Cesar Castillo and I did a big day from 430AM until 530PM today throughout the borough of Queens. Our count ended up being 136, which seems pretty good for May 5.
Highlights included: 1 Snow Goose: still at the West Pond of Jamaica Bay 1 Ring-necked Duck: at the Restoration Pond at the LIE/CIP interchange 3 Black Scoter: eastbound early in the AM from Fort Tilden 2 Ring-necked Pheasant: Kissena Park 1 Red-throated Loon: flying north overhead among the many Common Loons doing the same thing early in the morning 1 Northern Gannet: we didn't see any on two different seawatches but Cesar spotted one moribund gannet lying on a jetty in the Rockaways 1 Turkey Vulture: high over Jamaica Bay 2 American Coot: Baisley Pond Park 8 Killdeer: including 4 very recently fledged young in the Rockaways 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper: Big Egg Marsh 3 American Woodcock: early in the AM at Jamaica Bay 2 Solitary Sandpiper: at the Restoration Pond at the LIE/CIP interchange 7 Least Terns: off of Fort Tilden 1 Black-billed Cuckoo: Kissena Park 1 Barn Owl: Jamaica Bay 1 Great Horned Owl: Kissena Park 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird: Alley Pond Park 1 Merlin: Fort Tilden 2 Blue-headed Vireo: Alley Pond Park and Forest Park 17 sp. of warbler, with the most numerous being Yellow (69) followed by Northern Parula (44), Black-and-white (43), and Yellow-rumped Warbler (42). 4 Worm-eating, 11 Nashvilles, 4 Blackburnians, and 4 Blue-wingeds were all nice too. 1 Seaside Sparrow: Big Egg Marsh 1 Blue Grosbeak: female over the waterhole at Forest Park at the end of the day 1 Orchard Oriole: Forest Park 2 Rusty Blackbird: Fort Tilden Unexpected misses for a full day's birding in Queens at this time of year included Chestnut-sided Warbler, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Semipalmated Plover, Yellow-throated Vireo, and Field Sparrow. It was a great day and leaves us wondering how many we would have totaled if we had kept going until dark. Good Birding, Corey Finger http://10000birds.com -- 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/ --