RE: [nysbirds-l] Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge East Pond report 9-7-20

2020-09-08 Thread Larry Trachtenberg

Thanks Andrew for your always illuminating and informative shorebird reports 
and your work in general at JBNWR.  I hope at some point to deign to leave 
Northern Westchester, cross the Whitestone and gulp, hit the Van Wyck and the 
Belt for Long Island (perhaps something I should have attempted in these less 
trafficked Covid days), so that I may either misidentify many shorebirds or 
leave them unidentified!

Best

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining, NY

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Hi all,

I spent a good 7+ hours on the East Pond yesterday and finally got in a full 
survey.

The shorebird highlights included: Baird’s Sandpiper (reported by Corey Finger) 
and Wilson’s Phalarope (reported by Karlo Mirth).

The Baird’s was not seen again by me after it flushed near the Raunt during one 
of several passes by two young Peregrine Falcons. The shorebirding was fun 
until those two showed up and they kept on putting up the birds all morning. I 
spotted the two perched near Calidrid Crossing and I had words with them. I 
don’t think they were too concerned and gave me that smug look of theirs. A 
couple of Punks I say!

But I digress: The Wilson’s Phalarope which was reported from the Northend was 
still there into the afternoon. Although the light looking Northwest from the 
East side of the pond was savage, I managed to find it and even got video. A 
cautionary note about the Northend. The water there is still around 6 inches 
high and in some places even higher. Venturing onto the pond from the Northend 
should only be attempted by seasoned Northend visitors and even thenPlease 
use extreme caution if you must go in from that end.

Stilt Sandpipers, which have been tough to get on the pond this season 
apparently might be favoring the North. I had 19 feeding near where the 
Wilson’s Phalarope was. To that point, I had only recorded 2 while schelping 
from the South and only seen as many as 4 in previous visits.

Western Sandpipers continue to show well on the Pond;  I was one shy from 
scoring another double digit day this season. Keep an eye out for a one-legged 
critter.

Pectoral Sandpipers: as many as 8 counted with 4 favoring near the Raunt for 
most of the morning. While near the Raunt, keep an eye and ear for Least 
Bittern. There were two calling back and forth near there. Also observed by a 
Photographer (cousin) who shared the intel.

A juvenile Ruddy Turnstone, one species that always gets me excited to see on 
the pond was favoring the Raunt. Steve Walter was enjoying himself getting 
shots of the bird.

Semipalmated Sandpipers, mostly juveniles, continue in good numbers. It is a 
delight to see them feeing and cavorting around on the open flats.

Least Sandpipers numbers have dropped significantly. Less than a 100 on the 
pond.

Only two White-rumped Sandpipers. Both adults with one bird having a slight 
limp.

Lesser Yellowlegs outnumber the Greater Yellowlegs. Most of the Lessers are 
juveniles and were doing a lot of in your face flexing with each other.

Small numbers of Dowitchers. All juveniles and all Short-billed. There was one 
interesting bird up at the Northend that could have possibly been a Long-billed 
(LBDO); however, the look was just too far and not convincing enough for me to 
clinch for LBDO.

Other non shorebird highlights include: adult Bald Eagle. I have seen this bird 
at least 3 times in previous visits but I have yet to snag a digiscope photo. 
It tends to perch in one of the blind spots on the pond and once you come into 
view, it bolts.

3 Purple Martins, all near the southend. Many Barn, Tree and a few Bank 
Swallows were feeding throughout the morning.

2 CASPIAN Terns. One adult (Banded) and one juvenile. Sadly, I was unable to 
read the band on the adult before it relocated into deeper water where I could 
no longer see the band.

Duckage numbers are up. Blue-winged Teals (225), Green-winged Teals (50), 
Northern Shovelers (75), American Wigeons (9) are all building along with the 
usual suspects.

The pond has shaped up quite nicely; especially on the Southend. While some 
nice flats opened have up on the east side there are still areas where the 
water is up to your calves. For example the area just before the Raunt has a 
spot that can be tricky. A birder who I will not name, once got a nasty cut in 
that spot. Since then, I have cut a trail into the Phragmites to get past that 
area. Look for it on your right as you walk towards the Raunt.

Remember, knee high boots and please keep your talking to a minimum so as not 
to disturb the birds. Before the Peregrines showed up, not even the air brakes 
on the nearby A train spooked the birds. Now, they are are quite jumpy.

Good East Pond Birding!


"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the 

Re: [nysbirds-l] Plover at Sagg Pond

2020-08-30 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Yes Robert this is Sagaponack no riff-raff after 9 am. Gotta decide if 4 hours 
on the LIE roundtrip for a shot at Wilson’s Plover or Red necked Phalarope in 
limited time is worth it. Back here along the Hudson river (all welcome but 
granted not as many rarities) Bald Eagles seemed to be moving this a.m. — 8 at 
once catching updrafts sallying back and forth for over an hour. Several 
peregrines and a single harrier all at Croton Point. Red breasted nuthatches 
also reported.

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining.

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Yes, you will be ticketed if your car is there after 9:00.

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On Aug 30, 2020, at 10:07 AM, Robert Lewis  wrote:

I'm not familiar with this park or parking lot.  There are many parks in the 
New York metro area where you are supposed to be a town or county resident, but 
if you arrive before a certain time, such as 8:00am, no one is there to stop 
you from parking.  No one checks you as you later drive out.

Is it different here?  Will someone actually check later in the day that every 
car has a sticker of some sort?

Bob Lewis




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Or go  early and leave the parking lot by 9:00 am



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On Aug 30, 2020, at 9:53 AM, Hugh McGuinness  wrote:





 You have to have a town of Southampton beach permit


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On Aug 30, 2020, at 9:47 AM, Nancy Shamban  wrote:






Does anyone know if you have to be a Suffolk resident to park there?




On Sun, Aug 30, 2020 at 8:33 AM Anthony Collerton  wrote:


  Found by Joel Milton earlier, just redound.

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Re: [nysbirds-l] StoneBridge Nighthawk results - 8/28

2020-08-29 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Where is this. Thank you.

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We had a banner evening with 351 nighthawks passing by the watch, making it the 
2nd highest daily total we've ever recorded.  We had a kettle of about 130 
birds circling above us at one point. Many swallows and swifts and even some 
laughing gulls were feeding on the insect swarms above us.

John Turner

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RE:[nysbirds-l] Croton Point Park

2020-07-13 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Sorry for second post - but one other thing.  The landfill grassland has 
undergone a major restoration project; so if you do visit CPP and want to walk 
the landfill stay on the two main "roads" only; the one over the center of the 
landfill and the one on the east (Phragmites) side of the landfill.  Signs to 
that effect are prominent.  (This includes photographers.)   Thank you.


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Kestrels have returned to the posts on the landfill at Croton Point (I saw 
three this a.m.) - seems early, since as far as I know they do not breed in 
Westchester County.  Also the Purple Martin colony has done pretty well; many 
adults and young birds scouring the landfill this am.  It does appear 
grasshopper sparrow has bred and likely bobolink.  No rarities yet this summer 
in the park, although Caspian Tern (2) was seen at the train station yesterday 
for several hours until tide turned; a short tome visit from a yellow crowned 
night heron earlier this summer is pretty un-common on this side of the County. 
 Caspian is marked rare on e-bird but they are a regular visitor often both 
spring and fall migration.  We are mid-July so not sure what this visit was.

On a lepidopterist note, I "helped" out (using that word generously) on the 
Northern Westchester Butterfly County yesterday and in the Teatown area we had 
23 species (list below), although a few more skipper photos are being 
circulated for ID.  Skippers, seriously, ... if you thought fall warblers are 
tough to ID.

Good socially distanced birding,

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail
Cabbage White
Clouded Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Eastern Tailed Blue
Great Spangled Fritillary
Pearl Crescent
Red Admiral
Red-spotted Purple
Monarch
Appalachian Brown
Little Wood Satyr

SKIPPERS
Silver Spotted
Wild Indigo Duskywing
Northern Broken Dash
Black dash
Little Glassywing
Dun
Delaware
Mulberry wing
Broadwing


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[nysbirds-l] Croton Point Park

2020-07-13 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Kestrels have returned to the posts on the landfill at Croton Point (I saw 
three this a.m.) - seems early, since as far as I know they do not breed in 
Westchester County.  Also the Purple Martin colony has done pretty well; many 
adults and young birds scouring the landfill this am.  It does appear 
grasshopper sparrow has bred and likely bobolink.  No rarities yet this summer 
in the park, although Caspian Tern (2) was seen at the train station yesterday 
for several hours until tide turned; a short tome visit from a yellow crowned 
night heron earlier this summer is pretty un-common on this side of the County. 
 Caspian is marked rare on e-bird but they are a regular visitor often both 
spring and fall migration.  We are mid-July so not sure what this visit was.

On a lepidopterist note, I "helped" out (using that word generously) on the 
Northern Westchester Butterfly County yesterday and in the Teatown area we had 
23 species (list below), although a few more skipper photos are being 
circulated for ID.  Skippers, seriously, ... if you thought fall warblers are 
tough to ID.

Good socially distanced birding,

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallowtail
Cabbage White
Clouded Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Eastern Tailed Blue
Great Spangled Fritillary
Pearl Crescent
Red Admiral
Red-spotted Purple
Monarch
Appalachian Brown
Little Wood Satyr

SKIPPERS
Silver Spotted
Wild Indigo Duskywing
Northern Broken Dash
Black dash
Little Glassywing
Dun
Delaware
Mulberry wing
Broadwing


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Re: [nysbirds-l] Purple gallinule

2020-06-28 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Mr. Lewis this is a statewide list can you let folks know what “Ryder” is and 
where it is. 
Best

L. Trachtenberg 
Ossining

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RE: [nysbirds-l] Exotic ID?

2020-06-13 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Yes; what’s up with that bill?

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Chukar.  Introduced gamebird.

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[nysbirds-l] Lawrence's Warbler Rockefeller State Park -- No migrants -- Weariness

2020-06-01 Thread Larry Trachtenberg

June has arrived.  (Do days; months matter?)  I went to Rockefeller State Park 
this morning (Pocantico Hills, NY), and found the hybrid Lawrence’s Warbler at 
its appointed intersection (Farm Hill Road and Ash Loop).  It was in the same 
tree comfortably and close to a blue winged, and was curious if they’d mate.  I 
did not notice or hear any migrants this morning (although the last warbler 
through, the high pitched blackpoll, I cannot come close to hearing), just 
breeders and year rounders, but did have some nice birds, great crested fly 
(multiple), scarlet tanager, rose breasted grosbeak, warbling and red eyed 
vireo, yellow warbler and redstart, flock of cedar waxwing, eastern bluebird, 
indigo bunting, and pileated woodpecker.

And now I must digress, so most of you may want to stop here.  On my daily walk 
this morning which is starting earlier as the heat comes and the crowds grow, I 
was thinking how weary I am of all this; as I imagine most of you are by now.  
I want to see my family, friends, colleagues, go see some live music, go eat a 
burger and fries at the counter of a greasy spoon, maybe even with a black and 
white frappe for solidarity as much as I because I like them (not a milkshake 
where I’m from); but most weary of having flashing in my mind photos from my 
youth of Bull Connor, and those from my hometown, of Louise Day Hicks, and from 
Kent State which had its 50th anniversary a few weeks back, and the weariness 
to know that in our rudderless, leaderless Country in the middle of a pandemic; 
nothing changes. As Bruce Cockburn sang “the trouble with normal is it only 
gets worse.”  In my weariness, I was reminded me of this beautiful poem, called 
it so happens, “Weariness” (as translated), by the great Chilean poet Pablo 
Neruda.  Here it is in English, I commend you to it. 
https://katikhu.livejournal.com/12420.html. And since Spanish is the loving 
tongue and many of you  may speak it, here’s the original 
http://erdincdurukan.blogspot.com/2015/10/pablo-neruda-cierto-cansancio.html?m=1
  I understand people are learning new languages during the pandemic, I guess 
I’m just too old or too weary to do so.   In his weariness Neruda speaks of 
chickens which, reminds me of another song, “Canned Goods” (by Greg Brown a 
wonderful songwriter/ storyteller from Iowa or one of those Midwest places) who 
talk/sings about visiting his grandma's farm in summer for some fried chicken. 
He mentions the Neruda poem in his rambling. The live version all 14 minutes of 
it is hilarious and evocative of summer, and may (should) put a smile on your 
face.  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wcs0oEz4QSE. Ok, that’s it.  Stay safe, 
peacefully protest (masked), and good birding to all.

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[nysbirds-l] Croton point park - late migration today

2020-05-26 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Because of early morning fog, a heads up on the radar from C. Roberto, and the 
delay in migration I’ve been hearing about, I headed to the CPP nature center 
early this morning.  It‘s just off the river with a good mix of trees including 
many oaks and in the past fog has yielded some nice drop-ins.  Joined by K Lamb 
we were treated (distanced) to 14 species of wood warblers (many migrants) 
including multiples of Bay Breasted, Canada, Magnolia, Blackpoll, Chestnut 
sided, BTGW, and Black and white. Also a Blackburnian and a BTBW.  Also a good 
mix of other species. 

There are also bobolinks on the main and secondary landfills (less it seems 
than when they first arrived earlier this month because injudicious and 
indiscriminate mowing practices), and grasshopper sparrow has been seen and 
heard. Finally, I was lucky enough a few days ago to have the first reported 
sighting at CPP of yellow crowned night heron in 20+ years (and the first 
recorded on ebird from the park).  

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[nysbirds-l] Bobolinks back in force croton point park

2020-05-15 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Best to all

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Re: [nysbirds-l] E. Screech Owl numbers

2020-04-15 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Why not just fewer drivers/cars out and about. There sure are a lot less cars 
on the road downstate. Cannot speak for where you are, but if so, the odds are 
fewer owls would be road-killed — so may not portend any decline.
L. Trachtenberg
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It occurred to me while driving home in upstate, New York - I've been seeing 
fewer road-kill E. Screech Owls lately.

It used to be a fairly regular, albeit unfortunate, occurrence to see a dead 
Screech Owl alongside the road. I would often stop to check the color morph and 
to see if any were banded, or if any were salvageable for science/education.

It's a crude census method - the more animals, the more road-kills. You see 
that in the boon years of squirrels, skunks, and other critters. And we saw 
that a few years ago with the winter incursion of Barred Owls - a spike in the 
number of road-kill Barred Owls throughout the northeast USA.

Nowadays, I hardly see any E. Screech Owls alongside the road. I should be glad 
about that. But does it indicate a more ominous note?

Owls are hard enough to census as it is. But could my anecdotal observation of 
fewer road-kills indicate fewer E. Screech Owls out there?

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[nysbirds-l] Purple Martin croton

2020-04-08 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
I spotted the — or at least my — first purple martin of the season at the 
martin “complex” at croton point park yesterday morning; then last night I 
heard that John Prine imo the greatest American songwriter short of Bob Dylan, 
had passed to Covid 19

So whether you put on Bonnie Raitt doing Angel for Montgomery or the Divine 
Miss M singing Hello in There, or John singing Lake Marie or Souvenirs or 
Paradise, one song we know he had right written during the Vietnam War, when 
you see those “politicians“ on stage with their flag pins later today or at any 
time:   “Your Flag Decal won’t Get You into Heaven Anymore”.  Good birding and 
stay safe out there. 

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[nysbirds-l] Croton/Ossining

2020-03-31 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Water behind Croton train station hosting at least as of noon today four (4) 
Bonaparte’s gulls found by K. Lamb. Pretty close to parking area. 

An Ossining feeder (not mine and address under circumstances not disclosed) has 
had a nearly full breeding plumaged dickcissel present for several days at 
least through yesterday. Some good photos up (not mine) in ebird reports.  

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RE: [nysbirds-l] Sands Point Preserve waving entrance fee

2020-03-20 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
I hope my post wasn't misconstrued; I was stunned and outraged that someone 
posted the description here as Mr. Quinn did mimicking Trump.  If that's 
political then what was Quinn's post?


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Let's try to keep politics out of this.

It's Covid-19.

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Really “Chinese”







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Due to the Chinese coronavirus, the Sands Point Preserve is waving their 
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For existing and new members, they are extending the membership by an 
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RE: [nysbirds-l] Sands Point Preserve waving entrance fee

2020-03-20 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Really “Chinese”


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[nysbirds-l] The New York Times: Golf Club for the 1 Percent Wants to Seize a Migratory Bird Habitat -

2020-01-09 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Not much to say about this one, maybe surprising that the Club is in Jersey 
City not in Bedminster. Perhaps someone wants to put it up on Jersey Birds who 
is a member of that group. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/09/nyregion/liberty-state-park-golf-course.html

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Re: [nysbirds-l] Golden-crowned Sparrow Pics and Age

2019-11-20 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
I have not seen the bird (Long Island and all) but have seen golden crowned 
sparrow in Victoria, BC. My point here is only that I appreciate the shared 
knowledge of Steve, Shai, Andrew and their ilk who still post on NYSbirds 
regularly (even if often beyond me). 

Thanks

L. Trachtenberg 
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> Hi Steve and all,
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> In terms of field-observable appearance, my thought was that it was a 
> hatching-year bird based on (1) the vagueness and narrowness of the blackish 
> arc extending from the forecrown back along the lateral crown; and (2) the 
> relatively large amount of yellow bleeding down below the arc, into the front 
> of the supercilium. A lot of winter birds out west show much broader, more 
> solidly black frontal arcs and little or no yellow below the arc. On the LI 
> bird, the dark arc often looked to me like a vague, discontinuous series of 
> small dark flecks. I would think an adult would show more black.
> 
> When I get a chance I'll check lots of photos for hints regarding molt 
> limits, the shapes of rectrix tips, etc.
> 
> Shai Mitra
> Bay Shore
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> I’ve posted a couple of pictures at my web site 
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__stevewalternature.com_=DwIF-g=dpn1WjMMQGUYKOlM1k1w3OIaMfTHNTwPoUrrILOsxvs=NwFWAUOlLbz1fEv1wZE8gwFOElNPUvOXd2Pih8klMD8=pI6S1TuMSJzxpX6Zl5JGh7MjTKGVGDt7LvPrQIHZoUE=w7oXilpgk1tFInJCAWaDCre07aB-TFhIY-fhk6ZSLQI=
>  . Not being on top of Golden-crowned Sparrow plumages, I assumed while I was 
> there that it’s a first winter (immature) bird. It is what you expect in 
> these situations. Now having had a chance to look at references and pictures, 
> I’m not so sure about that. This bird seems brighter on the crown and above 
> the eye than many immatures. which are often rather plain faced with limited 
> yellow. But it is noted that there’s enough variability in adults and 
> immatures that they can’t always be aged. This individual looks very similar 
> to the one in figure 48.3 in “Sparrows … The Photographic Guide”, which is 
> left undetermined to age.  You can look it up for yourself, if you care about 
> that sort of thing.
> 
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Re: [nysbirds-l] Iceland Gull, Croton

2019-11-09 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Now on dock by boathouse ossining

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Re: [nysbirds-l] Croton Point Park

2019-11-04 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Good again this morning between 9-1015 on landfill:  one red shoulder(adult) 
soaring w one Red tailed, and one sharpie (also seen a second sharpie and a 
coop); 3 meadowlarks, 3 snow buntings, 7 pipit. Some native grasses remain but 
most of landfill mowed plowed and re-seeded in cooperative project among NYS, 
the County, and some dedicated local birders-planters(?) to replace invasives 
with natives. Stay on the gravel paths really no walking on the dirt anywhere — 
yes photographers you.  And dog owners on leash (the dogs anyway); please. 
Sparrows in short supply w lack of cover. No harriers or kestrels, the former 
may be affected by lack of cover for mice/voles but I’m not sure.  A brief walk 
along edge of model airplane field yielded two savannah and one field sparrow 
among white throats and song sparrows.

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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 
American Pipits. Winter is most definitely coming. --Joe Wallace
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RE: [nysbirds-l] [Extralimital] Yellow-green Vireo in MA

2019-10-16 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Thanks for the report Angus

Mr. Williams was certainly quite detailed and excited about his find 
(rightfully so) but perhaps a wee bit hyperbolic:

“My heart jumped”;  “I was . . . freaking out” ;  “My heart just about leapt 
out of my chest”; “My fingers went slightly tingly”; “***Mega”

L Trachtenberg
Ossining (Not coastal so not expecting yellow-green vireo).
P.s. As to birds, Croton Point did have a Dickcissel on Sunday (I saw) and a 
Nelson’s sparrow last week (I didn’t)



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On 15 Oct 2019, a YELLOW-GREEN VIREO was trapped twice at the Lighthouse on 
Monomoy Island, Cape Cod.

There are very few prior records from the East Coast, although one was trapped 
on 5 Sep 2011 at Plum Island MA. There is also a Bermuda record from 6 Oct 
1992. There are at least two records from Cape May, New Jersey, one from 26 Sep 
2018 and the other 23 May 2019.

Definitely something we should be watching for in coastal New York, both in the 
spring (May) and in the fall (Sep/Oct)!

Here is a photo of the latest bird including a nice comparison to Red-eyed 
Vireo by the Monomoy Bird Observatory banding team
https://ebird.org/checklist/S60648708 
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and a description of an independent sighting by Sean Williams
https://ebird.org/checklist/S60657242 
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[nysbirds-l] Croton Train Station — Common Nighthawks

2019-08-31 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Between approx. 645-710 pm this evening Kyle Bardwell and I counted 76 Common 
Nighthawks streaming south over the Green Growler/ Harmon Train Station / 
Eastern most part of Croton Point Park 

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Re: [nysbirds-l] Croton Point Park this morning

2019-08-30 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
There are several people who have been instrumental in aiding in the 
restoration of the Croton Point Park landfill, working with the County and the 
meadow landscaper, etc. They have put in countless hours over the last few 
years of volunteer time (I am not one of them). I won’t shout them out by name 
since I don’t know if they want to be named but anyone who has or will bird at 
Croton Point thanks you. Hopefully when the project is completed the CPP 
grassland, a unique birding spot in Westchester, will be even better.

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining

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In case helpful to pass along, this week's planned mowing of the Croton Point 
Park capped landfill grasslands is part of a two-year restoration plan designed 
by Larry Weaner Landscape Associates. (Vegetation has not been removed from the 
site.)

Quick overview of project (from local media story last spring before project 
start)
https://patch.com/new-york/ossining/croton-point-grasslands-restoration-project-timeline-talk
 
[patch.com]

Further details from Westchester County Soil & Water Conservation District's 
2019 Work Plan
Croton Point Park Grassland Restoration Project: The restoration of nearly 100 
acres of grassland covering the former Croton Landfill at Croton Point Park in 
Croton-on-Hudson was designed in late 2018. Construction will begin in 2019.The 
grassland, or meadow, is currently characterized as a mosaic of plant 
populations and communities with most dominated by ecologically undesirable 
vegetation, such as non-native cool season grasses and invasive and non-native 
mugwort. The goal is to transform the meadow into an ecologically diverse 
community of plants, which will encourage overall biological diversity, 
especially of beneficial insects and birds.The restoration of each patch of 
vegetation will have to be handled differently in order to achieve the best 
overall results. For example, some patches will need to be frequently mowed on 
a temporary basis while others will need to be treated with herbicide to 
eradicate dominant plants. Most patches will need to be re-seeded with mixes of 
desirable grasses and forbs. The grassland is viewed by naturalists as 
critically important to many species of birds using the Atlantic Flyway, the 
migratory route for birds traveling up and down the East Coast. Many other 
birds, including the bald eagle, also use Croton Point Park, the largest 
peninsula in the Hudson River. The project is funded by a $500,000 state grant 
to the District,which will be used for construction. The District is using 
additional state funding and other revenue to finance project planning, design 
and construction management.A Planning Department staff person will manage the 
project on behalf of the District and Westchester County

Anne Swaim
Saw Mill River Audubon
www.sawmillriveraudubon.org 
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Very few birds around this lovely morning.  There was a cooperative adult 
Red-tail, apparently a new individual, very worn looking.  Four Osprey, two 
Bald Eagles, one Raven.  Very very few land birds.

The big news is that in the last few days most of the cap has been clearcut.  I 
didn't walk it all but I would guess at least 80% is clearcut.  Only small 
swaths between some of the gravel paths remain.  The area that the Western 
Kingbird had frequented is stubble about two inches high, if that.  All of that 
vegetation has been cut and removed.

What will be the impact on the rodent population?

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Sleepy Hollow NY






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[nysbirds-l] Western Kingbird Croton Point Park seen again this morning (day 7 since first spotted)

2019-08-23 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Between landfill and trees north side of road (past ball field before entrance 
kiosk)


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Re: [nysbirds-l] Suffolk Sightings_8/22/19

2019-08-23 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
I can understand the avocet excitement. In July 2014 I ran into Chris Letts at 
Croton Point swimming beach. I was sitting on bench w morning coffee. He walked 
down to shoreline and waved me down — American Avocet. Fortunately another CPP 
regular was there Jim Bourdan who got photo — to date it’s the last avocet 
reported in Westchester.  Certainly my only avocet in-County. Because of tide 
it lasted perhaps an hour after Chris found it. Here’s the 7/14/14 ebird report 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S19107117

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After reading Arie Gilbert's post re: finding an A. Avocet at "Mecox" this AM 
(although his coordinates put the bird at the Tiana Beach Bay Side Marina, Dune 
Rd., E. Quogue) I found this Avocet at 4:30 PM, just a tad east of the marina, 
at the sandy beach built up by the breach caused by our last hurricane. This 
evening, upon reading the posts of Chris Gangemi and Anthony Collerton, I see 
we almost assuredly had 2 of this species here on the East End Thursday !

I first saw this species on 6/17/75 in Montana, which was followed by my first 
in NYS on 8/31/78 at JBWR, and then by my first in Nassau County on 9/24/04, at 
the Oceanside Marsh. Therefore, today's sighting was quite special for me, 
being my very first AMAV in Suffolk County...my home county !

Cheers,
Bob




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[nysbirds-l] Western Kingbird reliably reported at Croton Point Park at 8:10 am this morning— now 4 days running since first noticed.

2019-08-20 Thread Larry Trachtenberg



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Re: [nysbirds-l] Brown booby

2019-08-18 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Someone posted a sighting with photo from Sandy Hook NJ today. Check Monmouth 
County Ebird reports from the Hook. Likely but not definitely same bird I’d 
guess

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Took the whale watch it of Riis landing/Breezy point this afternoon and just 
before we started back at 4pm a brown booby came up behind the boat, came 
around the front of the boat, and then landed on the railing at the front of 
the boat within 2 feet of stunned passengers.
Not sure where we were in the water, but we were within sight of land and the 
Verrazano bridge
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Tarrytown

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[nysbirds-l] There is a western kingbird north east side landfill croton point park

2019-08-17 Thread Larry Trachtenberg



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[nysbirds-l] Brown booby

2019-08-04 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Apparently on a sail of the sloop Clearwater out of Cold Spring (Putnam county) 
a BROWN BOOBY landed on the boat. Occurred yesterday (8/3). Unknown to me 
exactly where boat was or time of day.  For those who have the Instagram photos 
posted on Clearwater cite which were sent to me.  Unmistakeable. Perhaps  check 
Instagram to see if anymore info. Curious if same bird seen around Sandy Hook 
NJ and then Long Island recently?

L. Trachtenberg
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still present this morning, albeit on a more distant sandbar farther north 
inside Old Inlet. Currently in the same scope view with a Caspian Tern. Also 
several Red Knot.

WARNING: Smith Point Park is closed for a triathalon, requiring one to park in 
the Shirley marina parking lot and wall across the bridge.

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[nysbirds-l] Fahnestock St. Park putnam County

2019-05-24 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Around 11 am today in campground area just off Rte 301/Taconic. Area known as 
Marty McGuire Woods, Max Kogut and I flushed two ruffed grouse. My first in the 
county in five + years. 

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Re: [nysbirds-l] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks Continue at Cow Meadow (Nassau Co.)

2019-05-21 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Wonder if same birds seen in Monmouth Co. NJ yesterday through last evening?  I 
will miss them regardless.  Waiting for a Westchester visit. 

L. Trachtenberg 
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[nysbirds-l] Croton Point

2019-05-16 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
I assume most places had some movement last night. In 45 minutes at the Nature 
Center this a.m. (630-715) Kyle Bardwell and I must have had a dozen warbler 
species including male bay breasted, blackburnian and cape may.  Ball field 
puddle still had five shorebird species and purple martin house occupancy is 
increasing before Memorial Day price increase. Work intervened before other 
areas of the park including the land fill could be checked.  

And Spring came too!

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Re: [nysbirds-l] Summer Tanager, Manhattan, NYC: Monday, 4/29 (w/notes on some other N.Y. migrants)

2019-04-30 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Summer tanager continues at 12:20 pm Tuesday 4/30. Great looks through fence. 
Tom thanks for posting

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> Monday, 29 April, 2019 -
> 
> Just to add it into the day’s record here on this list-serve, the ongoing 
> state-rarity BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen Monday 4/29 at Nickerson beach, 
> southern Nassau County, NY (a.k.a. Lido Beach Passive Nature Reserve).  
> 
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> A male Summer Tanager in near-pristine alternate-plumage (adult coloration) 
> was showing very well for multiple observers in Manhattan, at the Clinton 
> Community Garden (named for that neighborhood) at 434 West 48th Street, which 
> is between Ninth & Tenth Avenues on manhattan’s west side. The garden may be 
> locked, but the tanager was most often fairly easy to view as it went after 
> bees & perhaps other insects within the garden.  (If let into the garden, all 
> must obey any rules or instructions, and please be respectful of any & all 
> other visitors there.)
> 
> The ‘parade’ of Blue Grosbeaks in the larger region continued, with a female 
> continuing over the weekend, Sat.-Sun. 4/27-28, at Manhattan’s Fort Tryon 
> Park, which is in the northern portion of the island, perhaps best known to 
> non-birders for the Cloisters museum, an ‘annex’ of the Metropolitan Museum 
> of Art within Ft. Tryon Park - this grosbeak was seen in the field near the 
> Cloisters. 
> 
> On Saturday, 4/27 several observers reported a Prothonotary Warbler in 
> Manhattan, at R.F. Wagner, Jr. park, the south end of Battery Park City Park.
> 
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> In Richmond County, NY (a.k.a. Staten Island, N.Y. City) a male Golden-winged 
> Warbler was found Monday, 4/29 at Clove Lakes Park, which is in the northern 
> quadrant of the island; I believe the finder[s] of this there were Catherine 
> Barron & Maya Shikhman, and thanks to the latter for timely report, via the 
> SINaturalist group.
> 
> There’ve been plenty of other migrants recently; a further report to come, 
> with some additional notes.  
> 
> ——
> Many migrants have been reaching nearby (& some farther) breeding areas to 
> N.Y. City, as well as passing through over the weekend. These include species 
> such as Cerulean, Kentucky, and many other warbler spp. & a wide variety of 
> other arriving or ongoing migrant birds - PLEASE realize the long & arduous 
> voyages these birds have been on, to reach where they nest, or are still 
> undertaking to reach their breeding areas, & exercise the maximum of 
> restraint in any potential nesting area as they arrive and set up for the 
> season, and on thru the remainder of their breeding season. The birds & all 
> who care for them will thank you for this.
> 
> good birding to all,
> 
> Tom Fiore
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[nysbirds-l] Croton point park

2019-04-25 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
First orchard oriole of season singing away.  CPP is a breeding spot for this 
beautiful songbird. 

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[nysbirds-l] Croton train station

2019-04-13 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
2 CASPIAN TERNS (should stick through low tide)
2 snowy egret
17 green winged teal

All near jetty. Thanks Sean

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[nysbirds-l] Croton point

2019-03-23 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
One Snipe and 1,000 plus tree swallows. 

Also 4 Gw teal at train station

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[nysbirds-l] Bald Eagles

2019-01-30 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Eagles are back in the Hudson Valley. This morning there were 5 at Ossining 
train station, 2 between Ossining and Scarborough (station) and 5 more between 
Scarborough and Philips Manor. One perched the rest on ice or flying low over 
it. I would imagine far more north of Ossining 

Saturday 2/9 is the 14th(?) annual Eaglefest with the majority of festivities 
at Croton Point Park (organized walks, birds of prey demonstrations and other 
stuff). There  are also spotters with scopes at various other concentrated 
spots e.g. George’s Island Park (Montrose), Steamboat Pier (Verplanck), the 
Croton Dam (amazing for its stone architecture alone). 

I realize readers of this site are not surprised by eagles in the Hudson valley 
so close to NYC but you all have friends, family, colleagues who may not be 
aware and there are still oohs and aahs to be had when an ice floe comes around 
the point at George’s Island with 8-9 eagles jockeying for position. So may it 
stay cold (not Minnesota cold) and maybe suggest to folks to check out Eaglefest

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[nysbirds-l] Osprey croton reservoir

2019-01-08 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
An osprey was seen and photographed along the croton reservoir just south of 
entrance to muscoot farm in yorktown today. I saw an osprey on same reservoir 
on Rte. 119 on Dec. 9.  I wonder if it’s the same bird. Either way Jan. 8 is 
the latest in season (earliest in year) I recall osprey in (Northern) 
Westchester County. (I have had a lingering chipping sparrow in my yard in 
Ossining but many more than usual seem to have been reported this year well 
after “normal” departure date. Still gets flagged “rare” on ebird. Granted not 
a golden crowned!)

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Re: [nysbirds-l] Advice

2019-01-05 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
What about making it a 3 rarity day (2 phoebes) and try for the Black Phoebe 
well photographed this a.m. in Sussex County (NJ). See Njbirds. As long as 
chasing you could make it all work.

L. Trachtenberg
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On Jan 5, 2019, at 3:43 PM, Robert Lewis 
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Try the Say's Phoebe at the Winding Waters Trail, Oil City Road, Orange County. 
 41.289514, -74.532631

Not sure where you live, but it was a modest diversion for me coming back to 
Westchester County.

Some people have had good luck and saw it fairly close to the trail.  For 
others (like me) it was way out to the east.

Bob Lewis
Sleepy Hollow NY


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Friends and I going for the Golden-Crowned Sparrow tomorrow. We intend to make 
a day of it. Other good birding locations nearby or on the way from NYC? Tips 
on lunch spots, other good birds to see? Where to go if we dip on the sparrow?
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[nysbirds-l] Osprey northern westchester

2018-12-09 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
I saw an osprey circle in then perch in trees along reservoir by Gate House 
bridge, Rte 129 side (yorktown heights) at 9:30 this a.m. I am told if it 
sticks another week (and is seen) it will be first for Peekskill- N. 
Westchester CBC

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[nysbirds-l] Croton Point

2018-10-05 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
It is sparrow season at the Point.  Reliable reports from the landfill of clay 
colored, dickcissel, and a photographed vesper in the last 2 days.  I have seen 
none, but as a consolation did hear two screech owls in separate parts of the 
park whinnying yesterday morning.

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[nysbirds-l] Rockefeller SP, Hook mountain, croton point

2018-09-19 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Based on radar reports I spent a bit of time at Rockefeller this a.m. not crazy 
but Nine species of wood warbler highlighted by blackburnian, blue winged a few 
magnolia. Multiples of N. Parula and BT green.  Then up high upon Hook Mountain 
(Nyack) between about 11:30-2.  There was a broadwing push b/w 1 and 2 p.m. 
Kettles of 88, 59, 12, 21 and 4.  Fortunately the one w 88 birds was by far the 
closest  - very cool. Also good numbers of sharp shinned hawk (50) and kestrel 
(20), as well as a few merlins, coop, bald eagle and non-counted by the 
official counters bc likely not migrating yet several osprey, red tails and a 
peregrine.  I’m thinking late afternoon may have brought larger broad wing push 
but could not stay.  A brief stop at Croton Point Nature Center on way home did 
not turn up the immature RED HEADED woodpecker beautifully photographed this 
a.m. by K. Lamb.  Did pick up a solitary sandpiper in parking lot puddle by 
ball field

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[nysbirds-l] Winged Jewels Of The Forest (NY Hall Of Science)

2018-09-17 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
There is a wonderful photography exhibit of the birds of Rockefeller State Park 
(Westchester County) at the NY hall of Science in Flushing.  Wonderful works by 
mostly members of Saw Mill River Audubon. The Exhibit runs until 10/28 so after 
chasing say a Western Kingbird in Queens you may want to check it out.  (18 
species of warbler on display in breeding plumage, so it made up for this fall 
migration in which I have seen virtually none at Croton Point.)  
https://nysci.org/event/winged-jewels-of-the-forest/

As for birds, I saw 2 golden plover and one buff breasted sandpiper in the 
Black Dirt region of Orange County on Saturday (these were on Skinner's Lane).  
Thanks to Jodi and Felipe for putting me on the birds.  Lots of places to check 
in that region.  A walk at Walkill Refuge is always productive too - overloaded 
with Common Gallinule this fall.  (Missed Baird's SP and the two sandhill 
cranes that have recently been seen in the area.)
And of course a stop at the Quaker Creek Store after birding is worth the trip. 
  http://www.quakercreekstore.com/

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[nysbirds-l] Croton Point

2018-09-09 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Walking east side of landfill now. There seem to be at least 20 kestrels. On 
every post, as well as on ground, tree branches, kiting. No idea how many on 
entire landfill. Two harriers too. 

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Re: [nysbirds-l] Presumed Hybrid Shorebird at Jamaica Bay

2018-08-28 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
That seemed so stilted; will-let it die a quick death.

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On Aug 28, 2018, at 8:59 AM, Peter Reisfeld 
mailto:drpi...@yahoo.com>> wrote:

We should leave no turnstone unturned.

On Aug 27, 2018, at 6:53 PM, Paul R Sweet 
mailto:sw...@amnh.org>> wrote:

A mere peep would be inadequate. We should not stint in this analysis.

Paul Sweet | Department of Ornithology | American Museum of Natural History | 
Central Park West @ 79th St | NY 10024 | Tel 212 769 5780 | Mob 718 757 5941

On Aug 27, 2018, at 6:18 PM, Grover, Bob 
mailto:rgro...@gpinet.com>> wrote:

Take a peep? That’s precious.

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On Aug 27, 2018, at 5:45 PM, Andrew Baksh 
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Hi Steve,

Whenever, I see “hybrid” in any reports I am always tempted to immediately take 
a peep. Despite looking at the images from the field on my phone I have to 
respectfully disagree with the “presumed” hybrid call on the bird you 
referenced.

This to me, is just a Semipalmated Sandpiper (SESA). I agree it is  a tad 
heavily marked below but nothing in the structure or bill is suggestive of a 
Western hybrid with a SESA.

I certainly claim no expertise; however, my time having Semipalmated Sandpipers 
in the hand and field observations, I have learned to appreciate variation in 
plumage and size. The plumage on this bird in my opinion is within the range of 
just a straight up Semipalmated Sandpiper.

When I have a chance, I will take a look on a bigger screen and perhaps provide 
more details.

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On Aug 27, 2018, at 3:09 PM, Steve Walter 
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I’ve posted pictures of an interesting Calidris sandpiper that has been on the 
East Pond at Jamaica Bay. It was first photographed by Peter Post on Saturday 
and observed by Kevin Karlson (co-author of The Shorebird Guide). I was able to 
relocate and photograph the bird on Sunday, then discuss it with Kevin. He’s of 
the opinion that it’s a hybrid between Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers. In 
simplest terms, he described it as having the upperparts of a Semipalmated and 
the underparts of a Western. The bird is extensively marked underneath, not 
only along the flanks, but on the belly. Semipalmated would never be like that. 
And actually, neither species should be so extensively marked this late. The 
bill looks like that of a Semipalmated, while the head shows a squared look 
more typical of a Western. Pictures can be seen at my web site 
http://stevewalternature.com/
  under Birds, Recent Work.

For the record, other weekend birds at Jamaica Bay other than the much 
ballyhooed Hudsonian Godwit, include 1 Caspian Tern on the pond Saturday and 2 
fly bys Sunday, at least one juvenile Western Sandpiper both days, many 
White-rumped Sandpipers, and Stilt Sandpiper now starting to appear in the 
juvenile form. A Common Raven was seen by many, soaring over the visitor center 
Saturday.

The water level is decidedly on the high side, but there’s enough room for 
birds and people. Getting to the raunt requires walking through water in 
places. Note that the safest passage is sometimes well away from the edge of 
the pond. There are two deeper puddles that reach the phragmites in the 
southeast corner. Do not walk along their edges. And also watch out for the 
Salt Marsh Fleabane, if you can. These plants are in full bloom now and adding 
a touch of beauty to the pond. And if you pay close enough attention to the 
bright pink flowers, you just might be rewarded with the sight of a Salt Marsh 
Skipper.


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[nysbirds-l] Croton Point

2018-08-25 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
2 red breasted mergansers at train station. Otherwise an uneventful lengthy 
walk through the park on a beautiful morning. 1 RB nuthatch, 1 Bald eagle, 1 
American kestrel, 9 semipalmated and 1 least sandpiper, 1 lesser yellowlegs, 
only 3 warbler species (redstart, blue wing, yellowthroat); lots of orioles 
both flavors, and a few warbling vireo. 

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[nysbirds-l] Marshlands Conservancy

2018-08-05 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
A great surprise this morning was a well seen mourning warbler right near 
parking area. A few least terns were also a first for me at the Park perhaps 
for the County.   Shorebirds were in short supply at least between 1015-1145. 

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[nysbirds-l] Croton Point Purple Martin Colony

2018-07-26 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Reliable photos and regular monitoring seem to indicate the purple martin 
colony at Croton Point Park now exceeds 20 birds with many juveniles.
"If you build it they will come."

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[nysbirds-l] Croton point

2018-07-22 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Adult and young forester’s tern at Croton Train station now at Jetty. (uncommon 
on river side.)

Thanks to K. Lamb

L. Trachtenberg 

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RE: [nysbirds-l] East Pond ( & Breezy Point Queens Co...

2018-07-17 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Kudos to Andrew for all he’s done at JBNWR to try and get it back to what it 
once was as well as his regular reportage of all the shorebirds I can’t ID.  
Perhaps I will take the drive down on a (cooler) summer day from Ossining as 
it’s been a long while.
(As an aside, I did have my first southward migratory peep (a single bird)  
yesterday morning (a bit of a distance so leave it at that) at Croton Point 
Park feeding briefly on swimming beach 6:50 a.m.)

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining


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Subject: [nysbirds-l] East Pond ( & Breezy Point Queens Co...

Yesterday morning, I hiked the East Pond doing a complete shorebird survey. 
Overall, the number of shorebirds were down. Especially the Yellowlegs and 
Short-billed Dowitchers.

12 Stilt Sandpipers were mostly up around the north end along with my first 
observation of Semipalmated Plovers on the pond for the season. American 
Oystercatchers continue to show up on the pond in good numbers. 27 were loafing 
on the Raunt before taking off as I made my way north.

The duckage continue to hold a few Summer surprises. Green-winged Teal, 
American Wigeon and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were all observed.

Two continuing BONAPARTE’s GULLS were also seen comfortably feeding on the pond 
edges.

On Sunday 7-15) at Breezy Point the highlights were two storm driven WHIMBRELS 
(put down in the rain & left just as the rain paused), two 2CY Lesser 
Black-backed Gulls, 1 Banded Adult Herring Gull and two BANK SWALLOWS.

Also notable was a juvenile Ring-billed Gull (RBGU). I have not seen too many 
juvenile RBGU at Breezy so that was a treat. This one I would deem to be the 
brown-type. Where the general appearance is of a brown chocolate color showing 
the distinctive feature of large scapulars with solidly dark centers.

About 1,000 Sanderlings dotted the shoreline along with Semipalmated 
Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers and Semipalmated Plovers. Some Piping Plovers were 
also active with a few juveniles indicating successful nesting.

A decent number of Terns (few hundred) were offshore but nothing outside of the 
expected Common, Forster’s and Leasts in various age classes.

A link to Phone scoped images of the Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 
https://twitter.com/birdingdude/status/1019234656896634880?s=21

Cheers,



"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of 
others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick 
Douglass


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林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
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RE: [nysbirds-l] Ruff at Heckscher Park - NO (Suffolk Co.)

2018-05-24 Thread Larry Trachtenberg

Photographers definitely can be incredibly inconsiderate and chase away rare 
(or not rare) birds (and then deny it).  Indeed, I remember the Gyrfalcon (like 
Ruff a bird I have never seen) spooked by a photographer at Blue Chip Farms who 
sacrilegiously uses the moniker “LarryBird.”  However, I am not sure calling 
the police is really the way to go.   So whether it’s birders v. photographers 
(redux), or anything of far more import in this world, not likely to change 
anytime soon.  In the words of Rodney King, c. 1992  -- who suffered a far 
greater indignity than missing a ruff or a gyrfalcon:

“People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? 
… I mean, we’re all stuck here for a while. Let’s try to work it out . . .”  
(Yeah, sure.)

Go Celts.

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining


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[mailto:bounce-122595008-26736...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Karen McCaffrey
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To: Gus Keri ; Mike 
Cc: Ken F ; NYSBIRDS-L@cornell.edu
Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Ruff at Heckscher Park - NO (Suffolk Co.)

While, that is a viable punishment, safety of the bird is paramount and birders 
will have to be birders and do their own due diligence.  In other words, find 
your own dam birds instead of chasing a list.
Just my opinion, YMMV.

Karen McCaffrey

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Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2018 9:28 AM
To: Mike >
Cc: Ken F >; 
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Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Ruff at Heckscher Park - NO (Suffolk Co.)

Why is the solution always to punish the good birders who only want to enjoy 
looking at these rare birds?
Why not punishing the misbehaving birders/photographers?
If you see someone breaking the law by harassing a migratory bird or stepping 
on restricted area to get closer to it, call the police and photograph them 
being arrested. Then post their photo on social media and let it be a lesson to 
all the misbehaving birders.
This collective punishment doesn’t help any bird or birder.
Gus


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 On Thu, 24 May 2018 05:41:35 -0700 
Mike> wrote 

Probably another successful chase away thanks to the photographers on the scene 
last night who relentlessly chased the bird from one pool to the other despite 
being told that the bird was best observed and photographed from the car.

Unfortunately the solution may be to no longer post birds to the list until 
after they’re gone.

Mike Cooper
Ridge, LI
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On May 24, 2018, at 8:22 AM, Ken F 
> wrote:
The previously reported Ruff at Heckscher State Park was not relocated this 
morning at about 7:00AM. However, it may still be here but becoming more 
elusive.

Ken Feustel
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[nysbirds-l] Croton Point

2018-05-24 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
On a brief landfill walk this morning I saw two grasshopper sparrows (one 
singing, the other nicely perched up), saw several bobolinks - heard more. No 
meadowlark(s) and do not know if they are present this spring. There are (at 
least) 5 Purple Martins using the martin house by the park office and 3 Cliff 
Swallows were pulling mud at the ball field puddle at the park entrance.  And 
to boot, of course, finally a beautiful spring morning. 

L. Trachtenberg 
Ossining 

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[nysbirds-l] Cattle Egret croton Point

2018-05-18 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Breeding plumaged CE at NE corner of ball field (by soccer goal) found this 
a.m. by K. Lamb continues at 2 pm. 

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining 

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Re: [nysbirds-l] Bryant Park (no mourning) and croton point (cattle egret)

2018-05-18 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
No luck for me anyway  w Mourning between 745 and 815. Quite windy so not very 
birdy in the London Planes although there are oodles of common yellowthroats, 
ovenbirds, catbirds and white throats skulking. Caretaker found and buried this 
morning a dead magnolia warbler (had pic).

Same no luck yesterday at lunch hour in Madison Sq. Park w Prothonotary and KY 
(but did have the female hooded and several other warblers).

I just got a very reliable report of a breeding cattle egret ball field Croton 
Point this a.m.

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining.



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On May 18, 2018, at 7:15 AM, Jonathan Perez 
> wrote:

Mourning warbler still being seen this morning at the SW corner of Bryant Park 
by a few birders - near the colored chairs and the “southwest porch coffee 
cabin.”

Please excuse my brevity.  Sent from my iPhone

On May 15, 2018, at 2:25 PM, gabriel willow 
> wrote:

I led a bird walk in The Battery (formerly known as Battery Park), the 
southernmost point in Manhattan, this morning. I think this park has a ton of 
potential, even more so than other pocket parks in NYC: it's fairly large (at 
25 acres, much larger than Bryant, Madison Square, or Washington Square Park) 
and even better, has an excellent mix of mature native trees, mostly the oaks 
that are so beloved by migrating warblers. It also has extensive lawns that are 
often fenced off to the public and to dogs, and it overlooks the harbor, 
providing sea-watching opportunities and possible storm-blown vagrants. For 
anyone who works in lower Manhattan, it could be a really productive patch.

This morning was my personal best day in the park out of maybe a dozen birding 
visits total: 42 species in about three hours, which would be a respectable 
morning in Central Park to say nothing of the Battery! Six of these were new 
for the park according to eBird. The oaks were fairly crawling with warblers of 
a dozen species, and there were 6-8 Scarlet Tanagers fly-catching around the 
park (there was some sort of small brown flying ant hatch-out happening).

Additional highlights included:

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (a very cooperative individual perching low in a 
Willow Oak near the Battery Tunnel air exchange tower vent at the SW corner of 
the park)
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blackburnian Warbler (several)
Bay-breasted Warbler (one male)
Canada Warbler (2 or 3)
Wilson's Warbler (2)

Here's the whole list:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Empidonax sp. (likely Least)
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Fish Crow
Veery
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Baltimore Oriole
Common Grackle
House Sparrow

Good late spring migration!

Gabriel Willow
NYC Audubon

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RE: [nysbirds-l] The Kingbird

2018-05-11 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
As long as we are all dostadning, I have a bound set of Audubon Magazine from 
1972 through the 1980s if anyone is interested.

L Trachtenberg
Ossining


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I too have a decent set if someone is interested

marty Borko
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> On May 11, 2018, at 10:44 AM, pmaxp  wrote:
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> I have a very long run of issues of The Kingbird. I want to give them a new 
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> NYSOA website. I am hoping some person or organization wants hard copies. 
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[nysbirds-l] Ossining train station

2018-05-02 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Monday was I believe January 120, 2018, Tuesday was spring for a day and today 
summer. But for me this morning was the annual reaffirmation of something (not 
sure what), like the swallows of Capistrano, today the first chimney swifts of 
the season appeared at the Ossining Train Station (about 8 this am). Maybe just 
reaffirms that I’m still working and commuting. A brief half hour walk in 
Croton Point Park beforehand had a few migrants, catbirds, Baltimore oriole 
(2), rose breasted grosbeak, hermit thrush, and for warblers (yellow, yellow 
rumped, common yellowthroat, black + white, American redstart and a nice male 
chestnut sided). Flyover GB heron and great egret and a parachute with what 
appeared to be a drone came over landfill and headed over The Hudson. 

L. Trachtenberg 
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Re: [nysbirds-l] Terrific article on vanishing shore birds

2018-04-30 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Thank you for posting this. Mentioned briefly in the article is Eskimo Curlew, 
may I recommend Fred Bodsworth’s wonderful little novel “Last of the Curlews” 
(although written in the 1950s I believe the last official sighting was on the 
TX coast in the early 1960’s). Also, of course, The Sixth Extinction by 
Elizabeth Kolbert (c. 2014). 

L. Trachtenberg 
Ossining

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[nysbirds-l] Croton Point

2018-04-29 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Charlie Roberto and I had a pretty good morning at the Point. Best bird was an 
adult little blue heron quite uncommon on the river side (usually those that 
show up are young birds in fall). It landed briefly in maintenance yard by ball 
field and took off up river. We tried chasing it a bit up north without 
success. Another highlight was 28 bonaparte’s gulls in croton bay. Migrants 
included towhees, rc kinglets, yellow, palm, black and white and parula 
warblers, marsh wren, blue headed vireo, about 30 savannah sparrows and a 
spotted sandpiper. 

L. Trachtenberg 
Ossining

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RE: [nysbirds-l] [ebirdsnyc] 4-15 Northern Gannett show Kings Co.

2018-04-16 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
I have visited the several hundred thousand strong N. Gannet colony on 
Bonaventure Island at the tip of Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula. I would assume many 
of the gannets migrating along the east coast do make it to that colony (but 
just an assumption).  
https://www.apogeephoto.com/the-gannets-of-bonaventure-island/The sight of 
the gannets literally feet away when you reach the colony (and murres, 
guillemots and some puffins thrown in) is absolutely spectacular, as is that 
whole trip (7+ hours’ drive north from Quebec City) with numerous stops along 
the way for sea and boreal birding, and, if you choose to stop for whale 
watching in the Saguenay River, a subsequent ferry crossing of the St. 
Lawrence.  (There are many places to cross and the ferry serves decent food and 
Pit Caribou beer, a Gaspe microbrewery.)   There is also an isolated caribou 
colony in the Gaspe, which unfortunately on our trip weather prohibited the 
hike up the mountain in Parc National de la Gaspésie (where we stayed two 
nights) to see the herd which is considered endangered.  A consolation was 
waking to dozens of evening grosbeaks gritting under the car tires in gravel 
driveways.  I do not think any birder would be disappointed in this trip to 
which you should give a week (and black flies weren’t bad in June except in one 
place)

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining




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Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] [ebirdsnyc] 4-15 Northern Gannett show Kings Co.

Last weekend on the Linnaean S. I. field trip, we saw this spectacle of N. 
Gannets. from Conference House.  Are they migrating?  They seem to be seen in 
the same vicinity.

On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 11:32 AM, Ardith Bondi 
> wrote:
High tide at Fort Hamilton, The Narrows, was 8:49 AM. I wonder if tide has any 
influence on their location. Just a thought.
Ardith
NYC
www.ardithbondi.com

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On Apr 16, 2018, at 8:46 AM, Andrew Baksh 
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wrote:

I was treated to a spectacular Northern Gannett show this morning at Ceaser’s 
Bay Brooklyn, with well over 1000, actively fishing. They all seemed to stay 
north of the Verrazano Bridge and I verified that by checking several  other 
spots north of that location.

The only other highlights of note from covering other Brooklyn Coastal sites 
were two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a 2CY and 1CY (calendar year). Both 
observed at Coney Island Creek.

Surprisingly, not a lot of Gulls at the usual loafing spots along the belt 
(Gravesend Bay). Some were just too far out to get a definitive ID on. Though I 
did look carefully, hoping for something of interest.

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[nysbirds-l] Croton train station

2018-04-13 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
On sand bar now at end of station parking lot is a single Caspian Tern. 

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[nysbirds-l] Snipe Croton point

2018-04-07 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
2 birds very close to road (left side) just before circle before main parking 
lot. 

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[nysbirds-l] Croton Point Park birds and a butterfly

2018-04-01 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Some new arrivals at least for me the past few mornings in a walk up the 
landfill and out to Teller's Point, included Eastern Phoebe (2), a singing 
Eastern Towhee (on the wine cellar low road), a seemingly serious uplift too in 
the numbers of flickers, common grackles, cowbirds and red wing blackbirds, 
also saw a few of the meadowlarks that have been up on the land fill.  Raptors 
were around as well, two harriers (including a grey ghost), at least two 
American kestrel, 2 red shouldered hawks flying north, one coop, one merlin, 
the resident red tails, one lingering eagle (or more likely a local bird), and 
a few blue heron flyovers, -- osprey are on the light stanchion in the train 
station parking lot where they have nested the past several years.  I struck 
out hoping to see some waterfowl moving up river; virtually nothing either on 
the river side or the bay side.

The highlight (maybe because spring seems so slow in coming) was my first 
butterflies of the season - a lady (not sure which), and a beautiful morning 
cloak.  And they of course got me to a song, and in turn the myriad of 
incredible singer/songwriters Texas has spawned - the more popular e.g. Willie 
Nelson, Townes van Zandt, Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle,  Lyle Lovett, Waylon 
Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Delbert McClinton, the less so, 
e.g. Doug Sahm, Freddie Fender, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Guy Clark, Susanna Clark, 
Billy Joe Shaver, Alejandro Escovedo, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, 
Rodney Crowell, Robert Earl Keen, Kasey Musgraves, Hayes Carll,  and the more 
obscure, Roky Erickson, James McMurtry, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Tish Hinojosa, Adam 
Carroll, Carrie Rodriguez, Bruce Robison, and Terri Hendrix  -  and the many, 
many I have certainly left out.

What came to mind particularly upon seeing the morning cloak was the beautiful 
song perhaps more apt for a swallowtail, "Butterfly Wing" by one of the more 
obscure Mr. Jon Dee Graham --- the way he uses a single common word "that" as a 
thread to hold a song together; great writing.  So Happy Spring, Happy Easter, 
Happy April Fool's Day, Happy baseball season, and here's to my old friends and 
you lepidopterists out there:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tNFOPc5g3QE

L.  Trachtenberg
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Re: [nysbirds-l] Real-time bird alerts for Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens

2018-03-31 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Even though “the world is turning and you can’t slow down,” I have chosen never 
to have tweeted, retweeted, used instagram, Ingraham, facebook, linked in or 
willingly participate in any form of social media.  Getting old is not so bad 
considering where the world is going even if you miss a bird “here, there and 
everywhere”, as reportage of bird sightings migrates to sources one may choose 
not to use.  It seems to me though not knowing any of the participants to this 
debate; isn’t the whole point of the social media thing once it’s out there 
it’s out there for better or perhaps more often for worse and if you choose to 
give the the new robber barons like Zuckerberg your personal info, well  
and if you choose to follow what Kim Kardashian eats, well; and if you tweet 
the identity and location of a bird, well 

Seems this newest bird community feud is merely a redux of the photographer v. 
birder antagonisms not to mention the debate regarding the absurd -unethical 
many would say - use of incessant play back by some charging $ to lead bird 
walks so their customers can get better photographs — all issues that hopefully 
won’t Trump reports of actual bird sightings as migration gets in to full 
swing.  Happy birding.

As for birds, I did see a meadowlark at Croton Point today.

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining, NY.

P.s. “Can’t we all just get along” — kidding 

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On Mar 30, 2018, at 8:37 PM, Sean Sime 
> wrote:

There has been much discussion off-list regarding the Twitter alert systems you 
have set up and the many unknowns I'm hoping you may be able to shed some light 
on to the list and therefore I'm replying here.
We all agree there can be great benefit to information sharing via social 
media. Yet there are many who are concerned regarding your practice of posting 
sensitive species locations, currently daytime roosting owls, but given line #4 
in your post, "There are no restricted species" it would imply nesting species 
as we move into season as well.

While many people in Kings County were eager to give the birdbk hashtag a try 
it quickly seemed to push the limits of our local birding community's ethics in 
this regard. This post is in no way an attempt to have a discussion regarding 
what level of intrusion on bird life is appropriate. While most of us follow 
the ABA Code of Ethics or follow similar guidelines via local organizations or 
eBird it is easy to understand different people have different opinions on the 
matter.

What I am wondering and I'm hoping you will shed some light on is the apparent 
harvesting of data outside of the purview of people who are using the hashtag, 
whether from eBird, local text alerts or what have you. What seems particularly 
troubling is that multiple people have specifically DM'd you and asked that you 
do not use their tweets and you continue to retweet them anyway, although 
apparently stripping their names from your posting.

Given the current events, it seems appropriate people should have a full 
understanding of how their data is being gathered, stored and used.

While reasonable people may disagree on what is ethical birding or not I see 
less room for different interpretations when it comes to ignoring a member of 
the birding community's direct request to have you not use their data. As one 
human being to another this seems to be completely lacking in civility. I hope 
you will take the time to respond to these concerns to the list as they are 
shared by many people in the NYC birding community.

Kind regards,

Sean Sime
Brooklyn, NY









On Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 7:52 PM, David Barrett 
> wrote:
Birds are back! There have been 38 Manhattan alerts already today, including 
American Bittern. It's been a big day in the other boroughs, too. And the 
season is just getting started.

These alerts cover both rarities AND non-rarities of interest, such as the 
first few arrivals of expected migrants, like the Palm and Louisiana Warblers 
we had today. Posts of birding news or general birding conditions are fine, too.

To receive these alerts, follow the accounts on Twitter that are of interest to 
you. The alerts are always publicly-viewable and searchable, both on Twitter 
and on the web. Click on the links to see the stream of recent alerts:

Manhattan: @BirdCentralPark, https://twitter.com/BirdCentralPark, #birdcp

Bronx: @BirdBronx, https://twitter.com/BirdBronx, #birdbx

Brooklyn: @BirdBrklyn, https://twitter.com/BirdBrklyn, #birdbk

Queens: @BirdQueens, https://twitter.com/BirdQueens, #birdqu

You can set your phone to notify you with sound or vibration as alerts arrive.

To issue alerts yourself, first become a followed user by sending a direct 
message on Twitter to one of the above accounts. Or email me and I will get you 
set up.

Then to send an alert you just "tweet" using the appropriate hashtag as above. 
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[nysbirds-l] Croton Point

2018-03-17 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
A walk out to Teller’s Point (southern tip of Croton Point Park yielded a very 
cooperative Female Black Scoter (a really good bird for the point; I believe my 
first), also one M adult sharp shinned hawk, and at least a dozen bald eagles 
(six circling together just above the camp ground) 

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[nysbirds-l] Croton point

2018-03-11 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
There is presently a dark morph rough legged hawk perched in the trees on the 
southeast side of landfill. Also seen on /above landfill  1 Harrier, 1 horned 
lark on path, 2 bald eagle; heard 2 pipit and by train station 20+ tree swallow 
(my first this year) up high with a BE and a TV. 

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[nysbirds-l] Walkill NWR

2018-02-24 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Highlight was large numbers of pintail (500), also plentiful were GW Teal, 
American Widgeon, Mallard, canada goose, less so Gadwall, Ring necked duck, 
Black duck, even less so hooded Merg,  common merg, wood duck and not seen by 
me coot. Several harriers (no rough legged).  A bit up the road at the two silo 
farm large numbers of horned lark (a few smaller birds with them but unable to 
get a fix as to whether bunting or longspur). And at the Camel Farm a large 
(500 or so) flock of Snow Geese (many blue morphs but no Ross’s).  And very 
plentiful in the black dirt were red wing blackbirds and grackles.  

L. Trachtenberg 
Ossining

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RE: [nysbirds-l] Playland Lake (Rye) Barnacle Goose continues

2018-02-02 Thread Larry Trachtenberg

Seems like 9-Noon at Playland Lake is the optimum time for the 
Barnacle/Cackling duo; and as for yesterday’s jetty/groyn (or groin) chat; 
thank you for teaching me a new word, always appreciated.

Teatown’s Hudson River Eaglefest is next Saturday 2/10. There have been more 
than 160 bald eagles counted in a few hour stretch from Ansville Circle 
(Peekskill) down to Croton Point Park (Croton-on-Hudson) in the last few weeks. 
 Info  at link below for those who may be interested in coming or sending some 
of your non-birding friends “up the river” next Saturday.   There will be 
spotters with scopes at various prime locations.  Saw Mill River Audubon will 
have a heated tent set up with hot chocolate at George’s Island (Montrose).
https://www.teatown.org/events/eaglefest/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIs9qyldqH2QIVz4uzCh3gIQPMEAAYASAAEgIjVfD_BwE

Notwithstanding all of those Eagles, go Pats.


L. Trachtenberg
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[mailto:bounce-122254018-26736...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of clay spencer
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Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Playland Lake (Rye) Barnacle Goose continues

The Barnacle flew away with the flock of Canada's at 11:45am.
Clay


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On Feb 2, 2018, at 9:30 AM, Gail Benson 
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The Barnacle Goose ( and presumably its companion Cackling Goose) is on the ice 
of Playland Lake with Canada Geese.
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[nysbirds-l] Croton point park

2018-01-20 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Male long tailed duck below Nature Center. Showing really well as water calm 
surrounded by chunks of ice.  The walk (and please ONLY half way) down is 
tricky. Feeding amongst 10 common goldeneye, 20 bufflehead and some common 
mergs. 

On landfill by maintenance yard a flock of 40+ snow buntings keeps 
circling/landing.  Also 1 rough legged hawk.  

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining 

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[nysbirds-l] 3 Bald Eagles morning commute

2017-12-27 Thread Larry Trachtenberg

> Not unusual in the Hudson Valley but there were two BE this morning at 
> Ossining train station: adult circling and second heading towards Croton 
> Point and also one at Tarrytown. Whether the cold is starting to bring winter 
> residents down or these are local birds unknown to me. Would venture to guess 
> the former. 
> 
> Despite cold snap bc of wind no ice yet on the Hudson River in Ossining; 
> ducks still sparse except off Mariandale (canvasback flock plus) and about 
> 200 ruddy on bay side of Croton Point Park where two N. Harriers may be 
> settling in for winter. 
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> L. Trachtenberg 
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[nysbirds-l] Northern Westchester CBC

2017-12-23 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Highlights from last Saturday's 12/16/2017 Northern Westchester Christmas Brid 
Count

Snow Goose - 250 (count week)
Redhead - 2
American Widgeon - 1 (count week)
Canvasback - 300
Bald Eagle - 32
Northern Harrier - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Merlin - 2
Virginia Rail - 1
Wilson's Snipe - 1 (per compiler Mike Newhouse this bird found by Max Kogut and 
seen by several on the bike trail south of Yorktown Heights center was the 
first snipe on the Count in 27 years -1990)
Owl species - 4 (including Northern Saw-whet Owl - Cliffdale farm section 
Teatown Lake Reservation)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 29
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Marsh Wren - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 65
American Pipit - 30 (Croton Point)
White-crowned Sparrow - 1
Fox sparrow - 1 (Croton Point)
Eastern Meadowlark - 1 (Croton Point)
Purple Finch - 1
Horned Lark - 18 (Croton Point)
Yellow Rumped warbler -1 (Muscoot farm - any warbler good on this count)

Total species was 94, very good for this count.

L Trachtenberg
Ossining

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Re: [nysbirds-l] White Pelican on Playland Lake - Yes

2017-12-23 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Pelican Continues at 9:15 well seen w scope (such as you can see anything well 
in this rain) on the water but “swam” out of my sight past one of the far 
islands. Certainly should still be visible if one has an Edith Read gate pass 
(I don’t) or wants to park in Playland lot and walk in (I don’t). 

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining. 

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> Miserable weather. Good bird. 
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> ... to be continued. 
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RE: [nysbirds-l] Queens - Crocheron and Alley Ponds

2017-12-08 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
As to warblers around, a very reliable report this morning from 2 excellent 
birders was of a Northern Parula at Mariandale Conference Center on Hudson 
River in Ossining  -- along with an estimated 200 Canvasback and other waterfowl

L Trachtenberg
Ossining


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[mailto:bounce-122116018-26736...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Steve Walter
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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Queens - Crocheron and Alley Ponds

I did a quick run to check on things at two spots here in northeastern Queens.  
At Crocheron Park, only the Western Tanager of yesterday's terrific trio had 
been seen as of 2:00. At the restored Alley Pond (at the LIE - Cross Island 
Pkwy intersection), I did not see the Lesser Yellowlegs that has been lingering 
at least through Dec. 4, but a lot of the shoreline is not visible. However, I 
did have a surprising and bizarre few moments while there. I spished to try and 
see what passerine I was hearing up in a tree along the shore. The next thing I 
knew, I was counting warblers. At least 10 of them, all Pine Warblers that I 
could see at that point. I don't know that I've seen that many Pines together 
ever, even in breeding areas of the pine barrens or Florida pine woods, where 
they winter. There are a bunch of pine trees at this location, to which they 
quickly flew off. Getting an accurate count at that point was not doable, but I 
did add an Orange-crowned Warbler while trying to see exactly where the Pine 
Warblers had relocated to. It could be an interesting count season - although 
here comes the snow tomorrow and a 25 degree high on Wednesday.


Steve Walter
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[nysbirds-l] Croton point clay colored sparrow

2017-11-24 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
In mugwort right before main landfill path; park at ball field 

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[nysbirds-l] Pipits snow buntings croton point

2017-11-19 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Looking at nine buntings now on main landfill path closest to maintenance 
building. 
About 10 pipit size flock 2 harriers brilliant sky lots of wind

L. Trachtenberg 
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Re: [nysbirds-l] Accidentals and Their Survival

2017-11-09 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
The decline of the corn crake population in Scotland is very much in the news.  
This from BBC earlier today. 
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-41919996

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On Nov 9, 2017, at 1:45 PM, Adam J. Nashban 
> wrote:

Fellow birders,

I had a question, with the demise of the Corn Crake.

I was curious if anyone has access to any studies done about the likelihood of 
accidentals from other continents making it back to their breeding or wintering 
grounds alive?

Or if anyone had statistics of how many do survive once they leave the 
accidental land they’ve landed on?

Thanks and good birding!

Adam Nashban



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Re: DECEASED - Re: [nysbirds-l] Corn Crake at Cedar Beach (Suffolk Co.)

2017-11-09 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Having this very exciting bird in our area for a few days reminded me of Van 
Morrison's  lyric from his meditation "Coney Island" --- "Out all day 
birdwatching and the craic was good". Believe that term for good conversation 
is pronounced the same way as the bird. Things come in threes and while I 
missed the Greenshank and the Corn Crake you twitchers should be good for one 
more great rarity before winter sets in. Good craic and good birding.

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining

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On Nov 9, 2017, at 7:28 AM, Patricia Lindsay 
> wrote:

Shai and i are on our way - if its there we'll get it.

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On Nov 9, 2017, at 7:12 AM, Paul R Sweet 
> wrote:

Did anyone collect the carcass? Was it roadkilled? Even if damaged we can still 
obtain useful data from this specimen.

Thanks, Paul

Paul Sweet | Department of Ornithology | American Museum of Natural History | 
Central Park West @ 79th St | NY 10024 | Tel 212 769 5780 | Mob 718 757 5941

On Nov 9, 2017, at 7:03 AM, Grover, Bob 
> wrote:

Sad news indeed to hear about our old world visitor.  Thanks to everyone who 
posted updates and to the several locals who left me voice mails and off list 
emails, and to Ken T., who facilitated my brief but satisfying looks as I was 
rushing between meetings.  Of course, Corn Crake is already on the NYSOA list, 
but the license plates I noted from 5 states as I pulled away yesterday are a 
testament to its specialness.
I believe a toast to this cool little bird will be in order tonight at the 
Brightwaters Thursday night watering hole.



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To: Scott Gilbert >
Cc: suefeus...@optonline.net; NYSBIRDS-L 
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Subject: DECEASED - Re: [nysbirds-l] Corn Crake at Cedar Beach (Suffolk Co.)

This is unfortunate news for such a phenomenal bird – and for birders traveling 
to see this individual.

Thought I’d make this topic more obvious in the subject.

Sincerely,
Chris T-H

On Nov 9, 2017, at 6:29 AM, Scott Gilbert 
> wrote:

Unfortunately, I am sad to report Corn Crake found deceased in same location 
this A.M. 6:25 by other birders.

On Nov 7, 2017 11:44 AM, 
> wrote:
A Corn Crake (this is no joke) is currently feeding on the north shoulder of 
the Ocean Parkway east of the Cedar Beach marina. The bird is staying close to 
the shrubline. From the west bound lane line up the Cedar Overlook cell tower 
to your left. Also, there is a south facing “Emergency Stopping Only” sign on 
the north side of the parkway. Sue and I are watching the bird with Shai Mitra 
and Pat Lindsay. Photos later on my Flickr site.

Ken @ Sue Feustel

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RE: [nysbirds-l] Corn Crake question: field guide?

2017-11-08 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
I keep an old Peterson in office c. 1980.  In it Corn Crake is shown on same 
page (114-115) listed with "short-billed rails" including Sora, black rail, and 
yellow rail. 

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Subject: RE: [nysbirds-l] Corn Crake question: field guide?

Hi Brian and all,

Corn Crake is in fact depicted in that book, but on page 110-111, with Quail 
and Button-quail, confusingly a few pages prior to the Rallids.

It is also depicted in the National Geo Guide, and, interestingly, in the old 
Peterson guide (and very nicely at that). Its presence in the last is testament 
to its pattern of more frequent occurrence long ago, prior to its population 
declines in Europe.

Shai Mitra
Bay Shore

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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Corn Crake question: field guide?

What field guide is this bird in? I lugged my Svennson Birds of Europe guide 
with me to work and there's no sign of Crex crex in it.

Did its common and scientific names change recently?
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[nysbirds-l] FW: [ebirdsnyc] Virginia Rail, Manhattan 11/08/2017

2017-11-08 Thread Larry Trachtenberg

Cross posting from ebirdnyc.  The VA Rail was still on the car at about 8:40 
a.m. when Annie Novak who I met there and I arrived.  She had a large cloth bag 
and was kind enough to catch the bird (which was skittish but did not look 
visibly injured; perhaps stunned) and head up to Wild Bird Fund with it.   Not 
a corn crake but …..  These posts can certainly help so thanks to Ryan Bass too.

L. Trachtenberg
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Date: Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 8:42 AM
Subject: Re: [ebirdsnyc] Virginia Rail, Manhattan 11/08/2017
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Hello,

En route to Wild Bird Fund now w the bird. Thank you
Annie Novak
Pardon any typos- sent on the go!


On Nov 8, 2017, at 8:10 AM, ryan.j.b...@gmail.com 
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This morning at 7:45 am, when exiting Grand Central North at 48th St and Park 
Ave, I noted a Virginia Rail perched atop a Black Lexus btwn Park/Lex (N. side 
of street, closer to Park). Although the bird appeared uninjured, it is clearly 
not in suitable habitat. I'm concerned for the welfare of this bird. 
Unfortunately, I was running to the office, but I thought to get the word out: 
should anyone work/live in the area, please check on the well being of this 
bird and call wildlife rehabber if necessary. Thank you. Best regards, Ryan
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RE: Definite ID: [nysbirds-l] Black Legged Kittiwake Orchard Beach BX county

2017-11-06 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Believe it or not some of us choose not give Zuckerberg our $ (for too many 
reasons to mention on this forum), are these pics available elsewhere?  Either 
way a nice find.

L Trachtenberg
Ossining



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[mailto:bounce-122022559-26736...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Arie Gilbert
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Subject: Definite ID: [nysbirds-l] Black Legged Kittiwake Orchard Beach BX 
county

Follow up.

The probable Kittiwake of 11/5/17 was positively ID'd thanks to Patrick Horan's 
photos

they may be seen here:  
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NYBirders/permalink/1712400712105106/

Additionally, Ian Resnick and I found a Lapland Longspur yesterday in the OB 
lot.





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[nysbirds-l] greenshank

2017-10-31 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
I understand the Common Greenshank is again being reported this morning at Brig 
half way up the east dike on the wildlife drive that’s about half way ‘round.

Not a greenshank, but there’s been vesper, swamp, white crowned, and loads of 
savannah sparrows on landfill at Croton Point as well as a few pipits, 
meadowlarks, kestrel and harriers.

Larry Trachtenberg
Ossining

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[mailto:bounce-122003961-26736...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Thomas Fiore
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:57 AM
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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 10/28-29-30 - Hooded & Yellow-throated 
Warbler, etc.

Belated congrat’s & shout-out to Queens County Bird Club sparrow-skulker 
finders of the LeConte's Sparrow at Pelham Bay Park’s Turtle Cove, Peter 
Reisfeld, Jeff Ritter, and Bobby Veltri; thanks also to Jared Cole;  that 
LeConte’s Sparrow ultimately seen or at least glimpsed by additional observers, 
through almost all the rest of Saturday, 10/29.  A very nice sighting for Bronx 
County that was, indeed.

Also & more obviously, congrat’s to the many who recently braved the crowds of 
birders to get to see the Common Greenshank staying on at Brigantine / Forsythe 
National Wildlife Refuge in coastal New Jersey; there are a lot of tales being 
told of that bird & the birders who went to see it… an eastern U.S. “mega” in a 
true sense.  Thanks for this discovery are due Sam Galick & Virginia Rettig, 
who found & photographed the Greenshank. You can see loads of photos -from 
loads of birders- of this individual, but here is one set (embedded into an 
extensive eBird list from later on in the 1st day that the greenshank was first 
reported, 10/23/‘17; these pix and the accompanying report are Tom Johnson’s, 
who is known to many on this list & now around the world as well: 
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40091881

-
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City
Saturday-Sunday-Monday, 28-29-30 October, 2017

Thanks to Andrew Rubenfeld & friends for spotting a Yellow-throated Warbler** 
near the East Drive (park roadway) area of the East 79th St. Transverse Rd., 
just north of the Maintenance meadow section of the Ramble (it’s NE corner), & 
with other observers also being able to see this unusual fall visitor.This 
bird was seen 3 days in a row, with Sunday’s sighting by 7:20 a.m. - in rather 
‘misty’ conditions, & then on Monday 10/30 (after the deluge, & ahead of the 
higher winds, in Manhattan), after at least one keen observer had a bit of a 
look for this, I happened on it - with a fair amount of effort - at Cedar Hill 
(east of the East Drive, immediately south of the E. 79th St. Transverse road) 
- however the Yellow-throated was flitting & flying all around that hill’s 
fairly broad expanse of conifers, plane-trees, & some of the other trees, & I 
last made sighting of this warbler as it appeared to go off & maybe over the 
Transverse to the north, possibly also to the *direction* OF the south wall of 
the Met. Museum of Art (wall-portion well within Central Park, that is) - or 
simply in the vicinity of the E. 79th St. Transverse. If it ‘sticks’, it may be 
a bird that moves about in that general area a lot (which is also fairly 
typical of most yellow-throated warblers that show in Central, although by far 
most are of spring occurrence.)

** This Yellow-throated Warbler is just as likely (as not) to be associated 
with what is shaping up as a fairly significant push of “wrong-way” sorts of 
migrants that have been showing up in eastern / coastal states over the past 
week or so, all the way northeast along the North American eastern coast into 
the Maritimes of Canada.  (Yellow-throated Warblers included, with many other 
species of migrants showing just in the past week, in eastern CANADA  - & also 
some in coastal northern New England, such as (notably) Fork-tailed Flycatcher 
(photos from New Brunswick, CANADA), Tropical Kingbird (photos from Nova 
Scotia, CANADA - 1st-time fully-documented provincial record, see: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist/S40099789 ), Dusky Flycatcher 
(also reported from Nova Scotia), and the “supporting cast” in just Nova Scotia 
select locations over the past week have additionally included multiples of: 
Y.-b. Cuckoo, numbers of at least Red-eyed, White-eyed, & Yellow-throated 
Vireos, various Catharus thrushes including late Veerys, & others, other 
warblers besides the multiple Yellow-throateds (of which several from Monhegan 
Island, off-shore Maine, but far more & of at least 2 races, in e. Canada; see 
below report for a hint of the numbers of that warbler species) - Hoodeds (in 
numbers, esp. notable for maritime Canada where they do not breed), & a total 
of well over 20 Warbler species in all, from even single-sites in e. Canada, as 
well as multiples of Summer (& some Scarlet) Tanagers, 

[nysbirds-l] Croton train station

2017-10-14 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
On the Hudson low tide, I saw 22 great blue heron behind the train station and 
out past the trestle.  A high count for me. One bald eagle flyover and a 
kingfisher as well. 

L. Trachtenberg 
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[nysbirds-l] Croton point

2017-10-08 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
There was a red throated loon - first of fall for me - in the (very high) water 
behind Croton train station this a.m. 

L. Trachtenberg 
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Go Sox. 

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RE:[nysbirds-l] Seems like posting is dying - Lark Sparrow (Nassau) and White Ibis (Saratoga)

2017-08-23 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Does seem like its Ebird, Facebook, etc., or bust.  Extralimital for four days 
running including today, there has been a Wood Stork in the Salt Pond off 
Fisherman's Trail at the end of Sandy Hook (in NJ), always a great place even 
without such a northeast rarity. Still summer so there's a fee BUT if you show 
your bins at toll booth and park in one of the designated (non-Beach) lots 
(which includes closest lot to wood stork), it's free. 


L. Trachtenberg
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To: Unknown
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Seems like posting is dying - Lark Sparrow (Nassau) and 
White Ibis (Saratoga)

Sadly, for unknown reasons, posts to this list are on the decline. 

A Lark Sparrow was viewed this morning by several people on the eastern most 
exit roadway of Jones Beach West End Field 2 in Nassau County.

Additionally, an ebird report was posted with photographs of a White Ibis taken 
yesterday in Saratoga. 

Pat Palladino


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[nysbirds-l] Neil Chayet

2017-08-14 Thread Larry Trachtenberg

A Bostonian, Mr. Chayet did a syndicated radio segment called "Looking at the 
Law" interesting little vignettes. I think it was carried on CBS radio in NY.  
Now how does this involve birds? Well, one piece involved a large pot bust on 
the west coast where they hauled it on a barge out to sea to burn it off shore 
close to a colony of terns; tee-balling it up for Mr. Chayet to remark at the 
end of his piece there was "no tern left un-stoned".

Interesting character. Go Sox.

L. Trachtenberg
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[nysbirds-l] Fahnestock State Park, Putnam county

2017-07-23 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Hiked the red trail from Rte 301 to Beaver Pond then back to 301 on Blue trail 
with Charlie Roberto and Kyle Bardwell. Did a bit of trail maintenance and got 
some good birds along the way. Highlights were six species of warbler including 
male chestnut sided, black throated blue and prairie, several scarlet tanagers, 
veery, pewees, yellow throated and red eyed vireos, balt. Oriole, E. bluebird 
and towhees galore; 2 water snakes and one large black rat snake. (And lots of 
blueberries mostly high bush.)

L. Trachtenberg
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[nysbirds-l] Fahnestock State Park (Putnam County)

2017-07-08 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
As part of the Putnam Co breeding bird survey Charlie Roberto, Kyle Bardwell 
and I spent 6:15-9:30 in Fahnestock State Park hiking the portion of the 
Appalachian Trail off Sunken Mine Road to Blue Trail up to Rte 301 by Canopus 
Lake. (Foggy overcast a small drizzle then clearing, humid) There was some 
wetlands on this stretch. We had 52 species some heard only but looks at most 
of the species if not the individuals. Highlights included: 

Wood ducks
Red shouldered hawk
Great blue heron
Green heron
Pileated WP 
E. Wood Pewee
Acadian flycatcher (this is a great trail for this species)
E. Phoebe
Great crested fly
E. Kingbird
RE vireo
BG gnatcatcher
HERMIT THRUSH
Wood thrush
Veery
Cedar Waxwing 

Warblers (10 species)
 Black + White
 BLACKBURNIAN 
 BT green
 Pine
 Yellow
 Common yellowthroat 
 Ovenbird 
 Worm-eating
 N. Waterthrush 
 Amer. Redstart 

Scarlet tanager
RB Grosbeak
B. Oriole

Other highlights:  beavers sunning themselves, Canada Lily, Indian Pipe

Also ran into a few AT through hikers they were at about mile 1,400. I had a 
tough time w the deer flies and mosquitoes in 3 hours; can't imagine 6 months. 
(To slugs like me the idea of hiking the AT seems a mammoth undertaking far 
beyond my comprehension; congratulations to any who have accomplished it; do 
stay upwind of any you may see on trail). 

L. Trachtenberg 
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Re: [nysbirds-l] Purple Martins at Lemon Creek, Richmond Co.

2017-07-04 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Princess - Prince's

Annunciation - enunciation

Spell check - ? 

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> On Jul 4, 2017, at 1:37 PM, Seth Wollney  wrote:
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> Staten Island. Upon his return in the early 1950's, Cleaves once again set up 
> houses but this time put them on Johnston Terrace where they have been since 
> their construction. Beside a two-three year period in the early 2000's there 
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RE: [ebirdsnyc] Re: [nysbirds-l] Thayer's Gull - the species that never was?

2017-07-02 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Anecdotally, on a trip with Saw Mill River Audubon to Duluth MN and environs in 
January, one afternoon, for the gull-ers in the group, we headed to the Duluth 
waterfront (in lieu of say looking for more e.g. great gray owls).  However, we 
were successful in the quest to find, e.g. Thayer’s gull, a life bird for 
several, who now I am afraid must remove the tick from their lists. (I will say 
the Arch Bridge between Duluth and Superior, WI in late afternoon winter light 
was well worth the stop, the gulls not so sure.)  The scrapping of Thayer’s as 
a bird, reminds me of the quote about gulls from Nell Zink’s The Wallcreeper 
"the many eerie transformations they undergo on their way from being 
indistinguishable to being basically identical."

As to the “magnificent” hummingbird split, why not leave one magnificent and 
call the other “amazing” or some such, rather than “Rivoli’s” and “Admirable” 
which seem so pedestrian in comparison.  Rivoli’s was named after Anna, the 
Dutchess of Rivoli long forgotten, who was the wife of the Duke of Rivoli, an 
amateur ornithologist (also long forgotten) --- why not the Ingrid Bergman 
hummingbird, then?

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining


From: bounce-121634392-10490...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-121634392-10490...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Paul R Sweet
Sent: Saturday, July 1, 2017 11:36 AM
To: Donna Schulman 
Cc: Andrew Baksh ; nysbird...@list.cornell.edu; Nyc 
ebirds 
Subject: Re: [ebirdsnyc] Re: [nysbirds-l] Thayer's Gull - the species that 
never was?

Thanks Donna

Didn't realize the on line checklist had rolling updates prior to publication 
of the supplement. I see Northern Harrier has been split from Hen and Northern 
Shrike from Great Grey.

Paul
Paul Sweet | Department of Ornithology | American Museum of Natural History | 
Central Park West @ 79th St | NY 10024 | Tel 212 769 5780 | Mob 718 757 5941

On Jul 1, 2017, at 10:42 AM, Donna Schulman 
> wrote:
Paul,

So far, the Supplement has not been published, but the checklist reflects 
decisions: 
http://checklist.aou.org/taxa/

As Brendan Fogarty pointed out on Facebook, Thayer's Gull is gone, Red 
Crossbill and Magnificent Hummingbird have been split, and there are some 
taxonomic changes. I think we're all waiting to see if that is the final word 
or if more will be coming.

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sw...@amnh.org [ebirdsnyc] 
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Hi Andrew

I've seen the proposals 
http://checklist.aou.org/nacc/proposals/current_proposals.html
But your post indicates the votes have been cast. Is this posted? Curious about 
decision on other splits - Yellow-rump, Willet, Harrier, Junco etc.

Cheers, Paul
Paul Sweet | Department of Ornithology | American Museum of Natural History | 
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| Mob 718 757 5941

On Jul 1, 2017, at 8:11 AM, Andrew Baksh 
> wrote:
By now some of you have already heard that the AOU has taken the decision to 
invalidate Thayer's Gull.

A bit of background: Considered a subspecies of the Herring Gull by the AOU 
until 1973. Thayer's Gull, received full species status based largely on the 
research of A.H. Macpherson and Neil Smith in the 1960's. Smith's work which 
suggested Thayer's and Kumlien's Gulls mated as separate species on Baffin 
Island was viewed with much skepticism and this decision by the AOU appears to 
debunk his claim.

Ron Pittaway, a respected authority on this subject has published an excellent 
account of the history of this taxonomical debate and is worth reading for 
those interested.


[nysbirds-l] Question on Henslow sparrow Shawangunk NWR

2017-06-29 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
I do not see a report on e-bird from Shawangunk NWR since Monday June 26 
(positive) or on any reports on the Henslow's on this site. Does anyone know if 
it is still present?

Thanks

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining

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RE:[nysbirds-l] Dicksissel

2017-06-21 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
There has been an interesting discussion on NJ Listserv of a seemingly eruptive 
year of dickcissels in NJ and PA – and there have been several sightings posted 
here from NY.  (I was fortunate to see the singing male dickcissel as well as 
the singing and I understand continuing Henslow’s sparrow at Shawangunk NWR 
several weeks back).
So far no dickcissel at croton point and I have also heard no reports of 
grasshopper sparrow there in weeks, but the side paths on the landfill have 
wisely been marked as no access, and most folks seem to be abiding.   If you 
visit CPP, dress for and afterwards check for ticks.  They suck.

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[nysbirds-l] Purple martins croton point

2017-06-09 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
The "colony" seems to have grown exponentially overnight. I saw 3 birds (none 
adult M) this morning in my ten minute coffee stop.  A friend I saw there 
believes he may have had a fourth, an adult male, a bit earlier and will check 
his photos. Two martins appeared to be going in and out of "gourds" to left and 
right of a tree swallow occupied gourd. Clearly a tiff going on. Nota Bene:  on 
the roosting pole there is a DECOY adult Male martin which I have been told has 
been reported to E-bird (not sure it "counts"). If successful this would be the 
first (or at least currently extant) Westchester colony to my knowledge. The 
gourd "complex" is right by the office as you drive in. Next week is Clearwater 
Festival so chance to see some great music: Richard Thompson!, Los Lobos,  Nick 
Lowe, Joan Osborne, Dar Williams, Alejandro Escovedo, Lake Street Dive, Blind 
Boy Paxton, Josh Ritter, etc. in an amazing setting (and purple martins and 
bobolinks to boot), not to mention Blue Pig Ice Cream. 

L. Trachtenberg 
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[nysbirds-l] Purple Martin Croton Point Park

2017-06-08 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
There was a single Purple Martin perched on a bar of the newly installed martin 
complex at Croton Point Park this morning (7:05-7:15 a.m.). One of the houses 
is occupied by tree swallows but when buzzed by a swallow the martin did not 
seem concerned; indeed it took a pass at the swallow occupied house and 
re-perched to continue pruning. To my knowledge there are no breeding martin 
colonies in Westchester County. The bird appears to be juvenile not adult 
female. I am not sure how it can find and alert adults to this new 
construction, not to mention the river views, plenty of food, and winter 
cleaning service. But of course young folks are trumped by older folks all the 
time even when the adults would be well served to listen to the youth. 

Thanks to Charlie Roberto, Anne Swaim and John Phillips for their efforts in 
establishing a Westchester martin colony. 

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Re: [nysbirds-l] Black Skimmer: Croton RR Station Westchester

2017-05-30 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Even though tide high, so not much of a rocky spit, The black skimmer is 
present 625 pm. on what spit exists  behind croton train station. No sign of 
either Caspian tern or black bellied plover seen this morning. Data I've been 
sent indicates skimmer quite rare for county particularly the river side. 
There's a great egret on far shore as well 

L. Trachtenberg 
Ossining. 

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RE: [nysbirds-l] Rockefeller State Park Preserve ( and Fahnestock State Park)

2017-05-20 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Apropos Jack Rothman's post as to Rockefeller State Park, I now skip the 
"intensity" of Central Park altogether even though I work  ten blocks from the 
south entrance.  This morning Kyle Bardwell who drove down from Beacon and he 
and I spent about 3 hours covering about 4 miles of Fahnestock State Park, 
including a stretch I maintain for the NY/NJ trail conference.  (His ears for 
all things high pitched and ear birding skills were key.)  We put in on the Red 
Trail off Rte. 301 hiked to Beaver Pond and came out the Blue Trail onto the 
Appalachian Trail ending back on Rte. 301 at Canopus Lake.   Other than at 
trailhead parking area like Jack yesterday, we saw absolutely no one, let alone 
anyone using incessant playback.  We did however encounter 18 species of wood 
warbler; a few migrants but many on territory so when NYC migration  is over 
there are numerous trails (with understory) in Fahnestock where you can get a 
warbler fix during summer.  There is a breeding bird survey by Putnam Audubon 
and if anyone would like to come north and partake feel free to email me off 
line and I can put you in touch with the person who runs it. (Lots of good 
territory besides Fahnestock.) 

Today we encountered some early showers, then a bit of harder rain, and then 
some clearing.  Warbler highlights this morning were blackburnian, cerulean 
(2), chestnut sided, bay breasted, and hooded (other warblers yellow, 
yellowthroat, red start (10+), ovenbird (10+), magnolia, black throated blue, 
black throated green, N. parula, prairie, blackpoll, blue winged, northern 
waterthrush and many black+white).  Other birds towhee (10+), red eyed vireo 
(10+), yellow throated vireo (4+), scarlet tanager (M + F paired up), rose 
breasted grosbeak (M + F paired up), black billed cuckoo, pewee, phoebe (2), 
pileated woodpecker, balt. Oriole, raven (several), veery, hermit and wood 
thrush (likely swainson's too), cedar waxwing, cat bird (20+), and a great blue 
heron (at beaver pond).  Rain likely limited flycatchers.  Mountain laurel 
starting to bloom, a few orchids as well.  That stretch of trail has had in 
years' past ruffed grouse (most recent sighting I had was about three years 
ago, but I expect they still breed in Fahnestock).   And very early mornings 
(certainly before I get there) along Rte 301 whip-poor-wills can be heard. 

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining


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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Gerry McGee and I birded the preserve this morning and were pleasantly 
surprised. It was so tranquil and beautiful, we were the only two birders 
around. After all the intensity of Central Park this week, this was a kind of 
relief. Of course there were far fewer species but we had many long and focused 
views of Blue-winged Warblers, Eastern Bluebirds, Scarlet Tanagers and others. 
While sitting on bench overlooking a field under a tree, many birds came to 
visit.

If you need a day off from the intense city birding style, I recommend this 
place with wide beautiful trails and more contemplative birding.

Orchard Oriole (few)
Yellow Warbler
American Redstart (several)
Cedar Waxwing (several)
Scarlet Tanager (2)
Great-blue Heron
Red-tail Hawk
Blue-winged Warbler (few)
Baltimore Oriole (few)
Red-winged Blackbird
Gray Catbird
Hermit Thrush
Turkey Vulture
Eastern Bluebird (several)
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Woods PeeWee (calling)
Warbling Vireo
Tree Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Blue Jay
Eastern Kingbird

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RE: [nysbirds-l] Croton Point Park

2017-05-17 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
I have a very reliable report of a common nighthawk as of 2:30 p.m. perched in 
a willow on way up to nature center at Croton Point

L.  Trachtenberg
Ossining


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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Croton Point Park

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, Black-throated 
Green, Black and White, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, 
Parula, Myrtle, Blue-winged, and Blackpoll.

Others species seen included Red-eyed and Warbling Vireo, Least Flycatcher, 
Orchard and Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, a pair of White-breasted 
Nuthatches tending to young in a nest cavity, and a Great Blue Heron winging 
overhead to remind us that there was a lot of water nearby.

Our quick excursion was capped by a sighting from Route 9 of an adult Osprey 
perched on the cell tower at the train station while a pair of Bald Eagles 
soared nearby.

--Joe Wallace and Sharon AvRutick, Pleasantville
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Re: [nysbirds-l] Croton Point

2017-05-10 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
I'm advised Eastern tent caterpillar webs (not gypsy moth) for the Cuckoo food 
source at Croton Point.  (birds are hard enough for me; too much to learn too 
little time). 

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> On May 10, 2017, at 7:57 AM, Larry Trachtenberg <trachtenb...@amsllp.com> 
> wrote:
> 
> During a brief 30 min walk on the low road (bay side/wine cellars) I was 
> treated to a wide open YB Cuckoo maybe 15' off ground feeding on gypsy moth 
> cocoon.  Also warblers: black throated green, pine (late?), red start, and 
> ubiquitous yellow; plus towhees, b. oriole, catbirds, red eye and warbling 
> vireo. 
> 
> I understand bobolinks are back on landfill have not seen/heard them yet. 
> 
> Ran into a DEC Naturalist unsuccessfully trying to see if bittern and/or sora 
> are in marsh.  
> 
> L. Trachtenberg 
> Ossining
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[nysbirds-l] Croton Point

2017-05-10 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
During a brief 30 min walk on the low road (bay side/wine cellars) I was 
treated to a wide open YB Cuckoo maybe 15' off ground feeding on gypsy moth 
cocoon.  Also warblers: black throated green, pine (late?), red start, and 
ubiquitous yellow; plus towhees, b. oriole, catbirds, red eye and warbling 
vireo. 

I understand bobolinks are back on landfill have not seen/heard them yet. 

Ran into a DEC Naturalist unsuccessfully trying to see if bittern and/or sora 
are in marsh.  

L. Trachtenberg 
Ossining

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Re: [nysbirds-l] eBird.org Shared Location - Greenacre Park (51st St. E of 3rd Ave.)

2017-04-27 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Is that bird still being seen at that location?

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On Apr 27, 2017, at 2:44 PM, Ben Cacace 
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A marker was created for 'Greenacre Park (51st St. E of 3rd Ave.)' in New York 
County (Manhattan). This is a true pocket park where a male Summer Tanager was 
seen today. The hotspot should be available within 12 hours.

If you wish to merge your personal location with an existing hotspot here are 
the steps:

— Sign into eBird.org
— Go to "My eBird" & select "Manage My Locations" in the right panel
— At the bottom of the screen click "Show All" to see all locations on one page
— You can sort the list by clicking on any of the headers: Location, Country, 
State/Province, County, Type* or # of Checklists
— Select your personal location (it will show a letter "P" under Type*) by 
clicking "Edit" on the right side of the line
— Select the "Merge" button and you'll see all nearby hotspots as red icons
— Keep the checkmark for "Delete after merging" selected
— Click the icon that best fits your location
— ... now you'll see the hotspot description above the 'Merge' button along 
with the # of checklists you'll be merging
— Click on the 'Merge' button
— Answer Yes to the 'Yes or No' query

All checklists for that personal location will be combined with the hotspot 
with this process.
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[nysbirds-l] Hudson River

2017-04-27 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Not a bird sighting but right along the shoreline between Scarborough and 
Phillipse Manor stations a river otter was gliding southwards just now. Too 
foggy to see from train if any birds flying up river.  Those riding Hudson line 
lookout. 

L. Trachtenberg 
Ossining. 

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Re: [nysbirds-l] Red breasted Nuthatch

2017-04-22 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Not sure if late as its been years since I have had them regularly until this 
year. But I also saw 1x at our feeders today. Two RB nuthatch (at least one 
seen) virtually every day I have been around to look since Oct. 19, 2016 which 
was first day last fall I noticed.

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining.

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On Apr 22, 2017, at 10:08 PM, Orhan Birol 
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Still showing at the suet feeder been around since November, rather late??
Orhan Birol
Shelter Island
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[nysbirds-l] Croton train station

2017-04-20 Thread Larry Trachtenberg
Despite high water there were 3 Bonaparte's gulls swirling in water behind 
croton train station about 6:30 this a.m., moving towards but none close to 
full breeding plumage. Noticeably smaller than  ubiquitous ring billed gulls. 

L. Trachtenberg
Ossining

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