[nysbirds-l] Fort Tilden morning flight and Northern Shrike now

2018-11-11 Thread Doug Gochfeld
There is currently an excellent westbound morning flight underway at Fort
Tilden in Queens including an Evening Grosbeak, and many Rusty Blackbirds
and small finches. A juvenile Northern Shrike also just came in and is
currently perched in a tree due south of Battery Harris.

-Doug Gochfeld

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[nysbirds-l] Here today - gone tomorrow !

2018-11-11 Thread robert adamo
We spent all of Saturday, and most of Sunday up west. In the A.M. we
watched our  #3 grandson, Brendan, play for the Chaminade J.V. Football
Team, which beat a good Cardinal Hayes squad, and qualified for the CHSAA
championship against Iona Prep next Saturday...Go Flyers !  In the P.M., I
went down to Jones Beach in search of the Gray Kingbird, without success.
The west end was quiet, although I did have a total of 8 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls in West End Field 2 (7 in the west parking lot, with an
additional bird in the eastern p/lot. I then went as far east as the Gilgo
Marina Community, which was equally as quiet - I did, however, see single
Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk and Merlin !

After sleeping over at our daughter's in Rockville Centre, on Sunday
afternoon we routed ourselves  through Jones Beach, which was even quieter
than the day before. Nary a single Lesser Black-backed Gull was found at
WEJB2, with a perched Merlin in the east lot the only bird of note. Another
resting Merlin, was the only notable bird seen along the entire length of
the Ocean Parkway !

Cheers,
Bob

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[nysbirds-l] Rufous Hummingbird - Columbia County (in rehab)

2018-11-11 Thread Richard Guthrie
An immature female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was picked up, on Friday, Nov.9th, in
a torpid state in Columbia County. She was turned over to the care of a
licensed rehabilitator. The bird was emaciated with zero fat reserves. The
hummingbird has been resuscitated and now doing well and  feeding actively.
A NYSARC report with photos and measurements will be filed.

Rich Guthrie
New Baltimore,
The Greene County,
New York
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[nysbirds-l] Long Island barrier beaches - Evening Grosbeak, Red Crossbill, goshawk, etc - 11/11

2018-11-11 Thread Brendan Fogarty
Hello,

There were lots of birds moving on today's nice NW winds. This is a
moderately quick synopsis:

After a brief dawn check of Jones Beach for the Gray Kingbird, which was
not reported today (nor the Point Lookout Scissor-tailed Flycatcher), I
joined a visible migration vigil at Robert Moses. Thousands of finches were
moving east. Most of them were goldfinches, but there were well over a
thousand *Pine Siskins* over a few hours. There was a single, calling
female *Evening Grosbeak, *one small group of *Red Crossbills, *some Rusty
Blackbirds, pipits, and other expected species for this time of year flying
by. There were also tons of gannets visible over the ocean.

At Tobay Beach in Nassau, there weren't any interesting passerines, but
while walking along the edge of the giant parking lot I looked up to see an
accipiter passing right over me. Photos confirmed it as a *Northern Goshawk*.
It continued east into Suffolk until I lost it in the heat shimmer.

Jones Beach West End had nothing too unusual except one (1) of the
continuing *Marbled Godwits*. *Lesser Black-backed Gulls* have been
reliable in the West End 2 lot lately, through today.

The Norman Levy Preserve had a nice number of gulls, the best being merely
a Laughing Gull. Also fun was a group of 21 parakeets feeding on the nearby
ballfield.

Lastly there was nothing too notable at Cow Meadow except two Fox Sparrows,
some late Great Egrets and a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. Berries are
abundant along the trail to the observation platform, and a variety of
regular frugivorous species were present. It is probably worth checking for
Evening Grosbeak and stuff.

Best,
Brendan Fogarty

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