Anyone who stayed inside this morning to avoid the rain may want to consider checking hour local patches for a bit. There has been some solid movement overnight into this morning with good numbers and diversity of birds. At Jones Beach today I rallied 79 species, with triple digit totals for flickers, Yellow-rumps, Tree Swallows, and a few others. Notable sightings included a few Pine Siskins among the Purple Finches moving west, continuing Marbled Godwits on the spit, a pair of vocal flyover Pectoral Sandpipers, and a Blue Grosbeak first heard in the median and later seen flying west over the turnaround. I also found a handful of birds that are somewhat unusual at the beach at this time of year, such as Wood Duck, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and Scarlet Tanager. Raptors were hunting up and down the median strip all morning.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49158511 Last night at my house I heard good numbers of Swainson’s Thrushes passing overhead, as well as a Hermit Thrush and at least three Gray-cheeked Thrushes. Two of them were calling simultaneously as they flew south together. My family also shared pictures of a Rusty Blackbird foraging on our lawn after the rain this morning, a pretty solid yard bird that I unfortunately missed. The favorable winds are forecast to continue overnight. Tomorrow could be another productive day. Cheers! -Tim H -- 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/ --