[nysbirds-l] orioles at my birdbath

2009-09-30 Thread Andrew Block
Just had two immature Baltimore orioles at my birdbath with a mixed flock of sparrows, robins and cardinals.  Hopefully they'll stay awhile and visit my oriole feeder since the other pair left while I was away. Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader 37

[nysbirds-l] Inwood Hill Park, Lenoir Preserve birds

2009-11-07 Thread Andrew Block
11/7/09 - Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan, NY Time:  10am to 11am Observers:  Andrew Block, Chase Cammarotta 1 Great Blue Heron 2 Winter Wrens 2 Carolina Wrens 1 Merlin many Dark-eyed Juncos several White-throated Sparrows 2 Northern Mockingbirds several Blue Jays 3 Downy Woodpeckers 2 Red-bellied

[nysbirds-l] Western Grebe still in piermont

2009-11-13 Thread Andrew Block
As of 2pm or so this afternoon the Western Grebe was still at Piermont Pier in the sheltered cove along the reeds south of the pier.  It was seen associating with a ruddy duck but never dove the whole time i was there.  I do hope nothing is wrong with it.    Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block

[nysbirds-l] Pink-footed, Barnacle and Cackling Geese and Jamaica Bay birds

2009-11-15 Thread Andrew Block
11/15/09 - Jamaica Bay W.R., Broad Channel, Queens Co., NY Time:  9:15am to 11:30am Observers:  Andrew Block 15+ Horned grebes 7+ Double-crested Cormorants 4 Black-crowned Night-Herons 1 Great Blue heron 12+ Snow Geese (+1 Blue Goose) several Canada geese many Brants several Gadwalls 8+ American

[nysbirds-l] extralimital shelduck in MA

2009-12-08 Thread Andrew Block
For anyone who hasn't already heard there is a Common Shelduck near Boston that is probably wild.  Some people on the MA list are talking about other reports that were blown off cause of the remote possibility of them being escapes and why they were not given a closer look.  It's to bad the one

[nysbirds-l] sharpie back at it in yard

2010-01-11 Thread Andrew Block
The adult female Sharp-shinned Hawk was back again today chasing the house sparrows at the feeders.  It's so cool to watch how the hawks climb thru the trees and shrubs trying to chase one out.  It also flies right up to the shrubs and at the last minute swerves and lands in a tree to wait and 

[nysbirds-l] deceased Yellow-breasted Chat at NYBG

2010-01-12 Thread Andrew Block
Today my friend Bernie Conway described a dead bird he found at NYBG.  He described it as bigger than a warbler but smaller than an oriole with a bright yellow breast and greenish-brown upper side.  I immediately thought of common yellowthroat or chat.  Unfortunately it ended up being a

[nysbirds-l] Yellow-headed Blackbird in Chappaqua

2010-01-13 Thread Andrew Block
The Yellow-headed Blackbird at the Pruyn Sanctuary in Chappaqua was there today around 3:15pm and was there when I left at about 3:30pm.  I waited almost 40minutes before its flock joined the other blackbirds already there.  Also seen was a beautiful Fox Sparrow. Andrew   Andrew v.. F. Block

[nysbirds-l] about SGNWR regs

2010-01-18 Thread Andrew Block
I worked for two summers for Wallkill River NWR which oversees the Shawangunk Grasslands NWR and several times I saw illegal activity happening while doing work up at SG.  Unless rules have changed there are no vehicles allowed in the refuge except for refuge vehicles.  They do not give keys to

[nysbirds-l] Hermit Thrush at birdbath

2010-01-22 Thread Andrew Block
Had a Hermit Thrush at my birdbath, the first this winter.  We usually get them starting in the fall.  It's also the first I've seen this winter anywhere.  They seem to be very scarce this winter. Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader 37 Tanglewylde Avenue

[nysbirds-l] Hermit Thrush now at feeder

2010-01-22 Thread Andrew Block
The Hermit Thrush just was at my platform window feeder eating peanuts.  Didn't know they ate nuts. Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone: (914) 337-1229; Cell: (914) 886-5124; Fax:

[nysbirds-l] Hermit Thrush back

2010-01-24 Thread Andrew Block
The Hermit Thrush is still coming to the feeder and still only eating peanuts.  Hope it stays around for the rest of the season. Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone: (914)

[nysbirds-l] yellow-headed blackbird still at Pruyn Sanctuary

2010-01-28 Thread Andrew Block
Had the juvenile male Yellow-headed Blackbird at Pruyn Sanctuary again today at almost the same time as before.  It's still coming around 3pm. Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone:

[nysbirds-l] Hermit Thrush is still aorund

2010-02-07 Thread Andrew Block
My little friend was back at the feeders and bath.  I'm amazed it survives in my area.  Quite the cute fellow. Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone: (914) 337-1229; Cell: (914)

[nysbirds-l] Red-shouldered Hawk in yard

2010-02-16 Thread Andrew Block
Right now I have a gorgeous adult Red-shouldered hawk in my yard for the first time.  What a beautiful bird!  Amazingly the birds at the feeders don't seem to alarmed, I guess they know that these hawks eat mostly rodents. Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds incl Red-shouldered hawk Rustys

2010-03-06 Thread Andrew Block
3/6/10 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY Time:  10am to 3pm Observers:  Andrew Block 30+ canada Geese 8 Wood Ducks 50+ Mallards 2 Mallard/Black Duck hybrids 2 Hooded Mergansers 3 Red-tailed Hawks 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 14 Rock Pigeons 4 Mourning Doves 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers 1 Downy Woodpecker 6

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds, some goodies

2010-03-27 Thread Andrew Block
3/27/10 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY   Time:  10am to 4pm Observers:  Andrew Block   7 Canada Geese 6 Wood Ducks several Mallards 2 Northern Shovelers 1 Cooper's Hawk 2 Red-tailed Hawks (one carrying nest material) 1 Mourning Dove 4 Monk Parakeets 1 Great Horned Owl 3 Red-bellied Woodpeckers 1

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds incl 3 sp. of warblers

2010-04-03 Thread Andrew Block
4/3/10 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY Time:  10am to 5pm Observers:  Andrew Block 5 Canada Geese 6 Wood Ducks (incl. two checking out nest sites in trees) several Mallards 2 Northern Shovelers 2 Red-tailed Hawks 2 Rock pigeons 7 Mourning Doves 1 Great Horned Owl 3 Red-bellied Woodepeckers (one

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds incl. Orange-crowned Warbler

2010-04-10 Thread Andrew Block
4/10/10 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY Time:  10am ti 2:30pm Observers:  Andrew Block 1 Double-crested Cormorant 4 Canada Geese several Mallards 1 ABDU/MALL hybrid 1 Green-winged Teal (very vocal and aggressive towards the mallards) 1 Red-tailed Hawk (eating short-tailed shrew) 2 Rock Pigeons

[nysbirds-l] FOS oriole

2010-04-12 Thread Andrew Block
Just had my first oriole of the season at my hummer feeder.  It was a female Baltimore Oriole.  Awesome.  Gotta love it! Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone: (914) 337-1229; Cell:

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds

2010-04-15 Thread Andrew Block
4/15/10 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY Time:  10am to 1:30pm Observers:  Andrew Block 6 Canada Geese 4 Wood ducks 6 Mallards 1 ABDU/MALL hybrid 2 Red-tailed Hawks 3 Rock Pigeons 3 Mourning Doves 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodepecker 4 Northern Flickers 7 Blue Jays 3

[nysbirds-l] the migrants are coming

2010-04-21 Thread Andrew Block
Had a male Yellow-rumped Warbler in the ground bird bath today.  Besides the oriole that's coming to the hummer feeder it's the first migrant of the season in my yard.  Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co.,

[nysbirds-l] FOS catbird

2010-05-01 Thread Andrew Block
Just had my FOS Gray Catbird bathing in the bird bath.  They're so cute! Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone: (914) 337-1229; Cell: (914) 886-5124; Fax: (914) 771-8036 When the last

[nysbirds-l] Central Park birds incl Red-headed Woodpecker, Bay-breasted, Cerulean Warbler and others

2010-05-02 Thread Andrew Block
5/2/10 - Central Park, Manhattan, NY Time:  7:30am to 1:30pm Observers:  Andrew Block, BRSS Audubon group 1 Common Loon 3 Double-crested Cormorants 1 Great Egret 1 Black-crowned NIght-Heron 6 Canada Geese 8+ Mallards 10+ Rock Pigeons 5 Mourning Doves 6 Chimney Swifts 1 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER

[nysbirds-l] Baltimore Oriole back

2010-05-04 Thread Andrew Block
The male Baltimore Oriole from last year was back at the feeder.  So nice to have it around again. Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone: (914) 337-1229; Cell: (914) 886-5124; Fax:

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds

2010-05-05 Thread Andrew Block
5/5/10 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY Time:  11:30am to 5:30pm Observers:  Andrew Block, Susan Burke (part of time) 2 Canada Geese (on nest) 9 Wood ducks (mother w/ babies) 7 Mallards 1 Red-tailed Hawk 3 Herring Gulls 5 Mourning Doves 1 Chimney Swift 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers 2 Downy

[nysbirds-l] Now have female Baltimore Oriole

2010-05-07 Thread Andrew Block
A different female Baltimore Oriole has started coming to the feeding/birdbath area.  Might be mate of male that's coming. Andrww   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone: (914) 337-1229;

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds incl. 15 spp. of warblers

2010-05-08 Thread Andrew Block
5/8/10 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY Time:  10am to 4pm Observers:  Andrew Block 1 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Great Egret 1 Green Heron 1 Turkey Vulture 4 Canada Geese 21 Wood Ducks (3 ad., 18 ducklings) 7 Mallards 2 Red-tailed Hawks 1 Osprey 2 Herring Gulls 1 Rock Pigeon 3 Mourning Doves 3

[nysbirds-l] Rockefeller SPP birds

2010-05-10 Thread Andrew Block
5/10/10 - Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pocantico Hills, NY Time: 3:45pm to 7pm Observers:  Andrew Block 6 Black Vultures 3 Turkey Vultures 2 Canada Geese 9 Mallards (incl. 5 ducklings, w/ one melanistic ind.) 2 Red-tailed Hawks 1 Wild Turkey 3 Mourning Doves several Chimney Swifts 2 Red

[nysbirds-l] Excellent fallout at NYBG!! Incl. Summer Tanager, 19 spp. of warblers, etc.

2010-05-15 Thread Andrew Block
5/16/10 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY Time:  10am to 4:45pm Observers:  Andrew Block 2 Double-crested Cormorants 3 Canada Geese 12 Wood Ducks (down to 10 babies) 6 Mallards 2 Red-tailed Hawks 1 Rock Pigeon 4 Mourning Doves 4 Chimney Swifts 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers

[nysbirds-l] Pelham Bay Park birds

2010-05-22 Thread Andrew Block
5/22/10 - Pelham Bay Park North, Bronx, NY Time:  10:15am to 11:45am Observers:  Andrew Block 2 Canada Warblers 3 American Redstarts 5+ Yellow Warblers 4 Blackpoll Warblers 1 Common Yellowthroat 2 Wood thrushes 3+ Eastern Towhees several Baltimore Orioles 2 Eastern Kingbirds 2 Great Crested

[nysbirds-l] Doodletown/Mine Rd. birds, some goodies

2010-05-23 Thread Andrew Block
5/23/10 - Doodletown/Mine Rd., West Point, NY Time:  8am to 4pm Observers:  Andrew Block 15+ Turkey Vultures 4 Canada Geese 2 Mallards 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Cooper's Hawk 6 Wild Turkeys (incl. polts) 1 Ring-necked pheasant 3 Mourning Doves 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo (great looks for 5 minutes) 2

[nysbirds-l] addendum to last post

2010-05-24 Thread Andrew Block
Also had a Prairie Warbler and Long-tailed Weasel. Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone: (914) 337-1229; Cell: (914) 886-5124; Fax: (914) 771-8036 When the last individual of a race

[nysbirds-l] blackpoll at birdbath

2010-05-24 Thread Andrew Block
Just had the local male Blackpoll Warbler at the birdbath.  So nice to get such close looks at these warblers without binos.  The oriole and catbird pair are still coming to the feeders.  It's nice to not have cats around.  Since our neighbors moved we get so much more wildlife in the yard,

[nysbirds-l] Otsego Delaware Co. birds

2010-06-02 Thread Andrew Block
5/28/10-6/1/10 - Unadilla to Roscoe Masonville points in b/w, Otsego/Delaware/Sullivan Cos., NY Time: 6am to 7pm most days Observers:  Andrew Block, Scott Perry, Ernie Hall 2 Great Blue Herons 6+ Turkey Vultures 50+ Canada Geese 1 Wood Duck 25+ Mallards 11 Bald Eagles (3 ad., 8 juv.; 2

[nysbirds-l] screech-owls

2010-07-19 Thread Andrew Block
Had atleast one juvenile screech-owl calling outside my friends home tonight on Spaulding Drive in Yorktown Heights.  Hadn't heard that call from a screech yet but have with great horneds. Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader 37 Tanglewylde Avenue

[nysbirds-l] White-tailed Kite

2010-08-01 Thread Andrew Block
From 3:30 to 4:00pm the White-tailed Kite in Stratford, CT was observed and was there when I left at 4.  I had to wait about 1 1/2 hours before it showed again but I figured it would be back since kites do circuits when hunting and i was right.  It's a beautiful bird.  Good luck to those who

[nysbirds-l] first hummer

2010-08-24 Thread Andrew Block
The hummers are migrating.  I had my first of the year today at my feeder.  Just hope all the bees on the oriole feeder don't scare it away. Andrew   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Field Biologist  Eco-tour Leader 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone:

[nysbirds-l] NYBG Bronx River Pathway birds

2010-08-28 Thread Andrew Block
8/28/10 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY Time:  10am to 3pm Observers:  Andrew Block 1 Green Heron 22+ Wood Ducks 18+ Mallards 1 Red-tailed Hawk 5 Mourning Doves 4 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds 1 Belted Kingfisher 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flickers 3

[nysbirds-l] Tennessee Warbler and others

2010-09-10 Thread Andrew Block
Just had a nice adult Tennessee Warbler, female Common Yellowthroat and Red-eyed Vireo in my yard.  The TEWA and vireo were in the same Hercule's Club tree so was able to get good comparisons.  The warbler also came down to my birdbath.  Also just had a female hummer at the feeder. Andrew  

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds

2010-09-18 Thread Andrew Block
9/18/10 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY Time:  10am to 3pm Observers:  Andrew Block, Martin Carney, Sue Frank O'Rourke, and garden birding group 10+ Wood Ducks 30+ Mallards 1 American Black Duck 2 Wild Turkeys 1 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Great Blue Heron 6+ Ospreys 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 3

[nysbirds-l] handicapped hummer

2010-09-26 Thread Andrew Block
Had a handicapped hummer at my feeders today.  It had a growth or something around it bill about halfway up and couldn't get its bill in far enough to eat.  It looked a little bedraggled which might have been caused by its perdicament.  It was sad to see but it is survival of the fittest. 

[nysbirds-l] birds galore at the birdbath

2010-10-07 Thread Andrew Block
I was sitting today using the computer and looked out my dining room window and saw alot of action at my birdbath and feeders.  At the birdbath were Scarlet Tanager, American Robin, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Blue Jay, Gray Catbird and at the oriole feeder was the male hummer from

[nysbirds-l] warblers still coming thru my yard

2010-10-17 Thread Andrew Block
I'm looking at a female common yellowthroat at my birdbath now so I guess some warblers are still coming thru my area even though we had our big oak taken down yesterday.  Unfortunately the male hummer left about 4 days ago, the latest I've ever had a hummer. Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds incl. Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue-headed Vireo, 8 spp. of sparrows

2010-10-23 Thread Andrew Block
10/23/10 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY Time:  10:30am to 5:30pm Observers:  Andrew Block 10 Double-crested Cormorants 40+ Canada Geese 1 Wood Duck 50+ Mallards 3 Red-tailed Hawks 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 Cooper's Hawks 2 Merlins 2 Wild Turkeys 7+ Rock Pigeons 5 Mourning Doves 1 Belted

[nysbirds-l] Jones Beach SP birds incl. some goodies

2010-10-24 Thread Andrew Block
10/24/10 - Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, NY Time:  9am to 1pm Observers: Andrew Block, Doug Bloom, Mike Bochnik, Bernie Conway, and BRSS/HRAS group hundreds of Double-crested Cormorants 1 Great Egret 1 Great Blue Heron 60+ Snow Geese (incl. one Blue Goose) many Canada Geese many Brants

[nysbirds-l] Sarah Lawrence College birds

2010-10-30 Thread Andrew Block
10/30/10 - Sarah Lawrence College, Kimball Ave., Yonkers, NY Time:  8am to 10am Observers:  Andrew Block, Linda Blakely, Fred Baumgarten and birding group 1 Canada Goose 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Herring Gull 2 Rock Pigeons 5 Mourning Doves 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

[nysbirds-l] phoebe eating bees

2010-10-30 Thread Andrew Block
I have a Eastern Phoebe sitting on my hummer feeder poles trying to catch the honey bees that are visting them.  Didn't expect that.  Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone: 914-337-1229; 

[nysbirds-l] Captree SP fees

2010-11-01 Thread Andrew Block
Does anyone know if they are still charging fees during the week at Captree? Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone: 914-337-1229; Fax: 914-771-8036 -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

[nysbirds-l] Captree birds, no dove, yes kingbird

2010-11-01 Thread Andrew Block
11/1/10 - Captree State Park, L.I., NY Time:  3:30pm to 6:15pm Observers:  Andrew Block 2 Common Loons many Double-crested Cormorants 30+ Brants 12+ Canada Geese 1 American Black Duck 1 Merlin many gulls of usual 3 spp. several Rock Pigeons 2 Northern Flickers 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 WESTERN KINGBIRD

[nysbirds-l] Captree SP/Jones Beach SP birds incl. shrike and ground dove

2010-11-03 Thread Andrew Block
11/3/10 - Captree S.P./Jones Beach S.P., L.I., NY Time:  3:15pm to 6pm Observers:  Andrew Block many Double-crested Cormorants several Canada Geese many Brants several American Black Ducks hundreds of Black Scoters 4 Red-breasted Mergansers 4 Northern Harriers 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Cooper's

[nysbirds-l] yard birds

2010-11-12 Thread Andrew Block
I had a female Purple Finch at the feeders today which was the first at a feeder in years.  Looks like it might be a good winter for finches.  There are already a good number of finches down and some reports of grosbeak and Boreal Chickadee.  My friend in Maine had some Bohemian Waxwings in

[nysbirds-l] unusual cowbird help

2010-11-20 Thread Andrew Block
I had a female type cowbird at my feeder yesterday that wasn't the typical female brown-headed.  I watched it for about 15 minutes at my window feeder and just automatically said brown-headed female and didn't take a photo.  Now I wish I had.  It occurred to me last night while parusing my

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds

2010-11-27 Thread Andrew Block
11/ 27/10 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY Time:  10am to 12pm Observers:  Andrew Block 10 Canada Geese (8 banded) 50+ Mallards 1 Cooper's Hawk 2 Red-tailed Hawks 1 Peregrine Falcon 15+ Mourning Doves 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers 1 Downy Woodpecker 5+ Blue Jays 4+ Black-capped Chickadees 4 Tufted

[nysbirds-l] Northern Lapwing yes

2010-11-28 Thread Andrew Block
Had the Northern Lapwing in Storrs, CT at around 3:30pm today.  It was out of view, but about 10 minutes after I got there it was flushed (unfortunately) by some birders.  Would've liked to had longer looks but atleast got nice views of it circling and flying.  Very nice state bird.  Who

[nysbirds-l] CP Varied Thrush yes

2010-11-29 Thread Andrew Block
I had the Central Park female Varied Thrush at 1:40pm today after waiting for about a half hour.  It gave great looks in the sun. Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone:

[nysbirds-l] Loggerhead Shrike late reports

2010-12-02 Thread Andrew Block
Well since everyone else is putting their two cents in on late LOSHs I'll say I had one on the Putnum CBC back in the early 90's in January.  And I'm still not convinced about the id of the LI shrike. Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue

[nysbirds-l] American Kestrel in Elmsford

2010-12-07 Thread Andrew Block
Had a male American Kestrel on the median of the Sprain Brook Parkway/I-287 intersection in Elmsford.  I haven't had a kestrel in several years in southern Westchester.  Pretty cool. Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville,

[nysbirds-l] House Sparrow homing instinct question

2010-12-12 Thread Andrew Block
Does anyone know how strong the homing instinct is with House Sparrows?  I would presume it's not that strong but don't know.  Thanks. Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone: 914-337-1229; 

[nysbirds-l] Red-shouldered Hawk in yard

2010-12-14 Thread Andrew Block
I'm looking at an adult Red-shouldered Hawk in my yard in almost the same exact place one was last February.  I'm willing to bet it's the same one.  Cool. Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131

[nysbirds-l] female Cooper's back

2010-12-19 Thread Andrew Block
Had a great close look out my window at the female Cooper's Hawk under my feeding station.  To bad my camera wasn't at hand.  It was on top of and next to my sparrow trap trying to get at the sparrows in it.  It flew off when it saw me after a few seconds.  Pretty cool.  A beautiful bird. 

[nysbirds-l] dead Snowy Egret at Bornx Zoo

2010-12-19 Thread Andrew Block
A friend of mine called me tonight to tell me about the immature Snowy Egret he found in the Pere David's Deer exhibit at the Bronx Zoo today.  He saw it floating in the stream that flows thru the front of the enclosure.  He notified a keeper who said they'd take it for a necropsy.  It's a

[nysbirds-l] Calliope Hummingbird yes

2010-12-23 Thread Andrew Block
Had the Calliope Hummingbird today at about 3:15pm in Guilford, CT.  It was mostly sitting in the red cedar but also went to the feeder a few times.  It's amazing it's surviving in this arctic cold. Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue

[nysbirds-l] Cooper's hawk pair

2010-12-27 Thread Andrew Block
The adult female Cooper's Hawk was back today spending all day in its favorite tree.  It was joined briefly by an adult male a few moments ago.  To bad they weren't here yesterday for the CBC. Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville,

[nysbirds-l] Cooper's Hawk drama (not for the faint hearted)

2010-12-28 Thread Andrew Block
The adult female Cooper's Hawk was back today and provided some amazing looks and hunting behavior.  Yesterday a single grackle showed up at my feeders and was back again today.  Well the hawk zeroed in on the grackle and chased it into an arborvitae next to my hybrid southern magnolia.  The

[nysbirds-l] Hermit Thrush Cooper's hawk at the feeders

2011-01-17 Thread Andrew Block
Just had a Hermit Thrush at my window feeder.  Hadn't had one in the yard all winter so it was nice to finally get one.  Also, the resident female Copper's Hawk just attacked the flock of Mourning Doves (15+) that comes to my feeders.  Once again it missed though did get some feathers.  Got

[nysbirds-l] Hermit Thrush question

2011-02-06 Thread Andrew Block
My Hermit Thrush was back again today feeding on the window feeder.  I'm surprised it's eating the mix b/c I think of them as fruit and insect eaters.  I put out a window feeder filled with dried meal worms and it's not even touching them.  Does anyone out there have the same problem?  If so

[nysbirds-l] Clements updates?

2011-02-08 Thread Andrew Block
Does anyone know if the Clements checklist updates have been posted somewhere yet?  It says on the cornell site that they'd be posted in early january.  Well it's early february and they're still not up as far as I can see.  Just wondering. Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting

[nysbirds-l] Eastern Long Island birds others

2011-02-13 Thread Andrew Block
2/13/11 - Montauk Pt. S.P. vicinity, Suffolk Co., NY 3 Red-throated Loons 4 Common Loons 5 Horned Grebes many Canada Geese 12+ Brants 20+ Mute Swans 100+ American Black Ducks 3 Greater Scaup many Common Eiders thousands of Black Scoters thousands of White-winged Scoters thousands of Surf Scoters

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds

2011-02-16 Thread Andrew Block
2/16/11 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY Time:  1pm to 2:30pm Observers:  Andrew Block 8 Rusty Blackbirds 1 Great Horned Owl (on guard, gorgeous) 3+ Red-breasted Nuthatches 2 White-breasted Nuthatches 1 American Robin 1 Northern Mockingbird 3 American Goldfinches 7+ Dark-eyed Juncos 5+ White

[nysbirds-l] Common Redpolls in yard

2011-02-20 Thread Andrew Block
Just had two Common Redpolls at my feeding station.  This is only the second time in 39 years we've had them, go figure. Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone: 914-337-1229; Fax:

Re: [nysbirds-l] Another Example of Unethical Behavior

2011-02-22 Thread Andrew Block
Here, Here.  I'm glad so many people responded to the unbelievable actions of this person.  As I've said before not all but many if not most so called photographers have no scruples and will do anything to get close to their quarry.  You would think that when this guy found the end of the trail

[nysbirds-l] Pink-footed Goose yes, Red-headed Woodpecker yes

2011-03-09 Thread Andrew Block
3/9/11 - Washington Lake Cedar Park Cemetery, Washington Twp. Saddle River Park, Ridgewood, NJ   Time:  9:45am to 4:30pm Observers:  Andrew Block   - Washington Lake/Cedar Park Cemetery   1 Great Blue Heron 4 Turkey Vultures many Canada Geese 1 PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (4:20pm, cemetery, view from

Re: [nysbirds-l] long belated Mitred Parakeet report

2011-04-03 Thread Andrew Block
of days!   Seth Ausubel Forest Hills, NY   From:bounce-13647422-3714...@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-13647422-3714...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Andrew Block Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2011 11:56 AM To: NYS Birds Subject: [nysbirds-l] long belated Mitred

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds incl. Prothonotary and other warblers

2011-04-18 Thread Andrew Block
4/18/11 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY Time:  2pm to 2:40pm Observers:  Andrew Block, Margaret Falk All seen from one spot down by lake below science lab: 5 Wood Ducks 1 Red-tailed Hawk 3 Northern Flickers 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Blue-headed Vireo 3 Blue Jays 2 Tree Swallows 2 Northern

[nysbirds-l] Bronx River Pathway birds

2011-04-29 Thread Andrew Block
4/29/11 - Bronx River Pathway, Scarsdale to Bronxville, NY Time:  3 to 6pm Observers:  Andrew Block 2 Great Egrets 2 Turkey Vultures several Canada Geese 7 Wood Ducks 8 Green-winged Teals severall Mallards 1 Killdeer 1 Solitary Sandpiper 3 Rock Pigeons 4 Mourning Doves 3 Red-bellied Woodpeckers

[nysbirds-l] no birds but Nymphalid at my oriole feeder

2011-05-06 Thread Andrew Block
Well I haven't gotten any birds at my fruit feeder yet, but amazingly did get a fresh Question Mark who is still there.  That's the first butterfly I've ever had at a feeder whether intentionally or unintentionally.  Pretty cool, hope more come.  I do hope the oriole and catbirds don't pick it

[nysbirds-l] found Canon camera eyepiece at Doodletown

2011-05-21 Thread Andrew Block
Just wondering if anyone out there lost a Canon camera eyepiece at Doodletown recently?  I found one yesterday there.  If you did let me know and I'll mail it to you.  Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New

[nysbirds-l] Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks still there and Upland Plovers at Blue Chip

2011-05-24 Thread Andrew Block
Was able to see the 5 Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks at Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Loop Trail at 8am today.  They were actually north of Oil City Rd. in the second impoundment on the left where all the mallards and pipers are.  Had nice looks as they flew around and fed.  Observed them til

Re: [nysbirds-l] Sandhill Crane

2011-06-05 Thread Andrew Block
They are closed until further notice so I hope it was seen from the road.   Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone: 914-337-1229; Fax: 914-771-8036 From:

[nysbirds-l] oriole female question

2011-06-27 Thread Andrew Block
I just had the two male Baltimore Orioles and juvenile oriole at my feeders together.  It just occurred to me that maybe the other male just might be a female with male colors.  I know some females can look similar to males but are usually obviously female but this one is identical to the male

[nysbirds-l] Wallkill River NWR birds: 3 out of 4 rarites seen

2011-07-18 Thread Andrew Block
7/17/11 - Wallkill River NWR, Sussex, NJ Time:  7:15am to 3pm Observers:  Andrew Block 25+ Great Blue Herons 3 Great Egrets 1 Green Heron 1 WHITE IBIS (juv. seen well after scared up by idiot in very low flying Cessna) 2 Turkey Vultures several Canada Geese several Wood Ducks several Mallards 1

[nysbirds-l] Gray-headed Gull id

2011-07-29 Thread Andrew Block
I took a look a the Gray-headed Gull photo and do agree with Doug's id.  I am familiar with them having seen them in their native habitat several times and it does look 100% like a Gray-headed.  Great find.  Hope it's refound. Andrew  Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist

[nysbirds-l] Pelham Bay Park-South

2011-08-23 Thread Andrew Block
Went on a brief frip to the south part of Pelham Bay park and had a small influx of migrant warblers.  Most notable were a pair of Hooded Warblers but the flock included Black white, American Redstart, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, and a few other species.  I also noticed unfortunately that none 

[nysbirds-l] Lost Amazon Parrot

2011-08-24 Thread Andrew Block
- Forwarded Message - From: LindaB magickunico...@aol.com To: n...@yahoogroups.com Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 6:28 AM Subject: [ncwc] Please Read   Dannie Heider and David Ross lost their Yellow Amazon Parrott right after the earthquake yesterday. Despite the name - this is

[nysbirds-l] Is it worth going out tomorrow?

2011-08-28 Thread Andrew Block
Hi all,   I can't believe I missed out on all those awesome birds today!  That's what happens when your power goes out and you can't check email and you don't think of going out looking for pelagics.  I was thinking of going out tomorrow morning but does anyone think things will be gone by

[nysbirds-l] Wheatear seen as of 12:50pm

2011-09-06 Thread Andrew Block
; Donna Lee Ubertalli SMRA duberta...@gmail.com; john grant nat...@optonline.net; Ponie Sheehan wshee...@maryknoll.org; Valerie Lyle SMRA vega...@fastmail.us; andrew block BRSS ablock22...@yahoo.com; bill wallace billwb...@aol.com; chris Drury chrisdrur...@gmail.com; Dave SMRA Wyly da...@wyly.com

[nysbirds-l] Fw: Bird by the USS Intrepid on 8/31

2011-09-06 Thread Andrew Block
Just got this from John Votta in NJ who wanted to me to send it to the NY listserv.  I couldn't see any photo but maybe someone else can.  If it's true then it would be an awesome bird.   Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville,

[nysbirds-l] Park Ridge, NJ white ibis juvenile still there

2011-09-07 Thread Andrew Block
The juvenile White Ibis in Park Ridge, just south of the NY border in Bergen Co., was still at the Silver Lake off of Mill Rd. as of about 9am this morning.  It was on the north end where the river comes out by the sand bar and was feeding along the far shore and on the land.  Quite nice views.

[nysbirds-l] juvenile Bald Eagle s. of Franklinton Vlaie

2011-09-16 Thread Andrew Block
Had a first year juvenile Bald Eagle flying over the marsh/pond that is south of Franklinton Vlaie in Franklinton on Rte. 145.  Probably one of the young from Franklinton?  Possibly.   Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville,

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds incl. Mourning Warbler

2011-09-17 Thread Andrew Block
9/17/11 - New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY   Time:  10am to 2:30pm Observers:  Andrew Block   2 Double-crested Cormorants 12 Wood Ducks 6 Mallards 1 Osprey 1 Red-tailed hawk 1 Cooper's Hawk 2 Wild Turkeys 3 Herring Gulls 6 Mourning Doves 1 Chimney Swift 4+ Ruby-throated Hummingbirds 1 Belted

[nysbirds-l] yard birds incl. Swainson's Thrush

2011-09-25 Thread Andrew Block
Had a nice selection of migrants at the bird bath today.  They included a Swainson's Thrush (possible new yard bird), m f American Redstarts, female Common Yellowthroat, female Magnolia Warbler, plus the usual birds.    Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37

[nysbirds-l] Swamp Sparrows is yard

2011-10-05 Thread Andrew Block
As I speak there are two Swamp Sparrows, one adult, one juvenile, feeding around the bird bath on grass/weed seeds.  New yard bird, #115.  Cool.   Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York 10708-3131 Phone:

[nysbirds-l] Caumsett birds incl. Say's Phoebe

2011-10-05 Thread Andrew Block
10/5/11 - Caumsett S.P., Lloyd Neck, Suffolk Co., NY   Time:  9:30am to 11:45am Observers:  Andrew Block, Mark Schwartz   1 Merlin 2 Red-tailed Hawks several Northern Flickers 5+ Red-bellied Woodpeckers 6+ Eastern Phoebes 1 SAY'S PHOEBE 1 Eastern Bluebird many Yellow-rumped Warblers 1 Pine Warbler

[nysbirds-l] Rockefeller SPP birds incl. warblers

2011-10-17 Thread Andrew Block
10/17/11 - Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pocantico Hills, NY   Time:  2 to 6pm Observers:  Andrew Block   6 Canada Geese 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 Red-tailed Hawks 1 American Kestrel 7 Mourning Doves 3 Red-bellied Woodpeckers 1 Downy Woodpecker 2 Hairy Woodpeckers 2 Pileated Woodpeckers 3 Northern

[nysbirds-l] warblers in the garden

2011-10-18 Thread Andrew Block
While working out in the garden this afternoon I had a nice male yellowthroat pop up next to me and also saw a bay-breasted warbler at the birdbath.  Also, forgot to report yesterday I had a couple more swifts flying over the house.   Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife

[nysbirds-l] Captree SP Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Yellow-headed Blackbird yes

2011-10-22 Thread Andrew Block
10/21/11 - Captree S.P., Long Island, NY   Time:  3:10pm to 4pm Observers:  Andrew Block   1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1 Yellow-headed Blackbird (w/ cowbird flock in triangle at RMC southbound exit ramp) 5 Boat-tailed Grackles 2 Savannah Sparrows 1 Killdeer   - Ocean Parkway, L.I., NY   4 Merlins

[nysbirds-l] Snow Goose (blue form) at Huegonot Lake, New Rochelle High School

2011-10-24 Thread Andrew Block
Had a juvenile blue form Snow Goose with a flock of Canada Geese at Huegonot Lake in front of the New Rochelle High School on Main St. this afternoon around 3pm.   Andrew Andrew v. F. Block Consulting Naturalist/Wildlife Biologist 37 Tanglewylde Avenue Bronxville, Westchester Co., New York

[nysbirds-l] NYBG birds incl. Parula Warbler

2011-10-26 Thread Andrew Block
10/26/11 - NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY   Time:  2:30pm to 6pm Observers:  Andrew Block   1 Northern Parula 6 Yellow-rumped Warblers 20+ Golden-crowned Kinglets 5 Ruby-crowned Kinglets 15+ Chipping Sparrows 1 Northern Flicker 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers 1 Hairy Woodpecker 2 Red-bellied

[nysbirds-l] Bronx River Pathway birds

2011-11-08 Thread Andrew Block
11/8/11 - Bronx River Pathway, Bronx River Parkway, Scarsdale to Bronxville, NY   Time:  2:30pm to 5pm Observers:  Andrew Block   1 Great Blue Heron 1 Great Egret 12+ Wood Ducks 10 Green-winged Teals 5 American Black Ducks 2 Hooded Mergansers 9 Killdeer 3 Mourning Doves 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

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