[nysbirds-l] Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Ashoken - no

2020-10-18 Thread Andrew Block
No sign of the Fork-tailed Flycatcher at the Ashoken Reservoir as of 2:30pm.  Seems to have last been seen around 9:30am or so.  I was there from 10:30am to about 2:30pm with nothing.  Did have several Common Loons, a Common Merganser, Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Merlin, several

Re: [nysbirds-l] Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Ulster County

2020-10-17 Thread Andrew Block
If anyone sees this bird tomorrow PLEASE post it on this list.  I'd love to go see it.  Amazing what that reservoir has attracted this year:-)  Thanks. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4780 

[nysbirds-l] Siskins/redpolls and brant

2020-10-09 Thread Andrew Block
Had a large flock of siskins or redpolls fly off from a tree in my yard this am in Yonkers.  they called a little but not the typical siskin call so not 100% sure which they were.  Looking to be a big finch winter.  Also, while fishing in Verplanck I had five flocks of brant going south low

[nysbirds-l] Echo Kyack Launch lot Croton Train Station not free anymore:-(

2020-09-23 Thread Andrew Block
I haven't seen this posted, but today I saw that starting July this year the lot at the Echo Boat Launch site is no longer open the the public for free.  Another snobby town taking away free public parking from us, surprise surprise.  If you are a resident you can park for free with a permit

[nysbirds-l] Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Carmel Hamlet

2020-09-14 Thread Andrew Block
Had a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in a preserve off of Nichols Rd. and east of the Putnam Co. Veterans Mem. Park.  Don't know the name of the preserve, but the entrance is just east of Gypsy Trails Farm. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester

[nysbirds-l] Little BLue Heron in Eastchester

2020-08-31 Thread Andrew Block
Saw an immature Little Blue Heron at Twin Lakes Park in Eastchester, NY.  It was with a Green Heron and Great Egret. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4780  www.flickr.com/photos/conuropsis/albums -- NYSbirds-L List

[nysbirds-l] Ashoken Reservoir White Pelican and Brown Booby

2020-08-30 Thread Andrew Block
Went to look today for the White Pelican at the Ashoken Reservoir that was reported on ebird but never here hoping to get it and boy were we in luck today.  Finally got it around 1:30pm on a sandbar point directly across from Woodstock Dike viewed from Dike Rd.  Went to view it on the dike and

[nysbirds-l] Fw: INteresting Myiarchus flycatcher just over the border in MA

2020-08-21 Thread Andrew Block
I know it's extralimital, but today while at Bartholomew's Cobble in Ashley Falls, MA, I had a Myiarchus flycatcher across from the parking lot along the trail just past the big elm before the trail goes up hill into the woods.  It seemed to be a little smaller than a Great Crested Flycatcher

[nysbirds-l] Red-breasted Nuthatch

2020-08-15 Thread Andrew Block
The Red-breasted NUthatches are coming through.  Even though my idiot neighbors cut down their huge spruce earlier this year I had a single Red-breasted in their yard today.  Seem to come by every year about this time. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3

[nysbirds-l] Two Swallow-tailed Kites at Sandy Hook too

2020-08-11 Thread Andrew Block
Pretty amazing that there were two Swallow-tailed Kites at Sandy Hook, NJ, at the same time as the two in Orleans Co., NY.  Cool stuff. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4780  www.flickr.com/photos/conuropsis/albums

[nysbirds-l] Are Wallkill Cranes still around?

2020-07-31 Thread Andrew Block
I went to Liberty Loop Trail at Wallkill River NWR this am and there was no sign of the cranes there.  Does anyone know if they are still around and/or did the babies from the second clutch survive?  I was hoping to see them today.  Hope they survived. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting

[nysbirds-l] extralimital Western Meadowlark at Mill Creek Marsh Park, Secaucus, NJ

2020-07-26 Thread Andrew Block
By the way this park is not open until 7am even though it's supposed to be open by sunrise.  I got there at 5:45am and had to wait til that time before the gate was unlocked.  I found the probable Western Meadowlark loosely hanging out with a flock of starlings, Red-winged Blackbirds and an

[nysbirds-l] Wallkill River NWR birds incl. cranes

2020-06-26 Thread Andrew Block
6/26/20 - Liberty Loop Trail, Wallkill River NWR, Pine Island/Vernon Twp., NY/NJ many Wood Ducks (of all ages)several Mallards6 Canada Geese1 Pied-billed Grebe1 Yellow-bellied Cuckoo1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird1 Virginia Rail8+ Common Gallinules4 SANDHILL CRANES (including 2 little cranelings:-),

[nysbirds-l] Verplanck Snow Goose

2020-06-19 Thread Andrew Block
While out fishing in Verplanck today I saw an adult Snow Goose with the usual Canadas and Mallards that hang out at the Steamboat Waterfront Park at the end of Hardie St.  That's where an immature was a couple of winters ago.  This adult has a busted wing so pretty obvious why it's around. 

[nysbirds-l] Wallkill River NWR birds

2020-06-13 Thread Andrew Block
6/13/20 - Liberty Loop Trail, Wallkill River NWR, NY/NJ 1 Sandhill Crane (male was in same place as last time and eventually walked over to where the female is on her nest)2 Least Bitterns100+ Wood Ducks (of all different ages all in southern most impoundment)1 Brown Thrasher3 Bobolinks4 Marsh

[nysbirds-l] Screech-Owl family in Briarcliff Manor

2020-06-11 Thread Andrew Block
My buddy who lives on Macy Rd. in Briarcliff Manor just told me that while sitting out on his deck the other evening a family of small owls came into the yard and perched on the various fence posts in his back yard and periodically went down to grab something.  Sounded like it could only be a

[nysbirds-l] Bear Spring Mtn. WMA -Mourning Warblers and more

2020-06-07 Thread Andrew Block
6/7/20 - Bear Spring Mtn. WMA, Walton, NY 1 Alder Flycatcher2 Willow Flycatchers2 Ovenbirds2 Northern Waterthrushes3 Black-and-white Warblers2 MOURNING WARBLERS4+ Common Yellowthroats3 American Redstarts1 Northern Parula3 Magnolia Warblers4+ Blackburnian Warblers1 Yellow Warbler4 Chestnut-sided

[nysbirds-l] Liberty Loop Trail, Wallkill River NWR confirmed breeders including cranes in NJ

2020-05-25 Thread Andrew Block
Hi all, Spent from 5pm to 9:30pm looking for rails and trying to see what the cranes were up to.  No luck on the Soras or Kings (if they are still breeding here), but did have a Virginia briefly call during the day.  I wonder if the rails there start calling at 10pm like they do in CT?  I

[nysbirds-l] Probable Trumpeter Swan at Partridge Run WMA

2020-05-16 Thread Andrew Block
Just saw a post on Facebook with a ok photo of what looked like an adult Trumpeter Swan at Partridge Run WMA in Middleburgh in Schoharie Co.  A very nice bird for that area.  My old stomping grounds. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester

[nysbirds-l] Probable breeding Sandhill Cranes

2020-05-16 Thread Andrew Block
I was at Liberty Loop Trail at Wallkill River NWR yesterday and had the resident pair of Sandhill Cranes close by the northern part of the trail near the lot.  Supposedly they had chicks but is did not see any and they did not act like they had any so I guess it's probable breeding since they

[nysbirds-l] Doodletown Rd. birds incl. large numbers of Cape Mays

2020-05-16 Thread Andrew Block
5/16/20 - Doodletown Rd., Bear Mtn. S.P., Stony Pt., NY 3 Mourning Doves1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird2 Black Vultures5 Turkey Vultures1 Bald Eagle1 Red-bellied Woodpecker2 Pileated Woodpeckers1 Northern Flicker1 or 2 Olive-sided Flycatchers1 Eastern Wood-Pewee1 Willow Flycatcher1 Least

[nysbirds-l] Confirmed breeding Common Ravens

2020-05-14 Thread Andrew Block
While at Sterling Forest S.P. in Tuxedo today on the Ironwood Dr. powerline ROW I had a family of five ravens on a cliff ledge.  There were three young and two adults. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4780 

Re: [nysbirds-l] Whooper Swan? - north of Oneonta

2020-05-08 Thread Andrew Block
Not the best photos so hard to tell but the right one looks like a whooper.  I'm sure it's an escape, though remotely possible vagrants.  Still a nice bird to see. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4780 

[nysbirds-l] Central Park birds (some confirmed nesting)

2020-05-02 Thread Andrew Block
5/2/20 - The Ramble, Central Park, Manhattan, NY Time:  7am to 11amObserver:  Andrew Block 5 Canada Geese (confirmed nesting)6 Mallards6 Mourning Doves10 Rock pigeons (confirmed nesting)5 Ring-billed Gulls1 Double-crested Cormorant1 Black-crowned Night-Heron1 Red-bellied Woodpecker3 Downy

[nysbirds-l] FOY Orchard Oriole

2020-05-01 Thread Andrew Block
While working at my computer at home enjoying the semi-nice weather I just heard my first of the year Orchard Oriole calling.  One of my favorites.  So nice. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4780 

[nysbirds-l] Broad-winged Hawk

2020-04-21 Thread Andrew Block
At a brief stop at Twin Lakes Park in Eastchester I had an adult Broad-winged Hawk circling over the parking lot off California Rd.  First one I've had there in over 40 years as far as I can remember. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester

[nysbirds-l] Confirmed breeding - eagles, swan, and goose

2020-04-11 Thread Andrew Block
4/11/20 - FDR Park, Yorktown Heights, NY The pair of eagles were on their nest all day, I assume sitting on eggs, maybe young. - Lake Rd., Pine Plains, NY A Mute Swan and a Canada Goose were on their respective nests within about 30 feet of each other at the corner of Lake Rd. and Beach Rd. in

Re: [nysbirds-l] Fish Crow confirmed breeding in Scarsdale

2020-04-01 Thread Andrew Block
there are still volunteer leads for priority blocks, anyone can eBird these crows with the appropriate breeding codes in the atlas portal and they will count - and I hope someone will! Thanks for sharing,Brendan On Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 1:04 PM Andrew Block wrote: For whomever has the block

[nysbirds-l] Fish Crow confirmed breeding in Scarsdale

2020-04-01 Thread Andrew Block
For whomever has the block that includes 167 Old Army Rd. in Scarsdale in the NY Breeding Bird Atlas just wanted to let them know that I had a Fish Crow with nesting material go into the pines they nest in every year at my friends home.   Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20

[nysbirds-l] Larchmont Reservoir birds

2020-03-24 Thread Andrew Block
3/24/20 - Larchmont Reservoir, Weaver St., Larchmont, NY several Canada Geese (one pair mating)7+ Wood Ducks1 Gadwall2 American Black Ducksmany Mallardsseveral Ring-necked Ducks2 Lesser Scaup 2+ Hooded Mergansers10+ Ruddy Ducksseveral Rock Pigeons2 Mourning Doves2 Turkey Vultures2 Red-tailed

[nysbirds-l] FOS Tree Swallows

2020-03-22 Thread Andrew Block
Had my first Tree Swallows of the year at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining.  They were along the Red loop trail west of Blinn Rd. at a pond on private property.  There were about 7 or so flying around. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers,

[nysbirds-l] new yard bird in Yonkers

2020-03-09 Thread Andrew Block
Just had a Black Vulture circling over my neighbors home for a new yard bird.  Number 71 in six years, not to bad.  Surprisingly I haven't had a Turkey yet.  Soon I'm sure. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629 

[nysbirds-l] Summer Tanager in Wappinger Falls

2020-03-06 Thread Andrew Block
I just saw on the Orange Co. list that there's a Summer Tanager in Wappingers Falls that's evidently been around for awhile at a private feeder.  Nice photos on the eBird report.  A shame it's a private residence since I go by the road it's on periodically.  Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block

[nysbirds-l] black vultures still in Scarsdale

2020-03-06 Thread Andrew Block
The Black Vulture pair was seen again today in the same area as previous years on Central Ave. in Scarsdale near Scarsdale Ford.  They must be nesting somewhere nearby since they are always in the same vicinity.  Would love to find a nest again. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist

[nysbirds-l] heron rookery in Bedford

2020-03-05 Thread Andrew Block
I was driving on Rte. 121 this evening and passed by a large Great Blue Heron rookery in the large marsh in the northern part of Indian Hill Park.  I never knew it was there and that there was even a rookery in Westchester County.  Pretty neat. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20

[nysbirds-l] Wallkill River NWR/Shawangunk NWR birds

2020-02-23 Thread Andrew Block
2/23/20 - Liberty Loop, Wallkill River NWR, NY 1 Snow Goosemany Canada Geese1 Mute Swanseveral American Black Ducksseveral Mallards130+ Northern Pintails4 Mourning Doves2 Great Blue Herons1 Black Vulture5 Turkey Vultures2 Red-tailed Hawks2 Northern Harriers1 Red-bellied Woodpeckerseveral

[nysbirds-l] 3 wren day in Cold Spring!

2020-02-21 Thread Andrew Block
Went to the West Pt. Foundry Preserve today in Cold Spring and had 4 Carolina Wrens, a Winter Wren, and a House Wren.  This is by far the latest/earliest I've ever had a House Wren in NY, let alone the northeast.  Never had a 3 wren day in winter.  Very cool.  Also had two Eastern Bluebirds, an

[nysbirds-l] Hudson River birds and more

2020-02-13 Thread Andrew Block
2/12/20 - Croton Pt. Park, Croton, NY 5 Bald Eagles - Fleischmann Pier Park, Peekskill, NY 12 Great Cormorants (didn't know they wintered along the river is such large numbers, used to only see a few                                        Double-cresteds and the rare Great)2 Bald Eagles - Lake

[nysbirds-l] Orange Co. list

2020-02-11 Thread Andrew Block
Does anyone know why I'm not seeing any reports on the Orange Co. list via ABA's sight?  I used to see reports all the time and now they're none.  Just wondering.  The Hudson-Mohawk list is fine. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co.,

[nysbirds-l] Grasshopper Sparrow at Playland- no

2020-02-08 Thread Andrew Block
Went to try and get some more photos of the grasshopper sparrow at PLayland Lake but it was not to be.  I saw its little Song Sparrow friend but it was nowhere in sight.  It might still be around but not this afternoon. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3

[nysbirds-l] FDR Park eagles

2020-02-07 Thread Andrew Block
Drove by the FDR Park in Yorktown Heights today and noticed the resident pair of eagles is getting ready for the nesting season.  Saw them copulating quickly near the nest and then the male flew off.  So cool to have such visible a pair right along the highway.  Gorgeous birds Andrew Andrew v.

[nysbirds-l] Catbird at Twin Lakes Park in Eastchester

2020-01-24 Thread Andrew Block
While making a brief stop at Twin Lakes Co. Park in Eastchester I found a Gray Catbird and female Eastern Towhee amongst a flock of sparrows.  Nice to see the catbirds around this time of year.  It and a mockingbird were feeding on rose hips. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20

[nysbirds-l] Grasshopper Sparrow at Playland Lake yes

2020-01-21 Thread Andrew Block
Went to look for the Grasshopper Sparrow at Playland Lake in Rye this am and got it right away.  Very easy to find.  It hung out mostly amongst the picnic tables and in between them behind the sign for picnic area #4.  Barely even needed binoculars to look at it.  Great photo ops.  Adorable

[nysbirds-l] Is the Grasshopper Sparrow still there?

2020-01-20 Thread Andrew Block
Anyone know if the Grasshopper Sparrow is still at Playland Lake boathouse area?   Thanks, Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629  www.flickr.com/photos/conuropsis/albums -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

[nysbirds-l] Nassau Co. birds

2019-12-29 Thread Andrew Block
12/29/19 - Philip B. Healey Beach Park, Seaford, NY 1 TOWNSEND'S WARBLER - Mill Pond Park, Bellmore, NY 2 Mute Swansseveral Gadwallsmany American Black Ducksmany Mallardsmany Northern Shovelers4 Northern Pintails3+ Green-winged Tealsmany Hooded Mergansersseveral Herring Gullsmany Ring-billed

[nysbirds-l] Marshlands chat still there

2019-12-24 Thread Andrew Block
The Yellow-breasted Chat was still at Marshlands Conservancy in Rye this morning.  It was around the pond at first and then moved around by the road for awhile giving point blank looks and great photo ops.  Thanks to Tom, Gail and Suzanne for the help in finding it.   Andrew Andrew v. F. Block

[nysbirds-l] Marshlands Conservancy birds

2019-12-22 Thread Andrew Block
12/22/19 - Marshlands Conservancy, Rye, NY Only birded by the nature center area. 6 Canada Goose7 Wild Turkeys10 Mourning Doves1 Sharp-shinned Hawk1 Red-bellied Woodpecker1 Downy Woodpecker5+ Blue Jays3 American Crows2 Black-capped Chickadees3 Tufted Titmice2 White-breasted Nuthatches1 Winter

[nysbirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Mamaroneck

2019-12-20 Thread Andrew Block
I went to look for the Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the private residence in Mamaroneck after looking for the chat at Marshlands which I missed.  As soon as I got there the birds at the feeders flushed up onto the fence and the grosbeak was there for a minute before diving into the shrubs and out

[nysbirds-l] Rose-breasted Grosbeak still around in Mamaroneck

2019-12-20 Thread Andrew Block
I just heard the male Rose-breasted Grosbeak has reappeared at the private residence in Mamaroneck.  Hopefully they will get it this sunday on the count.  Nice bird for winter. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629 

[nysbirds-l] King Eider, Gr. White-fronted Goose, no Emperor Goose or Rose-breasted Grosbeak

2019-12-15 Thread Andrew Block
Went out today looking for these species and had some good luck.  The female King Eider at Sterling Forest S.P. in Tuxedo is still there showing nicely at the south end of the lake, but better to bring scope if it's not in close.  It's viewed from the road to the slightly to the left after

[nysbirds-l] Greater White-fronted & Emperor Goose in s. Westchester

2019-12-07 Thread Andrew Block
The Greater White-fronted Goose that was at the pond south of Bowman Ave. in Rye Brook last winter is back with the Canada Goose flock.  One of the Canada Geese has an all black head.  The previously reported Emperor Goose in White Plains at the abandoned golf course off Hathaway Lane was not

[nysbirds-l] Addendum to yesterday's Pelican post

2019-11-20 Thread Andrew Block
Forgot to mention that one of the pelicans flew to the group of docks south of the spit where all the gulls gather a little before dusk. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629  www.flickr.com/photos/conuropsis/albums

[nysbirds-l] Eastern Long Island goodies & others

2019-11-19 Thread Andrew Block
11/19/19 - Brookside Co. Park, Sayville, NY 1 imm. GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW3 Fox Sparrowsseveral White-throated Sparrows2 Song Sparrows3 House Finches4 Black-capped Chickadees1 Tufted Timouse1 Downy Woodpecker - Montauk Pt. S.P., Montauk, NY several Canada Geeseseveral Common Eidersmany Black

[nysbirds-l] Thank you all

2019-11-18 Thread Andrew Block
Thanks you all for the updates.  Will head out tomorrow early and spend the day out there trying for these guys.  I will report if I see anything. Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629 

[nysbirds-l] Brown Pelican and Golden-crowned Sparrow still around?

2019-11-18 Thread Andrew Block
Does anyone know if the Brown Pelican in Montauk and the Golden-crowned Sparrow are still around?  I was thinking of going for them tomorrow if they are still there. Thanks, Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629 

[nysbirds-l] Wallkill River NWR

2019-11-03 Thread Andrew Block
11/3/19 - Liberty Loop and Wood Duck Trails, Wallkill River NWR, NY/NJ many Canada Geeseseveral Mallardsmany American Black Ducksmany Green-winged Teals3 SANDHILL CRANES2 Short-billed Dowitchers3 Great Blue Herons3 Great Egrets2 Turkey Vultures2 Bald Eagles4 Red-tailed Hawks1 Cooper's Hawk2

[nysbirds-l] Pelham Bay Park and Thompson Pond birds

2019-10-19 Thread Andrew Block
- Orchard Beach section, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, NY 10+ Brant (first of the season)1 Northern Flicker 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers1 Blue-headed Vireoseveral Blue Jays4 Black-capped Chickadees15 Double-crested Cormorants3 Herring Gulls7+ Ring-billed Gulls1 House Wren6+ Golden-crowned Kinglets2

[nysbirds-l] Scarsdale birds

2019-10-10 Thread Andrew Block
Had two Palm Warblers and a Common Yellowthroat at my friends home in Scarsdale on Old Army Rd.  Also had my first White-throated Sparrows of the season there too. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629 

[nysbirds-l] Chimney Swifts in Yonkers

2019-10-06 Thread Andrew Block
Just had a flock of Chimney Swifts flying around my yard and over the neighborhood.  Thought most had left by now. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629  www.flickr.com/photos/conuropsis/albums -- NYSbirds-L List

[nysbirds-l] Yonkers and Scarsdale birds

2019-10-04 Thread Andrew Block
At my friends home in Scarsdale I had a House Wren still hanging around.  In Yonkers on Central Ave. at the Elite Investigations building I had an Eastern Phoebe and in my front yard I had a female Magnoila Warbler.  I'm still getting hummingbirds at the feeders too. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block

[nysbirds-l] Are the Sandhill Cranes breeding at Wallkill?

2019-09-15 Thread Andrew Block
Hi all, I've been seeing several reports of a pair of Sandhill Cranes at Wallkill River NWR this year over the spring and summer and was wondering if anyone knows if this is another breeding site in NY?  Just wondering. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3

[nysbirds-l] Great Black-backed Gull in Lake George

2019-09-04 Thread Andrew Block
I was just wondering if anyone knows how unusual it is to have Great Black-backed Gulls on Lake George.  I had one on a boat docked by Shepard Park this past weekend and just thought it a little unusual for one to be so far away from the coast.  I have never seen one I don't think away from

[nysbirds-l] Croton Pt. birds

2019-08-19 Thread Andrew Block
Went to look for the Upland Sandpiper at Croton Pt. today with no luck.  Stayed on the dump for 2+ hours and only had some Bobolinks, a Harrier, an eagle, and an osprey.  There were lots of butterflies though.  The Western Kingbird was still in the same spot on the tree line across from the

[nysbirds-l] Great Horned Owl in Van Cortlandt Park

2019-08-14 Thread Andrew Block
Just got home and heard a Great Horned Owl calling next to Forest Ave. in Yonkers from the northern edge of Van Cortlandt Park.  So nice to have them around. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629 

[nysbirds-l] Turkey Mtn. Preserve birds, no leps

2019-07-04 Thread Andrew Block
7/4/19 Turkey Mtn. Park, Yorktown, NY 3 Chimney Swifts2 Turkey Vultures1 Cooper's Hawk1 Red-bellied Woodpecker1 Downy Woodpecker1 Northern Flicker2 Eastern Phoebes1 Eastern Wood-Pewee2 Red-eyed Vireos1 Blue Jay2 Black-capped Chickadees1 Tufted Titmouse2 White-breasted Nuthatches3 Wood

[nysbirds-l] cool Bald Eagle sightings

2019-06-08 Thread Andrew Block
While fishing today at the edge of the Rio Reservoir north of Port Jervis I had an adult Bald Eagle land next to the road about 100 feet to the right of me and just sit there for a couple of minutes until some moron came by in a truck and scared it off.  Soon after an immature dove for a fish

[nysbirds-l] Great Vly WMA King Rail - no & extralimital Yellow Rail

2019-05-20 Thread Andrew Block
Went to look for the King Rail that was reported in Great Vly WMA in Saugerties, Ulster Co., but after two hours there not a sound from it.  Did have other nice birds though and a Spotted Turtle.  If anybody is interested the extralimital Yellow Rail in Old Saybrook, CT, is still there.  Might

[nysbirds-l] Bronxville Lake birds

2019-05-14 Thread Andrew Block
5/14/19 Bronxville Lake, Bronx River Reservation, Bronxville/Tuckahoe, NY 6+ Warbling Vireos2 White-breasted Nuthatches1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcherseveral American Robins (inc. two on nests)2 House Finches1 Black-and-white Warbler1 Common Yellowthroat1 American Redstart3 Northern Parulas1 Magnolia

[nysbirds-l] Turtle Cove birds, Pelham Bay Park

2019-05-10 Thread Andrew Block
Went to look for the previously reported Stilt Sandpiper at PBP in the rain this afternoon.  Didn't see it but did have several Greater Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plovers, and Least Sandpipers in the Turtle Cove.  Also had a large raccoon in the flats feeding. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting

[nysbirds-l] Black Vulture low over Edgemont H.S.

2019-05-09 Thread Andrew Block
While passing by Edgemont H.S. I noticed a Black Vulture low over the school.  I have seen a pair of them fairly regularly in the vicinity over the last few years so they must be breeding somewhere nearby.  I would love to find the nest.  Very cool. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting

[nysbirds-l] Greenshank-no

2019-05-06 Thread Andrew Block
As of 11am there was no Common Greenshank when I left. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629  www.flickr.com/photos/conuropsis/albums -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm

[nysbirds-l] Location at golf course of greenshank?

2019-05-05 Thread Andrew Block
I know it's where the wood was but for people who didn't see that one is the site near the parking lot?  Just in case it's not obvious by birders being there.  Thanks. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629 

[nysbirds-l] Heckscher S.P. birds

2019-05-02 Thread Andrew Block
Heckscher S.P., East Islip, NY 40+ Brant6 Canada Geese2 Mallards1 Greater Yellowlegsseveral Ring-billed Gulls20+ Glossy Ibises2 White-faced Ibises (90% sure after reviewing Shai's photos)1 Peregrine Falcon (attacked ibises and knocked one into the puddle, which huddled under a picnic table

[nysbirds-l] White-faced Ibis still around?

2019-05-01 Thread Andrew Block
Does anyone know if the ibises seen by Shai and Pat are still around?  I'd love to see them. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629  www.flickr.com/photos/conuropsis/albums -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

[nysbirds-l] Lido Beach Passive Nature Area

2019-04-30 Thread Andrew Block
Thanks to help from Pat Aiken I was able to see the stilt in the far left pool seen from the berm on the Lookout Trail.  Also seen were a couple of yellowlegs, a large flock of sandpipers flying in the distance, an oystercatcher, 2 Black-bellied Plovers, a male Indigo Bunting, and a

[nysbirds-l] Extralimital Black-headed Grosbeak in NJ

2019-04-21 Thread Andrew Block
Just in case anyone is interested I went to see an adult male Black-headed Grosbeak being seen at a feeder in Morristown, NJ.  A great bird that rarely is in our area. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629 

[nysbirds-l] Siskins in Scarsdale

2019-04-03 Thread Andrew Block
For the last two days I've had 3+ Pine Siskins with goldfinches in my friends yard in Scarsdale.  Also may have had a Pine Warbler there today but not 100% sure. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629 

[nysbirds-l] Central Park birds

2019-03-31 Thread Andrew Block
Hallet Wildlife Sanctuary area, Central Park, Manhattan, NY 2 Eastern Phoebes1 Great Egret2 Black-crowned Night-Herons1 American Coot1 Northern Shoveler1 very vocal Swamp Sparrowmany White-throated Sparrowsa few Dark-eyed Juncos7+ Northern Cardinalsseveral Mallards4+ Canada Geese2 Mourning

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds

2019-03-16 Thread Andrew Block
Went to the NYBG to look for the ravens that are supposed to be there and for any early migrants.  No sign of ravens, couldn't find a nest anywhere on the building, or any visible anywhere.  I tend to think it was a false report.  Not a whole lot around except for many robins and grackles.  Did

[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach area

2019-03-09 Thread Andrew Block
After taking a friend to the airport I decided to take a quick look in the Jones Beach area for stuff.  Not a lot around.  Had an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Black Scoters, and 4 Pintails at the coast guard station.  At Pt. Lookout there were many Red-throated Loons.  Other than that not

[nysbirds-l] FDR Bald Eagles on eggs

2019-02-26 Thread Andrew Block
On my way to Walmart today I went past FDR park next to the Taconic in Yorktown and saw that the eagles nesting there were on eggs.  The female was on the nest and the male was in a tree nearby.  So nice to see them in such a visible place even if you can't really stop to look at them.  Such

[nysbirds-l] Extralimital Boreal Chickadee in NJ -yes

2019-02-24 Thread Andrew Block
As of 10am this morning the Boreal Chickadee at Merrill Creek Reservoir in NJ was still there giving good views around the visitor center but not great photos because of the weather.  An awesome bird to go for.  In the area were also 18 Tundra Swans and 4+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Spruce

[nysbirds-l] European Goldfinch sightings

2019-02-22 Thread Andrew Block
I was wondering if anyone knew if the European Goldfinches that were in Prospect Park are still there or not?  Also, does anyone know of any others around the NY, CT, NJ area?  Any information would be appreciated. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3

[nysbirds-l] Ravens nesting at NYBG

2019-02-22 Thread Andrew Block
I just found out from my friend that instead of the owls or redtails nesting on the library building at NYBG there are ravens nesting for the first time there!  I will have to go check them out and get some photos.  Also, if anyone cares another friend told me the Mandarin Duck is still in

[nysbirds-l] Golden-crowned Sparrow no, Solitaire yes-sorf of

2019-02-19 Thread Andrew Block
Went to look for the Golden-crowned sparrow in Downsville today with no luck.  In fact there were no White-throated sparrows at all anywhere in the area the two hours I was there from about 10:15 to 12 noon or so.  There were the usual 4 or 5 tree sparrows and a few juncos at the feeders, but

[nysbirds-l] Verplank and Croton Pt. birds

2019-02-03 Thread Andrew Block
Went to Verplank this am to look for eagles and boy was I rewarded.  I had ca. 40+ eagles of all ages flying, sitting on the ice, and in trees.  Such great birds.  So many winter around here now.  I love it!  Also seen there were a imm. Snow Goose and Peregrine Falcon as well as many Common

[nysbirds-l] extralimital Townsend's Warbler in NJ

2019-01-30 Thread Andrew Block
Just wanted to let people know there is a male Townsend's Warbler being seen at the Trenton Sewage Plant in Trenton, NJ, just south of Rte. 29 and east of the Delaware River, as of 10am this morning.  I went to see it today and had to wait an hour or two but it was worth it.  Finally got my

[nysbirds-l] Shawangunk NWR birds

2019-01-26 Thread Andrew Block
Went to Shawangunk Grasslands N.W.R. this afternoon and it was worth the trip.  Almost as soon as we got there around 2 pm or so the fields were a buzz with raptors.  Had at least 6 Short-eared Owls, 1 Rough-legged Hawk, 4+ Red-tailed Hawks, and 7+ Northern Harriers including one adult male. 

[nysbirds-l] Bald Eagles back in Yorktown

2019-01-19 Thread Andrew Block
Love is in the air again at FDR Park in Yorktown.  I passed by the Bald Eagle nest along the Taconic and saw one adult fly off the nest and the other sitting in the nest.  I guess they're getting ready for another family if not already on eggs.  So cool to have them there. Andrew Andrew v. F.

[nysbirds-l] RBA's

2019-01-19 Thread Andrew Block
Hi all, Does anyone know what happened to the ABA page on their site that had all the RBAs?  I've been using that for years and now all of a sudden the page isn't there.  I tried contacting therm but of course haven't heard anything.   Thanks, Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20

[nysbirds-l] Cool predator-prey action

2019-01-15 Thread Andrew Block
Today when I was leaving my doctors appointment at DOCS on Central Ave. in Yonkers I witnessed some cool predator-prey action.  I was sitting in my car and all of a sudden I saw this blur of a large bird go behind the car parked to the left of me about seven spaces over and an immature

[nysbirds-l] extralimital Kamchatka Gull & local Gr. White-fronted Goose

2019-01-12 Thread Andrew Block
Hi all, Went to see the Mew "Kamchatka" Gull again in Stamford, CT this am and it was still there at Gus Edson Park on Weed Ave.  Also had 13 Monk Parakeets and two Fox Sparrows at the feeders at Cove Island Park.  Then on the way home in Rye Brook we had a Greater White-fronted Goose in the

[nysbirds-l] Wallkill River birds and extralimital Black Phoebe

2019-01-08 Thread Andrew Block
Went to Liberty Loop Trail and Winding River Trail at Wallkill River NWR today to look for the Say's Phoebe.  No phoebe or many other birds because of the fog but did have several American Tree Sparrows, a male Kestrel, a possible Rough-legged Hawk and a few other birds.   In the morning I was

[nysbirds-l] Golden-crowned Sparrow and Say's Phoebe yes

2019-01-04 Thread Andrew Block
I know it's been posted by Isaac, but just wanted to say the Golden-crowned was seen where Isaac said and at the feeders shortly after sunrise at 22 Depot St.  Also seen while waiting for the sparrow were 2 Bald Eagles, an imm. and adult as well as a Pileated Woodpecker.  Later nearby on

[nysbirds-l] Fw: Pelham Bay Park birds

2019-01-01 Thread Andrew Block
I don't know if this go through.  It didn't show on the list. Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist 20 Hancock Avenue, Apt. 3 Yonkers, Westchester Co., New York 10705-4629  www.flickr.com/photos/conuropsis/albums - Forwarded Message - From: Andrew Block To: NYSBIRDS-L

[nysbirds-l] Pelham Bay Park birds

2018-12-31 Thread Andrew Block
As Jack mentioned earlier the Barrow's Goldeneye was still around the island with the towers, hanging with a female Common.  Didn't see the Razorbill or Pileated Woodpecker, but did have the four Surf Scoters, a Cooper's Hawk, a Peregrine Falcon in the lot, and two Barred Owls.  Also had three

[nysbirds-l] Barred Owl incursion and mergs

2018-12-13 Thread Andrew Block
As seen in NYC and CT there really does seem to be an incursion of Barred Owls in the northeast.  Unfortunately I'm not seeing any live ones.  Today on the Taconic Parkway south of Rte. 6 in a 2 or so mile stretch I had two dead Barred Owls on the roadside on the south bound lanes and one on

[nysbirds-l] possible pale Gyrfalcon

2018-12-09 Thread Andrew Block
My friend was driving along the Sprain Brook Parkway in Yonkers a day or two ago and saw what she thought to be a possible pale Gyrfalcon sitting on the fence on the northbound side near the Jackson Ave. exit.  She said it seemed paler and bigger than a redtail and seemed to sit more upright. 

[nysbirds-l] Mandarin Duck and siskins

2018-12-04 Thread Andrew Block
I just had some siskins over my house in Yonkers for a new yard bird.  Also, I was just informed of a Mandarin Duck in a pond on the Winged Foot C.C. in Mamaroneck.  Unfortunately it's not viewable except by members.  I was told it escaped from a guy who lives adjacent to the club and who has

[nysbirds-l] Scarsdale flight

2018-10-29 Thread Andrew Block
While at my friends home in Scarsdale this am I had a small movement of birds going through.  I had a Winter Wren, 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Fox Sparrow, several White-throated Sparrows, a Red-breasted Nuthatch, some Yellow-rumped Warblers, some Dark-eyed Juncos, a few Tufted Titmice, a couple

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