Friday, December 15, 2017

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Thursday, December 14, 2017:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Dec. 14, 2017
* NYNY1712.14

- Birds Mentioned

HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER+
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER+
WESTERN TANAGER+

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Snow Goose
EURASIAN WIGEON
SANDHILL CRANE
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
BLACK-HEADED GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
Snowy Owl
Short-eared Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Black-and-white Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Northern Parula
Pine Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
Wilson’s Warbler
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT


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 Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are HAMMOND’S and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, WESTERN TANAGER, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-HEADED and GLAUCOUS GULLS, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.

With Christmas Count season just about to begin, attention has intensified regarding some of the best rarities and late-lingering species continuing in our area. Unfortunately, the HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER in Central Park has not been reported since Tuesday, when it was still present in the Ramble, being seen again near the Swampy Pin Oak. Hopefully it will reappear.

The WESTERN TANAGER in Crocheron Park in Queens was spotted today, still near the pond in the south end of the park, though it has been wandering more around the area. Also continuing there have been a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and a WILSON’S WARBLER, a nice potential Christmas Count trio.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER appeared at Jones Beach West End Wednesday, staying mostly around the median, ranging from near the entrance to the Coast Guard Station along the westbound road to a little east of the eastern exit from Field 2 on the eastbound side. It was not reported today, the snowy, cold weather presumably playing a part in that.

With a large goose flight going on all day Wednesday and into Thursday, including many skeins of SNOW GEESE, a report of two SANDHILL CRANES moving along the Hudson River, as viewed from mid-Manhattan Wednesday morning, seemed to fit the occasion.

An immature BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen last Sunday around Veterans Memorial Pier in Brooklyn, and there was also a report of a brief appearance of an adult on Prospect Park Lake Tuesday.

Single immature GLAUCOUS GULLS out on eastern Long Island last weekend included one at Goldsmith Inlet in Peconic Saturday and one at Breakwater Beach in Mattituck Sunday.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was off Depot Lane in Cutchogue last weekend, with another still along Reeves Avenue north of Riverhead Monday.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON continued on Mill Pond in Sayville to Sunday, and another has returned to the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center as of today.

At Santapogue Creek in West Babylon Saturday there were still 5 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS as well as a rather late SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER.

Along with the current SNOWY OWL incursion, there was a SHORT-EARED OWL last weekend at Jones Beach West End, and other owls should be present for the upcoming Counts – please take extra caution and do not disturb these birds at their daytime roosts.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was a nice find at Midland Beach on Staten Island last Sunday, the bird continuing near ballfield #6 at least to Wednesday, and other late WARBLERS this week have included BLACK-AND-WHITE, NORTHERN PARULA and decent numbers of PINE, as well as some ORANGE-CROWNEDS.

Other unseasonal goodies are also still lurking out there to be found, and we will be happy to include local Christmas Count highlights, so please phone them in.

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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Monday, December 11, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, December 16, 2017 to Sunday, December 17, 2017. Most organizations are participating in this year's annual Christmas Bird Count, however there are still a few trips for those not counting birds this weekend:

Alley Pond Environmental Center
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 7pm – 9pm
Stargazing - Winter Solstice
For more information and to register visit www.alleypond.com/adults

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Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, December 16, 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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Gateway National Recreation Area
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Evening Owl Prowl
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Junior Rangers and their families are invited to an owl adventure.
View Details

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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
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm
The Freshwater Ponds of Long Island's South Shore
Guide: Tod Winston
Visit up to seven South Shore freshwater ponds that provide refuge to a surprising variety of wintering waterfowl—and great viewing opportunities to birders. Possible sightings include hooded mergansers, green-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, northern pintails, and redheads. We’ll also make a short stop or two by the bay to look for loons, grebes, and sea ducks.
Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $94 (66)
Click here to register

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 9:00am – 10:30am
Winter Walk in Van Cortlandt Park
Guide: Nadir Souirgi
Enjoy this ecologically diverse park with extensive woodlands and the Bronx's largest freshwater lake. Look for rarities such as wintering owls, land birds like snow buntings and Lapland longspurs, or even spot the odd migratory goose species like cackling goose, barnacle goose, or greater white-fronted goose. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 10am – 1pm
Winter Waterfowl ID Workshop Trip
Thursday, December 14, 6-7:30pm (class) and Sunday, December 17, 10am-1pm (trip)
Guide: Gabriel Willow
If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck . . . but is it a dabbling duck or a diving duck? Or could it be a grebe? This class will help you distinguish between ducks, geese, loons, grebes, and more. Following our class, we'll put our newfound skills to work as we seek out the diverse mix of dabbling ducks, bay ducks, sea ducks, grebes, loons, and cormorants to be found in Central Park's Reservoir.
Limited to 12. $65 (45)
Click here to register

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Wolfe’s Pond Park Ancient Trees
Walk the end-of-autumn woods of this park made famous for its ancient trees, notably Tulip and Oak. We may also explore placid Acme pond. The entrance to the park is from Cornelia Avenue off Hylan Blvd. Park closest to the restrooms, where we will meet.
For more information, contact Hillel Lofaso at 718-477-0545.
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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, December 17, 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, December 16, 2017
Nature Walk: Birds and the Winter Garden at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill), Bronx
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Take a guided, brisk walk to see birds and bird habitats in the garden. Along the way, hear about fascinating adaptations that help birds survive the cold.
Free!

Birding: Waterfowl at 155th Street and Baisley Boulevard (in Baisley Pond Park), Queens
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Nature Walk: Birds and the Winter Garden at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill), Bronx
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Take a guided, brisk walk to see birds and bird habitats in the garden. Along the way, hear about fascinating adaptations that help birds survive the cold.

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Birding: Waterfowl at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels. Beginners are welcome.
Free!
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Saturday, December 09, 2017

118th Christmas Bird Count Info

The 118th Annual Christmas Bird Count begins Saturday, December 16, 2017. If you'd like to participate with one of the many groups of birders in our area (of all skill levels) here is an abbreviated listing of the local counts. Below only includes the team coordinator information for the 5 boroughs of New York City, as well as, Long Island. A comprehensive listing for New York State can be found here.

Count
Code
Count Name
Contact
Email
Phone
Saturday, December 9, 2017(not part of the official CBC)
Saturday, December 16, 2017
NYBR
Brooklyn L.I.
Bobbi Manian
roberta.manian@gmail.com
NYNN
Northern Nassau County
Jennifer Wilson Pines
jwpines@gmail.com
516-767-3454
Sunday, December 17, 2017
NYCA
Captree L.I.
Shai Mitra
shaibal.mitra@csi.cuny.edu
NJLH
Lower Hudson NJ/NY
Kaitlyn Parkins
kparkins@nycaudubon.org
NYQU
Queens County
Corey Finger
10000birdsblogger@gmail.com
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Friday, December 22, 2017
Saturday, December 23, 2017
NYBW
Bronx-Westchester Region
Michael Bochnik
http://www.hras.org/bwcbc.html
914-237-9331
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
NYCS
Central Suffolk County L.I.
Eileen Schwinn
beachmed@optonline.net
Saturday, December 30, 2017
NYOR
Orient L.I.
Patrick Hanly
pat@mattpres.com
631-312-0824
NYSN
Southern Nassau County L.I.
Patricia Lindsay
pjlindsay@optonline.net

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, December 8, 2017:br /> br /> - RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Dec. 8, 2017
* NYNY1712.08

- Birds mentioned
HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER+
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER+
WESTERN TANAGER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Greater White-fronted Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
KING EIDER
Common Eider
HARLEQUIN DUCK
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
EARED GREBE
Willet (subspecies "Western Willet")
Red Knot
Parasitic Jaeger
Razorbill
Black-legged Kittiwake
BLACK-HEADED GULL
LITTLE GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Royal Tern
Snowy Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Lapland Longspur
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Pine Warbler
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (western subspecies "Audubon's" form)
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Clay-colored Sparrow
Boat-tailed Grackle
Pine Siskin

- 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, December 8th 2017 at 8pm. The highlights of today's tape are HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER, WESTERN TANAGER, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, EARED GREBE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, "Audubon's" YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and more.

Present today for its 13th day the unexpectedly long staying HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER will now face its toughest test yet as snow is predicted for Saturday. The flycatcher has been seen daily mostly in Central Park's Ramble and although wandering a bit has usually returned to sections of the Ramble near Azalea Pond with such local names as the Swampy Pin Oak, the Humming Tombstone and the Oven. Hopefully it will be seen at these sites as the snow moves on.

With folks now hoping some of the late lingering passerines will hang around for the local Christmas Counts. Another bird high on that list is the WESTERN TANAGER found Wednesday at Crocheron Park in Queens and still present today. This bird, most likely the same WESTERN present recently at the Alley Pond Environmental Center about a mile away, has generally been seen around the pond at the south end of the park just south of 35th Avenue. This park is on some maps also called John Golden Park. Also in that park yesterday were YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and WILSON'S WARBLER.

Also notable but not apparently lingering was an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER visiting a private residence in Brooklyn Monday.

AN EARED GREBE has been present since last Saturday at Oak Beach returning to the area in Fire Island Inlet just west of the Fisherman's parking lot off Oak Beach Road the same site one frequented late last Winter.

'Tis the season for waterfowl and among the more unusual was a drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE seen last Saturday out in Jamaica Bay northeast of the Fisherman's parking lot at Floyd Bennett Field. HARLEQUIN DUCKS have returned to Jones inlet as of last Sunday with 3 seen on the Jones Beach West End side of the inlet and 2 along the Point Lookout jetties. A male KING EIDER was also seen again in Jones Inlet on Monday. Other notable species around Jones Beach West End this week have included some COMMON EIDERS, a "Western" WILLET, 6 RED KNOTS, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a PARASITIC JAEGER Sunday, a RAZORBILL Sunday and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR traveling with some Horned Larks. Drake EURASIAN WIGEON continue on the Sayville Mill Pond and Eastport Pond and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE include one at Elda Lake in Babylon Friday, one still at Tung Ting Pond in Centerport and one off Reeves Avenue north of Riverhead Sunday.

A recent large influx of Bonaparte's Gulls along Long Island's south shore provided an accompanying adult LITTLE GULL off Riis Park last Saturday. A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was also off Robert Moses State Park Saturday morning along with a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a PARASITIC JAEGER. A BLACK-HEADED GULL has been present at Five Islands Park in New Rochelle this week and a ROYAL TERN was still at Orient Beach State Park last Sunday.

Very unusual has been the male PROTHONOTARY WARBLER lingering around the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center off Yaphank Ave in Yaphank still present at least to Thursday this site also featuring a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

In Central Park a collection of late warblers this week has included MAGNOLIA, NASHVILLE, NORTHERN PARULA, ORANGE-CROWNED, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, PINE, AMERICAN REDSTART, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and WILSON'S. A PINE SISKIN has been around the Ramble while a female type BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE also continues in the Common Grackle flock.

Another great bird was a well marked "Audubon's" YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER found west of Napeague Harbor last Saturday.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues in Brooklyn's Green-wood Cemetery and 7 RAZORBILLS were spotted Monday from a boat in eastern Long Island Sound.

Please remember to keep a suitable distance from and do not stress SNOWY OWLS now arriving in our area.

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, December 05, 2017

Treehugger Tuesday

From the website "Earther":

Wind Farms Can Now Produce More Electricity Than Coal Plants In Texas
Brian Kahn
Thursday 11:20am

The war on coal is alive and well in Texas. Yes, Texas.

Wind power capacity has officially topped coal generating capacity according to data from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Wind farms are popping up across the state and coal plants are shuttering, largely due to economics that increasingly favor low cost renewables.

The wind revolution in Texas has been swift. Wind power accounted for just 2 percent of Texas’s power generation a decade ago according to the Houston Chronicle, but it now accounts for more than 15 percent. In real numbers, wind capacity stands at 20,102 megawatts, enough to power roughly four million homes by the Chronicle’s estimate. ERCOT data shows that capacity could top 21,000 megawatts by the end of the year.

It now stands as the second-largest source of electricity capacity in Texas, trailing only natural gas. Coal, however, still accounts for a larger overall share of electricity generated in Texas, but that will likely change within the next few years.


Image: ERCOT

While wind power has blown up, coal generation has fallen across Texas. The latest casualties are the Big Brown and Sandow coal-powered plants, which are slated to close in 2018.

“Trump can repeal environmental rules, but he can’t repeal economics,” Daniel Cohan, an associate professor of environmental engineering at Rice University, told E and E News when the decision to shutter the plants was announced last month. “I think you’re seeing market forces take over on this.”

And that’s exactly what’s happening. Cheap natural gas has made coal increasingly uncompetitive. Columbia research published earlier this year found that 49 percent of the drop in coal use in the U.S. from 2011-2016 was due to low-cost gas.

At the same time, wind power has never been cheaper. The declining cost of renewable energy over that period is responsible for 18 percent of coal’s decline, according to the Columbia research.

In contrast, environmental regulations have played a very tiny role, despite the Trump administration’s argument that they’re killing coal. Texas—a state where “regulation” is akin to a four-letter word—has become the wind capital of the U.S. due to these economic factors and its abundance of wind. That means it’s highly unlikely that Trump’s push to roll back fossil fuel regulations will mess with the Lone Star state’s wind revolution.

Texas is a microcosm of what’s happening across much of the U.S. and the world. The fastest growing jobs in the country are in wind and solar and renewables are being installed at record rates around the globe. Mexico auctioned off the cheapest solar project on the planet earlier this month. The pace, however, will need to quicken to ensure we don’t suffer the worst impacts of climate change.
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Monday, December 04, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, December 9, 2017 to Sunday, December 10, 2017:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, December 9, 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
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 8:30am - 11:00am
Deans Bridge and Titicus Reservoir with Naturalist Tait Johansson
Somers, NY, USA

Join Tait in exploring these excellent winter waterfowl spots in Somers and North Salem. This is perfect for beginning birders. Meet at the end of Dean’s Bridge Road in Somers.
Level of physical difficulty: Moderate.
Please let us know if you’d like to borrow binoculars.
Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.
See more details

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, December 9, 2017
A Duck Walk Marathon of Southern Jamaica Bay
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: Duck species of fresh and salt waters
Registrar: Peter Dorosh Prosbird@aol.com or text only cell 347-622-3559
Registration Period: Dec 2nd - Dec 7th
Trip Details: The walking tour distance is about 9 miles. Starting at Jamaica Bay Refuge Visitors Center (From A train Broad Channel station), the walk-– after a loop of the West […]

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Gateway National Recreation Area
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Winter Bird Walk
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center for a slide program on winter birds and wildlife followed by a walk around the ponds and gardens with Jamaica Bay Guardian Don Riepe.
View Details

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Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9:00am
Montauk
Leader(s): Bob Grover (516-318-8536) Ken Thompson (631-612-8028)
Meet at Lighthouse parking lot. Latecomers can still join in the vicinity of the restaurant overlook.

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, December 10, 7:00am
Birding in Peace
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean that there aren’t interesting birds to discover in Green-Wood. For some bird species that migrate south after the breeding season, Brooklyn is their Miami during the cold months. Spend the early morning exploring the cemetery, looking for overwintering waterfowl, nuthatches, woodpeckers, sparrows, finches and any half-hardy birds that decided to stick around. By February we’ll see some of the early north-bound birds beginning to trickle back into the area.

$10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members

For this program you will check in at the Gothic Arches, right at the main entrance.
Click here for our inclement weather policy.

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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
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10am – 1pm
America Littoral Society's Winter Birds at Jamaica Bay
Guide: Don Riepe with American Littoral Society and Gateway National Recreation Area
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for a slide program on winter birds and wildlife followed by a walk around the ponds and gardens. Learn about bird migration, survival, and adaptation to cold temperatures and look for owls, raptors, finches, and waterfowl.
For info and reservations, contact Don Riepe at 718-474-0896 or donriepe@gmail.com. No limit. Free

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 9:30am – 11:30am
Winter Birding Along the Hudson: Wave Hill
Guide: Gabriel Willow with Wave Hill
Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center. The Hudson River valley hosts an impressive diversity of bird species, even during the winter months. Come explore the beautiful gardens and woodlands of Wave Hill and observe the hardy birds that spend the winter in this urban oasis. Walks run rain or shine. Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. See www.wavehill.org for admission rates. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Conference House Park
What do burnt cornflakes, worts, and ski trails all have in common? They are identifying characteristic of tree bark at Conference House Park. Participants will learn to identify trees in the winter using their bark including the persimmon, a native tree species that is threatened in New York State. We will meet at the parking lot near the Visitors Center, 7455 Hylan Boulevard. For more information contact Will Lenihan at wleni5584@gmail.com.

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Liberty State Park
Leader: Bob Dieterich (848) 468-7207
Liberty State Park, 200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305, USA (map)

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Hempstead Lake State Park

From the Southern State Parkway, take Exit 18 (Eagle Avenue) south to Field 3 (use second park entrance and make an immediate left turn.).
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, December 9, 2017
Birding: Owls at Parking Area (in High Rock Park), Staten Island
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Be wise and join this Urban Park Ranger-led hike, as we listen for calls and look for this nocturnal bird of prey.
Free!

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Winter Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
The Hudson River Valley hosts an impressive diversity of bird species in the winter. Observe birds in their winter habitats and explore Wave Hill with naturalist Gabriel Willow.
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Saturday, December 02, 2017

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, December 1, 2017

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Dec. 1, 2017
* NYNY1712.01

- Birds mentioned
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE+
HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER+
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE+
WESTERN TANAGER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
ROSS'S GOOSE
Cackling Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
Parasitic Jaeger
Black-legged Kittiwake
BLACK-HEADED GULL
LITTLE GULL
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Red-headed Woodpecker
Common Raven
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Dickcissel
Boat-tailed Grackle

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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, December 1st 2017 at 8pm. The highlights of today's tape are HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER, WESTERN TANAGER, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, LAPLAND LONGSPUR and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. A good week for birds.

First spotted near the Ramble in Central Park early last Sunday a small empidonax flycatcher was accommodating enough to enable sufficiently detailed photos that soon determined its identity as a HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER. A third record for New York State. Seen everyday since Sunday the flycatcher has been elusive but when being observed it has usually been in areas of the Ramble with such names as the Oven, the Gill, the Rustic Shelter and the Swampy Pin Oak. This latter, a tree that hasn't existed since Hurricane Sandy. The above areas are all near Azalea Pond just west of the Boat House on Central Park Lake. But today the flycatcher also ventured a little farther north to the south end of the Maintenance Meadow but was seen later again near Azalea Pond. Hopefully for the weekend folks will be able to track the bird and direct arriving birders to its current location.

The WESTERN TANAGER at the Alley Pond Environmental Center was being seen at least through Tuesday along the trail that enters the east side of the park right after crossing the Northern Boulevard bridge over the creek. Parking is at the center on the west side of the creek. Interestingly a second WESTERN TANAGER has been visiting a private residence in Stony Brook first seen on November 17th but only subsequently and positively identified.

Staying with the landbirds. A male PROTHONOTARY WARBLER has been present at least since last Friday at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center off Yaphank Avenue in Yaphank. Two other interesting reports from that location during the week both accompanied by photographs were a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE last Sunday and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW today. A gathering of over 30 COMMON RAVENS seen there today was also quite impressive.

A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was found with Canadas in Montauk Tuesday this on the south side of Route 27 at the Deep Hollow Ranch. A ROSS'S GOOSE was photographed in Connetquot River State Park in Great River last Saturday. Single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue to be seen at Belmont Lake State Park and Tung Ting Pond in Centerport as well as at other sites. Seemingly widespread CACKLING GEESE include 2 in Prospect Park last Sunday. Both drake EURASIAN WIGEON continue to be noted at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, on Mill Pond in West Sayville, on Fresh Pond in Fort Salonga and on Eastport Lake.

Among the gulls, missed on last week's tape, was a subadult LITTLE GULL off Montauk Point on November 23rd and the presumed Pelham Bay BLACK-HEADED GULL was back at Five Islands Park in New Rochelle last Saturday. An ICELAND GULL was at Playland Park in Rye Tuesday and at Riis Park last Saturday a single BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was joined by an ICELAND and two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. The latter still around in low numbers. A PARASITIC JAEGER was off Jones Beach West End Saturday. At least one HUDSONIAN GODWIT continued at Heckscher State Park through last Saturday.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was still at Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn Wednesday. A DICKCISSEL visited Robert Moses State Park last Saturday and LAPLAND LONGSPURS featured singles at Smith Point County Park Saturday and at the Fire Island Hawkwatch Sunday.

Unusual by location was a BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE with Common Grackles in Central Park's Sheep Meadow last weekend. Decent numbers of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS continue in the area but the nice list of late lingering other warblers have folks thinking already of the upcoming Christmas Counts this list including OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE, NASHVILLE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, CANADA and WILSON'S.

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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Monday, November 27, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, December 2, 2017 to Sunday, December 3, 2017:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, December 2, 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, December 3, 2017, 8am – 9am
Early Morning Bird Walk: 12 Birds of Winter
Not everyone flies south for the winter. Join Prospect Park Alliance to spot Prospect Park’s most common winter birds during their busiest time of day. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club, this tour leaves promptly at 8am.

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Bedford Audubon Society
December 2, 2017, 8:30am - 1:00pm
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with Naturalist Tait Johansson
Join Tait on an outing to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, a haven for wintering waterfowl, often including impressive numbers of Snow Geese. Now that the West Pond has been repaired and is fresh water again, the Refuge should be an even better winter birding spot than it has been for the last 5 years.
Meet at Bylane at 7am for carpooling or at the Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center at 8:30.
Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Please let us know if you’d like to borrow binoculars.
Register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.302.9713.
See more details

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 7:30am
Prospect Park
Leader: Sean Zimmer
Meet: 7:30 AM at Grand Army Plaza (Stranahan Statue) entrance of Prospect Park
Focus: first winter songbirds, raptors, and lake species

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Gateway National Recreation Area
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Snow Birds Walk
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Search for cardinals, yellow-rumped warblers, white-throated sparrows, and more.
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Sunday, December 3, 2017
Winter Hike at Breezy Point
Location: Meet at Fort Tilden, Building 1 and carpool to Breezy Point
Join Mickey Maxwell Cohen, American Littoral Society naturalist, to the little known and winter-deserted western tip of the Rockaway Peninsula during a full-moon low tide.
View Details

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, December 3, 7:00am - 8:30am
Birding in Peace
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean that there aren’t interesting birds to discover in Green-Wood. For some bird species that migrate south after the breeding season, Brooklyn is their Miami during the cold months. Spend the early morning exploring the cemetery, looking for overwintering waterfowl, nuthatches, woodpeckers, sparrows, finches and any half-hardy birds that decided to stick around. By February we’ll see some of the early north-bound birds beginning to trickle back into the area.

$10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members

For this program you will check in at the Gothic Arches, right at the main entrance.
Click here for our inclement weather policy.

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Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Croton Point Park
Meet at 8am in the large parking lot
We will search the meadow for American Pipit and other grassland birds.
http://hras.org/wtobird/croton.html

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00am
Montauk Point
Winter waterfowl abound including scoters, eiders, loons, gannets, and numerous pond ducks.
Registration: 631-885-1881

Directions: LIE to exit 70, Manorville. Go south on Route 111 to Route 27. Take Route 27 east all the way to Montauk Point Lighthouse. There may be a parking fee. Meet at the concession building at Montauk Point State Park.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Rye Playland and Environs
Leader: Tom Burke
Registrar: Louise Fraza — louisefraza@yahoo.com or 212-534-6182
Registration opens: Monday, November 20
Ride: $15 or public transportation

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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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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Old Mill Road – Richmond Town
Enjoy a walk back through Staten Island’s past as participants visit the ruins of three, pre-Revolutionary War mills, Bedell’s, Ketchum’s and Crocheron’s mills. Explore the watercourses which fed each mill. Discover the wildlife, the rich diversity of species which now call the mill-creeks home.
Participants will meet in the parking lot on Old Mill Road beside Saint Andrew’s Church.
For more information call Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666.

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
The Intertidal Zone at the Page Avenue Beach
We’ll begin with a look at the local geology then move to examining the flotsam and jetsam accumulated at the high tide lines to see what nature’s debris has to tell us. As the water recedes with the tide, we’ll move into the intertidal zone to find out what sorts of living things survive in this challenging environment. A variety of crabs, snails, clams, worms and small fish are likely to be discovered. It’s going to be muddy so dress appropriately.
Meet at the parking lot at the bottom of Page Avenue below Hylan Boulevard.
For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017
Montauk Point
Leader: Arie Gilbert (917) 693-7178
Where: Montauk Point Lighthouse, 2000 NY-27, Montauk, NY 11954, USA (map)

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Alley Pond Park

Take the Long Island Expressway west to Exit 29 (Springfield Blvd.). Turn left onto Springfield Blvd. south. Go five blocks and turn left onto 76th Ave. Quickly turn left into the 76th Ave. parking lot. We will meet at the far end of the lot. For a street map that shows the parking lot (and the entire neighborhood), go to www.nycgovparks.org/parks/alleypondpark/map. For online directions, enter "76th Ave 11364" as the location.
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, December 2, 2017
Birding: Owls at Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels.
Registration is required for this program.
Free!
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Saturday, November 25, 2017

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, November 24, 2017:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Nov. 24, 2017
* NYNY1711.24

- Birds Mentioned

ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER+
WESTERN TANAGER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)


GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Cackling Goose
TUNDRA SWAN
Eurasian Wigeon
KING EIDER
Great Shearwater
Northern Gannet
CATTLE EGRET
Common Gallinule
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
Long-billed Dowitcher
DOVEKIE
Razorbill
Black-legged Kittiwake
Bonaparte’s Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Royal Tern
SNOWY OWL
Red-headed Woodpecker
Philadelphia Vireo
CAVE SWALLOW
Lapland Longspur
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Orange-crowned Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
LARK 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

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, November 24, 2017 at 9:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are WESTERN TANAGER, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, CAVE SWALLOW, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, KING EIDER, DOVEKIE, SNOWY OWL, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, CATTLE EGRET, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, LARK and CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS and DICKCISSEL.

A very interesting week for land birds, highlighted by the reappearance of the WESTERN TANAGER yesterday at the Alley Pond Environmental Center. First seen on Sunday November 12th and then only briefly the next day, this female-plumaged Tanager was spotted again yesterday and seen for a while today on the east side of the creek along trails and a berm a little south of Northern Boulevard. Parking is available on the west side of the creek at the Environmental Center parking lot. From the lot walk east along Northern Boulevard over the creek and go right down dead-end 234th street (before the Chevy dealership) to the appropriate trails. Also watch for ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and other birds in this active area.

Also on Thursday an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was found on Staten Island at the Mount Loretto Unique Area off Hylan Boulevard. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was also there yesterday, but we have no reports from today.

And today a CAVE SWALLOW was reported from this morning near the tip of Breezy Point.

The very notable land birds also include a briefly seen LARK SPARROW and an overhead DICKCISSEL moving by Robert Moses State Park Thursday morning, LAPLAND LONGSPURS noted at both Moses Park and Jones Beach West End this week, and a late PHILADELPHIA VIREO Sunday and Monday at Coney Island Creek Park in Brooklyn, where a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Greenwood Cemetery. And among the WARBLERS, very interesting was a PROTHONOTARY seen today at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, while other species noted this week featured a HOODED in Prospect Park last Sunday as well as BLACKPOLL, MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED GREEN and WILSON’S, along with some ORANGE-CROWNEDS continuing in the area.

Pretty neat was a TUNDRA SWAN seen flying down the East River past Randall’s Island Thursday morning, a quick message sent out enabling two other birders to pick it up as it moved south and then turned westerly over Manhattan at mid-town.

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, mostly continuing birds, were at Belmont Lake State Park through today, as well as on Tung Ting Pond in Centerport, at the Northport High School, off Depot Lane in Cutchogue Wednesday, and on Marratooka Lake in Mattituck Saturday.

CACKLING GEESE have been fairly widespread lately, including 2 in Prospect Park or on the nearby Parade Grounds, 2 at Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream, and 7 off Oakleigh Avenue in Calverton.

Single drake EURASIAN WIGEON were recently on Mill Pond in Sayville, Eastport Pond north of Montauk Highway, and at Fuch’s Pond Preserve in Northport.

A female KING EIDER flew west past Jones Beach West End last Saturday, and 2 RAZORBILLS were also noted there. Another interesting alcid report last Saturday was a DOVEKIE off Montauk Point.

An impressive grouping of birds at Breezy Point last Sunday included a GREAT SHEARWATER, 2 unidentified JAEGERS, single BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and ICELAND and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 4 ROYAL TERNS and an estimated 8,000 plus NORTHERN GANNETS.

Today at Robert Moses State Park a good offshore Gull flight included many BONAPARTE’S GULLS and several BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES.

A CATTLE EGRET was off Route 27 east of Bridgehampton Sunday morning, a COMMON GALLINULE stayed in Prospect Park at least to Tuesday, and an HUDSONIAN GODWIT was still at the Field 7 parking lot pool at Heckscher State Park yesterday. LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS remain at Santapogue Creek in West Babylon.

SNOWY OWLS are now appearing along the coast, and we can only hope that birders and photographers will keep their distance and not stress the birds.

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, November 24, 2017

Friday's Foto

The Common Gallinule is a medium-sized member of the rail family. Native to North America, it was once considered the same species as the Old World’s Common Moorhen but in 2011 was split off and renamed.

Adult gallinule have mostly dark plumage, white undertail, yellow legs and a red frontal shield. Immature birds, like the one pictured, are browner, lack the red shield and have a drab maroon bill.

Like most of North America’s rail species they are marsh birds, found in freshwater or brackish marshes with tall emergent vegetation. They are often found in the company of the American Coot. Foraging while walking atop floating vegetation, swimming or walking in shallow water, their diet consists primarily of seeds from grasses and sedges, as well as, snails and other small mollusks.

Common Gallinule breeds over much of midwestern and southern North America through Central America and northern South America. They overwinter from the southern Atlantic states to South America.

While Common Gallinule populations have decreased between 1966 and 2014 the IUCN Red List lists their conservation status as Least Concern.

Their scientific name, Gallinula galeata, means little hen; helmeted.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Birding and Owl Ethics

Here's a little refresher from the ABA blog:

Considering Owl Ethics
By Nate Swick, on January 13, 2013
via The Nemesis Bird

The ethics of owl photography is one issue birders have discussed at great length, particularly in the modern era as we’ve seen the rise and increased ease of digital photography. We’ve even discussed it here at the ABA Blog on occasion. Owls, after all, are charismatic. They’re too infrequently seen. They can be devilishly hard to photograph. And on those rare occasions when the stars align and an owl is observed in daylight, it can be very easy to take things too far without really even realizing that you’re doing so.

Most birders do our best to abide by the ABA Code of Birding Ethics, particularly when it comes to disturbing roosting owls. But absent any sort of clear owl-specific advice, it can be hard to know precisely how much is too much until the owl flushes and every binocular-toter in the tri-county area is calling for your head.

At The Nemesis Bird, Andy McGann tackles this issue with a well put together post on photographing roosting owls, but the advice works just as well for those who just want to observe them:


• If you catch wind of the known whereabouts of an owl’s daytime roost, ask someone-who-knows for more information. However, this can often be an unproductive dead-end, because many birders are rightfully extremely guarded when it comes to trusting others with a bird’s well-being. On the bright side, their hearts are in the right place. The down side is that people can get totally bent out of shape when someone withholds information. TRY NOT TO TAKE IT PERSONALLY. If possible, politely ask if you could possibly arrange to join them when they check up on that-roost-they-know-about.

• Target roosts that are located on PUBLIC LAND, especially those WITH POPULAR HIKING TRAILS. Why? Because the birds at these locations are simply more accustomed to seeing people walking around. Birds become desensitized to people walking in the areas where they always walk. Like city pigeons, but not quite that extreme.



Anyway, there’s far more and it’s good stuff. Go check it out!
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Treehugger Tuesday

From the website Electrek:

Cheapest electricity on the planet is Mexican solar power at 1.77¢/kWh – record 1¢/kWh coming in 2019, sooner
John Fitzgerald Weaver
Nov. 16th 2017

Per a press release from the Centro Nacional de Control de Energía (Cenace) of Mexico, the department received bids for 3TWh of solar electricity, with the lowest bids being 1.77¢/kWh coming from Italian multinational ENEL Green Power.

This record low price of electricity on earth, just beats out the 1.79¢/kWh from Saudi Arabia, and is part of a pattern marching toward 1¢/kWh bids that are coming in 2019 (or sooner).

Mexico’s Department of Energy along with Cenace announced the results of the country’s ‘Third Long Term Auction.’ Fifteen bids were accepted from eight wind and solar power companies. ENGIE bid as Solar and Wind companies, Mitsui alongside Trina, ENEL and Canadian Solar were some of the better known names.

ENEL won bids on four projects total with tariffs of 1.77¢, 1.77¢, 1.94¢ and 1.80¢/kWh. The projects were sized 167MW, 122MW, 277MW and 116MW, respectively – totaling 682MW total. These four bids are the two lowest, and 4th/5th lowest bids ever for solar power projects.

Read the entire article here

Monday, November 20, 2017

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, November 25, 2017 to Sunday, November 26, 2017:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, November 25, 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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Gateway National Parks
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Salt Marsh Detectives
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Investigate what makes a salt marsh and who lives there.
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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, 2017, 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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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Grande Jones Beach
Leader: Mike Zito (516) 507-9419
Where: US Coast Guard, 1 West End Boat Basin, Freeport, NY 11520 (map)

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, November 26, 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, November 25, 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 - 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 along the…
Free!

Sunday, November 26, 2017
Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - Hallett Nature Sanctuary and The Pond 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 along the…
Free!

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Wild Bird Fund
Saturday, November 25, 2017, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Thanksgiving Edition
Please join WBF member and artist/naturalist Alan Messer for a Thanksgiving-season bird walk on November 25 (Rain Date, November 26) into Central Park for early winter birds. We'll check the southern part of the Reservoir for gulls and waterfowl including mergansers, coots, among our over-wintering duck species. Late migration hawks can be seen while we head to the Ramble for hermit thrushes, sparrows, finches, kinglets, and woodpeckers. We'll be…
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