*NY County Highlights* (Winter rankings): • Brant (18+), Gadwall (9+), Hooded Merganser (male) & Red-breasted Merganser (3).
Spotted several score of Ring-billed Gulls settling on a portion of the Harlem River shortly before low tide anticipating where the mud flats would be exposed just a few minutes after they arrived. They were here in good numbers yesterday feeding on the flats. *1st hour*: *16 spp.*; *2nd*: *+2 (45 min.)* = *18 spp.* Full checklist w/images: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42466845 There's a pair of Red-tailed Hawks in East Harlem that perch on the towers of the Robert F. Kennedy (Triboro) Bridge spanning the Harlem River. I've seen both a light & a dark belly banded hawk in the area. Yesterday the darker bird was seen flying from Randall's Island with a branch in its bill and carrying it towards 1st Ave. on Manhattan along 119th St. I tried locating the hawk & possible nest with no luck. Both hawks can be seen on the RFK Bridge on this checklist from 26-Jan-2018: • https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42256985 iNaturalist Project for Harlem River, 107th-125th St. + Pier 107: • https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/harlem-river-90th-125th-st-pier-107 -- 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://email@example.com/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/ --