lakes NF below: 

  Bobolink- 14 breeding
  Wood Thrush- 14 breeding
  Canada Warbler- 14 breeding?
  American Woodcock- 13 breeding
  Black-billed Cuckoo- 13 breeding
  Blue-winged Warbler- 13 breeding
  Prairie Warbler- 13 breeding
  Cape May Warbler- 13 migrant
  Connecticut Warble- 13 migrant

  Honorable mentions- birds that score a 12 that breed on Finger Lakes NF lands:
  Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  Chestnut-sided Warbler
  Louisiana Waterthrush
  Mourning Warbler (breeds?)
  Field Sparrow
  Rusty Blackbird (migrant?)

  Links to the State of the Birds, and NYDEC species list, and breeding bird 



  State of the Birds species table: 

  Thank for any input!


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