[nysbirds-l] very recent Manhattan birds

2010-03-10 Thread Thomas Fiore
Wednesday, 10 March, 2010 - Central Park Manhattan, N.Y. City At Central Park in Manhattan, not too much in the way of arrivals, although migrants have passed by thru over the last 10 days or so... and just today, at the park's far north end (specifically on the ridge a bit south of the

[nysbirds-l] E. Phoebe, Am. Woodcock, Central Park, NYC 3/11

2010-03-11 Thread Thomas Fiore
Thursday, 11 March 2010 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City An Eastern Phoebe was at the south side of the Great Hill this afternoon, well above the path north of the Pool, near W. 103 Street - well up in a tall bare tree, calling at least a few times, also singing. At Strawberry Fields

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 9/10

2012-09-10 Thread Thomas Fiore
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City (On Sunday, Sept. 9th, an American Bittern was seen by at least 3 observers at Turtle Pond late in the day. Always an uncommon sighting in Central, it's not been reported for Monday.) Monday, 10 September, 2012 - A fairly strong migration on the north

[nysbirds-l] Winter Finch Forecast 2012-2013 (from Ron Pittaway, ON.Birds)

2012-09-19 Thread Thomas Fiore
...from Ron Pittaway, via the Ontario Birds list-serve: http://ontbirds.ca/pipermail/birdalert_ontbirds.ca/Week-of-Mon-20120917/031284.html thanks to RP and to all those he acknowledges. --- WINTER FINCH FORECAST 2012-2013 The theme this winter is that each

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 9/22

2012-09-22 Thread Thomas Fiore
Saturday, 22 September, 2012 Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City There were still many migrants about all day, but I was unable to re-find a few from Fri. morning's good diversity, notably no Blue Grosbeak, also no Indigo Buntings, and a couple of the warblers seen Friday went missing in my

[nysbirds-l] Manhattan, NYC 9/24

2012-09-24 Thread Thomas Fiore
Monday, 24 September, 2012 Manhattan, N.Y. City (mainly: Central Park, Riverside Park, Fort Tryon Park) A nice new push of migrants, far more than had been 24 hours prior. There were some species perhaps new to the southbound season for this year in Manhattan. Passerines and other small

[nysbirds-l] downtown Manhattan, NYC 9/28

2012-09-28 Thread Thomas Fiore
Friday, 28 September, 2012 Manhattan - Stuyvesantown, east of First Ave. near E. 16 Street... At an oval (which is called The Oval on signage in the enclosed town of brick buildings, a modest green-lawn and tree, shrub, flower planted area with a large fountain, which regularly receives its

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 10/4

2012-10-04 Thread Thomas Fiore
Thursday, 4 October, 2012 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City Some morning movement, as well as a lot of apparent southbound exodus of the night preceding. Seen moving in numbers in the first hour of the day were many Yellow-shafted Flickers, Blue Jays, Cedar Waxwings, Common Grackles, and

[nysbirds-l] Rockaways, Queens Co., NYC 10/5

2012-10-05 Thread Thomas Fiore
Rockaway peninsula's western portion, mainly Fort Tilden and Breezy Point Friday, 5 September, 2012 Fog was already completely dispersed at the shore along the Rockaway peninsula at first light, however there had almost certainly been some fog overnight as some surfaces were very wet,

[nysbirds-l] extralimital Wood Sandpiper, Rhode Island

2012-10-13 Thread Thomas Fiore
Saturday Oct. 13, '12 I was surprised to come in and not see an earlier posting to NYS, until J.D. did so - there are at least some add'l. pic's - of a reported Wood Sandpiper in Rhode Island - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RIBIRDS/messages?o=1

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 10/16

2012-10-16 Thread Thomas Fiore
A Wood Sandpiper continued to be seen in Jamestown, Rhode Island again today. A small number of Evening Grosbeaks have worked south through New England and sightings have been from within less than 50 miles of N.Y. City, with signs from more northerly locales that more will be moving. - -

[nysbirds-l] Barnacle Goose, V.C.P,, Bronx Co. 12/17

2012-12-17 Thread Thomas Fiore
The Barnacle Goose was present, along with well over 1,000 Canada Geese, on the extensive Parade Ground field (immediately east of Broadway), in Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx. The Barnacle was a bit off to itself when seen around 2 p.m., much closer to the east edge of the field, and roughly

[nysbirds-l] Bronx Co. Barnacle Goose 12/21 (Van Cortlandt Park)

2012-12-21 Thread Thomas Fiore
Today,, Friday 21 December, 2012, at Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx, a Barnacle Goose was again present on the Parade Ground (large mowed sports - and goose-feeding! - field), off Broadway and just a bit north of West 242 Street, in the western parts of the Bronx. This is very close to exits

[nysbirds-l] Iceland Gull, etc,. Manhattan, NYC 12/22

2012-12-22 Thread Thomas Fiore
Saturday, 22 December, 2012 - Manhattan, N.Y. City At Central Park's reservoir, an Iceland Gull continues, seen very nicely on the dike not far off the dike's north end, among many ofv the 3 regular gull species (primarily Ring-billed, some Herring Great Black-backed), and observed from a

[nysbirds-l] Bronx Magnolia Warbler, 12/23

2012-12-28 Thread Thomas Fiore
(last Sunday), 12/23/2012 - The Bronx, N.Y. City Not a bird most anyone would try and look for, as it's such a common spring fall migrant and a fairly common breeder in appropriate habitat in the state and many northern states and provinces, but as a CBC bird, quite unexpected - a Magnolia

[nysbirds-l] Barnacle Goose, V.C.Pk., Bronx Co., 1/2

2013-01-02 Thread Thomas Fiore
Wednesday, 2 January, 2013 A Barnacle Goose, along with at least 1,000 Canada Geese had returned to the large Parade Ground field by mid-day; it and much of the flock feeding near (just east of) Broadway and just a short way north of W. 242 St., or in the SW portion of the large field. Tom

Re:[nysbirds-l] Ovenbird in AMNH Park

2013-01-10 Thread Thomas Fiore
This observation from Manhattan is notable for winter, but in the case of that species is not at all unprecedented, and it is hardly just Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan where Ovenbirds have been seen in other winters, although that location has had its share, being so often checked by

[nysbirds-l] Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx Co., 1/14

2013-01-14 Thread Thomas Fiore
Monday, 14 January, 2013 A one 1/2 hour look around Van Cortlandt Park's Parade Ground field, as well as adjacent portions of the golf course greens a few additional smaller fields failed to turn up the recently lingering Barnacle Goose. A Cackling Goose was present, in with at least 1,000

[nysbirds-l] Iceland Gull etc., NYC 2/13

2013-02-13 Thread Thomas Fiore
Wednesday, 13 February, 2013 At Central Park, in Manhattan (N.Y. City) an Iceland Gull was again at the Lake, and after taking bread from passersby (tourists, not birders, at about 1 p.m.), the smutty / winter plumage gull moved out to the still-iced-over portion, nearer to W. 77 Street. A

[nysbirds-l] [Fwd]: NNYBirds: Smew, St. Lawrece River, 2/16

2013-02-16 Thread Thomas Fiore
The following posted to Northern NY Birds, which has access for non-members via the ABA's Birding News. Tom Fiore, Manhattan - - - - - Subject: NNYBirds: Smew at Lisbon Beach on the St. Lawrence River Date: Sat Feb 16 2013 17:09 pm From: jsbolsinger This morning I found a female-plumaged

re:[nysbirds-l] Van Cortlandt Park (and conservation)

2013-02-17 Thread Thomas Fiore
Re: Van Cortlandt Park Steve, Andrew, and concerned others, about the butterfly of course Steve is correct and knows much about status of lepidoptera that flies by day by night in our region. my 3 cents on this is, that we not go entirely with a Spotted Owl way of looking at

Re:[nysbirds-l] Paving the Putnam trail in Vancortlandt Park

2013-02-18 Thread Thomas Fiore
It might be noted that the original post was by Andrew Baksh and the paragraph in quotes was written by him, as well as the third paragraph (not in quotes) below my comments above. (Steve Walter simply included the full message that Andrew posted, below Steve's comments.) I would add that

[nysbirds-l] Bl.-h. Gull, CP res., NYC 2/19

2013-02-19 Thread Thomas Fiore
Tuesday, 19 Feb., 2013 Central Park (reservoir), Manhattan, N.Y. City On Central Park's reservoir this mid-day were at least several thousand gulls, and scanning thru them I found photographed a 1st-winter-plumaged Black-headed Gull, which was mostly sitting (as were 98% of all the gulls) at

[nysbirds-l] Gulls, Redpoll, etc. Central Pk., NYC 2/19

2013-02-19 Thread Thomas Fiore
Tuesday, 19 February, 2013 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City On a later in day look at the Central Park reservoir, the Black-headed Gull was not re-found by 2 of us scanning a while, nor did I come up with it again on a 4-4:30 p.m. attempt, by which hour many gulls had exited the reservoir

[nysbirds-l] few gulls, redpoll yes, Central Park, NYC 2/20

2013-02-20 Thread Thomas Fiore
Wednesday, 20 Feb., 2013 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City A first, and second look at the reservoir in Central Park revealed that about 98% of the numbers of gulls present at mid-day yesterday were, as of mid-day today, not present there - with merely 100 or so this late a.m., it was simple

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 2/28

2013-02-28 Thread Thomas Fiore
Thursday, 28 February, 2013 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City A first-winter Black-headed Gull was again seen at the reservoir in Central Park, around 12:30 p.m., near the north end of the divider-dike that runs roughly from the southeast corner to the north/northwest side of the reservoir.

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 3/1

2013-03-01 Thread Thomas Fiore
Friday, 1 March, 2013 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City Seeking gulls I again scanned those on the park's reservoir, but in looks beginning around noon and ending after 2 pm, I did not see any uncommon species, just the 3 most typical of the winter or most times of year here (Ring-billed,

[nysbirds-l] Manhattan, NYC [8/30]

2013-08-30 Thread Thomas Fiore
Friday, 30 August, 2013 Manhattan sites, mainly Central Park (N.Y. City) A modest migration over the past week or so, variety decent but hardly outstanding, and numbers definitely modest on most species noted. A fair proportion of the birds moving through Manhattan have been warblers,

[nysbirds-l] CT Warbler more, Central Park, NYC 9/3

2013-09-03 Thread Thomas Fiore
Tuesday, 3 September 2013 Central Park, Manhattan, N. Y. City Among migrant warbler highlights of the early a.m. is a Connecticut Warbler, being seen in the small meadow on the far southeast upper slope of the Great Hill (east slightly south of the large open grass oval and reached by a

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 9/4

2013-09-04 Thread Thomas Fiore
Wednesday, 4 September, 2013 Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City There was a report (written that way simply as I didn't observe personally) of Vesper Sparrow at the meadow on the upper south slope of the Great Hill, apparently found by Martin Carney, also seen by others, including Tom

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 9/5 6

2013-09-06 Thread Thomas Fiore
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City On Thursday, 5 Sept. there were a fair number of migrants yet it seemed to this observer that many had departed, with diversity lower and overall numbers at least no higher from the preceding day (Wed. 4 Sept.). Also, some of the uncommon birds of the day

Re:[nysbirds-l] report from Jamaica Bay East Pond...

2013-09-07 Thread Thomas Fiore
further 'follow-up'; At Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, N.Y. City, not much in shorebirds in a later-in-day look, with very little wet (damp) habitat available just now to help attract some; it bears watching if rains fall, that even the most modest puddles there can produce a surprising

Re:[nysbirds-l] Central Park Sept. 18

2013-09-18 Thread Thomas Fiore
(Manhattan, N.Y. City) To Joe G's CP listing, I'd briefly add that from the north end of the park, another round of Yellow-shafted Flickers went through, with at least 300 (twice the number counted a day earlier at the same early a.m. hour just at and before sunrise) moving across the n.

[nysbirds-l] winter finch forecast (2013-14)

2013-09-22 Thread Thomas Fiore
The annual Winter Finch Forecast - from Ron Pittaway, of Ontario, Canada, via Jean Irons. (contributions and assistance to the winter finch-forecasting from many, as acknowledged in the pages of the forecast, including New York's Joan Collins (from the Adirondack and northern NY region)

[nysbirds-l] a sad loss: Nicholas Wagerik, naturalist

2013-09-29 Thread Thomas Fiore
Nicholas Wagerik, known to all who knew him as Nick, passed away earlier this month in New York City. Nick became known to hundreds and hundreds of the regulars as well as visitors to Central Park, in New York City, yet he also was known in a much wider circle, as a superb naturalist

[nysbirds-l] Manhattan birds, 10/2

2013-10-02 Thread Thomas Fiore
Wednesday, 2 October 2013 (New York City) Manhattan, mainly Central Riverside Parks. A fairly strong persistent migrant flight last night into the day Wednesday, with what certainly seemed one of the larger flights for overall numbers of birds this season (as compared with some earlier

Re:[nysbirds-l] Monarch Butterlies

2013-10-08 Thread Thomas Fiore
Andy and all, the below link may assist in understanding. Issues from their main central Mexican wintering roosts, from much of their migratory passage habitat and - [possibly even more than the latter two factors] - that which is discussed in the link can be factored in to a decline of the

Re:[nysbirds-l] Manhattan Varied Thrush relocated...

2013-12-18 Thread Thomas Fiore
hi all, regarding the Varied Thrush in lower east Manhattan, N.Y. City (today recent few days) 2 days ago Anders P. gave coordinates as well as a building number; Andrew B. others have also mentioned walking in from near First Ave./ East 19th St. to the thrush-y area, as near where the

[nysbirds-l] Stuyvesant town Varied Thrush (Manhattan, NYC)

2013-12-18 Thread Thomas Fiore
Manhattan, east side east of First Ave., below 20th Street; Wed., 18 Dec., 2013 Of the adult male Varied Thrush seen today (esp. well before a Sharp- shinned Hawk put in an appearance directly above the thrush's favored feeding areas, and then in nearby trees on the inner oval - where the

[nysbirds-l] Manhattan, N.Y. City Varied Thrush

2013-12-20 Thread Thomas Fiore
Hi again all, It may seem obvious - or not - but to avoid any possible confusion ... the town of Stuyvesant, NY that is in Columbia County is not where a Varied Thrush is being seen. ( yes, someone did inquire, privately...) It's in the community in Manhattan's east side, little old New York

[nysbirds-l] V. Thrush (NO) in Manhattan

2013-12-29 Thread Thomas Fiore
Sunday, 29 December, 2013 mid / lower east of Manhattan, N.Y. City - I decided to take a bike ride thru around mid- and down-town areas of Manhattan (N.Y. City) earlier (ahead of the rain) today, and walk in various smaller parks green-spaces as well as a focus on the area, as reported

[nysbirds-l] Pine Warbler, Central Park NYC 2/25

2014-02-25 Thread Thomas Fiore
Tuesday, 25 February, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City A surprise this mid-day - for the late-winter date ( have not seen any recent report of such), a PINE WARBLER, seen well and at very close range, at the oven area next to the Lake (a bit west of The Point) in the Ramble of

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 2/26

2014-02-26 Thread Thomas Fiore
Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City I looked for the Pine Warbler seen yesterday in the Ramble of Central Park, at about the same time with similar conditions (light snow flurries ending, brisk but bright sunny), but did not find it again this mid-day. And

[nysbirds-l] Bronx birds, 2 March 2014

2014-03-02 Thread Thomas Fiore
Sunday, 2 March, 2014 - Pelham Bay Park, Bronx County, NY - mainly in a.m. hours - I spent about an hour in the area near Turtle Cove, including in the woods at the edge of the golf driving range (still snowed-over), eventually located 3 Red-headed Woodpeckers, two in near-full-adult

[nysbirds-l] Manhattan, NYC 3/3

2014-03-03 Thread Thomas Fiore
Monday, March 3, 2014 - Manhattan, N.Y. City Late in the day, I went along the Hudson river, at Riverside Park South in the latitude of streets in the 60's, and found a female Common Goldeneye extremely close to the shoreline, as well as female Red-breasted Merganser, various extremely

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 3/5

2014-03-05 Thread Thomas Fiore
Wednesday, 5 March, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City A not-too colorful PINE WARBLER continues in the Ramble, with a sighting at about 8:55 - 9 a.m. this a.m., the warbler approaching the feeders from the east, looking around feeding only as normally, that is not from any feeder

[nysbirds-l] Red-necked Grebe, Manhattan, NYC 3/7

2014-03-07 Thread Thomas Fiore
Friday, 7 March, 2014 - Manhattan, N.Y. City On an afternoon cycle around the northern portions of Manhattan's waterfront, I came upon a Red-necked Grebe (in basic / winter plumage) very close to the shore at about the latitude of West 168 Street, off the upper part of [what I assume is

[nysbirds-l] Manhattan grebe follow-up

2014-03-07 Thread Thomas Fiore
Returning to the area along the Hudson river off the w. side of Manhattan, scanning from near Riverbank park all the way to the GW bridge - including a close look along all the shore some distance out on the river, NO further sighting of the earlier Red-necked Grebe. (perhaps

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 3/8 (+ links: non-NY pelagics)

2014-03-08 Thread Thomas Fiore
Saturday, 8 March, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y.C. As noted in a post to this list earlier this week, the feeders in the Ramble are not the only site to check for some of the birds that have been seen (most often) recently there ... a look at the feeders this a.m. was fine, with

[nysbirds-l] Central Park reservoir, NYC 3/10

2014-03-10 Thread Thomas Fiore
Monday, 10 March, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City In a one-hour scan (with scope binoculars, with 5 additional observers at var. times) during the noon hour today, one species of grebe was found - but it was a (presumed first-of-this-month) Pied- billed Grebe, NO Red-necked

Re:[nysbirds-l] Reservoir [Central Park, NYC] 3/16

2014-03-16 Thread Thomas Fiore
Sunday, 16 March, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City Agreeing with Anders on what was NOT seen this a.m. at the reservoir, beginning at pre-sunrise thru 7:45am, NO red-necked grebe, no wigeon, no ring-necked duck, anywhere on any portion of the reservoir's water or shores. Nor, at

[nysbirds-l] C.P., NYC [grebe yes], 3/16

2014-03-16 Thread Thomas Fiore
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City - 16 March, 2014 An after-noon pass thru the park offered a chance to check the reservoir again, and this time the Red-necked Grebe was seen, diving quite regularly - and still doing so when last seen watched at about 2:45 by which time it had moved well

[nysbirds-l] C.P., NYC [R.-n. Grebe yes], 3/17

2014-03-17 Thread Thomas Fiore
Monday, 17 March, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City At the reservoir a very short while ago, the Red-necked Grebe (in transitioning plumage) was still present, last seen swimming from central area towards the southeast. At the extreme southeast portion of open water, many ducks

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 3/20

2014-03-20 Thread Thomas Fiore
Thursday, 20 March, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City The transitioning-plumaged RED-NECKED GREBE continued at the reservoir, seen 7:45 a.m. 8:15 a.m. on the western side; it seemed to be slowly working a bit to the south at the latter time. Also present there again were a drake

[nysbirds-l] Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NYC 3/21

2014-03-21 Thread Thomas Fiore
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx Co., N.Y. City - Friday, 21 March, 2014 Signs of spring at V.C. Park in mid-day included 6 Killdeer out on the Parade Ground ballfields, at least 5 Eastern Bluebirds (4 of them brilliant males) managing to hawk small insects at the s. slope of Vault Hill, a few

[nysbirds-l] R.-n. Grebe, C.P. NYC 3/22

2014-03-22 Thread Thomas Fiore
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City - Saturday, 22 March, 2014 The transitional-plumaged RED-NECKED GREBE continues on the reservoir, seen swimming 7:10-7:15a.m. off the north pumphouse. Some signs of a bit of other waterbird movement; more later. good birding, Tom Fiore Manhattan --

[nysbirds-l] (not much) Bronx Co. 3/22

2014-03-22 Thread Thomas Fiore
A return look at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx (N.Y. City) this Sat. afternoon (3/22) found little of great note almost none of the species I noted there the day before, except for some Rusty Blackbirds again by the marsh south of the main golf course green. The lake, which is now

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 3/23

2014-03-23 Thread Thomas Fiore
Sunday, 23 March, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City [it was good to see the report by D. Becker from the N.Y. Botanical Garden (the Bronx) yesterday- good place, good birds, good regular reporting. and for a select few, all-importantly this site is west of the Bronx river parkway:

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 3/24

2014-03-24 Thread Thomas Fiore
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City - Monday, 24 March, 2014 The RED-NECKED GREBE continued at the reservoir, seen swimming at 10:30 a.m. some way off the north pump-house building vicinity. Otherwise many ducks some other birds seemed to have departed the reservoir since the day

[nysbirds-l] Rusty Blackbirds (C.P., NYC) 3/24

2014-03-24 Thread Thomas Fiore
I neglected to add that several Rusty Blackbirds were seen in Central Park (Manhattan, N.Y. City) today, and at least one, in the Ramble, was a near-breeding plumaged female in that special dark slate flat- matte-gray color, which is among my favorite plumages in N. Am. birds... (love Gray

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 3/25

2014-03-25 Thread Thomas Fiore
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City The RED-NECKED GREBE continued as it has for a full 2 weeks now at the reservoir; in the noon-hour today seen swimming off the north shore buildings (pumphouse etc.) as it seems to have been on many recent days. It may not hang

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 3/26

2014-03-26 Thread Thomas Fiore
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City At the reservoir, the RED-NECKED GREBE continued, seen off the nw shore at 8 a.m., and good views in ideal light indicates (as do photo series) the grebe is gaining some spring plumage; also today, there were 3 American

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 3/27

2014-03-27 Thread Thomas Fiore
Thursday, 27 March 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City Red-necked Grebe ongoing at the reservoir, seems to like the n. n.w. section; Red-breasted Merganser pair also lingering on; N. Shovelers in numbers (but no wigeon at all detected today), some of the other recent res.

[nysbirds-l] Friday birding in southern Queens Co.

2014-03-29 Thread Thomas Fiore
FRIDAY, 28 March, 2014 - Queens County, NY (NO rarities!) I spent virtually all of Friday in southern Queens (N.Y. City) and starting with Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, where I spent relatively little time as it appeared there was not (yet) tremendous variety. On the north marsh side of the

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 3/30

2014-03-30 Thread Thomas Fiore
I remember Manny Levine, simply, as a really nice guy to many younger- newer birders, encouraging and also pushing them (us, me, back a few decades ago) to get out in the field even more, use our skills, take notes, draw, photograph, do what it takes to document, then THINK about what is

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 3/31

2014-03-31 Thread Thomas Fiore
Monday, 31 March, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City The Red-necked Grebe continues, now getting to its 3rd full week on the reservoir. Also lingering there are a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers, and some of the other ducks waterbirds as noted in recent days. A female Pine

Re:[nysbirds-l] swans [Manhattan, NYC]

2014-04-01 Thread Thomas Fiore
Hi Lee all, at the Central Park Reservoir, 10:30 a.m. this Tues. (April 1) I saw photographed 3 swans, which on first glance looked to have nice 'gestalt' for something other than Mute... but on closer look now double-checking photos to be sure, the swans appear to be 3 Mute (and not

[nysbirds-l] swansong grebely doings NYC 4/1

2014-04-01 Thread Thomas Fiore
At Central Park's (Manhattan, N.Y. City) reservoir, the 3 swans-a- swimming were further definitively ID'd as Mute Swans; they'd moved across to the n.e. part of the reservoir by mid-afternoon. On the theme of things in threes, some good reports out of Brooklyn's Prospect Park included 3

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC, 4/2

2014-04-02 Thread Thomas Fiore
Wednesday, 2 April, 2014 Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City - With some a.m. sauntering, some movement in evidence: a Great Egret at the Pond (lurking in the reeds near the bridge), a nice arrival of Golden-crowned Kinglets and Brown Creepers, additional Chipping Sparrows, and a great many

Re:[nysbirds-l] Central Park (NYC) 4/4

2014-04-04 Thread Thomas Fiore
Adding little to Pat's ( Nadir's) report(s) from Central Park (Manhattan, N.Y. City), an ongoing search at the Loch / Ravine area for Thursday's unexpected Virginia Rail seems to still be a 'no' for today, with multiple searchers. I also failed to find most of the migrants of the last

[nysbirds-l] a released rail in Central Park (4/3)

2014-04-04 Thread Thomas Fiore
Thanks to a regular birder of the north end (Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City), we now are aware that the Virginia Rail seen by some late Thursday in the Loch / Ravine area of the park was a bird released there, intentionally, earlier in the same day, by licensed bird rehabilitators. The

[nysbirds-l] extralimital N. Lapwing [ME]

2014-04-05 Thread Thomas Fiore
not in NY but, as many may be aware, a Northern Lapwing has appeared in s.-coastal Maine, seen again today. Heads-up on green sheen... Maine reports can be followed at: http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=one_list;id=138 tom fiore - manhattan -- NYSbirds-L List Info:

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/5-6-7

2014-04-07 Thread Thomas Fiore
yep, it's your minute-by-minute play-by-play, uninterrupted by the local home-openers! ( thank goodness for that bronx win today...:-) Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City Mon.-Sun.-Sat., April 7, 6, and 5, 2014 Monday, a modest movement, and some birds that almost certainly went

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/10, prior days

2014-04-10 Thread Thomas Fiore
Thurs. 10 April, Wed. 9 April, Tues., 8 April, prior, 2014 Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City Thurs. 10 April - A Wilson's Snipe appeared at the Point, seen by M.OBS. (M.any OBS.ervers), a part of the Ramble along the lake - it was first found fairly early in the morning. (m.o.b.'s can also

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/11

2014-04-11 Thread Thomas Fiore
Friday, 11 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City A good migration overnight, with 99.999 % -or thereabouts- of the birds passing Manhattan overnight continuing on northward. A (nearly) still basic-plumaged RED-NECKED GREBE continues on the reservoir; at ~ 9:30 a.m. in the center.

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/12

2014-04-12 Thread Thomas Fiore
Saturday, 12 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City In addition the the male Eastern Bluebird that Anders P. has reported in the Ramble's Tupelo meadow area this a.m., there were most, perhaps all the species as reported yesterday for the Ramble area, including a male

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/14 ( kite ruminations)

2014-04-14 Thread Thomas Fiore
Monday, 14 April 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City Perhaps another relatively quiet day in the park, despite excellent overnight migration thru the region. One question from today was, were there 2 Red-necked Grebes at the reservoir, at either the same or different points in the

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/15

2014-04-15 Thread Thomas Fiore
Tuesday, 15 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City In a pre-rain walk in the Ramble, I saw photo'd just one individual warbler, a bright male Pine Warbler at the east edge of Shakespeare Garden. In the vicinity were also a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets, which were seen elsewhere

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/16

2014-04-16 Thread Thomas Fiore
Somewhat status-quo, for birds; but maybe more swallows... Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City - Wednesday, 16 April, 2014 A Red-necked Grebe in near-full breeding plumage continues at the reservoir. A bright male Pine Warbler was around the n. slope at Strawberry Fields quite early ( thanks

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/17

2014-04-17 Thread Thomas Fiore
Thursday, 17 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City At least some mid-April birds are being found, if not a whole lot, in this chilly weather pattern ending out the week. Black-and-white, Pine, Palm, Yellow-rumped Warblers, as well as a 2nd-in-the-park Common Yellowthroat,

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/19

2014-04-19 Thread Thomas Fiore
Saturday, 19 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City A modestly-early Prairie Warbler in the Ramble this morning (maybe same one that was reported a week earlier- when a bit more surprisingly early, or - today's perhaps a more recently-arrived bird) was among rather few migrants

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/22

2014-04-22 Thread Thomas Fiore
Tuesday, 22 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City After a few days during which migration slowed to a crawl (at best) and most birders were not lingering very long, today provided a little more... interestingly, much of the park appeared certainly sounded quiet in the first

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/23

2014-04-23 Thread Thomas Fiore
Wednesday, 23 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City 60+ observers (or, many more) had excellent views of the male Cerulean Warbler being seen on the n.w. side of bow bridge, at the Ramble's s.w. corner; the very popular bird offering great views photo-op's to anyone lingering

[nysbirds-l] extralimital 50 miles from NY: S.-t. Kite, 4/23

2014-04-23 Thread Thomas Fiore
Wed., 23 April 2014 - One of Connecticut's experienced birders has reported a Swallow-tailed Kite in the vicinity of Bridgeport, CT - that is roughly 50 miles or less from the Westchester Co., NY border with CT... and maybe a lot less, as the kite flies, via LI Sound to Nassau Suffolk

[nysbirds-l] additional Central Park, NYC 4/23

2014-04-23 Thread Thomas Fiore
Wed., 23 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City Additional to the male Cerulean Warbler, which was essentially seen for 12+ hours, right through early evening in the area previously mentioned as well as occasionally moving east a bit in trees along the lake shore (the bird

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/24

2014-04-24 Thread Thomas Fiore
Thursday, 24 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City It seemed that birds from the day before had dispersed just a bit, perhaps some moved on out. A good many birders again sought Tues. WEDNESDAY's Cerulean Warbler this Thurs. morning, but it seems it had moved on (or was just

Re: [nysbirds-l] Sandhill cranes at the gunks

2014-04-25 Thread Thomas Fiore
Hi Bert, by which you mean the Shawangunk range of the mid-Hudson valley region of NY state??? (and just possibly in Ulster County NY?) Not all readers know the regional abbreviation that is favored by so many who are familiar with those mountains. good birding, Tom Fiore Manhattan

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/25

2014-04-25 Thread Thomas Fiore
Friday, 25 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City A modest movement overnight thru the area, it seemed, and perhaps a few new arrivals... a Wilson's Snipe was seen at the Meer, but flying out towards the Loch (that is, in a somewhat westerly direction), by K. Fung this a.m. -

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/26

2014-04-26 Thread Thomas Fiore
(aww, no Ptarmigans even in the northernmost end of Central Park... ;-) ... what a great find - who has offered the original finder a dinner (at least) at the finest local restaurant of choice? You are not too likely to see this all-white species irrupt on any regular basis in NY

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/27 ( birds north/east)

2014-04-27 Thread Thomas Fiore
This likely bears little direct relationship to the find of a Willow Ptarmigan at the eastern edge of Lake Ontario in NY state... In Newfoundland, Atlantic Canada, there are an impressive number of Eurasian-breeding waders (as most of the world refers to them in the English language), or

Re:[nysbirds-l] Central Pk., NYC Yellow-throated Warbler, 4/28

2014-04-28 Thread Thomas Fiore
Monday, 28 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City As far as I'm aware the singing Yellow-throated Warbler found early this morning by Roger Pasquier was last seen in the vicinity described (below) as of about 8:20 a.m. or so then was lost to both view and to hearing. It had been

[nysbirds-l] Yellow-Thr. Warbler, Central Pk., NYC 4/28

2014-04-28 Thread Thomas Fiore
Monday, 28 April, 2014 - Central park, Manhattan, N.Y. City A Yellow-throated Warbler (and presumably the same from the Mall / bandshell area, early a.m.) was observed, photographed, admired, gawked at, etc. by at least 100+ observers later this day, with an additional nice sighting when

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 4/29

2014-04-29 Thread Thomas Fiore
Tuesday, 29 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City A few additions to the spring arrivals - Veery Wood Thrush, each of which sang at times as did a few Hermit Thrush, sotto voce... a bit more vocal, in infrequent hearings and a few bright sightings, Great Crested Flycatcher

Re:[nysbirds-l] Zone-tailed Hawk in Mass. ( Manx Shearw., L.I. Sound/CT waters)

2014-04-29 Thread Thomas Fiore
all somewhat extra-limital birds, except the shearwater - and the Champlain ducks may be seen with a 10,000x scope from NY - or at least the Euro-Asian sensibility of them... - The photo is not too shabby - of a bird most go a little beyond New England to observe -

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 5/1

2014-05-01 Thread Thomas Fiore
the first of May, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City Migration is underway NOW along the mid-Atlantic coast plain, with showers / poss. storms having a potential to cause a bit of local fall-out, maybe around s.e. NY, maybe not. It seemed to happen this May First morning, to some

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 5/2

2014-05-02 Thread Thomas Fiore
Friday, 2 May, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City Central Park is hosting a great variety of migrants this morning; at least some have been (for most part) just fly-bys and fly-overs, but lots of expected and hoped-for species are being seen, with 1,000+ eyes on them... The singing

Re:[nysbirds-l] Prothonotary Warbler Central Patk

2014-05-02 Thread Thomas Fiore
On May 2, 2014, at 12:43 PM, Peter Post wrote: At the point. Seen and photographed by others a couple of minutes ago. Peter Post _ and that's warbler species 2-dozenth on the day so far in Central Park... when it rains it pours... T Fiore. -- NYSbirds-L List

[nysbirds-l] notes from Manhattan, NYC 5/2

2014-05-02 Thread Thomas Fiore
Friday, 2 May, 2014 - (mostly) Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City yes, it really is May. There is again excellent movement by migrants NOW over much of the mid-Atlantic U.S.A., some coastal areas may well benefit further on tonight's steering winds. At first light in the northwest corner

[nysbirds-l] (PLUS 1) notes from Manhattan, NYC 5/2

2014-05-02 Thread Thomas Fiore
Fri., 2 May, 2014: and outrageously omitted from the list of Warbler species seen by many today, in more than one area of Central Park: Hooded Warbler (singing males)... so make that as many as 26 warbler species seen, this day (combined observers!) it's been a long - fruitful- birding day.

[nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 5/3 [a.m.]

2014-05-03 Thread Thomas Fiore
... incidentally, photographs of the recent (seen thru at least Friday, 2 May) Central Park Yellow-throated Warbler appear to indicate that it is of the albilora (white-lored) form, which is the somewhat more northerly-breeding form in most cases. (if anyone has super-close photos

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