I birded the southern zone of Pelham Bay Park in Bronx County, New York,
today (October 1, 2017). Near the southwestern edge of the landfill, there
is a brushy area between the landfill and Eastchester Bay. A Dickcissel
popped up briefly and then landed on the fence that blocks off access to
the bay. I was not able find this bird again despite being in the general
vicinity for the next 4 hours. I got some poor photos that are on the eBird
list linked below.

I also had a Vesper Sparrow along path just outside the landfill. Raptors
were in nice display including Osprey, Northern Harrier (three on the
landfill), Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk,
Red-tailed Hawk, and American Kestrel.

On the landfill, with a 1PM tour with the Friends of Pelham Bay Park and
the Urban Park Rangers, we had many nice views of Northern Harriers,
American Kestrels, Eastern Phoebes, Palm Warblers, and Savannah Sparrows.
As is my experience in the other times I have been on this landfill, there
are lots of little birds out there deep in the grasses, but they can be
very difficult to view!

eBird lists:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39496103 (Dickcissel and Vesper
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39498260 (landfill tour)


Jared Cole
New York City


NYSbirds-L List Info:

1) http://www.mail-archive.com/nysbirds-l@cornell.edu/maillist.html
2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L
3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01

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