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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] 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] 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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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] 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] 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] 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] 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] 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 
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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] 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] 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] 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] 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, Oceanside

2017-05-26 Thread syschiff
MNSA, Oceanside 26 May

Yesterday's storm coupled with a new moon high tide completely flooded the 
marsh. It probably also washed out any nests already there.  This morning the 
marsh was still mostly under water just after high tide when I arrived.. As a 
result the land birds normally in the marsh were mostly confined the the path 
edges. Around the pond marsh birds were calling and/or singing and also nicely 
visible. There were a number of shorebirds also feeding..

   Of interest:--
Clapper Rail, 2
Saltmarsh Sparrow, several
Seaside Sparrow, several
Other birds in the marsh
Osprey
Black-crowned Night-Heron, 2 fly over
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron, white imm still hanging out
American Oystercatcher, 2
Ruddy Turnstone, 10
Least Sandpiper, a few
Semipalmated Sandpiper, 25
Spotted Sandpiper, 2
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet, many all over, any nesting undoubtedly washed away
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2017-03-29 Thread syschiff
MNSA 29 Mar

The first SNOWY EGRET showed up yesterday afternoon. This morning there were 2. 
 A recent GREAT EGRET continues and the resident OSPREYs have set up house 
keeping.


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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2016-09-07 Thread syschiff
Oceanside 7 September

Cloudy morning with not much activity. But, we managed to see both a SEASIDE 
and SALTMARSH SPARROW.   A GREEN HERON popped up. a very pretty breeding 
plumage BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, some SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 
a number of PEEP and a single AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER were present. A number of 
FORSTER'S TERNS are still around.

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2016-05-11 Thread syschiff
After a stop at Hempstead Lake SP, I went over to Oceanside and just missed a 
SEASIDE SPARROW. While going back to look for it, we found a SALTMARSH SPARROW. 
So, the sparrows are back along with a number of CLAPPER RAILS. A GREEN HERON 
showed, but not the recent Tricolored Heron.

Shorebirds consisted of SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WILLET, LESSER and GREATER 
YELLOWLEGS, SEMIPALMATED and LEAST SANDPIPERS plus SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. 
FORSTER'S TERNS continue and a LEAST TERN made a brief appearance. 

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2016-04-29 Thread syschiff
Joe Giunta and I (Sy Schiff) accompanied by Mike Farina (staff biologist) 
birded Oceanside on an overcast windy morning.  Breeding birds nesting or 
feeding in the marsh, consisted of OSPREY, GLOSSY IBIS, GREAT and SNOWY EGRETS, 
TRICOLORED HERON, CLAPPER RAIL (calling in the marsh), AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, 
WILLET,  LAUGHING GULLS. PEREGRINE FALCON.and TREE SWALLOWS on their boxes.

Migrants included GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and LEAST 
SANDPIPER.

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2016-04-27 Thread syschiff
Not much doing other than an influx of shorebirds and Ibis.

13 Glossy Ibis, flying around, finally landing in the puddle to the west of the 
pond and fed with a Snowy Egret, Least Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs and 3 
Greater Yellowlegs.   In the puddle on the east side there were 3 Short-billed 
Dowitchers.  Elsewhere, the Willets are in and scattered about;  2 more Least 
Sandpipers were along the path.

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area

2016-04-13 Thread syschiff
Marine Nature Study Area 13 Apr

Cool, sunny, wind 11, gusts 17 MPH. Singing AMERICAN GOLDFINCH and SONG 
SPARROW, otherwise birds not out and about  In the marsh:--
TURKEY VULTURE over golf course, GREAT EGRET, 5 SNOWY EGRET, (foy) TRICOLORED 
HERON, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2016-01-29 Thread syschiff
MNSA, Oceanside 29 Jan

Other than "dune" area, all paths clear enough for walking. The MARSH WREN 
continues around the pond. Sparrows included. SONG, SWAMP, SAVANNAH and TREE.

Fly over included 2 SNOW GEESE, NORTHERN HARRIER, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT and 
BELTED KINGFISHER 

In the channel WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and RED-THROATED LOON. A PEREGRINE FALCON 
was perched on the right most Osprey nest on the island on the other side of 
the channel.

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2015-09-16 Thread syschiff
Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside, 16 Sept

A bit of a movement (finally). Along the walk, there were a half dozen COMMON 
YELLOWTHROATS, a YELLOW WARBLER, 6 PALM WARBLERS (western) and a SAVANNAH 
SPARROW. In the marsh were 2 SEASIDE SPARROWS and 6 SALTMARSH SPARROWS. 
Overhead a foraging NORTHERN HARRIER.

Aside from a few LEAST SANDPIPERS and GREATER YELLOWLEGS, all the shorebirds 
were concentrated in the pool to the west of the pond.  Shorebirds there were 
mostly BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (~30), both YELLOWLEGS, a few SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHERS and some peep.

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area

2015-05-09 Thread syschiff
Oceanside 9 May

When leaving the property at noon, an immature BALD EAGLE flew by over the 
houses going east.  Otherwise, not too much fog, but a persistent mist that 
drove me indoors. The CLAPPER RAILS have returned and are calling in the marsh.

Sy Schiff

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area and Hempstead Lake SP

2015-04-21 Thread syschiff
Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside  and Hempstead Lake SP.21 April

Arrived at Area after lunch. The reported BLUE-WINGED TEALS were resting in a 
cut, the male periodically lifting its head up so it could be IDed. Meantime, 
the TRICOLORED HERON was flying about. FORSTER'S TERNS were fishing in the pond 
and there were a number of LAUGHING GULLS were flying over. The FOS for the 
site was a SEASIDE SPARROW along the pond edge by the first bridge.

Singing LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH this morning at Hempstead while CHIMNEY SWIFTS 
joined the high flying TREE SWALLOWS.

Sy Schiff

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2014-05-13 Thread syschiff
Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside 13 May

There were 3 singing sparrows in the marsh around the pond, 1 SEASIDE SPARROW 
and 2 SALTMARSH SPARROWS. All popped up briefly before disappearing. Other 
birds included 2 CLAPPER RAILS, also briefly seen, FORSTER'S TERNS, a pair of 
LEAST TERNS and a GREEN HERON.

Sy Schiff

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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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RE: [nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2014-04-29 Thread Grover, Bob
There were single Seaside and Saltmarsh Sparrows at Gardiner County Park, in 
Bayshore, yesterday morning, along with a couple of Brown Thrashers.
Bob Grover


From: bounce-114890091-3714...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-114890091-3714...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of syschiff
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Subject: [nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside 27 April

A FOS SEASIDE SPARROW was singing by the pond path, but failed to show itself.

Other recently arriving summer birds seen today included GLOSSY IBIS, WILLET, 2 
loudly calling and then posing CLAPPER RAILS , LAUGHING GULL and FORSTER'S TERN.

Sy Schiff
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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2014-04-27 Thread syschiff
Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside 27 April

A FOS SEASIDE SPARROW was singing by the pond path, but failed to show itself.

Other recently arriving summer birds seen today included GLOSSY IBIS, WILLET, 2 
loudly calling and then posing CLAPPER RAILS , LAUGHING GULL and FORSTER'S TERN.

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area

2014-04-11 Thread syschiff
Marine Nature Study Area 11 Apr

I stopped by this morning to look for GLOSSY IBIS. There were 5. They finally 
flew off towards the golf course. In the puddles to the left (east) of the 
pond, there were 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS and 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, shorebirds all 
with yellow legs, a color appropriate for the Spring.

In the channel, a number of LAUGHING GULLS flew by, my FOS. In the channel were 
the usual BRANT, BUFFLEHEAD,  RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Special today there were 
2 RED-NECKED GREBE.

Sy Schiff

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2013-10-02 Thread syschiff
Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside 2 October

Did the Government also shut down Fall? Beautiful August type day and finally, 
what appears to be the start of a migration. For a change, a decent mix of 
shorebirds and sparrows.

Starting with the shorebirds:-BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, PECTORAL, STILT AND LEAST 
SANDPIPERS,.GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER.

Land birds:- EASTERN PHOEBE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET,  COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, the 
only warbler, but about 20 of them; WHITE-CROWNED, WHITE-THROATED, SONG, SWAMP 
and SAVANNAH SPARROWS.

Sy Schiff

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2013-08-30 Thread syschiff
Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside 30 Aug.

A very late CLAPPER RAIL chick with parent made a brief appearance this morning 
. They posed for a quick photo before disappearing into the marsh. (Mike 
Farina, staff biologist, posted the picture on his blog.) Other birds of note 
were a pair of SALTMARSH SPARROWS, 2 GREEN HERONS and about two dozen 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS among the few shorebirds.

Sy Schiff



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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2013-08-02 Thread syschiff
Marine Nature Study Area,  August 2

Only about 2 dozen shorebirds, but they comprised 8 common species. So, it made 
the morning interesting. An imm. LITTLE BLUE HERON was feeding just down the 
path. Start checking the snowys carefully, easy to overlook a stranger.

A SALTMARSH SPARROW was singing from the top of a grass clump near the pond, 
but no Seaside Sparrows while I was there. The good news was 1 (or possibly 2)  
MARSH WRENS actively gathering insects from the marsh just off the parking lot 
to the left of the boardwalk. This week has been the first evidence that 
nesting for the species was successful.

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2013-07-26 Thread syschiff
July 26, Oceanside

Since Sandy, full moon high tides at the Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside 
have inundated the marshes. Consequently, nests in the marsh have on more than 
one occasion been washed away. As a result, nesting success has been poor. 
Today, turned out to be a notable surprise, Joining Mike Farina (staff 
biologist) for his daily survey, we encountered  3, 2 and 3 OR A TOTAL OF 8 
SALTMARSH SPARROWS. No Seaside Sparrows in evidence for a few weeks now.

A hasty photo of one cooperative bird showed a silver band on one leg and a 
black band on the other.This combination indicates the bird was banded in the 
nest this year by the group surveying breeding marsh sparrows on east coast 
marshes this summer.  (If both bands were on one leg it indicates an adult).

If you encounter any SALTMARSH SPARROWS, try to look for bands and report the 
info to the Oceanside staff.

Sy Schiff

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2013-07-14 Thread syschiff
MNSA, Oceanside, 14 July.

Just after low tide; hot and sultry this morning. A beginning of shorebird 
movement coupled with some visible marsh breeders. Today there was a KILLDEER, 
LEAST and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS and WILLET. (also, 
Short-billed Dowitchers yesterday).

There were 2 calling CLAPPER RAILS, 3 SALTMARSH SPARROWS and 1 SEASIDE SPARROW. 
All the sparrows were scattered, singing and visible on high perches in the 
marsh.

The OSPREYS have fledged but return to the nest platform and are still being 
fed.. A phalanx of photographers were out capturing images of adults carrying 
fish..

Sy Schiff

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside

2013-05-23 Thread syschiff
MNSA, Oceanside 23 May

Arrived mid-morning. Three widely separated CLAPPER RAILS were calling, with 
one coming up for a photo op. Other shorebirds included SEMIPALMATED AND 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SEMIPALMATED and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, DUNLIN, 
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and WILLET, Most of the shorebirds were in breeding 
plumage and feeding in the marsh as opposed to the pool edges.  Sandy's storm 
surge has flattened the vegetation, new now coming up, allowing us to see the 
birds that probably, in prior years,  were hidden in the foliage. 

Earlier in the morning SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROWS were singing in the 
marsh. No MARSH WREN today.

Sy Schiff

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside, NY

2013-03-13 Thread syschiff
 Marine Nature Study Area 13 Mar
The first OSPREY of the season circled over the nest platform this morning 
before drifting over to the east.

Both REDWINGS and COMMON GRACKLES frequented the feeders; Northern Cardinals 
and Song Sparrows were singing. All--in-all it's a start for spring.

The LONG-EARED OWL found yesterday, in the rain, continued, deeply hidden and 
very skittish.

Sy Schiff

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[nysbirds-l] Marine Nature Study Area, Oceanside.

2013-01-31 Thread syschiff
Hi all.

I walked the trails on Tuesday afternoon and looked over the place for the 
first time since Sandy.  The staff and Town workers have cleaned the area so 
that it's almost as before, although it is a bit disconcerting to see seaweed 
at eye level in the shrubs along the trails.  Storm surge was 8 to 10 feet 
above high tide. A number of trees have come down in the upland areas (now 
cleared). It remains to be seen how much damage 3-5 feet of salt water will do 
to the vegetation.  The marshes appear fine.  The trails lost a few inched of 
top soil but walking is good. The cinder block office and rest rooms are also 
open.

As to birds, lots of activity at the feeders, but not much on the trails. Marsh 
Sparrows were not visible before the storm and certainly are not now. Last 
week, a Cooper's Hawk was flushed off a Clapper Rail kill. No sign of any rails 
since. Several hundred Greater Scaup are rafting in the channel.

When work begins on the repairing or replacing the exhibit building behind the 
office, the facility will again be closed.  In the meantime, enjoy.

Sy Schiff

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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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