The first returning Short-billed Dowitchers, Pectoral Sandpiper (Cupsogue,
today), and both yellowlegs species have already shown up in Brooklyn and
Long Island in the last couple days. A cold front passing through Friday
could bring more migrants.
I encourage everyone interested in Jamaica Bay shorebirding to follow
Queens Bird Alert -- @BirdQueens on Twitter -- and contribute to it. Our
feed is always publicly viewable both from your device's Twitter app and on
Reports of rarities are welcome, but so are posts on whatever you are
observing (perhaps nothing, and if so, that's good to know), current
conditions, or advice -- anything you believe may be helpful to other
Jamaica Bay and Queens birders. Followed users can send such alerts by
tweeting with the hashtag #birdqu. My software will immediately relay your
alert to all @BirdQueens followers. (Want to be followed? Just tweet
@BirdQueens and ask.)
You can direct questions @BirdQueens or at anyone who posts without having
to issue an alert to all.
Twitter also makes it easy to share photos and videos directly from your
device -- no need to upload to a photo-sharing site. Viewers see your media
right away on the app, without having to click any links.
By enabling notifications on the Twitter app for @BirdQueens, you can have
your device notify you as soon as a new alert arrives.
By the way, @BirdQueens has also been covering this year's rare-tern
appearances both in Queens and on Long Island with many intra-day updates.
(Black, Royal, and some Roseate Terns today at Cupsogue.)
If you don't have a Twitter account, you can make one in under five minutes
and of course they are free. For details on setup and use, see my site:
I hope that being able to quickly share information through @BirdQueens and
be in touch with other Queens birders will make your birding more
productive and enjoyable.
NYSbirds-L List Info:
Please submit your observations to eBird: