Saturday, October 21, 2017

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, October 20, 2017:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Oct. 20, 2017
* NYNY1710.20

- Birds Mentioned

BROWN BOOBY+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Common Eider
Northern Gannet
BROWN PELICAN
AMERICAN AVOCET
American Oystercatcher
Red Knot
Parasitic Jaeger
Lesser Black-backed Gull
CASPIAN TERN
Forster’s Tern
Royal Tern
American Pipit
Blue-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
VESPER SPARROW
Nelson’s Sparrow
BLUE GROSBEAK
DICKCISSEL

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to nysarc44nybirdsorg

If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Gary Chapin - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
125 Pine Springs Drive
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Number: (212) 979-3070

Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Gail Benson

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, October 20,
2017 at 7:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are BROWN BOOBY, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, CASPIAN TERN, CLAY-COLORED and VESPER SPARROWS, BLUE GROSBEAK and DICKCISSEL.

Present since at least September 27th, the adult BROWN BOOBY continues on Lake Montauk, providing a great opportunity to see this species in our region. The BOOBY still perches on the mast of the sailboat Maui but also recently has been resting on green channel marker #11 located a short distance east of the Maui. Both of these perches can be viewed from the Star Island entrance road, looking south down the first cove after turning off from West Lake Drive. If not visible there, try viewing from the end of South Lake Drive, a short road north of Route 27 that provides a nice vista of the south end of Lake Montauk.

An unexpected surprise were the six BROWN PELICANS sitting on the bar adjacent to the Coast Guard Station at Jones Beach West End late last Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately boater activity kept flushing the flock – they returned twice to the bar but the third time continued east out of sight. An attempted count of the AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS perched on the bar came up with 565, and also in that area Sunday were 3 COMMON EIDER and 8 ROYAL TERNS.

Earlier Sunday a sea watch at Robert Moses State Park produced 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS and over 30 NORTHERN GANNETS, and counted on the pilings at the Point Lookout boat basin were 174 FORSTER’S TERNS, with 8 RED KNOTS nearby.

An AMERICAN AVOCET was still present usually at the north end of the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at least through Monday, although shorebirds on the pond have now been mostly replaced by waterfowl.

CASPIAN TERNS included 2 on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay to Monday, 1 at the Marine Park Salt Marsh Natural Center Saturday, and 2 at Mecox Bay Sunday, while lingering ROYAL TERNS featured 5 at Floyd Bennett Field Tuesday and 2 at Brooklyn’s Plumb Beach Thursday. Some LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS also remain long the coast.

Among the land birds, WARBLER numbers and species have been decreasing as expected, but some hangers-on have this week included BLUE-WINGED, TENNESSEE, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA, CAPE MAY, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, AMERICAN REDSTART and WILSON’S, while the later ORANGE-CROWNEDS included sightings in Central and Prospect Parks as well as at Southard’s Pond in Babylon Monday and at Robert Moses State Park Tuesday.

On the other hand, SPARROW numbers and variety are on the increase. A VESPER SPARROW was found at the north end in Central Park Tuesday, and a decent number of CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS featured singles in Prospect Park Tuesday and Central Park at the north end today, one on Governor’s Island today, one in Hempstead last Saturday, and one around the Coast Guard Station hedgerow at Jones Beach West End from Saturday to at least Wednesday. NELSON’S SPARROWS are now present in respectable numbers in various coastal salt marshes, including both coastal and inland races.

A female-type BLUE GROSBEAK was reported from Prospect Park Tuesday, and a few DICKCISSELS, not surprising given their occurrences in the northeast this year, featured one at Robert Moses State Park Sunday, singles Tuesday at Dyker Beach Park in Brooklyn and near the Ponquogue Bridge west of Shinnecock Inlet, and one Wednesday at Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn.

Now is also a good time to watch for AMERICAN PIPIT, especially along coasts in the morning.

To phone in reports, on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734 4126 or call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922 and leave a message.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday's Foto

Birds are not the only animals that migrate through New York City. This Spot-winged Glider in one of several species of dragonflies that have annual migratory cycles. A common species in the skimmers family, it is found throughout southern Canada and the U.S., as well as, the West Indies, Central America south to Argentina and Chile. According to the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, "migrations are seen annually in late summer and early fall, when thousands to millions of insects stream southward along coasts, lake shores, and mountain ridges from Canada down to Mexico and the West Indies, passing along both coasts of the United States and through the Midwest." Only 16 of North American's 326 dragonfly species have been confirmed as regular migrants.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Treehugger Tuesday

From the website "Earther":

America's Ash Trees Are Being Wiped Out—Here's How You Can Help Them
Erin Biba
Tuesday 12:45pm

America’s Ash trees are facing extinction. And the impact of their loss in our forests, cities, and backyards will not be small.

The United States’ eight billion ash trees, which live in every state with high concentrations east of Colorado and along the Pacific Northwest coast, are threatened by the Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle native to Russia and China that was likely brought here on ships in the mid-1990s. By the time the Borers were discovered in 2002, it was too late to stop them. Researchers are calling the beetle the most serious threat to forests ever seen in the US. Millions of trees across the Midwest are already dead, and today, the Borers are spreading quickly across the Northeast.

However, at a Saving the American Ash summit at The New York Botanical Garden last week, researchers said there is hope, at least of preventing the Ash’s complete annihilation. Homeowners, citizen scientists, and anyone concerned about the fate of one of our country’s most ubiquitous trees can help.

Click here to read the entire article

Monday, October 16, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, October 21, 2017 to Sunday, October 22, 2017:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 12 pm – 1 pm
Introduction to Bird Watching
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a birdwatching walk and learn about Prospect Park’s magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!

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Bedford Audubon Society
August 25, 2017-November 22, 2017 @ Arthur Butler Sanctuary on Chestnut Ridge Road, Bedford Hills
Experience the Miracle of Migration at the Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch
The HawkWatch starts August 25! Join us at the Chestnut Ridge HawkWatch at the Arthur Butler Sanctuary on Chestnut Ridge Road in Bedford Hills every day from 9am to 5pm, weather permitting, to experience the miracle of raptor migration. Our data is combined with other sites across North America to create powerful population and migration analyses that help us better protect raptors and their habitat.
See more details

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Floyd Bennett Field, Gateway NP
Leader: Rob Jett
Focus: Peak of sparrows (Passeridae) species
Car Fee: $10.00
Registrar: Kathy Toomey, email kathleentoomey@gmail.com
Registration Period: Oct 14th - Oct 19th
Please review our general trip information and guidelines on this page.

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Gateway National Parks
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Explore the Mysterious Back Woods of Fort Tilden
Location: Building 1 Fort Tilden
Join American Littoral Society naturalist Mickey Maxwell Cohen to walk the woods.
View Details

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Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 8:30am
Caumsett SP
Leader(s): John Gluth (631-827-0120) Ken Thompson (631-612-8028)
Northern State to exit 42N (Route 35). 35 to 25A. 25A west to West Neck Road (right turn). West Neck/Lloyd Harbor Rd. into Lloyd Neck. Entrance to park on left. Meet in Parking lot.

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Birding in Peace

Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful Sunday morning walking tours to discover the many birds that call Green-Wood home. By September, all our nesting birds’ offspring will be on their own. Returning warblers will be in their less flamboyant fall plumage. Large numbers of blackbirds, flycatchers, sparrows, vireos, and swallows will also be passing through. By October, waterfowl are returning, and we’ll look for raptors heading south. November will bring back our overwintering denizen from the north.

Grab a copy of our Bird Checklist before you begin. Comfortable footwear is recommended.
$10 for members of Green‑Wood and BHS/$15 for non-members.
Click here for our inclement weather policy.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Fort Tilden 2
Leader: Richard ZainEldeen
Registrar: Pearl Broder — pbroder3@nyc.rr.com or 212-924-0030
Registration opens: Monday, October 9
Ride: $15

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturdays -- 11:00 a.m.
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Included in All-Garden Pass
Get Tickets

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturdays, September 2–November 25, 8-9:30am
Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Guides: NYC Audubon with the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy
Meet at Van Cortlandt Nature Center. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. For more information, please call 212-691-7483. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

See "Walk locations" for directions. Meet in last (southmost) parking lot.
Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy.
Leader - Joyce - 516-621-6678
NOTE: NYS STATE PARK PARKING FEE MAY APPLY
https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/24/details.aspx

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017
Racoon Ridge
Leader: Bob Dieterich - 848-468-7207
Description: Hawks!
Mount Mohican, or Raccoon Ridge, is a peak of the Kittatinny Mountains in Warren County, New Jersey

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

From the Southern State Parkway, travel west to the Belt Parkway. Exit at Cross Bay Boulevard (Exit 17) south. Continue south on Cross Bay Blvd. through Howard Beach and over the North Channel Bridge (also known as the Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge). The entrance to the refuge parking lot is on the right side of the road, at a traffic light approximately one and a half miles past the bridge.
Directions via Google Maps

Bird walks led by a member of SSAS are conducted nearly every Sunday morning from late August through early June. Walks are open to the public and are free of charge. We especially encourage youngsters to attend.
All walks start at 9:00 A.M.
There is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F.
For more information or in case of questionable weather conditions, please phone Joe at 516 467-9498.


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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on birding walks through Van Cortlandt Park to discover wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - Hallett Nature Sanctuary at Chess and Checkers House (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We’ll find out as we explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification.
Free!

Sunday, October 22, 2017
Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - The North Woods at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We’ll find out as we explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification.
Free!

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Wild Bird Fund
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 9:00am - 11:00am
A Walk on the Wild Side – October
Wild Bird Fund, 565 Columbus Ave New York, NY 10024 United States

It's Halloween time - which means pumpkins, ghouls, and migrating birds! Please join WBF member and artist/naturalist Alan Messer for a Halloween-season bird walk on October 21 (Rain Date, October 22). Artist naturalist Alan Messer will lead us to check the Reservoir for early waterfowl and into the Ramble for late warblers, sparrows, finches, woodpeckers, and nuthatches. This is the time of year when raptor migration is in full swing. We will keep a lookout for Broad-winged and red-tailed hawks,…
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, October 13, 2017

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Oct. 13, 2017
* NYNY1710.13

- Birds mentioned
BROWN BOOBY+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Snow Goose
EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Cory's Shearwater
AMERICAN AVOCET
American Oystercatcher
American Golden-Plover
Whimbrel
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
MARBLED GODWIT
Stilt Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
POMARINE JAEGER
Parasitic Jaeger
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Red-headed Woodpecker
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
BLUE GROSBEAK
DICKCISSEL

- Transcript

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to nysarc44(at)nybirds{dot}org.

If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Gary Chapin - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
125 Pine Springs Drive
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Number: (212) 979-3070

Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, October 13th 2017 at 9pm. The highlights of today's tape are BROWN BOOBY, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, POMARINE JAEGER, EURASIAN WIGEON, DICKCISSEL, BLUE GROSBEAK and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

The marvelous opportunity to see a BROWN BOOBY in the southern portion of New York State continues as the adult was still present today on Lake Montauk on eastern Long Island. The BOOBY, present since at least September 27th, is best looked for either from the Star Island entrance road off West Lake Drive or from the end of South Lake Drive. From Star Island entrance road look south at the first cove on the right scanning the visible sailboat masts and buoys for the BOOBY. If not visible there try the end of South Lake Drive, a short road on the north side of Route 27, that offers a very good vista of the southern end of Lake Montauk from where it has often been seen both perched and flying around.

At Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge's East Pond shorebird numbers have declined notably as expected these replaced by large numbers of waterfowl nonetheless on the East Pond an AMERICAN AVOCET was still present at the north end today, an HUDSONIAN GODWIT was present last weekend reported a couple of times during the week to Thursday. An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER also stayed through Sunday. Other lingering shorebird species have featured one or more STILT, WHITE-RUMPED and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. Impressive waterfowl numbers feature mostly dabbling ducks including many NORTHERN SHOVELERS, AMERICAN WIGEON, GREEN-WINGED, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and even a few NORTHERN PINTAIL but are highlighted by a bright female type EURASIAN WIGEON and a few arriving SNOW GOOSE. Also out in Jamaica Bay proper west of the refuge today were a WHIMBREL and a MARBLED GODWIT keeping company with a lingering AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER flock. Four AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER visited Heckscher State Park Sunday and 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were still at Santapogue Creek in West Babylon Saturday.

A watch at Fort Tilden Saturday was highlighted by a PARASITIC JAEGER, 42 ROYAL TERNS and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. But the storm moving through Monday improved on that with Breezy Point site of large tern activity that drew in a POMARINE JAEGER and at least 15 PARASITIC JAEGERS as well as a CORY'S SHEARWATER. Two CORY'S were also noted Sunday off Robert Moses State Park along with a PARASITIC JAEGER, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 6 CASPIAN TERNS and 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS appeared off Coney Island Monday. CASPIAN TERNS also occurred at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge early in the week and at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn while lingering ROYAL TERNS included 13 at Floyd Bennett Field Sunday.

On the landbird front a nice influx of birds occurred mainly on Tuesday with fairly decent numbers of anticipated migrants dropping into the area. Also very encouraging lately have been the numbers of Monarch butterflies moving through the region. Tuesday alone producing an estimated 35 thousand plus moving south along the dunes at Fort Tilden.

Among the rarer landbirds several DICKCISSELS included sightings at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Canarsie Beach Park, Jones Beach West End, Robert Moses State Park Pelham Bay Park and Marshlands Conservancy in Rye. Interesting was a report of two BLUE GROSBEAKS on Governors Island on Tuesday and another visited Manhasset on Saturday. A few CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS sightings mentioned Owl's Head Park, Floyd Bennett Field and Cow Meadow Park Saturday, Prospect Park Tuesday and Robert Moses State Park Wednesday.

In the over 20 species of warblers for the week included such species still as TENNESSEE, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED and WILSON'S and this is the time when ORANGE-CROWNEDS start coming through in numbers this week's reports including from Central and Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Governors Island plus several other sites.

To phone in reports on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 or call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Treehugger Tuesday

From Mother Nature Network:

Feral cats in Australia kill 7 animals per day
Australia's feral cats kill millions of birds and other native animals every year, averaging an estimated seven daily kills per cat.
Mary Jo DiLonardo
October 4, 2017, 5:05 p.m.

Anyone with a bird feeder has experienced that sinking feeling of discovering a patch of stray feathers or a tuft of bunny fur. There's a good chance a cat has been hunting there.

Domestic cats kill small wildlife in many parts of the world, but their impact seems especially severe in Australia. Several million feral cats live there, and research suggests their daily death toll may be as high as seven animals per cat. For the sake of native species, scientists have ramped up their focus on the felines in recent years.

According to one new study, feral and pet cats collectively kill more than 1 million birds in Australia every day. Its authors reached that estimate by examining 91 previous studies on cat population densities in Australia, as well as another 93 studies on what those cats hunt. Feral cats kill about 316 million Australian birds per year, the study found, while pet cats kill an additional 61 million annually.

"Everyone knows that cats kill birds, but this study shows that, at a national level, the amount of predation is staggering," lead researcher John Woinarski, from Charles Darwin University, tells the AFP news agency. "It is likely to be driving the ongoing decline of many species."

The study suggests birds are in greatest danger on Australia's islands and in remote dry areas, where cats may kill as many as 330 birds per square kilometer every year.

Focusing on feral cats

In another recent study, researchers from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) outfitted more than 65 feral cats with modified GoPro cameras and GPS collars to track their daily movements. There may be anywhere from 2 million to 6 million feral cats in Australia, and the researchers hoped to clarify their ecological effects.

In what has been called a "war on cats," Australia's federal government has a five-year threatened species strategy that includes plans to eliminate 2 million feral cats by 2020. Domestic cats were introduced to the continent more than 200 years ago as pets, but many have gone wild and are dining on threatened native species.

The AWC's goal is to reduce the impact of those cats on native wildlife in Australia, but the research has relevance for any community with feral cats. “The purpose of the study was to examine the hunting behaviours and distances travelled by feral cats and their impact on small mammals,” said the AWC's John Kanowski.

The footage showed where the cats went and how they hunted. It showed them killing snakes, frogs and birds. Researchers found that each cat hunted 20 times a day with a 30 percent success rate, averaging seven kills per day per cat.

The cats were most successful in open areas, particularly where there had been fires that cleared the area. In those places, 80 percent of hunts were successful. But in uncleared areas, cats were only successful hunting about 20 percent of the time.

An earlier study by researchers at the University of Georgia and National Geographic found that a third of pet cats kill wildlife for an average of about 2.1 times every week. That's a lot, but nowhere near what AWC researchers have uncovered with feral cats in their 2016 study.

"This footage shows domestic cat owners that there is a big difference between domestic and feral cats," AWC chief executive Atticus Fleming told HuffPost Australia.

Fleming admitted it was not only physically challenging to strap the collars and cameras onto feral cats, but there was something of a moral dilemma, too.

"The temptation is to simply remove every cat that you catch, but when there are 4 million cats out there, removing that one cat is not actually going to help native animals," he said. "We need to use this research to find a way to remove feral cats from the landscape, or if not that, at least find a way to control them."
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Monday, October 09, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, October 14, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 12 pm – 1 pm
Introduction to Bird Watching
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a birdwatching walk and learn about Prospect Park’s magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!

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Bedford Audubon Society
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8:00am - 9:00am
Discover Migration at the John Jay Homestead
Leader: Naturalist Tait Johansson
Join Tait for a bird walk around the historic grounds at 8am, and then stay for the Farmers Market, which starts at 9am. Please note the Market has moved to the field adjacent to the Carriage Barn.
Cost: Free
Level of difficulty: Easy
Please register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914-302-9713

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7:15am
Prospect Park Saturday Walk
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Meet at Ocean/Parkside Avenues, “The Pergola” at 7:15am
No registration necessary.

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Sparrows of Staten Island
Leader: Seth Wollney
Focus: Peak of sparrows Passeridae species
Car Fee: $18.00
Registrar: Donna Evans email devansny@earthlink.net
Registration Period: Oct 7th - Oct 12th
Please review our general trip information and guidelines on this page.

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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Saturday, October 14, 2017, meet at 8:30am
Fire Island Hawk Watch and Hike to the Lighthouse
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
A repeat of a well-liked field trip, we will be meeting at the eastern end of Parking Lot 5, at Robert Moses State Park. We will stop at the Hawk Watch, where, with favorable winds, we will be joining other Long Island birders for a while, and hopefully see a number of east to west flying raptors. We will then walk the 3/4 mile boardwalk to the Fire Island Lighthouse, looking for migrating song birds along the way. Dress for the weather, and perhaps, bring a light snack and water. Binoculars a must.
For more details, please contact Eileen Schwinn at beachmed@optonline.net or call 516-662-7751 the day of the trip.

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Gateway National Parks
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 10:00am to 11:30am
Birding By Ear
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center for an introduction to the calls of backyard birds.
View Details

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 9:00am
Robert Moses State Park Hawk Watch
The best place to see migrating raptors on Long Island. Great viewing platform, with some of the birds flying by at eye level, always has expert hawk watchers to answer any questions you may have. Exploring the surrounding areas should turn up other migrants as well as possible rarities.
Registration: 631-885-1881

Directions: Proceed south on Robert Moses Parkway, over the bridge to Robert Moses State Park. From the water tower circle (check for peregrine falcon), proceed east to parking lot #5. We will meet in the NE corner of the parking lot.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Floyd Bennett Field
Leader: Rob Jett
Registrar: Kathleen Toomey — kathleentoomey@gmail.com or 718-436-3494
Registration opens: Monday, October 2
Ride: $15 or public transportation

Sunday, October 15, 2017
5TH Annual Starr Saphir Memorial Fall Migration Walk, Central Park
Leader: Lenore Swenson — information only lenoreswenson@gmail.com or 212-533-9567
No registration Public transportation
Meet at 103rd Street and Central Park West at 7:30 am

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturdays -- 11:00 a.m.
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Included in All-Garden Pass
Get Tickets

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturdays, September 2–November 25, 8-9:30am
Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Guides: NYC Audubon with the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy
Meet at Van Cortlandt Nature Center. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. For more information, please call 212-691-7483. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8am – 8pm
NYC Audubon Day at Hawk Mountain, PA
Guides: Gabriel Willow, Hawk Mountain Education Specialist
Mid-October is the perfect time to visit Hawk Mountain, one of the premier hawk-watching spots in the East. Gabriel Willow and a Hawk Mountain education specialist will introduce us to the variety of raptors that may be seen, including golden eagles, buteos, and falcons The path to the hawk watch site is a 3/4 mile hike through mountainous woodland. Bring lunch. Group program, trail admission, and transportation by van included. Limited to 12. $139 (97)
Click here to register

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:00am – 11:30am
Fall Migrants of Inwood Hill Park
Guide: Annie Barry
Meet at the entrance of Inwood Hill Park at the corner of Isham Street and Seaman Avenue. Join Annie Barry for a hike through a mature forest in search of kinglets, warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, thrushes and more, then search the shore of the Inwood Hill Park saltmarshes for herons and ducks. Some hilly walking required. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:30am – 10:30am
Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walks
Guide: NYC Audubon with Queens Botanical Garden
Explore Queens Botanical Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the valuable resources that the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. Register for one date or the whole series of five free walks (walk-ins welcome!). Binoculars available. Limited to 25. Appropriate for all ages. To register, email info@queensbotanical.org or visit www.queensbotanical.org. Free with Garden admission

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 8am – 3pm
Birding Gems of Staten Island: Freshkills Park
Guide: Cliff Hagen
Start your trip with a journey across the Upper Bay on the Staten Island Ferry! This is a special opportunity to see Freshkills Park in transition from what was once the world’s largest landfill into an expansive park. Currently closed to the general public, the Park is home to rolling grasslands, tidal marshes, successional woodlands and a freshwater pond system, which host an array of breeding birds, butterflies, mammals, frogs, and turtles. Each autumn, migrant species abound as they travel along the North Atlantic Flyway. Sparrows, osprey, a collection of waterfowl, and lingering warblers seek refuge in the park. Overhead, raptors soar along the terminal moraine as they make their way south for the impending winter. Late-blooming flowers attract an assortment of butterflies and dragonflies as they, too, fly south for the winter. Transport by passenger van on S.I. included. Limited to 12. $57 (40)
Click here to register

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 9am – 1pm
Fall Migration on Randall's Island
Guides: Gabriel Willow, Christopher Girgenti of Randall's Island with Randall's Island Park Alliance, Inc.
Make your way over the pedestrian bridge to Randall's Island, an under-explored location in the East River that hosts restored freshwater wetlands and salt marsh. We'll look for fall migrants as we explore the results of recent restoration efforts. Two miles of walking and some modest climbs. Limited to 20. $40 (28)
Click here to register

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8am – 12pm
Hoffman Center
NOTE EARLY START TIME

See "Walk locations" for directions. Coordinates are to driveway that you need to turn north on.
Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy.
Leader: Barbara - 516-628-9022

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NYC H2O
Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 at 10am and 12pm
Open House NY Weekend at the Ridgewood Reservoir

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Kissena Park
Leader: Eric Miller 917-279-7530
Meet: Kissena Velodrome, Flushing, NY 11355 (map)
Description: Fall Migrants!

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Point Lookout Town Park and Lido Preserve

From the Southern State Parkway, exit onto the Meadowbrook State Parkway south. Exit from the Meadowbrook at Loop Parkway (just before the Jones Beach toll booths) toward Point Lookout. The Loop Parkway ends west of Point Lookout at Lido Boulevard. Continue straight across Lido Boulevard into Point Lookout Park. Travel past the ticket booths and curve left into the very large parking lot on the south side of the park. Park in the southeast corner, closest to the private homes of the village of Point Lookout and the beach. We will walk east along the beach toward Jones Inlet. After returning to the parking lot, we will drive west on Lido Boulevard to Lido Beach Passive Nature Preserve on the north side of Lido Boulevard to walk through the bay marsh.
Directions to Point Lookout Park via Google Maps
Directions to Lido Beach Passive Nature Preserve via Google Maps

Bird walks led by a member of SSAS are conducted nearly every Sunday morning from late August through early June. Walks are open to the public and are free of charge. We especially encourage youngsters to attend.
All walks start at 9:00 A.M.
There is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F.
For more information or in case of questionable weather conditions, please phone Joe at 516 467-9498.


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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on birding walks through Van Cortlandt Park to discover wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Greenbelt on the Go: Sparrows at Conference House Park at Visitor Center (in Conference House Park), Staten Island
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
October is prime time to learn to identify the different species of sparrows that visit Staten Island.
Free!

Bird Walks with New York City Audubon at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how Queens Botanical Garden provides important resources for birds— like water, shelter, and insects to eat.

Birding: Hawk Watch at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park), Queens
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Our birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Free Nature Walk at Washington Square Park at Northwest Corner Seating Area (in Washington Square Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Join NYC naturalist Leslie Day for a nature walk through Washington Square Park where she will talk about the botanical history of the trees and the diverse bird life of the park.
Free!

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - Hallett Nature Sanctuary at Chess and Checkers House (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We’ll find out as we explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification.
Free!

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Wild Bird Fund
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:00am - 10:30am
Take a Walk at the Brooklyn Bridge* with Heather Wolf
Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

Heather Wolf, birder and photographer, will walk us "on the wild side" of Brooklyn Bridge Park in search of birds that inhabit her local patch. Her book “Birding at the Bridge: In Search of Every Bird on the Brooklyn Waterfront” documents her mini-quest to find and photograph as many birds as possible at Brooklyn Bridge Park, where she leads educational bird walks and inspires non-birders to discover birds in their neighborhoods. WHEN: Sat., October 14th, 9:00 to 10:30 AM WHERE:…
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Saturday, October 07, 2017

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, October 6, 2017:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Oct. 6, 2017
* NYNY1710.06

- Birds mentioned
BROWN BOOBY+
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN+
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD+
LARK BUNTING+ (last seen on September 29th)
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

EURASIAN WIGEON
Common Eider
Cory's Shearwater
AMERICAN AVOCET
American Golden-Plover
Long-billed Dowitcher
Parasitic Jaeger
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Red-headed Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Philadelphia Vireo
American Pipit
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Vesper Sparrow
LARK SPARROW
Nelson's Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
SUMMER TANAGER
DICKCISSEL

- Transcript

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to nysarc44(at)nybirds{dot}org.

If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Gary Chapin - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
125 Pine Springs Drive
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Number: (212) 979-3070

Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, October 6th 2017 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are BROWN BOOBY, CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, EURASIAN WIGEON, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, DICKCISSEL and SUMMER TANAGER.

The adult BROWN BOOBY first spotted on Lake Montauk on Wednesday September 27th was still present today continuing to roost mainly on the mast of the yacht Maui when not cruising around much of Lake Montauk hunting for food. The Maui can be viewed by looking south from the Star Island entrance road off West Lake Drive. If not there a good vantage point to scan for the BOOBY is from the end of South Lake Drive but it does return regularly to the Maui which can also be seen from strategic points along West Lake Drive. This bird is providing a rather unique opportunity for regional birders to see this species in southern New York State.

Certainly not as accommodating but an excellent local record was an apparent immature male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD that visited a private feeder in Baiting Hollow back on Sunday October 1st. The bird was decently photographed but has not been seen since.

There's been no sign of the LARK BUNTING at Robert Moses State Park since Friday September 29th.

At Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was present at the north end of the East Pond last Saturday but has been absent since nonetheless some good birds on the East Pond have featured the AMERICAN AVOCET continuing around the north end through Thursday. Three CASPIAN TERNS last Saturday and at least 2 yesterday and on Thursday 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS at the north end a female type EURASIAN WIGEON with a good variety of other waterfowl on the pond. Both Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon also continue to harass the birds on the pond. Five AMERICAN PIPITS were around the south end of the pond Thursday.

Other shorebirds this week have featured an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at Jones Beach West End Monday to today and up to 6 or more LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS continuing on Santapogue Creek off Venetian Boulevard in West Babylon.

Birds seen off the Camp Hero overlook at Montauk Point Wednesday included 8 COMMON EIDER, 11 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, a PARASITIC JAEGER and 2 CASPIAN TERNS. Two CASPIAN TERNS were at Mecox Thursday along with 34 ROYAL TERNS and 31 ROYALS were counted at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn Wednesday.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Robert Moses State Park Saturday and unusual for Long Island was a PILEATED WOODPECKER at Jayne's Hill Woods in Melville last Saturday. A SUMMER TANAGER found at Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn Sunday was nicely photographed and interesting was a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER report from Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island Wednesday.

The LARK SPARROW was spotted at Jones Beach West End last Sunday with a smattering of CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS included singles Sunday in Prospect Park and Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn as well as out at Tiana Beach and one on Randall's Island on Wednesday. A DICKCISSEL at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Thursday and Friday followed singles last Saturday at Roosevelt Island and at Robert Moses State Park and one Sunday at Pelham Bay Park where a VESPER SPARROW was also reported. Other sparrows noted lately have included NELSON'S, LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED.

Among the still decent collection of warblers are such as TENNESSEE, BAY-BREASTED, CAPE MAY and HOODED. ORANGE-CROWNED were reported from Central Park and Prospect Parks, Green-wood Cemetery and Calvert Vaux Park. A couple of PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were mentioned in Central Park Saturday and at Camp Hero on Sunday.

To phone in reports on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 or call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

Friday's Foto

A recent visitor to Brooklyn from west of the Mississippi was a Yellow-headed Blackbird. It was only the second confirmed sighting for the "Borough of Churches". Spotted by Heydi Lopes at historic Floyd Bennett Field on September 24th, the bird stuck around for two days.

A member of the family "Blackbird and Orioles", this bird has no doubt the most appropriate common name of any North American species. Despite their beautiful appearance, their song has been described as resembling the unpleasant, grating sound of a rusty hinge.

They breed in North America from central British Columbia, northern Alberta, and Wisconsin south to southern California, northern New Mexico, and Illinois in freshwater sloughs and marshy lake borders with dense vegetation such as cattails. Their diet consists mainly of insects and seeds.

A medium-distance migrant these birds migrate south in the fall to the southwestern United States and Mexico. There are also vagrant populations in the Bahamas, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Costa Rica, Barbados, Panama, Iceland, Greenland and Cuba.

This species conservation status via IUCN Red List is "Least Concern", although some populations have declined due to the draining of marshes.

The Yellow-headed Blackbird's scientific name, Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus, means yellow-headed, yellow-headed (so beautiful, they had to say it twice, I guess).

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Treehugger Tuesday

From "Birds Caribbean":

Good News! Conservationists Excited to Find Surviving Barbuda Warblers on Devastated Island
September 27, 2017


Warbler found! The first Barbuda Warbler spotted by Andrea Otto and Joseph Prosper of the Environmental Awareness Group on their survey trip to Barbuda on Sept. 22nd. No warblers were seen on the first survey trip to the island on Sept. 15th. (Photo by Andrea Otto.)

On Wednesday, September 6, Hurricane Irma engulfed the tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda with 185 mph winds, leaving most of the population homeless and a landscape ravaged by wind and surging waves.

Since the storm passed, the Caribbean birding community has been increasingly anxious about one bird in particular: the endemic Barbuda Warbler, a Near Threatened Species. Had this charming little bird survived the storm?

Well, at last there is some good news. BirdsCaribbean is delighted to report that, during a one-day survey trip to Barbuda on September 22, a team from its Antiguan partner Environment Awareness Group (EAG) and the Department of the Environment discovered a total of eight Barbuda Warblers.

As the only endemic species on the island and country of Antigua and Barbuda, the Barbuda Warbler has a special place in the small community’s hearts. The bird has a perky posture and constantly flits around, searching for insects in trees, thorny scrub and coastal areas. Its estimated population is between 1,000 and 2,500, but before the hurricane its population trends were not determined.

The first bird was spotted by EAG’s Andrea Otto and colleague Junior Prosper in a fallen acacia tree. “I saw a flash of grey…” Otto reports. “I whispered to Junior – it’s a Barbuda Warbler!” They managed to get a good view and confirmation of the smart little warbler’s grey and yellow plumage. After that, “It took us a while to get a clear photograph of the bird as irrefutable proof of its survival,” notes Otto. The team recorded the birds in a relatively small area near the secondary school in Codrington, the main settlement on the island.

BirdsCaribbean is supporting the EAG and Department of Environment to conduct bird and wildlife surveys over the next five weeks. They are helping the team design a survey plan that will cover the habitat on the island and provide an estimate of the warbler’s population size. Ornithologists and other skilled birders in the region and beyond will assist with an intensive survey effort in the coming weeks and months. The team will also devise a plan to help the Barbuda Warbler and other wildlife on the island recover, such as replanting native trees and mangroves that were destroyed in the hurricane.

Editor’s Note: BirdsCaribbean has launched a fundraising effort for hurricane relief for our Caribbean partners and birds. All the funds will be distributed to bird conservation partners across the Greater and Lesser Antilles islands to help them get back on their feet and replace what was lost in the storm—from notebooks, materials and binoculars to offices and infrastructure. The Fund will also support field surveys to assess the status of endemic, resident and many migrant species, as well as recovery and habitat rehabilitation actions by our partners, such as planting native trees that feed birds and provide habitat. Sincere thanks to those that have donated already!

If you would like to donate to help the people of Barbuda rebuild their homes, schools and businesses following 90% destruction on the island, please click here.
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Monday, October 02, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, October 7, 2017 to Sunday, October 8, 2017:

Alley Pond Environmental Center
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:30am – 11:30am
Fall Bird Walk for Beginners
Ages 8 and up (children must be accompanied by adult)

Walk through APEC’s trails, accompanied by a member of Queens County Bird Club. Try to spot our various species of birds – both the year-round residents and the multitudes of warblers migrating through at this time. Listen for their songs. Learn to use binoculars and a field guide. Wear hiking shoes, sneakers, or other closed-toe shoes that you won’t mind getting muddy. Bring binoculars if you have them.. Although this walk is free, pre-registration is required as spots are limited. This walk will cover some rough terrain and is not suitable for persons with limited mobility. Limited to 20 participants
FREE
Click here to register

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Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 12 pm – 1 pm
Introduction to Bird Watching
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a birdwatching walk and learn about Prospect Park’s magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 8am – 9am
Early Morning Bird Walk: Hawks
October is Hawk Month! Join Prospect Park Alliance for this free hawk tour led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.
This tour leaves promptly at 8am.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 7:15am
Prospect Park Saturday Walk
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Meet at Ocean/Parkside Avenues, “The Pergola” at 7:15am
No registration necessary.

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Birding in Peace

Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful Sunday morning walking tours to discover the many birds that call Green-Wood home. By September, all our nesting birds’ offspring will be on their own. Returning warblers will be in their less flamboyant fall plumage. Large numbers of blackbirds, flycatchers, sparrows, vireos, and swallows will also be passing through. By October, waterfowl are returning, and we’ll look for raptors heading south. November will bring back our overwintering denizen from the north.

Grab a copy of our Bird Checklist before you begin. Comfortable footwear is recommended.
$10 for members of Green‑Wood and BHS/$15 for non-members.
Click here for our inclement weather policy.

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Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Lenoir Nature Preserve - The BIG SIT and Hawk Watch
Meet at 10 AM behind the Lenoir Mansion
The object of the "BIG SIT" is to tally as many bird species as we can in a day from a single position. We'll be out on the Lenoir lawn (at our hawk watch sight) overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Bring a chair, drink and snacks and join us anytime on that day and help us find the birds!
http://www.hras.org/wtobird/lenoir.html

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Randall’s Island
Leader: Alan Drogin
Registrar: Miriam Rakowski — miriamrakowski@hotmail.com or 212-749-7376
Registration opens: Monday, September 25
Ride: $10 or public transportation

Sunday, October 8, 2017
Staten Island Conference House Park and Mount Loretto
Leader: Seth Wollney
Registrar: Judy Rabi — jsrabi@verizon.net or 917-658-1832
Registration opens: Monday, September 25
Ride: $20

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Littoral Society
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Fort Tilden Hawk Watch
Join naturalist Don Riepe for a hike along the beach, dunes and woods at Gateway’s Fort Tilden site in Breezy Point. Visit the hawk watch platform and see migrating, Peregrine Falcon, Sharp-shinned and Coopers hawks, Kestrel, Merlin, and Osprey as well as Common Flickers and other songbirds.
For information and reservation call Don (917) 371-8577; e-mail: donriepe@gmail.com
This is a partnership program with the American Littoral Society and Gateway NRA
FREE

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturdays -- 11:00 a.m.
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Included in All-Garden Pass
Get Tickets

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturdays, September 2–November 25, 8-9:30am
Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Guides: NYC Audubon with the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy
Meet at Van Cortlandt Nature Center. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. For more information, please call 212-691-7483. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9am – 12pm
Sparrow Identification Workshop Trip
Thursday, October 5, 7-8:30pm (class); Saturday, October 7, 9am-12pm (trip)
Instructor: Gabriel Willow
Sparrows are one of the most challenging groups of birds to identify, yet beautiful and fascinating once they can be distinguished. Learn to identify those LBJs (little brown jobs) by studying behavior, field marks, and songs. Sparrow species seen in prior years include field, swamp, savannah, white-crowned, and Lincoln's. Limited to 12. $65 (45)
Click here to register

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
Garvies Point Museum-Preserve
50 Barry Dr, Glen Cove, NY 11542, USA (map)

See "Walk locations" for directions. Coordinates are to driveway that you need to turn north on.
Wear water-resistant footwear, bring binoculars and drinking water. Wear long pants and socks so you do not touch poison ivy.
Leader: Lindy 516-628-1315

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Mount Loretto Unique Area
Enjoy the early autumn in the meadow searching for wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies and migrating birds. Along the bluffs beside the lighthouse, participants will discuss and search for marine life in the Raritan Bay. Meet at the parking lot on Hylan Boulevard across from the CYO Community Center, 6541 Hylan Boulevard.
For more information call Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666.

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Monarch Butterfly Migration: Talk/Walk and Butterfly Tagging
Where: Conference House Park
Come tag butterflies with naturalists Paul T. Lederer and Clay Woolney who will discuss this insect’s biology and behavior. Monarch butterflies migrate in the fall from as far north as Canada on their journey to their overwintering sites in Mexico. Come and enjoy the experience of seeing these marvels of nature up close and personal! It is suggested that the participants wear long pants and shoes that cover the entire foot as well as socks that cover the ankle since we will be walking through beach grass and dunes.
We will meet at the Conference House Park parking lot near the Visitors’ Center, 7455 Hylan Boulevard.
NOTE: PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED! To ensure your reservation call Paul at his cell phone 718-354-9200. If you get his voice mail, please leave a message containing the following information: (1) your name (2) your phone number (cell phone preferred) (3) the number in your party.

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, October 7, 2017 (rain date Sunday, October 8th)
Big Sit
Leader: Corey Finger (518) 445-5829
Where: Fort Tilden, Breezy Point, NY 11697, USA (map)

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Jones Beach West End 2
From the Southern State Parkway, exit onto the Meadowbrook State Parkway south. After entering Jones Beach State Park, exit right (west) into the West End. Continue west to West End 2 parking lot; we meet in the northeast corner of the lot.

From the Wantagh State Parkway, travel south. Upon entering Jones Beach State Park, exit at Bay Drive and continue west to West End 2 parking lot; we meet in the northeast corner of the lot.
Directions via Google Maps

Bird walks led by a member of SSAS are conducted nearly every Sunday morning from late August through early June. Walks are open to the public and are free of charge. We especially encourage youngsters to attend.
All walks start at 9:00 A.M.
There is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F.
For more information or in case of questionable weather conditions, please phone Joe at 516 467-9498.


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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on birding walks through Van Cortlandt Park to discover wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - Hallett Nature Sanctuary
at Chess and Checkers House (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We’ll find out as we explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification.
Free!

Introduction to Bird Watching at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Join Prospect Park Alliance for a bird-watching walk and learn about Prospect Park's magnificent array of birds and how to identify them!
Free!

Hawk Watch at Moses Mountain at Rockland Road and Meisner Avenue, Staten Island
12:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
It's possible to see red-tailed hawks, falcons, osprey, red-shouldered hawks, and more on this trip!
Free!

Sunday, October 8, 2017
Bird Watching at the Ridgewood Reservoir at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park), Queens
8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Catch the fall migration at this bird-watching workshop led by the Brooklyn Bird Club. Binoculars are recommended.
Free!

Fall Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks.

Birding: Fall Migration at Dyckman Street and Broadway
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - The North Woods at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We’ll find out as we explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification.
Free!
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Saturday, September 30, 2017

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, September 29, 2017:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Sept. 29, 2017
* NYNY1709.29

- Birds Mentioned
BROWN BOOBY+
LARK BUNTING+
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Mute Swan
Eastern Whip-poor-will
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
BROWN PELICAN
AMERICAN AVOCET
American Golden-Plover
Upland Sandpiper
Whimbrel
Stilt Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Common Nighthawk
WESTERN KINGBIRD
Philadelphia Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Vesper Sparrow
LARK SPARROW
Nelson’s Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dickcissel

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to nysarc44nybirdsorg

If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Gary Chapin - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
125 Pine Springs Drive
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Number: (212) 979-3070

Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Gail Benson

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Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, September 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are BROWN BOOBY, LARK BUNTING, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, AMERICAN WHITE and BROWN PELICANS, AMERICAN AVOCET, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, CLAY-COLORED and LARK SPARROWS, and more.

Though it was a great week for birds, it was a sad week for birders, marked by the passing Wednesday of Bob Kurtz due to severe illness. A premier birder on Long Island for several decades. Bobby was an avid hawk watcher, loved to pursue unusual birds, and, most importantly, was a great friend for many of us. He will surely be missed.

Perhaps Bob’s karma had something to do with this week’s nice rarities. Certainly unique for our downstate area is a BROWN BOOBY first spotted on Lake Montauk on Wednesday and continuing there today. The BOOBY seems to spend much of its time perched on the tall mast of a white sailboat called the Maui, this visible on the south side of the Star Island entrance road off West Lake Drive. The boat can also be seen from strategic spots along West Lake Drive. The bird does periodically fly around the lake and was seen nicely in flight from South Lake Drive this afternoon. A rubber skiff tied up to the Maui might indicate it could be getting under way soon, so the BOOBY might need a new roost.

On Thursday morning a female-type LARK BUNTING was found at Robert Moses State Park, and it was still present today. The bird has been frequenting the brushy area between the East end of Field 2 and the adjacent volleyball courts, where it mostly remains hidden but does occasionally pop up in the pines surrounding the brush and may stay visible for a short period of time. Patience is definitely needed.

A third great find this week was an adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD discovered last Sunday at Floyd Bennett Field. The BLACKBIRD stayed in the area of the petting zoo, now closed for the season, near the soccer fields. It was seen there again Monday but not thereafter. Also at Floyd Bennett were a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW for both Sunday and Monday near the BLACKBIRD and a WESTERN KINGBIRD by the model plane field Monday.

Also exciting were 2 BROWN PELICANS resting on the inside of Jones Inlet Sunday morning, eventually pushed off by boaters. And today an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN flew north over Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in the early evening; hopefully it might settle in among the MUTE SWANS gathered on the East Pond, as has happened before. This week on the East Pond an AMERICAN AVOCET was present, usually at the north end, at least to Wednesday, and other shorebirds this week featured 6 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS last Sunday, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER Wednesday along with 2 GOLDENS, and a few continuing STILT, WHITE-RUMPED, PECTORAL and WESTERN SANDPIPERS and CASPIAN TERNS.

A WHIMBREL was at Jones Beach West End Sunday to Wednesday, an UPLAND SANDPIPER was reported from Sunken Meadow State Park Monday and Tuesday, and up to 10 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were still at Santapogue Creek in West Babylon Thursday.

A CASPIAN TERN was at Cupsogue County Park Sunday, with 2 at Sagg Pond in Bridgehampton Tuesday, and over 60 ROYAL TERNS were counted at Brooklyn’s Plumb Beach Wednesday.

An EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was a surprise find at Coney Island Creek last Saturday.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in Central Park’s north end last Friday was followed by a VESPER SPARROW there Saturday, another CLAY-COLORED was at Gilgo Sunday, and a LARK SPARROW was at Captree Island Tuesday. Other SPARROWS including NELSON’S, LINCOLN’S and WHITE-CROWNED are also arriving.

The departing WARBLERS are still moving through in decent numbers, including ORANGE-CROWNED, with 1 on Governor’s Island Monday and in Central Park Tuesday, and such species as COMMON NIGHTHAWK, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, DICKCISSEL and other good seasonal finds also continue.

To phone in reports, on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734 4126 or call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922 and leave a message.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Treehugger Tuesday

From Mother Nature Network:

Sea turtles may be edging back from the brink of extinction

September 25, 2017
Christian Cotroneo

A sea turtle released back into the waters of Jekyll Island
Photo: Georgia Sea Turtle Center/Facebook

Giant sea turtles may live to photobomb another day.

In fact, their numbers, according to a study published this week in Science Advances, look to be bucking a decades-long downward trend.

For the analysis, researchers at Aristotle University in Greece looked at large turtles in 60 regions around the world — and found a surprising surge in their numbers.

The study credited the upswing to effective measures for protecting eggs and nesting females, as well as fewer turtles being caught in fishing nets.

"There’s a positive sign at the end of the story," lead author Antonios Mazaris told SFGate. "We should be more optimistic about our efforts in society."

While it’s a positive development for the beleaguered animals, they’re hardly out of hot water. Among the seven species of sea turtles in the world, only one isn’t listed as endangered.

The chief culprits? Habitat loss, plastics in the ocean, commercial fishing nets and, yes, climate change.

Perhaps their comeback is a chubby middle finger to the naysayers — the kind of in-your-face sea turtles are famed for.

Take that, sixth mass extinction.

And go ahead, keep taking pictures. Because, for some reason or other, these giants — some can weigh more than 1,000 pounds — have a special flair for surprising us.

Especially when we’re trying to take a picture.
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