[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach Gannets, Piping Plovers, etc

2020-04-12 Thread Joseph Wallace
A ten-minute stationary count just east of Parking Area 6 resulted in a tally of at least 250 gannets, all flying (singly and in groups up to about 20) east to west with the brisk wind. During a nearly two-hour walk after this, gannets streamed by the whole time, though in diminishing numbers.

[nysbirds-l] Tundra Swan, Croton Point Park

2020-03-27 Thread Joseph Wallace
A careful walk in the park at around 5:00 this afternoon revealed a single Tundra Swan in the cove off the brick-strewn beach adjacent to the grassy area to the south of the main parking lot. A return to the busy area at around 6:00 got us there just in time to see it take off and fly upriver and

[nysbirds-l] Croton Landing Woodcock?

2020-02-13 Thread Joseph Wallace
At around 5:50, after a spectacular sunset, my wife and I were walking just south of the tiny marsh (with boardwalk) north of the playing field in Croton Landing when we glimpsed a round-bodied, long-billed bird flying on angled wings into the marsh. It certainly looked like an American Woodcock

[nysbirds-l] Croton Point Park

2019-11-03 Thread Joseph Wallace
A quick late-afternoon walk across the grassland revealed at least seven Eastern Meadowlarks; a tight-knit group of five Horned Larks foraging on the newly turned earth (one step in a major restoration project to eradicate invasives and re-plant native grasses); and a restless flock of perhaps 20

[nysbirds-l] Fall in Croton/Thanks to Tom F. and others

2019-08-21 Thread Joseph Wallace
In the era of 280-character rare bird alerts (and, yes, I do rely on those), I really value this place's continued survival. Not only for the heads-up on birds outside NYC (such as the Western Kingbird and Upland Sandpiper in my new town), but for such things as the radar migration discussions,

[nysbirds-l] Bryant Park Yellowthroat "study"

2019-05-03 Thread Joseph Wallace
An hour in Bryant Park at midday (we miss you, Alan D!) was quieter than many other urban parks, but did reveal three Ovenbirds, Swainson's and Hermit Thrush, abundant Catbirds, Song, White-throated, and Chipping Sparrow, and (including the plantings around the library) at least nine Common

[nysbirds-l] Bryant Park migration--no Sora or CT Warbler

2018-09-14 Thread Joseph Wallace
Some pretty diligent searching between about 11:30 and 2:00 today failed to turn up either prize species, but it was an interesting harbinger of fall/winter in this little park and nearby library plantings. Along with perhaps half a dozen Yellowthroats (only one mature male), three Ovenbirds, and

[nysbirds-l] Bryant Park welcomes fall

2018-08-31 Thread Joseph Wallace
Inspired by Alan D.--and by the cool weather--I ventured into misty/drizzly Bryant Park. As is so often the case for about nine months a year, the dominant migrant was Common Yellowthroat, with at least five seen feasting on the bug-rich plantings. One was a male in full plumage, another a young

Re:[nysbirds-l] Bryant Park Northern Waterthrush etc continue

2018-06-09 Thread Joseph Wallace
Thanks, Angus...I find this discussion very interesting. I agree about the "trap" qualities of Bryant Park, though I do hope that many of the birds eventually move on. (A pair of park workers once told me that they call in animal rehab often for disoriented Woodcocks, so at least those birds

[nysbirds-l] Bryant Park Northern Waterthrush etc continue

2018-06-08 Thread Joseph Wallace
A check of the park between 11AM and noon revealed the skittish Northern Waterthrush in the same location as before (southwest corner around the shack), as well as a scattering of other lingering species amid the nesting Catbirds: a single Ovenbird, Swainson's Thrush, and Swamp Sparrow, a handful

[nysbirds-l] Bryant Park Waterthrush

2018-06-02 Thread Joseph Wallace
A quick circuit in the hot midday of the crowded park revealed an unexpected Waterthrush in the southwest corner, where the plantings are deeper and hiding places easier to find. I'm nearly certain it was a Northern, but though it was active, moving back and forth and around the shack there, it

[nysbirds-l] Madison Square Park

2018-05-21 Thread Joseph Wallace
An absurdly timed exploration of Madison Sq. Park (about 11:30AM-12:30PM) revealed that last week's lawn hordes had moved on. Only some careful searching turned up a lone Swainson's Thrush, 9 Yellowthroats (6 male), and 8 Ovenbirds. Most distinctive was a Wood Thrush singing throughout on the

[nysbirds-l] Bryant Park: Thrushes, Swamp Sparrow

2018-05-21 Thread Joseph Wallace
A 10:15-11:15 exploration of the park revealed one briefly glimpsed (presumably) Gray-Cheeked Thrush (in the SW corner); at least three Swainson's Thrushes in the plantings on the park's edges; two or three Swamp Sparrows; six Yellowthroats (all but one male); about as many Ovenbirds; a plethora

[nysbirds-l] Bryant Park: Yellowthroat Horde, Swainson's Thrush plus

2018-05-16 Thread Joseph Wallace
Inspired by the spectacle at Madison Square Park (where I can add Black-and-White and Northern Parula Warblers to Ethan's terrific list from a great day there), I splashed through the rain at around 3:00 for a lap or two around Bryant Park. Feeding on the lawn were *at least* 10 male and 6 female

[nysbirds-l] Bryant Park

2018-05-08 Thread Joseph Wallace
A quick check of Bryant Park at around 5:30 this evening (maximum human-biomass time) revealed no spillover from the spectacle to the north, save three Ovenbirds and a plethora (well, at least six) Northern Catbirds (paired up--I wonder how many nest here). Also: one still-sticking-around Hermit

[nysbirds-l] Rockefeller State Park, Westchester

2018-05-03 Thread Joseph Wallace
At last! A walk down Old Sleepy Hollow Trail revealed a massive invasion of Rockefeller's typical migratory and nesting species over the past couple of days. Among the highlights were a slew of warblers, most singing and many at eye level: Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Northern

[nysbirds-l] Croton vultures

2018-02-18 Thread Joseph Wallace
Forgot: A 4:00 drive through the town encountered an impressive flock of vultures prior to roosting...one part of which included a minimum of 40 near the library, while there were others in the trees near the high school and in smaller associated flocks. Most were Turkey Vultures, but there was a

[nysbirds-l] Croton Point Park Lark etc

2018-02-18 Thread Joseph Wallace
Inspired by the raptors at Shawangunk NWR last weekend and last night's snowfall, we spent a couple of mid-afternoon hours today at Croton P.P. It was quiet, the grassland featuring a lone Horned Lark flying around calling and then feeding on the snowy path. In the absence of ice, a single adult

[nysbirds-l] Long-tailed Duck, Croton Point Park

2018-01-28 Thread Joseph Wallace
The male Long-tailed Duck was still present in the river off Croton Point Park as of 3:00 today, alone beyond the jumble of shoreline ice to the west of the beach at the base of the nature-center hill. Otherwise, we saw about half a dozen Bald Eagles, but no sign of the previously reported

Re: [nysbirds-l] Bryant Park

2017-12-14 Thread Joseph Wallace
per by Jacob Drucker came to my mind. > > The Mysteries of Micro-Parks > http://linnaeannewyork.org/birding-resources-rba/bird-micro-parks.html > > Anders Peltomaa > Manhattan > > On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 11:14 PM Joseph Wallace <joew...@gmail.com> wrote: > >> A

[nysbirds-l] Bryant Park

2017-12-13 Thread Joseph Wallace
A check-in at the park today found a pair of intrepid Hermit Thrushes and a lone male Yellowthroat still hanging in amid the White-throats, but no sign of last week's Woodcock, Orange-Crowned Warbler, or Catbird (which may have been a holdover from those I was told nested in the park over the

[nysbirds-l] Bryant Park

2017-11-15 Thread Joseph Wallace
On Tuesday, an 11:30-12:00 walk along all four edges of the park and the plantings around the library uncovered at least one (and probably two) Common Yellowthroats, five Hermit Thrushes (four amid the library plantings), a Catbird (in the park's southwest corner) and a Winter Wren (in the scrubby

[nysbirds-l] Common Nighthawk, Westchester County

2017-09-03 Thread Joseph Wallace
Under newly clear skies--and warming temperatures--a dusk dog-walk revealed a lone Common Nighthawk winging determinedly south over downtown Pleasantville. Also seen: a couple of small bats (little brown?) and a young green frog. --Joe Wallace -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

Re: [nysbirds-l] Baird's Sandpiper, Westchester County

2017-09-02 Thread Joseph Wallace
ol, which is located just before the > park, and then walk to the other end of the (small) pond to the mudflat > where we saw the bird. > > On Sat, Sep 2, 2017 at 12:47 PM, Joseph Wallace <joew...@gmail.com> wrote: > > Having been told that the water level in the managed pon

Re: [nysbirds-l] Baird's Sandpiper, Westchester County

2017-09-02 Thread Joseph Wallace
we can't confirm it. On Sat, Sep 2, 2017 at 4:29 PM, Anne Swaim <annesw...@gmail.com> wrote: > Group of Birders at Nannahagen now for about hour total. Just Least and > two Solitary Sandpiper. > > On Sep 2, 2017, at 2:56 PM, Joseph Wallace <joew...@gmail.com> wrote: >

Re:[nysbirds-l] Baird's Sandpiper, Westchester County

2017-09-02 Thread Joseph Wallace
where we saw the bird. On Sat, Sep 2, 2017 at 12:47 PM, Joseph Wallace <joew...@gmail.com> wrote: > Having been told that the water level in the managed pond in Nannahagan > Park in Pleasantville had mysteriously dropped, we went to take a look at > about 11AM. On the newly expose

[nysbirds-l] Baird's Sandpiper, Westchester County

2017-09-02 Thread Joseph Wallace
Having been told that the water level in the managed pond in Nannahagan Park in Pleasantville had mysteriously dropped, we went to take a look at about 11AM. On the newly exposed mudflats near the little pedestrian bridge at the south (bottom) end of the pond, we saw (sticking close to a lone

[nysbirds-l] Doodletown

2017-05-28 Thread Joseph Wallace
A morning's walk through Doodletown, Bear Mountain State Park, was typically productive (and typically wonderful). Cerulean Warblers were apparent throughout, with the best views coming along the hillside near the entrance (including an eye-level female and a singing male on a bare branch) and

[nysbirds-l] Croton Point Park

2017-05-16 Thread Joseph Wallace
An early morning visit to the Model Airplane Field revealed a burst of activity to celebrate the (finally) changing weather. The highlight was 14 species of warbler, led by Chestnut-sided and Wilson's. Others species, mostly in good numbers and voice, included Magnolia, Black-throated Blue,

[nysbirds-l] Woodcocks in Westchester

2016-03-09 Thread Joseph Wallace
My wife and I recently came upon a recovering wetland along Old Post Road in Armonk (opposite the Beehive restaurant). There's a stream and marshes and fields where there once a bowling alley stood (only the foundations and patches of parking lot remain) but are now NYS property. We went there

[nysbirds-l] Croton Point Park

2015-05-17 Thread Joseph Wallace
A quick hour or so at the model-airplane field this morning brought a satisfying number and variety of migrants and nesters. A dozen warbler species included Nashville, Tennessee, Black-throated Blue and Green, Magnolia, Canada, and Blackpoll. Other highlights included nest-building Baltimore