[nysbirds-l] Say’s Phoebe, Caumsett SP - YES

2021-10-17 Thread Timothy Healy
The Say’s Phoebe continues around the fields north of the parking lot at Caumsett bright and early this morning. Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm

[nysbirds-l] Great White Heron, Marshlands Conservancy, Rye

2021-10-11 Thread Timothy Healy
 The lingering Great White Heron at the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye continued today, roosting in the trees along the northern shore of Marie’s Neck during the evening high tide. After several sporadic sightings between late August and September, the bird has now been seen consistently on a

[nysbirds-l] Yellow-headed Blackbird at Nickerson Beach

2021-10-04 Thread Timothy Healy
I spent several hours at Nickerson Beach today, searching for the long continuing but infrequently encountered Yellow-headed Blackbird that was reported again yesterday evening. There were tons of starlings and cowbirds moving around the area, but they were tricky to pin down. Reviewing my

[nysbirds-l] Migrating Black-legged Kittiwake, Astoria, Queens

2021-09-04 Thread Timothy Healy
At first light today, I was watching for morning flight activity from my local patch of Astoria Park in Queens. Overnight radar had been active but not as intense as the previous day, and it seemed like more birds had departed than arrived. However, I did spot a small, unusual-looking gull

Re: [nysbirds-l] Prospect Park Progne summary 04/02/21

2021-04-03 Thread Timothy Healy
Ryan Zucker reports that the martin is currently foraging by Duck Island near the eastern end of the lake, likely visible from the southern shore or the Peninsula. Good luck to those who chase, and be vigilant for any audio recording or dropped DNA sample opportunities in addition to photo

[nysbirds-l] Painted Bunting - Jones Beach West Bath House, Nassau County

2020-01-01 Thread Timothy Healy
The greenie Painted Bunting continues near the playground at the Jones Beach West Bath House. Skulky as usual, especially so in the high winds, but appearing periodically to feed on grass heads and move between cover. Cheers, and Happy New Year! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

Re: [nysbirds-l] Awareness - Site Fidelity

2019-12-31 Thread Timothy Healy
While Steve is correct that wintering geese are often highly mobile, traveling large distances between roosting lakes and feeding grounds throughout each winter, I know of four additional birds at two additional sites that have shown strong sight fidelity. I have documented the return of a

[nysbirds-l] Painted Bunting - East Lake Drive, Montauk, Suffolk County

2019-12-21 Thread Timothy Healy
I just found a “greenie” Painted Bunting on East Lake Drive in Montauk during my CBC surveying. Showing well now by the entrance to Big Reed Pond, on the east side of the road. Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm

[nysbirds-l] Yellow-breasted Chat - Mill Pond, Bellmore, Nassau County

2019-12-01 Thread Timothy Healy
The Yellow-breasted Chat recently sighted at Mill Pond Park in Bellmore continues today, frequenting the brushy tangles along the trail on the western shore of the lake. Starting in the southwest corner near Stella’s restaurant and walking up the path will put you in the right area. It was

[nysbirds-l] Cackling Geese - Hendrickson Park, Valley Stream, Nassau County

2019-11-10 Thread Timothy Healy
A loop around the lake at Hendrickson Park revealed two different Cackling Geese among the wintering flocks of Canadas. One is a recognizable, returning individual, back for (at least) its fourth consecutive winter alongside a small Canada Goose that it is always closely associated with.

[nysbirds-l] Western Kingbird, Jones Beach West End, Nassau County

2019-11-02 Thread Timothy Healy
A Western Kingbird is currently perched up on a bare tree at the south side of the open area in Jones Beach West End’s median. It is enduring quite a bit of grief from a mockingbird and some Yellow-rumps, but so far it keeps returning after its flights. Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List

[nysbirds-l] Say’s Phoebe, morning flight - Jones Beach, Nassau County

2019-10-19 Thread Timothy Healy
An impressive flight following last night’s NW winds included a flyby observation of Say’s Phoebe near the Jones Beach Coast Guard Station boat basin this morning. I cannot say whether the bird continued on or put down somewhere nearby; I followed up its flight and spent some time searching but

[nysbirds-l] Stilt Sandpiper - Nickerson Beach, Nassau County

2019-06-20 Thread Timothy Healy
There’s a handsome breeding plumage Stilt Sandpiper feeding in the puddles at Nickerson Beach’s western colony. Good views at an uncommon spring migrant in nice plumage if anyone is interested. They’ve started collecting fees, though, so I recommend parking nearby and walking in. Cheers! -Tim

[nysbirds-l] Burrowing Owl - NO, Big Egg Marsh, Queens County

2019-05-17 Thread Timothy Healy
Despite an extensive search at the last known location beginning around 5:10, there has been no sign of the Burrowing Owl in or around the construction zone at Big Egg Marsh. The workers appear to be slowly gathering, but no construction has begun as of this writing. Many of the surprisingly

[nysbirds-l] Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, other migrants - Jones Beach, Nassau County

2019-05-16 Thread Timothy Healy
Jones Beach has been reasonably active this morning, with good diversity overall and solid numbers of many migrants. I’ve detected 91 species over the course of the morning. A female Summer Tanager was seen in the pines along the northern edge of the median just before the turnaround, the same

[nysbirds-l] Swainson’s Warbler, Central Park, Manhattan

2019-05-16 Thread Timothy Healy
Benjamin Van Doren reports a singing Swainson’s Warbler seen just north of Bow Bridge in Central Park. I wanted to boost the signal for this observation, since I’m sure there are many listserv members who might be inclined to make chase. Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

[nysbirds-l] Evening Grosbeak(s), Central Park, Manhattan

2019-05-14 Thread Timothy Healy
A female Evening Grosbeak has apparently been seen several times throughout the day in the Ramble of Central Park. I have been doing some post-work birding in the light rain and just heard the bird calling in the trees high above the Azalea Pond. There seems to be more than one voice, though,

[nysbirds-l] Golden Eagle flyover, Queens

2019-04-12 Thread Timothy Healy
I spotted a Golden Eagle from the subway platform at the Junction Boulevard 7 station in Queens just before 4 PM today. The bird was tracking vaguely eastward, but I lost sight of it when the train pulled up. Field notes can be found in my attached eBird checklist. Keep your eyes on the skies!

[nysbirds-l] Pileated Woodpecker, Shu Swamp, Nassau County

2019-02-10 Thread Timothy Healy
Apologies to the listserv’s readers north of NYC who will find this report somewhat laughable, but this species is still a great bird for Long Island. There is a Pileated Woodpecker being seen along the trails around the pond at Shu Swamp this morning. It appears to be favoring the area beyond

Re: [nysbirds-l] Staten Island Varied Thrush - NO

2019-01-21 Thread Timothy Healy
The Varied Thrush was indeed reported today, apparently foraging on the ground and quite a bit more cooperative than it has been lately. The Yellow-breasted Chat seems to be the most reliable of the local rarities, though I heard no reports of the American Bittern since the storm.

Re: [nysbirds-l] Thick-billed Murre in Brooklyn Now

2019-01-18 Thread Timothy Healy
With all these murres, Razorbills, and kittiwakes hanging out right along the coast this winter, it’s a real shame we lost the Brooklyn VI. I’d love to get offshore and see what’s going on out there! Cheers, -Tim H > On Jan 18, 2019, at 1:56 PM, Doug Gochfeld wrote: > > There is currently a

[nysbirds-l] Barnacle and Greater White-fronted Geese, Riverhead Sod Farms, Suffolk County

2019-01-13 Thread Timothy Healy
Just found the Barnacle Goose as well, same location and vantage point! Cheers! -Tim H > On Jan 13, 2019, at 3:26 PM, Timothy Healy wrote: > > Two Greater White-fronted Geese are visible from Doctor’s Path looking east > across the sod fields. A few blue Snow Geese mixed into

[nysbirds-l] Greater White-fronted Geese, Riverhead Sod Farms, Suffolk County

2019-01-13 Thread Timothy Healy
Two Greater White-fronted Geese are visible from Doctor’s Path looking east across the sod fields. A few blue Snow Geese mixed into the massive flock of Canadas as well. Multiple searchers still scanning for other birds of note. Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

[nysbirds-l] Cackling Goose, Hendrickson Park, Valley Stream, Nassau County

2018-12-02 Thread Timothy Healy
A Cackling Goose is currently visible on the lake at Hendrickson with a flock of Canadas. It looks identical to one of the two Cacklers that were frequently observed at this site last winter, with a very blocky head, white ring at the base of the neck, and large, noticeably bright cheek

[nysbirds-l] Bohemian Waxwing + Evening Grosbeak, Stillwell Woods, Nassau County

2018-12-01 Thread Timothy Healy
I’ve been keeping an eye on the abundant crops of berries at Stillwell Woods Park in the hopes that some northern irruptives who favor fruit might show up. My hunch paid off big time today. I just had a Bohemian Waxwing calling as it flew south over the wooded northern section of the property

[nysbirds-l] Possible White-winged Crossbill, Lynbrook, Nassau County

2018-11-21 Thread Timothy Healy
After reviewing some audio recordings to check against my initial impressions, I'm feeling confident enough to at least put the word out even if I'm not totally comfortable locking in an ID confirmation. On my walk to the train in Lynbrook today I heard a bird giving double note flight calls

[nysbirds-l] Finch flight and other notes from Jones Beach, Nassau County

2018-11-18 Thread Timothy Healy
I spent 5.5 hours at Jones Beach today, stationed near the turnaround until about 9 and then scouring the median and area north of the parkway but keeping an eye and an ear turned skyward. It turned out to be a pretty solid day for late diurnal migrants. I tallied 1,253 American Goldfinches, 374

[nysbirds-l] Northern Wheatear at Heckscher SP, Suffolk - YES

2018-10-28 Thread Timothy Healy
Oct 28, 2018 at 11:31 AM Timothy Healy wrote: >> A fresh eBird report of a Northern Wheatear just came in on the rarity >> report update. Signal boosting it now while en route to follow up. Good >> luck, all! >> >> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49513468 >

[nysbirds-l] Northern Wheatear at Heckscher SP, Suffolk

2018-10-28 Thread Timothy Healy
A fresh eBird report of a Northern Wheatear just came in on the rarity report update. Signal boosting it now while en route to follow up. Good luck, all! https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49513468 Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm

[nysbirds-l] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Comparison, Albany vs. Suffolk

2018-10-23 Thread Timothy Healy
I'm certain that I'm not the entertained the question of whether or not the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher discovered at Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk this Saturday could possibly be the same bird that disappeared from Krumkill Road in the capital region a few days prior. I'm normally leery of "One Bird

[nysbirds-l] Migration Activity, Nassau County

2018-10-13 Thread Timothy Healy
Anyone who stayed inside this morning to avoid the rain may want to consider checking hour local patches for a bit. There has been some solid movement overnight into this morning with good numbers and diversity of birds. At Jones Beach today I rallied 79 species, with triple digit totals for

[nysbirds-l] Philadelphia Vireo and Blue Grosbeak, Jones Beach, Nassau County

2018-09-15 Thread Timothy Healy
I’m sure many Long Island folks are busy with the Seatuck Birding Challenge, but for those who aren’t I’ve found a few uncommon migrants at Jones Beach so far. A Philadelphia Vireo was spotted just outside the Coast Guard Station fence at the northwestern corner of the property, foraging in

[nysbirds-l] Connecticut Warbler, Jones Beach, Nassau County

2018-09-11 Thread Timothy Healy
Yet another email from the field! Just located a first year Connecticut Warbler on the south side of the median at Jones. (40.5884347,-73.5541296) Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm

[nysbirds-l] Yellow-breasted Chat, Jones Beach, Nassau County

2018-09-11 Thread Timothy Healy
I just found a Yellow-breasted Chat in the brush north of the road and west of the Coast Guard Station at Jones Beach. It was along the western edge of a somewhat open bowl, observed at these coordinates: (40.5886626,-73.5587467). The bird appeared while I was pishing for warblers, dropping out

[nysbirds-l] Marbled Godwit, Jones Beach, Nassau County

2018-09-11 Thread Timothy Healy
Yesterday’s Hudsonians are today replaced by a Marbled Godwit feeding alongside American Oystercatchers and “Western” Willets at the Jones Beach Coast Guard Station sandbar. On the topic of overnight turnover, my patch high count of 43 Lesser Black-backed Gulls in the WE2 lots yesterday

[nysbirds-l] Hudsonian Godwits, Jones Beach, Nassau County

2018-09-10 Thread Timothy Healy
A pair of Hudsonian Godwits are feeding alongside a good variety of shorebirds on the Short Beach sandbar at the Jones Beach Coast Guard Station. Knots, turnstones, plovers, and more, still sifting through the smaller birds but wanted to put the word out. Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List

[nysbirds-l] Hudsonian Godwits, Wilson’s Phalarope, Caspian Terns - Jamaica Bay, Queens County

2018-09-03 Thread Timothy Healy
The pair of Hudsonian Godwits, the lone Wilson’s Phalarope, and a trio of Caspian Terns (seemingly two adults and a juvenile) are all currently visible from the north end of Jamaica Bay’s East Pond. Scope views from the end of the platform at the phragmites edge are distant and backlit but

[nysbirds-l] Grasspipers Update: Golden-Plover and Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Suffolk County

2018-09-02 Thread Timothy Healy
In addition to the continuing American Golden-Plover reported this morning in Eastport, I just found a lone Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the sod fields east of Doctor’s Path in Riverhead. The bird is among several Killdeer in the northern portion of the field, currently being seen from the

[nysbirds-l] Marbled Godwit - Yes, Jamaica Bay, Queens County

2018-09-02 Thread Timothy Healy
Though absent when I arrived at the refuge early in the morning, the Marbled Godwit continues at the south end of the East Pond, showing quite cooperatively. Other expected species were encountered on my journey to the north end and back, including a few Western, Stilt, and White-rumped

[nysbirds-l] Yet Another Robert Moses Seawatch, Suffolk County

2018-07-25 Thread Timothy Healy
Another day of sustained southeast winds and patchy stormy conditions, another morning on dawn patrol at Field 2. I was on site from 6 to 10 and observed the following: 286 Cory’s Shearwaters 42 Great Shearwaters 23 Sooty Shearwaters 2 (or more) Manx Shearwaters 80+ distant, unidentified

[nysbirds-l] Roseate Spoonbill (Barely Extralimital), Liberty Marsh, Sussex NJ/Orange NY

2018-07-24 Thread Timothy Healy
A juvenile Roseate Spoonbill is currently visible at Wallkill River NWR’s Liberty Marsh off Oil City Road, where it has been reported for several days. The New York/New Jersey border runs directly through the wetlands. So far it seems that the bird has remained on, and is only visible from, the

[nysbirds-l] Final Morning Seawatch Results, Robert Moses, Suffolk County

2018-07-23 Thread Timothy Healy
I ended up watching the seabird flight from Robert Moses Field 2 for 4.5 hours starting at 5:50 AM. Highlights include: 104 Cory’s Shearwaters 49 Great Shearwaters 2 Sooty Shearwaters 1* Manx Shearwater 70+ unidentified shearwaters 2 Northern Gannets Fledgling Least and Common Terns Two Lesser

[nysbirds-l] Preliminary Morning Seawatch Results, Robert Moses, Suffolk County

2018-07-23 Thread Timothy Healy
Been seawatching for 20 minutes and already had Manx, Great, Cory’s, and Sooty Shearwater off Field 2. Manx was just beyond breakers within 5 minutes of setting up the scope. Get out to the coast if you can! Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

[nysbirds-l] Afternoon seawatch at Robert Moses, Suffolk County

2018-07-22 Thread Timothy Healy
I wasn’t on the island until this afternoon, but 2 hours seawatching from Field 2 at Robert Moses State Park turned up the following: 43 Cory’s Shearwaters 3 Great Shearwaters 20+ unidentified shearwaters 2 Parasitic Jaegers 1 Northern Gannet Hundreds of teens and gulls, including a young Lesser

Re: [nysbirds-l] Nickerson Beach Arctic Tern and others

2018-06-18 Thread Timothy Healy
>> (") _ (") >> Sent from somewhere in the field using my mobile device! > > Andrew Baksh > www.birdingdude.blogspot.com > >> On Jun 18, 2018, at 7:28 PM, Timothy Heal

Re: [nysbirds-l] Nickerson Beach Arctic Tern and others

2018-06-18 Thread Timothy Healy
point about her > “second summer type” having a black bill. Today’s had a red bill. So a two > year old? Probably. But definitely? Maybe, maybe not. It looks like it – so > “second summer type” works for the public record. > > Steve > > > From: Timothy Healy [mailt

Re: [nysbirds-l] Nickerson Beach Arctic Tern and others

2018-06-18 Thread Timothy Healy
Steve and other sternid enthusiasts, Isn’t second summer the term used for the immature aspect birds with white foreheads and black bills? A freshly fledged juvenile would be living through its first summer, so second summer individuals are yearlings, correct? If my understanding of the

[nysbirds-l] Arctic Tern, Nickerson Beach, Nassau

2018-06-17 Thread Timothy Healy
Just arrived at Nickerson and immediately found an adult Arctic Tern in front of the eastern colony. Will post if I see anything else of note, but wanted to get the word out early so people could get here before collecting starts. Roseates present as well. Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List

[nysbirds-l] Mississippi Kite, Hempstead Lake State Park, Nassau

2018-05-28 Thread Timothy Healy
I just had a Mississippi Kite circling low over the treetops near Schodack Pond at Hempstead Lake SP. It was a second year individual with a banded tail. I lost the bird as it kept looping once some kingbirds flew up to harass it, it was low enough that it became obscured by the foliage. I’m

[nysbirds-l] Nocturnal Flight Calls

2018-05-14 Thread Timothy Healy
Every time I’ve been outside tonight I’ve been hearing an abundance of Nocturnal Flight Calls. Low cloud cover is probably helping a lot. Get out to a spot with some illumination and give it a listen! Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm

[nysbirds-l] Cerulean Warbler, Hempstead Lake, Nassau - Yes

2018-05-06 Thread Timothy Healy
The Cerulean Warbler continues this morning at the south end of Hempstead Lake State Park. The bird has been moving back and forth between the dog walk trails and the edge of the dog run field. Still exploring for other birds of note in the area. Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

Re: [nysbirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler, Hempstead Lake, Nassau

2018-04-30 Thread Timothy Healy
In reviewing my photos from yesterday and more recent images from today, it appears that something is wrong with the bird's right eye. What appeared slightly squinty yesterday (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45067660) is much more noticeably out of sorts today (

[nysbirds-l] Oak Beach Update: Today is not the day

2018-01-27 Thread Timothy Healy
Even though the Barrow’s Goldeneye and the Eared Grebe were apparently here this morning, all of the birds in the inlet have been scared away. There are at least six people parasailing all over the surface of the water, which as you might expect is quite a disturbance. Wanted to save anyone the

[nysbirds-l] Glaucous Gull, Hendrickson Park, Valley Stream, Nassau

2018-01-24 Thread Timothy Healy
My father just sent me a picture of a first-cycle Glaucous Gull that he spotted during his bike ride at the lake in Hendrickson Park, Valley Stream. Pretty solid bird for Nassau, even more so inland. Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm

[nysbirds-l] Bittern and Hawks, Nassau and Suffolk

2018-01-21 Thread Timothy Healy
At least one American Bittern was observed at Tobay Beach’s JFK Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary, judging by timing and takeoff location it could’ve been two individuals. I also had a rapidly-glimpsed hawk taking off through the trees between the lot and the hidden pond: based on proportions, size,

[nysbirds-l] Townsend’s Solitaire, Tiffany Creek, Nassau - YES

2018-01-14 Thread Timothy Healy
After a long, cold stakeout, the solitaire has reappeared. The arrival of the bluebird flock foretold it’s coming, and as promised it is more active on bright, sunny days. Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm

Re: [nysbirds-l] Queens Gr. White-fronted Goose Update

2018-01-12 Thread Timothy Healy
I explored the course to no avail last weekend, but there were many, many geese out there, coming and going throughout the day. There was parking and access on Commonwealth Boulevard along the eastern border. Lots of families were at the park to sled on the rolling hills of the course. I don’t

Re: [nysbirds-l] Re] Greater White-fronted Goose - Alley Pond Park, Queens, No

2018-01-07 Thread Timothy Healy
For what it’s worth, I checked out the Douglaston Park Golf Course since it was the closest grassy area on the map and I found tons of geese foraging there. I failed to relocate the White-front despite some intensive searching, though it’s probably still a good spot to check when the birds

[nysbirds-l] GWF Goose NO, Iceland Gull - Alley Pond Park, Queens

2018-01-07 Thread Timothy Healy
The geese have departed from the pond for the time being, but there is a first cycle Iceland Gull floating in the open water. Not currently associating with the large flock of gulls roosting on the ice. Cheers! -Tim H > On Jan 7, 2018, at 9:06 AM, Jaklitsch, Mike wrote: >

[nysbirds-l] Wilson’s Snipe, Massapequa Preserve, Nassau

2018-01-07 Thread Timothy Healy
A very confiding snipe is feeding along the surprisingly unfrozen stream through the preserve, a short walk south of the Fillmore Street entrance. Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm

[nysbirds-l] King Eider, Jones Beach, Nassau

2018-01-07 Thread Timothy Healy
The first year male King Eider continues with the flock of sea ducks at the West End jetty. No sign of the older male, but there was still lots of movement and if it’s still in the area it may reappear later. I would’ve sent this message out half an hour ago but my phone froze and shut down.

[nysbirds-l] Re: [nysbirds-l] Ross’s Goose in Queens

2018-01-06 Thread Timothy Healy
The Ross’s Goose was not present on the pond for the past hour or so, but Miriam and I just found it on the large ball field south of the pond across Rockaway Boulevard, which is apparently still part of the park according to maps. We got a nice vantage point from 150th Street. While I was

[nysbirds-l] “Rarity Round Up” - Personal Results and Musings

2017-12-03 Thread Timothy Healy
Inspired by Shai’s Friday post about doing a rarity round up, I covered a lot of ground along the south shore this weekend. Though I failed to locate any Hammond’s-tier vagrants, there were some nice seasonal irregularities and uncommon species to be found these past few days. I’m not going to

[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach Seawatch

2017-11-25 Thread Timothy Healy
Very strong gannet flight this morning with upwards of 1000 birds observed. There are currently huge feeding flocks to the west, most likely spectacularly visible from the Long Beach area. A Parasitic Jaeger flew west past the jetty at around 7:35. Sea duck numbers were low, with small flocks

[nysbirds-l] Montauk area birding notes, Pacific Loon and more

2017-11-12 Thread Timothy Healy
After arriving in Montauk yesterday afternoon, I set about exploring the shores of the Lake in search of the Brown Booby. I found no sign of the long-lingering rarity: hopefully she moved south ahead of the cold weather. A pipit and some Purple Sandpipers were observed at the Gin Beach area,

[nysbirds-l] Cackling Geese, Hendrickson Park, Valley Stream

2017-11-11 Thread Timothy Healy
caught my attention. A pair of Wood Ducks are also present on the lake. Cheers! -Tim H > On Nov 10, 2017, at 4:49 PM, Timothy Healy <tp...@cornell.edu> wrote: > > I found a Richardson’s Cackling Goose on an evening walk at Hendrickson Park. > The bird was feeding within the fen

[nysbirds-l] Cackling Goose, Hendrickson Park, Valley Stream

2017-11-10 Thread Timothy Healy
I found a Richardson’s Cackling Goose on an evening walk at Hendrickson Park. The bird was feeding within the fence by the handball courts on the southwestern side of the lake. Overall goose numbers continue to increase slowly but steadily. Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

[nysbirds-l] Morning Seawatch, Robert Moses

2017-11-05 Thread Timothy Healy
A forecast of mild overnight easterlies shifting to the southeast at dawn prompted me to plan a morning seawatch today at Robert Moses Field 2. I was joined by a number of other birders, and we were treated to a reasonably birdy scene. Scoters were moving in numbers from daybreak up until just

[nysbirds-l] UPDATE! Robert Moses - Lark Bunting YES, Double Dickcissels

2017-09-29 Thread Timothy Healy
Mike Zito just refound the Lark Bunting along the trail from the lot to the courts. The Dickcissels have gone missing for now but likely remain nearby. Cheers! -Tim H > On Sep 29, 2017, at 7:26 AM, Timothy Healy <tp...@cornell.edu> wrote: > > A pair of Dickcissels were just

[nysbirds-l] Robert Moses - Double Dickcissels, still waiting on Lark Bunting

2017-09-29 Thread Timothy Healy
A pair of Dickcissels were just heard and seen in the northwestern corner of the volleyball courts at Robert Moses Field 2. No sign of the Lark Bunting yet, but sparrows are becoming more active. Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm

[nysbirds-l] Brown Pelicans, Jones Beach

2017-09-24 Thread Timothy Healy
Two Brown Pelicans are currently visible on the north shore of the bay. I'm at the end of the fisherman's road looking northeast and they are just east of the non-draw bridge. Resting on the water at the moment. Might be visible from the CG station but I'm not certain. I'm not the finder, just

[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach: Dickcissel, Interesting Nashville Warbler, Migration Notes

2017-09-22 Thread Timothy Healy
I heard the nocturnal flight calls of several Swainson's Thrushes over my house last night, and despite minimal radar activity there were some nice birds at Jones Beach. A heard-only Dickcissel that called a few times as it flew northwest past the start of the fisherman's road was the "rarest"

[nysbirds-l] Western Kingbird, Jones Beach

2017-09-10 Thread Timothy Healy
Just found a Western Kingbird hawking insects at the entrance road for the Coast Guard station. The whole area seems lively and birdy. Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm

[nysbirds-l] UPDATE: Morning flight at Robert Moses - WEKI, LASP, DICK, RHWO, warblers galore

2017-09-09 Thread Timothy Healy
indication, there may be additional interesting birds that moved in last night, waiting to be discovered. Cheers! -Tim H > On Sep 9, 2017, at 7:59 AM, Timothy Healy <tp...@cornell.edu> wrote: > > Lots of movement so far today. Good numbers and decent diversity, nothing I > crazy y

[nysbirds-l] Morning flight at Robert Moses

2017-09-09 Thread Timothy Healy
Lots of movement so far today. Good numbers and decent diversity, nothing I crazy yet. Get out if you can! Cheers! -Tim H -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm

Re:[nysbirds-l] Riverhead Shorebirds: Hulse Landing and Doctor's Path, update

2017-09-03 Thread Timothy Healy
the water system and dirt road that intersect Doctor's Path just north of the private road for the estates. Cheers! -Tim H > On Sep 3, 2017, at 12:51 PM, Timothy Healy <tp...@cornell.edu> wrote: > > Hulse Landing Road did not have any Buff-breasted or Baird's Sandpipers > around

[nysbirds-l] Riverhead Shorebirds: Hulse Landing and Doctor's Path

2017-09-03 Thread Timothy Healy
Hulse Landing Road did not have any Buff-breasted or Baird's Sandpipers around 10 AM, but a flyover Upland Sandpiper was heard, observed, and recorded as it passed over to the east. After a quiet morning of fruitless searching, I have located 2 Buffies and a Baird's east of Doctor's Path. The

[nysbirds-l] Montauk area birding notes

2017-06-10 Thread Timothy Healy
I spent the day exploring the Montauk area, and managed to turn up some birds of note. Nearly 200 Black Scoters were present in the surf south of the cliffs at Shadmoor State Park: a surprising congregation at this time of year. Plenty of Bank Swallows around, and a number of other expected

[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach: 3 Blue Grosbeaks and other migrants

2017-04-29 Thread Timothy Healy
Despite favorable conditions last night, THE big push of migrants is still yet to come. Radar seemed to show more birds leaving our area than coming in, and the early morning storms which might have produced fallout later in the season didn't amount to much. Nevertheless, Jones Beach featured some

[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach and Hempstead

2016-11-12 Thread Timothy Healy
Pack your gloves if you're birding: it's cold out there, folks! Jones Beach saw some movement this morning, with lots of Red-wings and a fair few finches passing overhead on their journey to the west. Hundreds of gannets were seen moving just offshore, and a noisy Great Blue Heron flew down the

[nysbirds-l] Uncommon Migrants at Jones Beach

2016-11-05 Thread Timothy Healy
Brendan Fogarty and I began a sweep of Jones Beach at around 8 AM. This lovely fall morning featured a good diversity of birds and decent activity levels this late in the season. Purple Finches and Goldfinches were passing overhead more or less constantly, and 3+ Pine Siskins were detected among

[nysbirds-l] Valley Stream Pink-footed Goose - YES

2016-11-02 Thread Timothy Healy
The Pink-foot was still being seen on the eastern shoreline of the lake at Hendrickson Park this evening. We departed at about 5:35 as the sun was getting low, and the goose was happily feeding alongside its Canadian brethren. It seemed more alert and active than many reports from yesterday

[nysbirds-l] South Shore migration report

2016-10-15 Thread Timothy Healy
Radar showed some migrants crossing the Sound last night. Robert Moses Field 2 saw a respectable flight at first light, with good numbers but nothing too out of the ordinary. A lone Rusty Blackbird, a handful of Purple Finches, and a Blue-headed Vireo were the highlights. Yellow-rumps were

Re: [nysbirds-l] 10/10- Queens: Diverse migration, Greater White-fronted Goose, Cackling Goose, BLACK TERN etc.

2016-10-11 Thread Timothy Healy
Thanks for the report from further west, Doug! I always appreciate the opportunity to view a migration event through a wider lens of observations. Surely, your Cackling Goose was the same individual some of us were lucky enough to spot at Jones Beach. It, too, was seen in a flock with 13 Canada

[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach report, 9/12

2016-09-12 Thread Timothy Healy
I took advantage of a day off from work to check out the beach at first light. The winds looked favorable, the radar was busy, and last night at Lido Beach there were almost constantly flight calls of migrants passing overhead. Jones experienced an initially promising, modest flight of birds at

[nysbirds-l] EPCAL Breeders

2016-07-05 Thread Timothy Healy
I finally made a journey out to EPCAL with Tracey Watt to check up on some of the specialty birds. Throughout our visit, Grasshopper Sparrows were vocal and visible. We were fortunate enough to encounter a cooperative fledgling, still quite streaked with a noticeable gape, who was perched along

[nysbirds-l] Stray Skimmers and other observations

2016-07-04 Thread Timothy Healy
I spent a lot of time at the beach today, partly for relaxation and partly for birding. Early afternoon at Jones featured mostly the usual suspects, and despite moderately-strong winds off the sea (with a slight westerly edge) an evening seawatch from Robert Moses was shockingly lackluster. It was

[nysbirds-l] Sunday Seawatch from Jones and other notes from the field

2016-06-05 Thread Timothy Healy
I began my day at Connetquot in search of the reported Prothonotary Warbler and Least Bittern. I covered the region very thoroughly for several hours with many other birders but found no sign of either target. It was still a nice morning, with sightings including Yellow-throated Warbler, several

[nysbirds-l] Signs of Spring

2016-04-29 Thread Timothy Healy
I stopped by Jones Beach for about an hour early this afternoon. Boat-tailed Grackles were seen displaying on near the entrance gates. Spotted several Brown Thrashers in the median, one of which was gathering twigs. Some American crows were also seen carrying nest material. All loons encountered

[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach Highlights - Dickcissel, YB Cuckoo, migrant songbirds, raptors, and sea ducks

2015-09-24 Thread Timothy Healy
Here's a full report from my morning at Jones Beach West End. A Dickcissel was heard and seen yet again along the fisherman's road. I also encountered a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at close range in the median, and it was last seen flying into the bushes along the WE2 lot's northern edge. There was good

[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach - Dickcissel, Philadelphia Vireo, Caspian Tern, 13 warbler species, and more

2015-09-14 Thread Timothy Healy
I spent just over five hours at Jones Beach this morning, from sunrise to almost noon. It was very windy, but the weather was beautiful and bird activity was very high in areas of cover and during breaks in the breeze. The Dickcissel continues by the fisherman's road, heard several times just

[nysbirds-l] Nickerson Nighthawk and other barrier beach birds

2015-09-13 Thread Timothy Healy
Some highlights from evening birding today. Jones Beach: Male Surf Scoter close to shore at fisherman's path Large foraging flock of Tree Swallows Juvenile Peregrine Several Blue-winged Teal on dune ponds Prairie Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Cedar Waxwing, and House Wren by Coast Guard Fledgling

[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach West End - Multiple Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Black Tern, Jetty peeps

2015-08-26 Thread Timothy Healy
I spent the last hours of daylight on the shore at Jones Beach West End today. It was not intended as a birding trip, but I still managed to spy some interesting visitors. The local breeders were out in force, with several young Piping Plovers and Least Terns observed and Common Terns still

[nysbirds-l] Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area

2015-07-05 Thread Timothy Healy
I spent the afternoon at the OMNSA, spending time with the specialty birds and other usual suspects. I heard a Clapper Rail and saw a Seaside Sparrow late in the day just before the trails closed. Many birds (Osprey, Barn and Tree Swallows, RW Blackbirds) are feeding young, and there were numerous

[nysbirds-l] Sterling Stunners, Doodletown Delights, and a Franklin's Finish

2015-05-31 Thread Timothy Healy
The beautiful weather and late-month decline in migration activity prompted Brendan Fogarty and me to pursue some breeders north of the city on Saturday, May 30th. We began the day at Sterling Forest State Park, birding the roads, forests, and clearings between Old Forge and Ironwood. We easily

[nysbirds-l] Hempstead Lake - Light on Warblers, Heavy on Waterbirds, Quality for both

2015-05-11 Thread Timothy Healy
Hempstead Lake State Park had an interesting variety of critters out and about today. Frogs and turtles were sunning themselves in abundance, and there were three large SNAPPING TURTLES seen. Chipmunks are out, and about joining the local squirrels. Plenty of vireos (Warbling and Red-eyed),

[nysbirds-l] South Shore Spring Stunners - Jones Beach, Hempstead Lake, Valley Stream 5/4

2015-05-04 Thread Timothy Healy
The consecutive nights of favorable winds this weekend got a lot of birds moving, and I think it's safe to say that the migration pinata has finally cracked over Long Island. I started at Jones Beach West End early this morning, and spent a few hours working the median and shoreline. Gannets,

[nysbirds-l] 5/1 Worm-eating Warbler at Hempstead Lake

2015-05-01 Thread Timothy Healy
I refound yesterday's Worm-eating Warbler today in the tangled woods alongside the dog walk area at Hempstead Lake SP a bit after 2 pm. Actively feeding at eye level and close range, in loose association with some chickadees and gnatcatchers. Very cooperative, led to great views, and the bird even

[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach 4/29 - New Arrivals

2015-04-29 Thread Timothy Healy
Overall numbers were generally somewhat low this afternoon at the West End, but the scope of species was quite good. Notable spring firsts included gorgeous male Magnolia and Blue-winged Warbler in the median and by the Coast Guard station, respectively. These were joined by Yellow-rumps, Yellows,