Now for a happier post. For the first time in years, I tried hawk watching
at Fort Tilden in early September. It was a bit different than back in the
day. The highlight was a surprisingly good flight of Ospreys for what I
consider still an early date - 102 counted, until I had to leave at 2 P.M.
There is currently an excellent westbound morning flight underway at Fort
Tilden in Queens including an Evening Grosbeak, and many Rusty Blackbirds
and small finches. A juvenile Northern Shrike also just came in and is
currently perched in a tree due south of Battery Harris.
Didn’t luck out with last week’s raptor parade (only a lone Peregrine, Merlin
and Coopers) - just off shore where huge flocks of Black Scoter heading east
and plenty of dive bombing Northern Gannets making use of the breaking
afternoon sunlight. The dunes and grasses were teaming with
1 Western Kingbird. Landed briefly at edge of field across from ball park. Then
quickly flew west towards Breezy Point.
1 Clay-colored Sparrow along fence line bordering military building
1 Vesper Sparrow in same area
1 Orange-crowned Warbler in maintenance area
1 Bobolink in
A whirlwind bit of birding this morning that included a brief stop on the south
end of the East Pond at Jamaica Bay did not produce many birds.
Getting my shorebird fix just after dawn on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay, I
headed out to bird Fort Tilden and Jacob RIIS Park. After an uneventful
Drake King Eider patrolling along Fort Tilden shore today. It was moving
eastwards with a small flock of mergansers, heading towards Riis, when we saw
it around noon.
I think the large group of Audubon/Linnaean/Littoral New Year's Day walkers
must have seen it as well.
Happy New Year!
Certainly not as birdy as the reports from other sites suggested but there
were birds in the sites mentioned in the SUBJECT line. However, one had to
cover a lot of ground to get them. I wondered if the winds had anything to do
with what was observed since it was windy at both Fort Tilden and
Sorry folks, I forgot about this yesterday and had I seen the eBird
list from Avi and Barbara Lewis I would have noted that Fort Tilden
remains closed to the public. Please note that Park Police do patrol
the area to enforce the closure.
Avi and Barbara were the original finders of the Marbled
There are some differences in the migration between Fort Tilden and points
east on the barrier beach. While American Robins were noted in modest
numbers in the Fire Island report, there was actually a spectacular flight
at Tilden today, with several thousand passing through between 7:00 and
There was a modest flight of birds along the beach today. It was dominated by
Tree Swallows and Pine Siskins (numbering well into the hundreds)The only other
birds of note there were a continuing Bobolink along the fence line near the
army reserve building and a Blue Grosbeak found by Corey
There is currently (since 10:00 a.m.) thousands of swallows and others
passerines moving along the beach.
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There were more Tree Swallows than I could count migrating down the beach at
Fort Tilden today. There was literally no morning flight from sun up until
10:00am and then the flood gates opened. For 2 and a half hours, hundreds of
birds were flying over at any given moment. I do not know how to
It was a great day for hawks along the inland ridges - I would think. But
getting there, maybe not so good. Scrapping plans for an October trip
because of snow - that's a first. So there's Fort Tilden - beautiful and
snowless -- as a fallback. And it was an interesting day, so excuse the
With the help of Don Davis, I recorded a daily site record 142 Ospreys
migrating past Fort Tilden (Queens) today. Also seen flying by were
something on the order of 60 to 70 Atlantic Menhaden. Yes, the guys were
having a good fishing day off Tilden and Riis Park. With a total flight of
Seth Ausubel, Isaac Grant, Tom (whose last name I can't remember, sorry) and I
birded Fort Tilden and Jacob Riis this morning from dawn until just after noon.
Highlights were two Vesper Sparrows that flushed from the community garden to
the trees over the houses north of the garden, a
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