*NY County Highlights (Winter season ranking): * Gadwall (5), Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Loon, Great Blue Heron (3), Cooper's Hawk, American Kestrel, Common Raven (2), Hermit Thrush, *American Pipit* (heard), *Chipping Sparrow*, Red-winged Blackbird (6) & *European Goldfinch* (~12).
A small flock of ~12 European Goldfinch circled and landed in a small Sweetgum Tree in Hammock Grove. A smaller flock, possibly from the same group, were seen later in a large Sweetgum Tree just off Nolan Park between the fours and fives buildings. Both groups were vocal. *1st hour*: *13 spp.*; *2nd*: *+6*; *3rd*: *+0*; *4th*: *+3*; *5th*: *+4*; *6th*: *+6* = *32 spp.* Full checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41179137 -- Ben Cacace Manhattan, NYC Wiki for NYS eBird Hotspots <http://ebirding-nys.wikispaces.com/Birding+in+New+York> Facebook Discussion for NYS eBird Hotspots: Q & A <https://www.facebook.com/groups/NYeBirdHotspots/> -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --