[nysbirds-l] Jamaica Bay historical note

2020-09-10 Thread Sy Schiff
Jamaica Bay Historical note.
On September10,1978, Al Wollin and I (Sy Schiff) birded Jamaica Bay. The water 
levels were perfect and flats were easily available for walking and viewing on 
both the East and West ponds. The flats were covered with shorebirds. A super 
grand total of 28 species of shorebirds were seen that day. Al and I both saw 
27 missing only a Wilson’s Phalarope that was at the north end when we were 
south and at the south end when we went north. The highlite was a RED PHALAROPE 
pointed out to us by Jim Ash. It was my only lifer that day and seen just 
before we left. 
Not every day was that incredible, but very close during those years. This was 
the reason Jamaica Bay obtained its fabulous birding reputation.


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[nysbirds-l] Oceanside MNSA

2020-03-14 Thread Sy Schiff
The first Great Egret arrived, along with the recent Tree Swallows. A 
diminished Scaup group continues in the channel along with Belted Kingfisher 
and Ruby-crowned Kinglet on land.
The Osprey pair continues at the nest site, copulating. Egg laying should be 
soon. The Peregrine nest box now has four (4) eggs. Both nests viewed via cam 
in real time.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside.

2020-03-10 Thread Sy Schiff
First of season Osprey carrying a fish and chased by Gulls. Second EGG laid in 
the Peregrine box over the weekend.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area.

2020-03-05 Thread Sy Schiff
Sunny with light wind. 28 species this morning including Green-winged Teal, 
Common Goldeneye, Common Ravin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Eastern Meadowlark.

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2020-02-25 Thread Sy Schiff
   Overcast, dwreey morning. New migrants were Red-winged Blackbird and 
Common Grackle. Continuing in the water, Greater Scaup (200+ in the channel), 
Lesser Scaup (Bedell Creek), 15 Bufflehead, 5 Hooded Merganser, 10 Red-breasted 
Merganser, 6 Red-throated Loon, 2 Horned Grebe and a male and female breeding 
plumage Common Goldeneye.
On land Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Red-tailed hawk, Kestrel, 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, American Robin, House Sparrow, 
House Finch, Song Sparrow and Northern Cardinal.
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[nysbirds-l] Meadowlark at Marine Nature Study area, Oceansidde

2020-02-19 Thread Sy Schiff
Quiet and few birds this morning.  The first migrants appeared with a few 
Red-winged Blackbirds and an Eastern Meadowlark that flew off onto the golf 
course. The horned Owl, seen yesterday afternoon not visible today, but  
something over by the golf course attracted a large handful of crows. A single 
Tree Swallow continues.
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[nysbirds-l] MNSA, Oceanside, Red-necked Grebe

2020-01-28 Thread Sy Schiff
Overcast, raw morning. Out in the channel, there was an interesting mix this 
morning. COMMON LOON, RED-THROATED LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, COMMON GOLDENEYE and 
GREATER SCAUP.  On the marsh, a BELTED KINGFISHER and GREAT BLUE HERON. A bit 
of sun when I left.
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[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach Painted Bunting, Dec31 end of year

2019-12-31 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) arrived at the Gatsby Playground site as a group 
of birders was leaving. They told us where the PAINTED BUNTING was and we soon 
found it. It fed while we watched, but within the reeds making pictures always 
obscured by branches and stems.  No problem, we’re birders not photographers.

Next stops, field #6, but no Iceland Gull nor a Black-headed Gull at Jones 
Island bar where we stopped. The road leaving the West End #2 lot, overlooked a 
field surrounded on one side by photographers, lots of them.  We looked where 
they were looking and saw the SNOWY OWL that has been hanging out there.  It 
was resting on the ground.  (There is no need to hide its location. The world 
was there all taking pictures).

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2019-12-20 Thread Sy Schiff
Stopped by after lunch, still freezing, 31 Degrees. Some birds by the feeders, 
namely; White-throat, Fox and Song Sparrow plus Mourning Dove, Cardinal and 
usual House Sparrows.
No birds in the marsh except for a Great Blue Heron and  flyover Northern 
harrier and Bald Eagle
In the channel, there were 1,000+ Scaup in three groups, mainly Greater with 
some Lesser. Mike picked out a single male Redhead that we both photographed 
with 1000 mm lenses and then enlarged to confirm the ID. The new hand held 
cameras are wonderful.
I’m thawing out.
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[nysbirds-l] MNSA ,Oceanside, Orange-crowned Warbleer

2019-11-22 Thread Sy Schiff
A slow day at the Marine Nature Study Area. One Great Blue Heron flew by, no 
Egrets or other birds in the marsh. Two small  birds feeding together in the 
dunes turned out to be a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and an Orange-crowned Warbler. 
Other birds included a single Palm Warbler, 2 American Robins and several 
Northern Flicker. The 2 small birds made the day.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area.

2019-10-26 Thread Sy Schiff
Shorebirds—20+ GREATER YELLOWLEGS  plus 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Sparrows 
around the trail—SWAMP, SAVANNAH and SONG. The MARSH WREN continues. A 
RED-TAILED HAWK circled over. Still a few GREAT EGRETS. Warblers—PALM and 
YELLOW-RUMP. Little wind and nice sunshine. Good to be out.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area

2019-10-19 Thread Sy Schiff
   First really cold day. A change for land birds. The most interesting was 
a WHITE-EYED VIREO that allowed for a quick photo. Other first of the season at 
this place were RUBY and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. A HERMIT THRUSH continues. 
Lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers and a dozen Swamp Sparrows along the trails.
   The marshes had Both Yellowlegs, both Egrets, a Great Blue Heron, a 
flyover Black-crowned Night-Heron and little else. The resident Belted 
Kingfisher was reported. Brant are in and Cormorants continue to fly over.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area.

2019-10-18 Thread Sy Schiff
Still fairly breezy. Not much of note other than a score of Yellow-rumped 
Warblers in the dunes. The highlight is the first flocks of BRANT have arrived 
for the winter, about 150 flying by in the channel and 30 feeding in the cove 
to Bedell Creek.
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[nysbirds-l] Marin Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2019-10-12 Thread Sy Schiff
   Full moon high tide. The marsh was completely flooded, but the water 
subsided rather quickly so we could move out on the path. There were about 3 
dozen Yellowlegs scattered in groups with about 20% Lesser. Both Egrets and 2 
Great Blue Herons were foraging. Nice to have long legs.
Not much around due to the flood, but we picked up several marsh birds 
to the east of the pond. They moved to the vegetation and higher ground next to 
the path. Every thing was still under water in this area. While we were trying 
to get better looks, an AMERICAN BITTERN flew by. The 3 marsh birds, up close 
for a change, turned out to be a MARSH WREN, a SALTMARSH SPARROW and a NELSON’S 
SPARROW, all looking for dryer ground.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2019-10-02 Thread Sy Schiff
   The day started slow but picked up considerably when Mike Farina and I 
saw an adult and juvenile HUDSONIAN GODWIT feeding. Both birds soon flew off. 
Among the few Shorebird species was a group of 12 KILLDEER. 
The trail along the BACK fence had a LINCOLN , several SWAMP and SONG 
SPARROWS  as well as SAVANNAH SPARROWS around the main trail plus a SALTMARSH 
SPARROW in the marsh. In the dune area there were single YELLOW-RUMPED  and a 
BLACKPOLL WARBLER. Also, a very brief look at a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.
Other birds of interested were COOPER’S HAWK, GREAT BLUE HERON, BELTED 
KINGFISHER, CAROLINA WREN, NORTHERN FLICKER and BROWN THRASHER.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside-godwit

2019-09-28 Thread Sy Schiff


An Hudsonian Godwit was present this morning sleeping in the deep grass, very 
occasionally picking up its head. 
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[nysbirds-l] marine nature study area-Yellow-breasted Chat

2019-09-27 Thread Sy Schiff
A Yellow-breasted Chat, 2 Marsh Wrens and a Common Yellowthroat were hiding in 
a series of shrubs along the trail just past the bridge at the north end of the 
pond. They finally came out for looks, but only the wren stayed long enough to 
get a picture.
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[nysbirds-l] marine nature study area-oceanside

2019-09-13 Thread Sy Schiff
A nice group of shorebirds at MNSA this morning consisting of 9 species. 
Included were a Long-billed Dowitcher and a mostly molted Golden Plover.
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[nysbirds-l] Osprey cam at MNSA, Oceanside

2019-06-04 Thread Sy Schiff
   The Osprey platform at the Marine Nature Study Area has not fared well 
this year. First, the breeding failed and second, over the weekend, lightning 
hit the cam camera, metal supports and associated electronics.  The angle iron 
support is gone (possibly vaporized) and the aluminum housing pieces that 
survived show melted edges. The pole survived but has a non-blackened scar down 
its length.  Lightning is scary. Please be careful out there.
   Both Marsh Sparrows , Clapper Rails and Tricolored Heron continue along 
with a singing Willow Flycatcher in the dune area.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2019-05-31 Thread Sy Schiff
An immature and an adult TRICOLORED HERON continue this morning. Seaside 
Sparrow singing and Clapper Rails calling and running around. Didn’t hear the 
Marsh Wren today.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2019-05-24 Thread Sy Schiff
Very windy, gusts to 21 mph. No Sparrows seen or heard in the marsh. A 
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER posed next to a SEMIPALMATED (nice size comparison in 
the photo), first for me as all the prior reports have come from later in the 
day after I left. All together 11 species of shorebirds. CLAPPER RAILS were 
much subdued but one managed to walk around in the open whale a few others 
called. The MARSH WREN continues singing in the reeds next to the west side of 
the pond., singing  three feet away, burroughed in and I couldn’t find it.

A WILLOW FLYCATCHER continues and can be heard at the end of the boardwalk on 
the golf course side.

The Thunderbirds are practicing for this weekend’s holiday show and flew over 
so I could take their picture. Hey, they’re birds.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2019-05-22 Thread Sy Schiff
The Osprey breeding has been terminated (eggs destroyed), so the barriers on 
the path have come down and one can walk around the pond. Ospreys are still 
perching on the platform and surrounding perches.
Clapper Rails are very active calling in the marsh but stayed mostly hidden. 
Seaside Sparrows were also actively calling as were a Saltmarsh Sparrow. A 
Marsh Wren sang along the path by the west side of the pond while a Clapper 
Rail and Seaside Sparrow were calling just beyond in the marsh. All these marsh 
birds require patience to see.
A Turkey Vulture flew over the marsh early in the morning heading NE.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2019-05-18 Thread Sy Schiff
The 5 marsh breeders were all present, visible and singing this morning,; 
namely CLAPPER RAIL, WILLET, MARSH WREN, SEASIDE SPARROW and SALTMARSH SPARROW.
An adult BALD EAGLE flew over, very high up, harassed by a Peregrine Falcon 
(probable the local breeder). The eagle ignored the falcon and kept going.
A pickup in shorebirds today with 11 species. A lovely morning.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area

2019-05-17 Thread Sy Schiff
Pleasant morning with little wind. Spring is finally here.  Resident and 
singing are 5 CLAPPER RAILS, and several SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROWS.  A par 
of Canada Geese with 4 young are swimming in a cut. Some 60 shorebirds of 7 
species are scattered including the first SPOTTED SANDPIPER here.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine nature Study Area, Oceanside

2019-05-07 Thread Sy Schiff
A bit of Summer inhabitants and a bit of migrants in the marshes this morning. 
Migrants included SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, both YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPERS, 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and a HORNED GREBE. A string of DOUBLE-CRESTED 
CORMOANTS flew over.  Summer visitors included WILLET, GLOSSY IBIS, both 
NIGHT-HERONS, both EGRETS, CLAPPER RAI, FORSTER’S TERN, the first LEAST TERNS, 
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE and 2 SALTMARSH SPARROW, both singing.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2019-04-30 Thread Sy Schiff
Overcast with a bit of mist and very raw. A CLAPPER RAIL called in the marsh. 
WILLETS finally  made their appearance where previously they had only been 
heard. Both EGRETS and both YELLOWLEGS  were seen. Otherwise not much. Some 
greenery starting in the marsh, but it’s still not Spring.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine nature Study Area, Oceanside

2019-04-24 Thread Sy Schiff
A bit windy which appears to keep the small birds away. CLAPPER RAILS are on 
site along with an adult LITTLE BLUE HERON and the first YELLOW-CROWNED 
NIGHT-HERON. A single WILLET called. GREATER YELLOWLEGS continue. It’s a start.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature study Area, Oceanside

2019-03-30 Thread Sy Schiff
The first Ospreys of the year are the pair nesting on the south end of the 
property. Yesterday additional Ospreys nesting on poles and boxes on 4 sites in 
the marsh islands appeared. The resident pair are a continuing female (check 
the band) and a brand new very skittish young male. Mike Farina, the biologist 
on site, has established a tolerance perimeter as a result and isolated the 
trails with fencing to limit access to the nest area.  Hopefully, the male will 
get used to people and the fences can come down. Meantime please honor them and 
take advantage of the chairs and benches provided.
A GREAT EGRET showed up early in the week (one day) and a SNOWY EGRET was there 
yesterday and today. The only other resident migrants so far are TREE SWALLOWS 
and RED-WINGED PLACKBIRDS. No Clapper Rails or Marsh Sparrows yet.
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[nysbirds-l] Ospreys are back at Oceanside

2019-03-16 Thread Sy Schiff
Marine Nature Study Area, 16 March
   Signs of Spring are here with a pair of Ospreys at the nest platform 
(one arrived yesterday), a pair of Peregrine Falcons in the nest box (per the 
cam images), a Greater Yellowlegs earlier on the week and a first Tree Swallow 
today.
While we watched, the Brant across the channel erupted and finally a 
circling speck in the sky proved to be an immature Bald Eagle. A pair of 
Goldeneye continue in the channel with Red-breasted Mergansers. Red-winged 
Blackbirds are feeding in the marsh, but otherwise no new small birds.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2019-01-29 Thread Sy Schiff
I made the tour on a very overcast cold morning. Of interest besides the Geese, 
Mallards, Black Ducks and House sparrow, there are 4 American Wigeon, Hooded 
Mergansers,  continuing lingering Cooper’s Hawk and Kestrel, a Belted 
Kingfisher and a few Song Sparrows.  No Great Blues this morning.
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[nysbirds-l] Jones beach Coast guard Station

2018-12-11 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) viewed the bar and inlet. The bar contained the 3 
gull species, 2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS and a few DUNLIN. In the water were all 
three SCOTERS SPECIES, a dozen COMMON EIDER, 75 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER,  2 
BUFFLEHEAD and a HORNED GREBE. Nice to see the winter ducks close to the car on 
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[nysbirds-l] Camanns Pond

2018-11-30 Thread Sy Schiff
Quick stop. One GREAT BLUE HERON and 14 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS. In the 
water CANADA GOOSE, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, MALLARD, NORTHERN SHOVELER,  HOODED 
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2018-11-28 Thread Sy Schiff
   Overcast, cold and windy. Kept the land birds down except for those by 
the feeders. Besides the Brant covering the cove before Bedell Creek, there was 
a single female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and a PIED-BILL GREBE in the creek. A 
GREAT-BLUE HERON flew by. A few NORTHERN BLACK DUCKS and MALLARDS continue.
   The feeders had the usual House Sparrow flock plus 2 CARDINALS, a 
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH. The HERMIT THRUSH 
continues in the vicinity. Not a great day to be out in such an exposed area..
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[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach and Pt; Lookout

2018-11-07 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) found the bar at the marina covered with 
shorebirds.  They included AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 
DUNLIN, several RED KNOT, and  2 RUDDY TURNSTONE.  Several FORSTER’S TERN flew 
over the bar. In the inlet were 3 COMMON EIDER, SURF SCOTER and a RED-THROATED 
LOON.

As we walked down the swale 3 HORNED LARK flew up’  On the beach were 5 
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and 2 very late PIPING PLOVER. A NORTHERN HARRIER flew over 
the dunes.  The parking lot held 7 LESSER BLACK-BACK GULLS.

At Pt. Lookout we walked through the new memorial and to the beach. There in 
the surf to our left were 2 HARLEQUIN,  another on the west side of the jetty, 
an AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER on the jetty and a COMMON EIDER  in the water. Breezy 
sunny day for a birthday. 

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[nysbirds-l] Barrier Beach birdibg

2018-10-31 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) birded the beaches. Today was Sparrow day, 
hundreds if not thousands. They covered the lawns everywhere.  Starting at 
Robert Moses SP field #5. we walked along the road to the Hawk watch platform  
scattering the sparrows. Almost all were White-throated Sparrows with some 
White-crowned and Song.  Lots to look at but not much diversity. Our short 
stint at the watch produced a single Merlin. Cormorants were on the move with 
large groups following one another.

We stopped for a short look at the ocean. The sky was full of Northern Gannet, 
both young and adult, but not much else. At Captree SP, a flock of 40-50 
Boat-tailed Grackles flew up into a small tree like a swarm of Starlings.

 We headed to the Jones West End Marina. The bar held American Oystercatchers, 
Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin and 4 continuing Marbled Godwit.  The inlet had a 
Surf Scoter and 2 Common Eider. Again, lots of sparrows at the hedgerow but 
little to add. Finally, a birdiing day with lots of birds.

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[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach and Hecksher SP

2018-10-28 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I(Sy Schiff) started at Jones Beach West End #2 and found the 
LARK SPARROW on the grass at the mid lot exit.   On the east side of the 
building to the south we found the reported VESPER SPARROW. Sparrows were 
abundant this morning along the road edges with WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS in 
greatest numbers. Down on the ocean, the sky was filled with first year HERRING 
GULLS, but little else. Some SCOTERS were flying W to E but well off shore.  On 
the beach was a single LAUGHING GULL plus the usual three and a huge flock of 
DUNLIN. Several HORNED LARKS were feeding in the swale.

We went over to the marina. The bar and most of the island was under water. A 
flock of some 200 AMEERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS took off as we watched and included 
2 MARBLED GODWIT. A pair of ROYAL TERNS were on the breakwater by the Coast 
Guard Station.

A text message alerted Joe and we drove via the Ocean Pkwy to Hecksher to find 
about 25-30 birders looking at the NORTHERN WHEATEAR. We were greeted by a 
round of hellos followed by a quick point to  nearby scopes all set up on the 
bird.  Birders are a great bunch.

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[nysbirds-l] Jones beach West End

2018-10-23 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) started at the Coast Guard hedgerow looking for 
sparrows. Birds to look at but only WHITE-THROATED, WHITE-CROWNED and SONG. A 
MARBLED GODWIT continues on the bar with a hundred AMEERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS; 
BLACK and SURF SCOTERS are still in the water. 

We drove over to the east exit of West End #2 lot and found the 2 VESPER 
SPARROWS reported. On the beach were 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. NORTHERN 
GANNETS were plunging into the water, always a great thing to watch.

 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS are everywhere and a steady stream of TREE SWALLOWS 
were moving through. There are a number of NORTHERN FLICKERS in the air and on 
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[nysbirds-l] Vesper Sparrow Jones beach

2018-10-21 Thread Sy Schiff
Bird is near handicapped parking spot in West End #2 lot per Joe Giunta. He’s 
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[nysbirds-l] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is at South side of Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk.

2018-10-20 Thread Sy Schiff
I was requested to post this.  Lots of luck.  Sy

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[nysbirds-l] Jones beach West End

2018-10-19 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I(Sy Schiff) found Ken Feusel at the east end of the Coast Guard 
hedgerow photographing an empidonax  flycatcher. A very interesting bird with 
white throat and semi-tear drop eye ring. ID will be a challenge.
Focus was on the flycatcher, but we managed to see PALM, PINE, MAGNOLIA , 
CHESTNUT-SIDED AND YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS Plus COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. There were 
a lot of birds in the air moving through, but no blackbirds. Some 5-600 TREE 
SWALLOWS were milling about over the median with a steady stream moving through 
along with a number of NORTHERN FLICKERS.
We walked down to the inlet and checked the bar across the inlet. We managed to 
make out oystercatchers, 145 FORSTER’S TERNS and seven (7) MARBLED GODWITS. 
This apparently where the latter feed when they’re not on the bar by the marina.
At the turnaround, it was mostly quiet but we managed some PURPLE FINCHES. 
There was a scattering of hawks moving through all morning.
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[nysbirds-l] Hempstead Lake SP

2018-10-18 Thread Sy Schiff
Some INTERESTING birding at Hempstead Lake SP this morning.  WOOD DUCK in 
Schodack Pond flying out in 3 groups with consensus from the birders for a 
total of 80+ and probably more; a SOLITARY SANDPIPER; YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, 3 
COMMON RAVEN, 2 immature and an adult BALD EAGLE all 3 circling above
Trees still leafed out in Summer green. No fall color yet. Except for the 
Ravens all of the above posed for pictures for them that had cameras,
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[nysbirds-l] Kissena Park, Queens

2018-10-09 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) parked down the street from the Kissena Community 
Garden, entered the park and birded the edge of the field where we found a 
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, a flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS and several HERMIT THRUSHES 
among other birds. We moved into the park and found it quite overgrown.  A 
large flock of AMERICAN GOLFFINCH were feeding on the weeds, stopping to fly up 
into the trees where we found a single female or young PURPLE FINCH. Few birds 
and only a couple SONG SPARROWS.

The Community Garden was also quiet, but always lovely with its abundant 
flowers.  Here we found about 30+ AMERICAN GOLDFINCH feeding on seeds, 7 PALM 
WARBLERS on the ground, and a single BLACKPOLL WARBLER. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK 
and an AMERICAN KESTREL flew over.  Total species 24. Still not a migration day.
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[nysbirds-l] Santapogue creek, West Babylon and Venetian Shores Park

2018-10-01 Thread Sy Schiff
   Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) went south on Venetian Blvd to Shore Pl. on 
the left.  We parked at bit further on and viewed the island from the street 
(Please keep off the properties  and be good neighbors). The island was covered 
with shorebirds. To see our target bird, we had to walk back to Shore place and 
down to the end. We looked at the feeding birds in the water on the back of the 
island, These birds were not visible from Venetian Blvd. Some of the birds flew 
across to the marsh edge across the water giving a longer but better light to 
view. Seen:--65 Greater yellowlegs, 15 Lesser Yellowlegs, 4 Long-billed 
Dowitchers, 3+ short-billed Dowitchers. 
We then drove further south to Venetian shores Park. We walked to the 
edge at the extreme left and around to the left. Every poles in the water in 
front of the first house was a Royal Tern, 12 in all. Most had bright yellow 
bills. Young of the year. I doubt an Elegent Tern, but I’m going to look at the 
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[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach and Heckscher SP

2018-09-14 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) stopped to view the Shot Beach bar at Jones west 
end on our way east. Five minutes after we arrived a large group of AMERICAN 
OYSTERCATCHERS joined the ones on the bar bringing with them a MARBLED GOTWIT. 
Nice. The good ones usually fly off, not fly in. Other shorebirds included 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER,  20 RED KNOT, 2 still bright red, SANDERLING, RUDDY 
TURNSTONE and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER.  A single COMMON TERN and several 
FORSTER’S TERN plus a GREAT EGRET were present. Some half dozen OSPREY were in 
the West End.

We arrived at Heckscher Field #7 to find a group actively looking and 
photographing a GOLDEN PLOVER and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER. Again nice. Other 
shorebirds included 15+ KILLDEER, 1 SEMIPALMADED PLOVER, 2 WHITE-RUMPED 
SANDPIPER and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS. A MERLIN was in the neighborhood harassing 
the STARLING flock.

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[nysbirds-l] Jamaica Bay.

2018-09-03 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) started at the South end of the East Pond. There 
is a flat that you can walk out on. In the water, 25 + SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS 
were feeding in the water close up. Mixed in and a bit on the periphery were 2 
WESTERN SANDPIOPERS and 4 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. On the mud flat just beyond 
were 3 LEAST SANDPIPERS. There were 10 BLUE-WINGED TEAL aways back  in the 
water. Other species but no Godwits seen, so we left for the North end.

It’s underwater. Knee boots required. STILT SANDPIPER and 3 SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHERS feeding at the entrance. The HUDSONIAN GODWIT (they’re large) can be 
seen from the entrance with a scope. Joe walked up to the cove where the 
Godwits were (12-15-inches deep in places) and saw the WILSON’S PHALAROPE.  No 
Marble this morning.
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[nysbirds-l] Jones beach bar and Heckscher SP

2018-08-28 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) stopped on the way to Heckscher SP and birded the 
bar at the Jones Beach Marina just before high tide. There were the usual 
Common Terns, American Oystercatchers, Black-bellied Plover, Red Knot, Ruddy 
turnstones and Short-billed Dowitchers. As the tide moved in and covered the 
bar, all shorebirds but the Oystercatchers flew off.

We moved on to Heckscher. The remnant  puddle was about the size of a car. In 
it were 1 Semipalmated Plover, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Killdeer and 1 Pectoral 
Sandpiper. The surrounding grass held an additional 8 Killdeer. Very, very hot. 
Birding and photography was done close up from the inside of an airconditioned 
SUV. Very nice way to bird in hot weather.

Back to Jones on the way home. The bar was now partially exposed and in 
addition to the returning earlier shorebirds, there were now some Sanderling 
and Semipalmated Sandpipers. New for yesterday and today was a Western Willet 
and 2 Royal Terns.

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[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach- Short Beach Island

2018-08-27 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) birded the bar at the Marina, near high tide. A 
nice group of shorebirds, but few species. The high light was 50+ RED KNOT, 
many still quite red. There were 125 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, a dozen RUDDY 
TURNSTONE and three dozen BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.

After a short trip tp Robert Moses, returned and found somewhat fewer KNOT, but 
the addition of 30 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, some 
SANDERLING and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER.  There were two SURF SCOTER in the 
water. It’s a start.

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2018-08-24 Thread Sy Schiff
Marine Nature Study Area. 24 Aug
I spent the morning in the dry part of the facility, ignoring the marsh 
although a fully grown CLAPPER RAIL  was observed from the parking lot.

 A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD is hanging around. It appears in the blue salvia 
along the fence  to the west and in the canna lilies off the parking lot.  
Today it was seen in both spots, but only stayed a few minutes at a time in 
each place before moving on before returning. Chairs have been conveniently 
placed at both places, so one can relax while waiting for the hummer to show.  
The watchers today all had big lenses and most managed satisfactory photos.

There were a few YELLOW WARBLERS and AMERICAN REDSTART plus a lone EASTERN 
WOOD-PEWEE

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2018-08-07 Thread Sy Schiff
If’s summer and post season breeding time. Willets have fledged and adults and 
young have all completely moved on; the same for Tree Swallows. Still swallows 
continue over the marsh, but now are all  Barn. Young birds that remain are 
Clapper Rails, Green Herons, visiting Forster’s terns,  Saltmarsh Sparrow and 
Yellow Warblers. Seaside Sparrows and Marsh Wrens did not bred on the territory 
this year.

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird showed up last week in the area that attract them, 
but not seen since. A scattering of shorebirds were there today, both 
Semipalmated Plover and Sandpiper, and Least Sandpiper, a stray Greater 
Yellowlegs and not much else. Fronts lately are from the west and winds from 
the south, We need a weather change,
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[nysbirds-l] Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, East Pond

2018-07-19 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I went to check out the North and South ends. The most common 
bird was SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER at both ends (~100). Peep were in lesser 
numbers, mostly SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS with a few LEAST mixed in. Most birds 
were at the south end where we added a SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 5 KILLDEER and 4 
STILT SANDPIPERS. Both YELLOWLEGS were present in small numbers. Also at the 
South end were 15 GLOSSY IBIS, both NIGHT-HERONS, a GREAT BLUE HERON and GREAT 
EGRET.

The water level is down, almost, but not quite where needed.  You can walk out 
onto a mud flat (real mud, 2 inches gooey thick) at the North end. Passable, 
but difficult footing.  Joe went and I passed (boots, no knee highs). At the 
South end, we walked out on an extended dry flat with excellent views at birds 
in the corners right and left and an extensive group of shorebirds directly in 
front at the end of the dry area looking north. We did not go to Big Johns Pond 
area.  If all continues, the place should be in good shape for the peak August 
shorebird movement.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2018-07-18 Thread Sy Schiff
CLAPPER RAIL, WILLET and GREEN HERON adults feeding with young . Also noted, a 
young YELLOW WARBLE. So, There has been nesting success.  Two pairs of 
SALTMARSH SPARROWS bouncing around in the marsh——didn’t notice any young yet.
Other birds of note, a CEDAR WAXWING and a WILLOW FLYCATCHER.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2018-06-09 Thread Sy Schiff
The TRICOLORED HERON continues in the cut close to the office (surrounded by 
photographers, all very well behaved).
It’s breeding time in the marsh. So, things are quiet. However, SALTMARSH 
SPARROWS are active, although Seaside Sparrows are not around nor are Marsh 
Wrens. Clapper Rails were quiet today, probably on nests., A few WILLETS can be 
picked out in the marsh and mostly silent.
A WILLOW FLYCATCHER was singing from the top of the trees by the golf course.
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[nysbirds-l] Another possible kite

2018-05-28 Thread Sy Schiff
On 26 May at Hempstead Lake SP, a large very high overflying raptor caused a 
bit of a stir. It was overcast, the bird was high flying, visible marks not 
apparent.  No consensus from the birders who saw the bird, although a 
Mississippi Kite was noted as a possible suspect. That was my first impression 
based solely on shape and movement.  Some ebird birders reported - Raptor, Sp.
Seeing Tim Healy’s post now, I wonder

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[nysbirds-l] Hempstead Lake SP

2018-05-05 Thread Sy Schiff
After a smattering of warblers and a female SUMMER TANGER in my yard (2 miles 
east of the park) yesterday afternoon, I expected an exciting day today. Nope!. 
Still struggling to get a wow day. 
However, the PROTHOTARY WARBLER continues and a CERULIAN WARBLER showed up 
early this morning along the stream and later moved over to the NW corner of 
the dog run. Still there when I left at 11:00, sporadically singing loudly.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area

2018-04-21 Thread Sy Schiff
A single GLOSSY IBIS appeared in full breeding plumage.  The bill was 
surrounded with prominent white skin, looking like a White-faced Ibis in the 
distance. Unfortunately, it had a dark eye and no red on the legs. Land birds 
included NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, HERMIT THRUSH, EASTERN TOWHEE and 
CEDAR WAXWINGS.

At one point, all the Brant and Gulls erupted into the air. We waited as the 
Brant settled down. But, the Gulls continued high in the air over Meadow 
island. Eventually, a spec high above them appeared from the NW. Glasses picked 
up a circling BALD EAGLE heading E.  When the birds go crazy, patience and 
diligence is required. The wait was rewarding. Migrating Eagles are always nice 
to see.
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[nysbirds-l] Marine nature Study Area, Oceanside

2018-04-13 Thread Sy Schiff
I stopped by after lunch at low tide.. There was a scattering of GREAT EGRETS 
and GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a single SNOWY EGRET in Bedell Creek, 2 LAUGHING GULLS, 
a first FORSTER’S TERN in the channel, a pair of BARN SWALLOWS circling the 
bridge where a pair nested last year and a group of CEDAR WAXWINGS in the trees 
by the office.
Sunny, warm for a change, but with a cool breeze off the water.
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[nysbirds-l] Hempstead lake SP

2018-03-29 Thread Sy Schiff
Near field #3, on a dreary morning before the drizzle, the Thursday mourning 
group found an Eastern Phoebe and a very bright Pine Warbler. Both FOS. It’s a 
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside,NY

2018-03-06 Thread Sy Schiff
The MNSA was inundated during the weekend storm and high tide this morning 
(11:23 AM) will probably flood the paths. There’s still  a problem in low areas 
along the South Shore.
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS are in full song. A nice start to the coming Spring 
season. A SALTMARSH SPARROW showed up on Saturday and was found this morning. 
We speculated whether it was displaced from neighboring areas by the high tides 
or an exceptionally early migrant.
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[nysbirds-l] Red-necked Grebe and Tundra Swan

2018-02-26 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I(Sy Schiff) went to Alley Pond Park to the pond with the 
RED-NECKED GREBE. We parked on a side street, walked across to the pond and 
found the bird. There are also REDHEADS, LESSER SCAUP and a PIED-BILLED GRBE 
there.
>From there we went to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. On the West Pond, 24 TUNDRA 
>SWANS were sleeping.  Occasionally one would pick up its head for an ID. 
>Great!  Snow Geese were everywhere, even mixed in with the swans. A scope is 
>needed in both places.
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[nysbirds-l] Point Lookout

2018-02-01 Thread Sy Schiff
After a visit to Hempstead Lake SP, Joe Giunta, Debbie Martin and I (Sy Schiff) 
went looking for the KING EIDERS. It was with a  score of COMMON EIDERS at the 
4th jetty (inlet is 5). Other ducks included SURF SCOTER and LONG-TAILED DUCKS 
along with a diminished est. 600 GREATER SCAUP. 
PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen on 3 different jetties. There are deep crevasses 
between the rocks and the shorebirds quickly disappeared after being 
momentarily flushed by a crashing surf. There may have been more.
Three tries, but we got our target birds.
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[nysbirds-l] Belmont Lake and Pt. Lookout

2018-01-26 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) arrived at Belmont Lake 45 minutes after Doug’s 
post.  There was a continuous outward movement of small flocks of Canada Geese. 
Apparently the Cackling and Ross’s went with them before we came.

We arrived at Point Lookout at low tide to find the areas between the jetties 
filled almost exclusively with Greater Scaup, an estimated 4-5000 of them. 
About 100 BRANT were scattered about. The mixed age and sex COMMON  EIDER group 
was off the 2nd jetty, with some SURF SCOTERS and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER mixed 
in. No King that we could determine. Of to the inlet. On the way back, we  
found  a pair of HARLEQUIN DUCKS  on the end of the 3rd jetty.  A few HORNED 
GREBES and LONG-TAILED DUCKS were also present. Along the shore; SANDERLING, 
DUNLIN and a single RUDDY TURNSTONE.

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[nysbirds-l] Hammonds Flycatcher

2017-11-26 Thread Sy Schiff
There is an excellent report in the “Kingbird”, Vol. 52 I, p 2-7,  March 2002.  
 Go to the New York State Ornithological association  web site and look under 
records and resources  for Publications, then  look under Kingbird archives.  
All the Kingbird Issues (except for recent ones) are available on line.

Doug Futuyma and John Fritz give a description of the Jones Beach bird and a 
point by point analysis of each and every  other conflicting bird.  They did 
all the work and culled all the info from literature and experts and presented 
their findings. 
You don’t need any books after viewing this and looking at Deborah Allen’s 
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[nysbirds-l] Belmont Lake SP

2017-11-22 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) arrived at Belmont Lake at 1:25, the Canada Geese 
flew out of the pond at 1:35 and returned at 1:45 with a  GREATER WHITE-FRONTED 
GOOSE.  By this time the rain had stopped and the sun was peeking through.  
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[nysbirds-l] Birding

2017-11-09 Thread Sy Schiff
After a morning birding today, a dozen of my birding friends took me out to  
brunch today to celebrate my birthday this past Tuesday. That was followed by a 
lifer on Wednesday. Great birthday present.   I want to thank all  for the best 
wishes from the gang and also from the a bunch gathered at Cedar Beach that I 
normally don't see very often.

As Yoda says “900 years old , I am". Just knock off a zero  and you have it.  
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[nysbirds-l] Heckscher SP

2017-11-02 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta & I (Sy Schiff) reacted to a call and returned to Heckscher after 
yesterday’s visit arriving about !:30. The HUDSONIAN GODWIT  was in the puddle 
with a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER  and DUNLIN in a neat grouping. And they 
immediately flew off. The Godwit circled and landed close to where we were 
parked. And then it flew off towards Field #6. Almost all the remaining 
shorebirds flew off with it. Staying, were a few Greater Yellowlegs, Dunlin and 
a pair of SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS.  The latter were carefully checked for 
Western Sandpiper, more common at this late date.

At Field #6, there were both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and KILLDEER.  
Ducks included MALLARD, BLACK, female PINTAIL, GREEN AND BLUE-WINGED TEAL. We 
returned to Field #7 on the way home and the Godwit had again returned. 
Patience required.

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[nysbirds-l] Heckscher State Park

2017-11-01 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) went to Heckscher SP after a brief stop at Jones 
Beach (20 + Surf Scoter still in inlet seen from parking lot and a Lesser 
Black-backed Gull on West End lot). 

Field #7 at Heckscher was filled with large puddles and is surrounded with 
grassy lawn, perfect shorebird habitat. Except for Merlin, Cooper’s and 
Red-tailed Hawks scaring the birds, viewing was close up from the car.
Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Dunlin, Pectoral Sandpiper, Long-billed 
Dowitcher. No Golden Plover seen.

Field #6 also had a large puddle in the picnic area, no shorebirds except 
Killdeer but Canada Geese, Mallard, Black Duck, Gadwall, Green and Blue-winged 
Teal.

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2017-10-25 Thread Sy Schiff
Overcast day after the rain ended. Tide fairly high. Few birds but a cluster of 
sparrows along the path,  by the bench on east ide of pond. It included 2 Song, 
1 Swamp, 1 Savannah and 3 House Sparrows; 2 Saltmarsh Sparrows were there  just 
off the path. Good looks at both, but not Nelson’s. 

Other birds were the continuing Snow Goose, both Egrets, a flyover Greater 
Yellowlegs calling and a flyover Easter Meadowlark.
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[nysbirds-l] Jones beach

2017-10-17 Thread Sy Schiff
Joe Jiunta & I (Sy Schiff) started at the hedgerow by the Coast Guard Station. 
Only 2 Song Sparrows, but a half dozen RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and a half dozen 
EASTERN PHOEBES.  Just down the road to the Fisherman’s lot, there was a burst 
of activity, mainly of more EASTERN PHOEBES and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS.

Following a report we walked out to the main road and to the west of the 
entrance to the Station, we finally found sparrows: SONG, WHITE-THROATED, 
CLAY-COLORED and LINCOLN’S SPARROWS. A return to the hedgerow an hour later 
finally found sparrows including a SWAMP and WHITE-CROWNED SPRARROW.

The bar was filled with American oystercatchers, DUNLIN, a few SANDERLING, some 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and 2 RED KNOT.  There were no shorebirds in the swale, 
but there were 3 AMERICAN PIPIT.

Raptors included a MERLIN and a RED-TAILED HAEK.

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[nysbirds-l] Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

2017-10-14 Thread Sy Schiff
  I joined Joe Giunta’s Brooklyn Botanical Garden birding group this 
morning. We birded the gardens, the West Pond to the breech and the Big Johns 
Pond trail. The weather was cloudy and overcast, but we avoided the rain. There 
was a smattering of Yellow-rumped  Warblers throughout. The only additions were 
a Black-throated Green and 2 Pine Warblers.  Both Kinglets, a Blue-headed Vireo 
and an Eastern Phoebe were of note. Sparrows consisted of Song, Savannah and 
White-throated.
Both Egrets and a Great Blue Heron were in the marsh. A sharp-shinned 
Hawk and a Peregrine Falcon were hunting. Shorebirds seen on the West pond were 
Oystercatcher, Greater Yellowlegs and Black-bellied  Plover. None seen from Big 
Johns Pond. There, we saw a large number of ducks, many of the usual spies 
including a single Blue-winged Teal.
While there were ducks on the West Pond   (and the Brant are in),  the 
puddle ducks have relocated to the East Pond. It’s a change from the past. 

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[nysbirds-l] Marine nature Study Area, Oceanside

2017-09-29 Thread Sy Schiff
A cool bright sunny mourning.  Getting late in the season, but all the marsh 
species were present, namely:--Saltmarsh Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow 2,  Clapper 
Rail, calls only, and Marsh Wren, 2. There was an influx of several Savannah 
Sparrows and 8 Swamp Sparrows. Other birds included Belted Kingfisher, Eastern 
Phoebe, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow, Black-throated Blue Warblers 
and several Common Yellowthroats.  Both Egrets and both Yellowlegs continue in 
the marsh.

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area

2014-05-02 Thread Sy Schiff
I decided to try my luck again and look for migrants and CLAPPER RAILS. As 
usual, there were 10 CLAPPER RAILS displaying on the trails offering great 
views. They flew away when I approached them.  I also found 2 FORSTER’S TERNS 
and 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.  Watch out for the CANADA GOOSE at the end of the trail 
– it was defending it’s nest and tried to bite me.

Great day to be out.

 
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[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach and Pt. Lookout

2013-01-09 Thread sy schiff
Jones Beach West End  Pt. Lookout 9 Jan

Joe Giunta, Sam Jannazzo and I (Sy Schiff) joined by Richard Porricelli went 
looking for Harlequin Ducks without success. Along the way, we picked up a few 
interesting winter birds. Meeting at the Coast Guard Station we observed the 
lone LAPLAND LONGSPUR feeding along the boardwalk edge of the field to the east 
of the parking lot. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were barely visible on the bar on 
the other side of the inlet (it was low tide).

 A single gull graced the West End #2 lot--no Iceland gull. Without wind, the 
walk to the jetty was pleasant, without either incident or birds.  When we 
arrived the area was barren, so we scanned the inlet and found a few 
BONAPARTE'S GULLS close in and a RAZORBILL on the other side of the inlet. 
Turning our attention back to the end of the jetty, a COMMON LOON, 2 
RAZORBILLS, LONG-TAILED DUCKS and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS appeared before 
moving back into the inlet. A NORTHERN FLICKER was feeding on the lawn as we 
left the lot and a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD was in the starling flock.

At Pt. Lookout, the 2 dozen COMMON EIDER continue along with both loons, 
long-tailed ducks and mergansers. Mixed in with the eider was a single 
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER.

Both Sam and I observed a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK perched on a light pole south of 
Merrick road on the Meadowbrook Pkwy on the way to the meeting place.

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[nysbirds-l] Target Birds---Barnacle Goose at St, Charles Cemetery

2013-01-04 Thread sy schiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) went looking for target birds this morning (Jan 
4),  first stopping at the upper pond at Massapequa Preserve. Unexpectantly as 
we entered the preserve 2 RAVEN flew over calling.  A nice surprise.The 2 
EURASIAN WIGEON were above the pond and below the dam in the creek. At that 
point the creek runs along the far side of the path and becomes obscured by the 
Phragmites. The wigeon came out of the creek and then disappeared back 
downstream.. 

We then went to St. Charles Cemetery where we met Pat Jones. There was a single 
SNOW GOOSE among the Canadas, A large flock of HORNED LARKS were on the 
grounds, (no longspurs noted).

Splitting up, Joe and I went to Massapequa and located the REDHEAD that Pat had 
reported previously. While there, Pat called about our target birds at Colonial 
Springs Golf Course. We stopped to pick him up and headed there. The geese were 
gone, so we returned to St. Charles. The farthest geese flock now numbered 
about 300 birds. The BARNACLE GOOSE was hiding in the midst of the birds and 
virtually impossible to see, With patience we managed decent scope views. No 
White-fronted Goose. A PEREGRINE FALCON flew by while we searched,

Very cold and windy, but a successful birding day.
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[nysbirds-l] Hempstead Lake SP Pelham Bay Park

2013-01-03 Thread sy schiff
Joe Giunta, Sam Jannazzo and I (Sy Schiff) continued our new year (3 Jan) with 
a birding day that included Pelham Bay Park.. We met in Hempstead Lake SP, 
joining the South Shore Audubon group. There we found NORTHERN SHOVELER, COMMON 
MERGANSERS, AMERICAN COOT,  PIED-BILLED GREBES, GREAT BLUE HERONS,  BELTED 
KINGFISHER, BROWN CREEPER, WINTER WREN, a HERMIT THRUSH and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS,

From there we went to Pelham with part of the Audubon contingent.  Sitting out 
in the open was the BARRED OWL, a lifer for a few of our companions. We then 
went over to the Manor. Nothing new; both areas being a bit calm, but we got 
our target bird.

Returning to our meeting place at Hempstead, Joe and I stopped by Smith Pond. 
There in the flock of GREEN-WINGED TEAL was the previously found COMMON TEAL 
(still considered a subspecies on this side of the pond--we await the AOU 
Record Committee to join the rest of the world.This bird has been split in 
Europe, so get it while awaiting the eventual split here.)  Other birds OF NOTE 
included more GREAT BLUE HERON and PIED-BILLED GREBES and RING-NECKED DUCKS.

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[nysbirds-l] Post New Year Birding

2013-01-02 Thread sy schiff
Joe Giunta, Sam Jannazzo and I (Sy Schiff) started the new year (2 Jan) with a 
comprehensive birding day on Long Island. We started in Hempstead Harbor before 
dark and saw the TUFTED DUCK after the sun arrived. From there we went to 
Caumsett SP to look for Pipit without success, but did see a single SNOW GOOSE 
in the Canada Goose Flock. A RED-TAILED HAWK flew by.

Moving to the South Shore and Hecksher SP, we struck out on the Longspur but 
did see RED CROSSBILLS, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and a single COMMON REDPOLL 
near closed field #7. Also, a small flock of TREE SPARROWS was feeding by the 
side of the road nearby.

Heading west via Robert Moses causeway and Ocean Parkway, we arrived at the 
Jones Beach Coast Guard  Station and found LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-BREASTED 
MERGANSER, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON and a HORNED GREBE in the water.

Driving to West End #2 lot, we put up an adult  RED-SHOULDER HAWK. Buteos on 
the barrier beaches are uncommon and this species is unprecedented. Between 
Captree and the west end, we observed 5 NORTHERN HARRIERS, a good number.  At 
the Nature Center we saw SNOW BUNTINGS flying off to the west and a single 
HORNED LARK on the lawn. Six AMERICAN PIPIT were on the grass divider in front 
of closed field #1.

After lunch  at Pt. Lookout (in the car because of the cold), we went over to 
the west jetty and found LONG-TAILED DUCK, BLACK and SURF SCOTER, 17 COMMON 
EIDER plus BRANT in the water and 2 GREAT CORMORANT,  2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 
DUNLIN and SANDERLING on the rocks.

A most satisfactory birding day in the cold and wind. 
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[nysbirds-l] Massapequa Preserve

2012-12-23 Thread sy schiff
Massapequa Preserve 23 Dec

The two male Eurasian Wigeon were with a small group of American Wigeon on the 
upper pond. The lower pond (at Pittsburgh Ave.) had a number of Gadwall and 2 
Ruddy Ducks.

The stream between the ponds had group of Mallards and Wigeon feeding in the 
stream. Included was the male hybrid wigeon. This bird has the buff colored 
forehead, gray body and a red  face except for the American Wigeon's green eye 
patch. A good blend of features of both species, but, to my eye,  not as pretty 
as either one.

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[nysbirds-l] Lido Beach Passive Nature Area

2012-12-19 Thread sy schiff
Lido Beach Passive Nature Area  19 Dec.

This bay side salt marsh to the west of the Pt. Lookout marinas now shows 
little damage from the effects of Sandy except for 4 medium sized downed 
trees at the beginning of the trail leading to the bay. These trees were a 
favorite perch for Boat-tailed Grackles in spring and summer.  Where the marsh 
previously was an almost solid expanse of marsh grass, there is now a 
significant increase in the number of pools of water scoured out by the 
hurricane.  This looks positive for shore birding this coming spring.

One of the 2 Bay houses on the west side of Meadow Island, directly across the 
bay from the preserve, is gone, the other has damage. Several houses on Cinder 
Island, the island to the west of Meadow, also appear to be gone, but without a 
scope, I couldn't assess the damage

Because of the high winds, there was little in the way of birds except for a 
friendly Black-capped Chickadee.  Out in the marsh were Mallards, Black Ducks 
and a single SNOW GOOSE. A wind buffeted COOPER'S HAWK flew over.  Following 
the sign to the Rest Rooms from the parking lot, you go by the maintenance yard 
which has a significant pile of clam shells. The pile was covered with gulls 
this morning, but nothing beyond Herring Gulls and a single Great Black-backed 
Gull. Worth a look.

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[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach and Pt Lookout

2012-12-05 Thread sy schiff
Jones Beach West End; Pt. Lookout. 5 December

Joe Giunta's 200 Challenge Club looked for early winter birds along the South 
Shore of LI.Starting at Jones Beach, we looked into the inlet and birded 
the exposed bar at the marina. The number of shorebirds increased as high tide 
approached, so we returned before leaving. At that point, there were some 4-500 
birds consisting mainly of Dunlin and Black-bellied Plover  American 
Oystercatchers continue along with a few Red Knot.  A flock of Sanderling 
joined.  There were Common and Red-throated Loons, Long-tailed Duck, 
Red-breasted Mergansers, a Black Scoter and a single BONAPARTE'S GULL in the 
water. A GREAT CORMORANT was perched on a marker sign in the water behind the 
Coast Guard Station.

In the medium, we encountered a group of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES with 
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES. A  group of predominantly red plumaged, male RED 
CROSSBILLS perched in the top of a bare deciduous tree.   SNOW BUNTINGS were on 
West End #2 parking lot and HORNED LARKS  flew over as we made our way to the 
ocean where we picked up a peregrine falcon and a number of distant adult 
NORTHERN GANNETS.

At Pt. Lookout, the town parking lot is open, but large sand piles impede 
access to the beach. There we saw COMMON EIDER, SURF SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK 
and HORNED GREBE. No harlequin today.

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[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach

2012-12-03 Thread sy schiff
Jones Beach West End:  3 December

The beach fauna appears to be in a winter pattern.  Except for a single flock 
of winter finches moving through, things appear to be settling down.  
Shorebirds on the bar (it's silting in again) consist of about 20 
Oystercatchers, 250 Dunlin, 150 Black-bellied Plover and 4 Red Knot. Close in 
to the marina were several Common Loons, a Red-throated Loon, half dozen 
Red-breasted Mergansers and 4 Long-tailed Ducks.

The usual land birds were mostly absent, Sparrows particularly.  In the medium, 
there is the continuing 4 Black-capped Chickadees, lots of Red-breasted 
Nuthatches, a few Yellow-rumped Warblers and a wandering flock of mixed 
Crossbills feeding on pine cones.  These were mostly RED CROSSBILLS with a few 
WHITE-WINGED mixed in; the flock appears to be hanging out. Yesterday, Pipits 
and Snow Buntings were reported, but not seen by me today. I didn't go down 
onto the beach,

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[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach report (Sandy results)

2012-11-16 Thread sy schiff
Jones Beach West End 16 Nov 

Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) stopped by the Coast Guard Station parking lot, 
now open for visitors. No bathrooms open. A Sandy high water line in the 
concession stand shows the level about two feet. So there was a pretty strong 
wash over. The main glass door facing the bay is smashed. Lots of debris. The 
board walk is ripped loose from the concession stand to the Coast Guard 
property, most boards and sections tossed and piled in front of the hedge row.

The gazebo appears untouched with the usual picnic tables underneath.  I 
suspect the staff had cleaned up a bit. The landscape is changed. The close bar 
and far bar through which you can access the island at low tide are gone.The 
island is very much smaller.  We were there at high tide, so it remains to be 
seen how much sand, if any,  will be exposed at low tide.  The drifting of sand 
in the area has become a problem. No dredging is now required, but the sand may 
come back eventually.

The medium is OK, but sections of bayberry shrubs have brown leaves while 
others are still green.  Looks like salt water came in.  The pines weathered 
the storm, but obviously are still not healthy.

BIRDS. On the island edge were about 200 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS and 2 GREATER 
YELLOWLEGS with DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS mixed in.. In the inlet, there were 3 
RED-THROATED and 6 COMMON  LOONS; 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS flew by. The best bird 
was a very late immature  COMMON TERN resting on a piling and then flying 
around..  The median had many RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH and a 
few other species. Some winter finches flew over (unidentified). Raptors 
included a COOPER'S HAWK, 2 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS and a NORTHERN HARRIER.

 As to be expected the swale is a lake. No birds noticed, but a fair number of 
fishermen and a group of surfers going out to the ocean
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[nysbirds-l] Hempsted Lake SP

2012-11-10 Thread sy schiff
Hempstead Lake SP 10 Nov.

Out early to try for gas. At 7:30 AM the line appeared to be 2 hrs. So, went 
over to Hempstead as the web site said field 3 was open. There are trees down 
everywhere and large branches snapped off and littering the ground. Much of the 
area is roped off. The aftermath looks more like a tornado than a hurricane 
with trees down in all directions rather in one line.  It's a mess.

Birding was slow. Dozens of Robins are everywhere. Of interest, AMERICAN 
WIGEON, 6 on South Pond; YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER; HAIRY and DOWNY WOODPECKER; 
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER;  GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, 2: HERMIT THRUSH, several; 
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER; FOX SPARROW, 2;  a single imm or female PURPLE FINCH 
feeding with White-throated Sparrows

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[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach Vesper Sparrows-Yes

2012-10-25 Thread sy schiff
Jones Beach West End 25 Oct

Joe Giunta, Sam Jam Jannazzo, Pat Jones and I (Sy Schiff) birded the west side 
snow fence along the West End #2 parking lot, then along the south side fence 
entering the swale area in front of the concession stand. We then moved left 
(East) across the field toward the east side snow fence.  At the base of the 
fence,  on the swale side, were THREE VESPER SPARROWS feeding together. Two 
flew off and one moved up onto the fence and stayed while we looked at it. 
Birds are skittish and a scope is necessary.

For the record: the first Northern Saw-whet Owl was found 23 Oct at Jones, and 
not relocated since.

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[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach Oct 16

2012-10-17 Thread sy schiff
Jones Beach West End, Yesterday 16 Oct

The wind was very strong, NW and kept the small birds down. The  hedgerow at 
the Coast Guard Station did have 9 species of sparrows inc. CLAY-COLORED and 
LINCOLN'S.

Moving migrants consisted of early PINE SISKINS, GOLDFINCH and hundreds of TREE 
SWALLOWS. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES continue.

This was the first of the big hawk flights at the beach that I've seen this 
Fall. At 11:00 , as seen looking east into the median from the turnaround, the 
early MERLIN movement accelerated with the addition of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS and 
then approaching noon, a significant number of AMERICAN KESTREL. For the hour I 
was there, hawks were moving through continuously.  It will be interesting to 
see what the FI hawkwatch reports.

A COOPER'S HAWK and NORTHERN HARRIER.were hunting in the area and did not seem 
to have joined the flight.

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[nysbirds-l] Riis Park and Ft. Tilden

2012-10-13 Thread sy schiff
 Joe Giunta's Brooklyn Botanical Garden birding class visited Riis Park and Ft. 
Tilden on a bright sunny (started out cold) day. The hedge rows around the Riis 
Park parking lot were full of moving birds as we arrived. Mostly Yellow-rumped 
Warblers, but included other species as we birded. The vegetation is still lush 
and many birds managed to hide. The grass along the edges was also high, 
partially obscuring the sparrows. Still a good day.

Waterfowl were flyovers--Brant, Canada Goose and Cormorants.  Just a few 
hawks--Red-tailed, Sharp-shinned, Cooper's and Merlin.  A Yellow-bellied 
Sapsucker was among the numerous Northern Flickers; lots of Eastern Phoebe; 
Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets; Cedar Waxwings. Also,  Gray Catbird; Brown 
Creeper; a Marsh Wren, away from the marsh; Hermit Thrush;  a solitary ( I 
couldn't avoid this) Blue-headed Vireo; 6 warbler species--   Magnolia, 
Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped, Palm Warblers, American Redstart, Common 
Yellowthroat;  Eastern Towhee and 8 Sparrows including our first FOX SPARROW. 

--Sy Schiff for the group.

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[nysbirds-l] Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

2012-10-06 Thread sy schiff
Joe Giunta's Brooklyn Botanical Garden birding class visited the West Pond , 
the South Garden and Big Johns Pond and trail. Birding was medium; vegetation 
is still dense and the birds slow to find. They did move slow enough for all to 
catch sight of and study.

All in all, a diverse group of species, starting with 9 species of duck 
including. BLUE-WINGED TEAL and 2 early GREATER SCAUP. Herons inc. LITTLE BLUE 
HERON, GREAT BLUE HERON, BLACK-BACKED NIGHT-HERON, and both EGRETS. Several 
GLOSSY IBIS flu over. (No chance to ID a white-face}. Raptors inc. NORTHERN 
HARRIER, OSPREY, MERLIN and the cruising PEREGRINE.

We saw an early BROWN CREEPER in the South Garden and overall, 7 species of 
WARBLER. Sparrows inc. FIELD, SONG, SAVANNAH, SWAMP, WHITE-THROATED and 
WHITE-CROWNED. Also, PIED-BILLED GREBE, CEDAR WAXWINGS, INDIGO BUNTING and 
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE.  NO Pelican and only GREATER YELLOWLEGS from the Big Johns 
Pond path overlook of the East Pond.   Total species-58; a good day. 

--Sy Schiff for the group.

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[nysbirds-l] Kissena Park

2012-09-25 Thread sy schiff
Kissena Park 25 September

Joe Giunta, Sam Jannazzo, Debbie Martin and I (Sy Schiff) birder the Community 
Garden, Corridor Park and then the Velodrome section. Visiting the latter area 
was a first for us and we stopped to watch the bicycle riders on the track and 
admire the the model helicopters being flown on a nearby field..

The birds today were all tucked in and viewing was difficult in spite of the 
lack of wind.  A Kestrel was on the top of a bare tree in the middle of the 
garden, flying off and returning to its perch. Birds were virtually absent 
except for Corridor Park. There we saw 6 species of warblers, Magnolia, Palm, 
Blackpoll, Ovenbird, Yellowthroat and a Northern Waterthrush. Other birds 
included Yellow-breasted Sapsucker, Cedar Waxwings, Swainson's Thrush, a 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting.

But best of all were two bronze colored BLUE GROSBEAKS.

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[nysbirds-l] Pike's Beach Cupsogue Co. Park

2012-09-13 Thread sy schiff
Pike's Beach and Cupsogue County Park 13 September

Joe Giunta, Debbie Martin and I (Sy Schiff) parked in the bay side parking lot 
of Pike's Beach and walked out to the bay. Directly across on the bar were 12 
ROYAL TERNS and a CASPIAN TERN among the gulls. The Caspian flew off to the 
west as we looked. It was not subsequently relocated.

At Cupsogue, we parked by the road to the trailer campgrounds and walked the 
sand road to the path leading to the bay. This is longer, but a lot easier than 
wading through the march. Directly across on the front of the bar were 3 
MARBLED GODWIT among the gulls, shorebirds and cormorants.

We then moved a way to our right (east) along the edge to a spot that appeared 
appropriate. There in a small area of the marsh, we called up 2 SEASIDE 
SPARROWS and 2 SALTMARSH SPARROWS.

Except for the sparrows which came fairly close, the other birds required a 
fairly high powered scope even though they are pretty large birds. 

Sy

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[nysbirds-l] Alley Pond and Kesenna Parks

2012-09-11 Thread sy schiff
Alley Pond Park and Kissena Park 11 Sep.

Joe Giunta, Debbie Martin and I (Sy Schiff) started at Alley and quickly found 
a TENNESSEE WARBLER. From that point it was downhill all the way.  Birding was 
slow until we found a PHILADELPHIA VIREO in the trees across from the ball 
field. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO flew over and disappeared into the trees. On the 
way back to the car we found an additional pair of PHILADELPHIA VIREOS.

Having found our 3 target birds (previously reported yesterday) and little else 
we moved over to Kissena Community Gardens, lush with flowers and vegetables, 
but lacking in birdlife. The Corridor was next where we ran into a mixed flock 
of warblers of 4 species including another TENNESSEE and a NASHVILLE. They 
moved through and were gone from sight, A slow morning with good results.

Sy

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[nysbirds-l] Floyd Bennett Field- Grasspipers--NO

2012-09-05 Thread sy schiff
Floyd Bennett Field, 5 Sept

Joe Giunta, Debbie Martin and I (Sy Schiff) birded the puddles and  surrounding 
areas without any success this morning. We did see a male RING-NECKED PHEASANT 
that popped out along the runway edge, wandered back and out again several 
times.

We stopped by the Community Gardens, many butterfly bushes and loads of 
butterflies,  There we found  5 species of warblers including MOURNING WARBLER 
and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH.

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[nysbirds-l] Hempstead Lake SP: Chat plus Pine Warblers

2012-03-30 Thread Sy Schiff
Hempstead Lake SP.  30 March

Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) spent a pleasant, but still cool morning finding 
few migratory birds. However, 2 EASTERN PHOEBE were seen along with ten (10) 
PINE WARBLERS, in groups of 2, 6 and 2. Most were very bright and singing 
loudly, a number at the same time. A single YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER joined the 
larger group.

The lingering YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT feeding on bittersweet berries by the west 
side of McDonald Pond offered a scant inadequate sighting before dropping down 
and disappearing.  We waited silently, walked into the path at the SW corner, 
waited and looked some more. Gradually we detected movement in the dense 
vegetation,  A bird slowly moved about while completely hidden. Frustrating. 
Then, it flew up into the center of a  a small tree 15 ft. away and posed for 
us.. WOW!  The bright yellow under parts were dazzling in the morning sun.

Other birds included an OSPREY over McDonald Pond and 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS.

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[nysbirds-l] MNSA, Oceanside and Baldwin Park

2012-03-20 Thread Sy Schiff
20 March

Stopped by MNSA, Oceanside after the fog began to lift. A calling CLAPPER RAIL 
came out into a ditch and gave us a show.

Baldwin Park has several lighted Baseball fields. One light bank  by the soccer 
parking lot has an OSPREY nest on top with resident tenant on it and a second 
light bank out in left field holds a MONK PARAKEET nest. One bird came out and 
posed for pictures.

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[nysbirds-l] Pt. Lookout Harlequins

2012-03-18 Thread Sy Schiff
Jones Inlet from Pt. Lookout side, 18 March.

There were 2 male and 2 female Harlequin Ducks seen by the first inlet house, 
and after they drifted north, looking south from the field just past the second 
house. Otherwise, my afternoon beach walk produced little else except for some 
noisy Oystercatchers.

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2012-03-13 Thread Sy Schiff
March 13
As the clouds began to break up, I went to the Marine Nature Study Area in 
Oceanside. Lots of Red-winged Blackbirds calling and singing. Other birds of 
interest:--

Clapper Rail, calling

Osprey, a single bird inspecting the nest

Peregrine Falcon, continues at its nest box in the marsh

Greater Yellowlegs

Tree Swallows

Boat-tailed Grackle

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[nysbirds-l] Back to birding: Jamaica Bay and Floyd Bennett Field

2012-02-07 Thread Sy Schiff
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge 7 February

Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) arrived at the West Pond at 7:05 AM to find Debbie 
Martin focused on the BARROW'S GOLDENEYE. Soon joined by others for great 
looks, the Goldeneyes took off at 7:18. There had been at least 50 COMMON 
GOLDENEYES on the pond with a dozen still remaining. Walking back to the car, 
we found our FOS RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD singing from the top of a tree.

Floyd Bennett Field

The target Bluebird Box had an adult AMERICAN KESTREL perched on it, but the 
Northern Shrike was not found. Extensive looks from along the shore (Archery 
and Fisherman Fields) failed to locate the Eurasian Wigeon among the 100+ 
AMERICAN WIGEON scattered throughout. While driving  about we saw our FOS 
COMMON GRACKLE.

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[nysbirds-l] Croton and Shawangunk Grasslands

2012-02-01 Thread Sy Schiff
 Croton RR Station, Croton Pt. Park and Shawangunk Grasslands 1 Feb
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) went to the Croton RR station looking for eagles. 
No luck. We then went over to Croton Pt. Park and managed to find a 
GOLDEN-CROWN KINGLET. Returning to the RR station, we found off in the distance 
(via scope), a kettle consisting of 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 2 TURKEY VULTURES and 
an imm. BALD EAGLE.




Speaking to local people, they informed us that there are virtually no eagles 
this year, a phenomenon probably due to the warm weather and almost complete 
lack of ice in the river. However, we were advised that eagles roost at Georges 
Island (about 10 miles north) coming in toward dusk. We stopped by, but it was 
too early in the day.




Our prime destination was the Shawangunk Grasslands, parking at the Municipal 
park (the lower gazebo) rather than the Federal Refuge parking lot on the other 
side. Arriving before dusk, by dark we had been treated to 1 RED-TAILED HAWK, 2 
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 11 SHORT-EARED OWLS and 15 NORTHERN HARRIERS plus 6 
White-tailed Deer.

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[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach West End

2012-01-26 Thread Sy Schiff
Jones Beach West End,  26 January

Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) started at the Coast Guard Marina at high tide. 
Among the Brant covering the bar were AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, BLACK-BELLIED 
PLOVER and DUNLIN. Single AMERICAN and SURF SCOTERS plus LONG-TAILED DUCKS were 
in the water.

Driving to West End #2, we passed a flock of TREE SPARROWS on the far 
turnaround. IPSWICH SPARROWS were in the SE corner of the lot. HORNED LARKS 
flew over.  Lots of COMMON and RED*THROATED LOONS were scattered over the inlet 
and in the ocean. Walking to the jetty and scanning the ocean as we went (a 
scope is required), we saw NORTHERN GANNET, some resting on the water, approx. 
75 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and 200 COMMON EIDERS.

But the best was an INCREDIBLE 100+ RAZORBILLS.  If there were Scoters, we 
would have thought we were at Montauk.

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[nysbirds-l] Razorbills in Jones Inlet

2012-01-11 Thread Sy Schiff
 
Jones Beach West End and Point Lookout; 11 January

Joe Giunta, Sam Jannazzo, and I (Sy Schiff) started at the bar in front of the 
marina. High tide; what was left of the bar was covered with BRANT intermixed 
with HERRING GULLS, 12+ AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS. plus a few DUNLIN.  We walked 
down the Fisherman's Road (now closed to cars) to the inlet and continued past 
the parking lot.  Looking across the inlet we saw a GREAT EGRET on shore and an 
ALCID off the rocks drifting toward the ocean on the falling tide. (Google 
earth shows the inlet to be 1/2 mile wide at this point). 

We drove over to the Pt. Lookout side hoping to catch the bird as it drifted 
out to sea arriving at three different spots along the inlet. Meanwhile two, 
not one, RAZORBILLS had drifted out toward the center of the inlet and 
immediately flew off as they arrived at the ocean. The HARLEQUIN DUCKS 
continue, but we did not see any Eiders today.

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[nysbirds-l] Floyd Bennett Field and Jamaica Bay

2012-01-09 Thread Sy Schiff
Brooklyn  Queens 9 January

Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) went to Floyd Bennett Field, checked for the 
shrike without success and headed over to the boat ramp. There we found 2 
RED-NECKED GREBE out in the bay. A birder we met at the site came by as we 
drove scanning the edges for the shrike and pointed us to a COOPER'S HAWK 
(thanks).  When we got back to the original spot, the NORTHERN SHRIKE was 
perched on top of the bird box with the broken raccoon shield. It stayed long 
enough for us to study it before dropping into the shrubbery behind.

Our next stop was Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. A lone male COMMON MERGANSER on 
the East Pond was interesting  We could only find LESSER SCAUP on the East 
Pond. Lots of GREATER on both ponds. A V of  SNOW GEESE flew over the West 
Pond and latter we saw some flying around on the East Pond. We missed both 
Goldeneye species and the Eared Grebe (seen earlier) that had drifted too far 
out in the bay to ID.

While cold, it didn't' seem like a Winter day, what with the shimmering heat 
waves of light off the water. Good birding.  Sy

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[nysbirds-l] Pelham Bay Park

2012-01-04 Thread Sy Schiff
Pelham Bay Park, 4 January 2012

Joe Giunta, Sam Jannazzo, Debbie Martin and I (Sy Schiff) braved the cold 
(fortunately no wind) and ventured into the woods. While most birds were 
scarce, we managed a mix of woodland birds: Red-tailed Hawk, 4 Woodpecker 
species, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch and a large number of flying 
birders, namely Blue Jays, who found us a Long-eared Owl.

In the water were Black Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Bufflehead, 
Red-breasted Merganser, Canada Geese and a lone Brant.

Good birding, Sy

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[nysbirds-l] Grace's Warbler-yes; Mountain Bluebird-no

2012-01-03 Thread Sy Schiff
After Joe Giunta, Debbie Martin and I (Sy Schiff) saw the GRACE'S WARBLER and 
SNOWY OWL, we  headed East to the Mountain Bluebird site. No luck there. While 
scanning, we saw an AMERICAN KESTREL and 5 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS.

Sy

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