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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming birding and nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, February 1, 2020 to Sunday, February 2, 2020:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Jones Beach State Park
Leader: Adelia Harrison
Focus: Raptors, winter waterfowl, open space species, gulls; brush passerines
Car Fee: $22.00
Registrar: Peter Dorosh email Prosbird@aol.com or Prosbird@gmail.com
Registration Period: Jan 25th – Jan 30th
Please review our trip guidelines here: http://brooklynbirdclub.org/information-registration

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Prospect Park: Birdwatching for Beginners
Leader: Cyrus Baty
Birdwatching for Beginners meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse at 12 noon. Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, binoculars are available for loan.

Sunday, February 2, 2020, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Prospect Park First Sunday Walk
Meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse, the first Sunday of every month except July and August. Leaders are members of the Brooklyn Bird Club.
Bring binoculars.
Note: Meets at 8 a.m. except in the winter months of December, January, and February when the walk starts at 10 a.m.

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Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 8:30am
Jones Beach West End
Leader(s): Mike Cooper (516-523-2369, Bob Grover (516-318-8536)
Meet in the parking lot near the Coast Guard Station at West End.

(Nature walks will be cancelled if it is raining or snowing.)

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, February 1, 2020 (Rain date February 2)
Coney Island Pier to Coney Island Creek
Leader: Rob Jett
Registrar: Mary Beth Kooper — marybeth@nyc.rr.com
Registration opens: Monday, January 20
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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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9am – 3pm
Winter Waterfowl of the Brooklyn Coast
Guide: Kellye Rosenheim
Join Kellye Rosenheim on a tour of Brooklyn’s most productive coastal winter waterfowl sites. We’ll visit Bush Terminal Piers Park, Gravesend, and Calvert Vaux in search of saltwater species such as Common Goldeneye, Long-tailed Duck, and Common Loon, as well as Horned and Red-necked Grebe.
Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $96 (67)
Click here to register

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New York City WILD!
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:30am
Winter Wonderland & Bald Eagles! Croton-on-Hudson: Croton Point Park

Sunday, February 2, 2020, 11:00am
Winter Wonderland! Brooklyn: New York Harbor/Calvert Vaux Park to Verrazano Bridge

For the FULL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH WALK click HERE to take you to the Eventbrite Profile page where you will find all details (scroll down to the thumbnails) for each of the outings and how to SIGN UP !

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North Fork Audubon Society
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 8:00am
Drive By Birding
Peconic Bay Blvd. has some good birding spots.We'll meet at Veterans Beach Park on Peconic Bay Blvd. and carpool from there. Bald eagle, scaup, and American widgeon were all seen there in January.
Meet at Veterans Beach Park, Mattituck at 8:00am
Please call or text Tom at 631 275-3202 or email at tdamiani3@optimum.net to register for this trip.

All of the events are free to the public unless noted otherwise. There is a $4 suggested donation for field trips for nonmembers of NFAS

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Point Lookout Town Park (and Lido Preserve afterwards)
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, February 1, 2020
Birding: Winter Waterfowl at Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
11:00 a.m.–12:30 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 and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Birding: Winter Waterfowl at Wolfe's Pond Park Comfort Station (in Wolfe's Pond Park), Staten Island
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. All skill levels are welcome.
Free!
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Treehugger Tuesday

From the website "Treehugger":

How populism makes dealing with the climate crisis really hard
Lloyd Alter
January 23, 2020

Beware of the gilets jaunes, says Philip Stephens.

From the USA to Australia to Brazil to Canadian provinces like Ontario and Alberta, so-called populists are denying climate change and rolling back measures to stop it. In France, there was been a revolt of gilets jaunes (the yellow vests every car in France has to carry for emergencies), originally outraged over an increase in gas taxes.

Writing in the heavily paywalled Financial Times, Philip Stephens writes about the spread of populism around the world, and yet, notwithstanding Donald Trump, everyone who flew into Davos knows that "the phoney war about the climate is over. One way or another global warming is set radically to reshape our economies and societies." However, the politics are really hard. He quotes a warning from a politician from a few years ago: “We all know what to do, but we don’t know how to get re-elected once we have done it.”

The problem is that nobody wants to face the necessary upheaval and the changes, but most importantly, the costs that will be born by people who don't have money to spare, like those original gilets jaunes.

Motorists will struggle, however, to accept that the internal combustion engine has had its day — at least until someone invents a cheap battery with a decent range. The switch from coal, oil and gas to sustainable energy will require the replacement of hundreds of millions of household heating systems. Cheap flights will disappear. A shift from consumption of meat to plant-based products will not invite universal applause. Nor will the tax increases needed to finance decent public transport and better insulation of buildings.

Stephens notes that some politicians are wrapping up the changes in "green deals" and big packages to recalibrate taxes and subsidies.

But no one, as far as I can see, has come up with plans to offset the cost of this on the people it will hurt most — those who need to drive to work in the ancient, gas-guzzling cars that spew out the most carbon; the householders least likely to have decent insulation or the cash to replace fossil fuel boilers; and the people for whom cheap air travel means a chance to take their one annual holiday.

Stephens notes that many voters look at green policies as something the rich inflict on the poor (before they get in their jets). Many probably agree with Sebastian Gorka, who said of Green New Deal types: “They want to take your pickup truck. They want to rebuild your home. They want to take away your hamburgers.” The problem is that at some point, we have to face the music and do exactly that.

Such an interesting article in the Financial Times. The great benefit of the FT paywall is that you can't read the hundred and thirty comments saying either that climate change isn't happening, or that life will be better when there is more CO2 and a warmer climate. Nor can you see that the Netherlands has survived below sea level for centuries, or my favorite, "Look at Bjorn Lomborg's data instead of Guardian and Thunberg scaremongering."

Beware of the gilets jaunes, says Philip Stephens.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, January 24, 2020:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jan. 24, 2020
* NYNY2001.24

- Birds mentioned
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN+
BARNACLE GOOSE+
PAINTED BUNTING+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Red-necked Grebe
Razorbill
Iceland Gull
BLACK-HEADED GULL
EURASIAN WIGEON
HARLEQUIN DUCK
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (deceased)
TUNDRA SWAN
Rough-legged Hawk
Red-headed Woodpecker
Boat-tailed Grackle
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
Orange-crowned Warbler
VARIED THRUSH

- 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

Compiler: Tom Burke
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 24th 2020 at 9pm. The highlights of today's tape are PAINTED BUNTING, VARIED THRUSH, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BARNACLE GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, plus an apparent deceased PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and more.

A female plumaged PAINTED BUNTING at Jones Beach was seen as recently as Wednesday in the shrubbery around the Children's Playground that is next to the parking lot for the Gatsby Restaurant. This parking lot is off eastbound Ocean Parkway just west of the circle around Jones Beach water tower. Though the Brooklyn Bridge Park BUNTING was not reported this week the VARIED THRUSH in Prospect Park, after going unobserved for awhile, was refound Monday and seen daily through today still in the vicinity of the Nethermead Arches and Ravine.

Yesterday an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was spotted on Mill Pond in Sayville located on the north side of Montauk Highway. Today the PELICAN was moving around a bit returning a couple of times to Mill Pond but later in the day it seems to have settled onto the pond at the San Souci County Nature Preserve located a little east of Mill Pond but also on the north side of Montauk Highway.

We have received word of a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE shot by a hunter recently, the carcass on its way apparently to the American Museum of Natural History. But we as yet have no details.

BARNACLE GOOSE continues to visits Belmont Lake State Park roosting there overnight and seen on the lake at various times during the day. Out on eastern Long Island in the Riverhead area another BARNACLE GOOSE has been traveling with Canada Geese being seen at a few sites from the Northville Turnpike on Route 105 sod fields to areas further west including Doctor's Path around Reeves Avenue and even as far as Hulse Landing Road. Perhaps more than one BARNACLE GOOSE is involved. Recent GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE include one today with a Snow Goose on Van Cortlandt Park lake in the Bronx these birds perhaps relocating from the Rye area, a group of 4 on Amawalk Reservoir in northern Westchester today, one in the Riverhead area recently and one at Hook Pond in East Hampton earlier in the week. Two TUNDRA SWANS were also on Hook Pond on Tuesday. A female EURASIAN WIGEON was spotted again today at Bush Terminal Piers Park and the young male HARLEQUIN DUCK was still present today in Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay with 4 also continuing at Orient Point.

An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL remains around the sand spit off the Jones Beach West End Coast Guard Station with another still at Brooklyn Bridge Park Tuesday. ICELAND GULLS were noted this week in Brooklyn around the Sheepshead and Gravesend Bay area and at the Brooklyn Bridge Park with a report today also from Central Park Reservoir.

The occasional RAZORBILL has been appearing along the Brooklyn shoreline and 2 were reported off Pelham Bay Park today with many more along the Atlantic shore.

Single ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS continue along Ocean Parkway in the Captree area and around the Riverhead sod fields, a COMMON GALLINULE was still on the Bellmore Mill Pond Wednesday, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues in Central Park's north end and only a few RED-NECKED GREBE reports include singles at Breezy Point and Brooklyn's Dead Horse Bay and at Montauk's Culloden Point.

Amongst the interesting passerines were a LAPLAND LONGSPUR at Nickerson Beach last weekend, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW remaining at Playland Park in Rye, a female BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE continuing in Central Park's north end and up to 3 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS together in the Willow Lake section of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park this week.

To phone in reports 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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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Upcoming Bird and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming birding and nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, January 25, 2020 to Sunday, January 26, 2020:

Bedford Audubon Society
Sunday, January 26, 2020, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Winter Tree Identification
Muscoot Farm, 51 NY-100, Katonah, NY 10536
Don’t judge a tree by its leaves!
There are lots of ways to identify trees, and you can learn all aboutthem by joining Naturalist Tait Johansson on a Nature Walk: Winter TreeIdentification at Muscoot Farm. Co-sponsored with Friends of Muscoot Farm. Tait will explain how to use a tree’s structure, bark, and other clues to ID it even after theleaves have fallen. Family friendly, but all children must beaccompanied by an adult.
Cost: Free.Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warm.
Please register with Susanat info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914-302-9713.
See more details

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Croton Point State Park, NY
Leader: Mike Yuan
Trip synopsis: Croton Point Park by public transportation. Participants will meet at Grand Central Terminal to take Metro North to Croton-Harmon station. After the walk, warm up at the Green Growler Taproom, adjacent to the train station, for beers and snacks before heading back.
Focus: winter resident eagles, raptors, waterfowl, open grassland and brush species
Metro-north train fare: round trip about $22.50
Registrar: Janet Schumacher email janets33@optonline.net
Registration Period: Jan 18th – Jan 23rd
Please review our trip guidelines here: http://brooklynbirdclub.org/information-registration

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Prospect Park: Birdwatching for Beginners
Leader: Cyrus Baty
Birdwatching for Beginners meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse at 12 noon. Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, binoculars are available for loan.

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Green-Wood Cemetery
Sunday, January 26, 2020, 7:15 am - 8:45 am
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 birds that make Green-Wood their home – some at least temporarily.

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.

All walks are at a slow pace on easy to moderate terrain, but proper, close toed footwear is suggested.
$10 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $15 for non-members
Click here for our inclement weather policy.


Green-Wood’s official birding checklist is available to pick up from the security guard at the main entrance on 25th Street or to print here. Comfortable footwear is recommended.

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Hudson River Audubon Society
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Pelham Bay Park
Meet at Pelham Bay Park at 8 AM; far left corner of the Orchard Beach parking lot.
Pelham Bay Park is known for its wintering owls, uch as Northern Saw-whet, Great Horned, and Long-eared. We will also search the woods and water for winter birds. American Wigeon, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser should be in the bays.
http://www.hras.org/wtobird/pelhambay.html

Hudson River Audubon Society field trips are free. Non-members/ newcomers are welcome and are encouraged to join us as members ($20 introductory offer). Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. Some are available for loan for those who need them. Dress appropriately for the weather. For more information call Michael Bochnik at (914) 237-9331

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, January 26, 2020, 9:00am
Connetquot State Park and Bayard Cutting Arboretum
The Preserve is a winter waterfowl hang-out as well as many resident birds. Meet in the parking lot.
Registration: Call (631) 885-1881 to register.
Directions: From the west, get off Sunrise Highway at Oakdale-Bohemia Road, cross over Sunrise, head west and watch for the Park entrance on the right.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Pelham Bay Park
Leader: Rob Jett
Registrar: Louise Fraza — louisefraza@yahoo.com or 212-534-6182
Registration opens: Monday, January 13
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
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 9am – 11am
Randall's Island Winter Walk
Guide: Nadir Souirgi
Explore this lesser known spot in the East River, where recently restored freshwater wetlands and salt marsh provide habitat for many varieties of birds. We’ll look for rarities such as Common Goldeneye, Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Iceland Gull. Limited to 15. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 9:30am – 11:00am
Forest Park Feeder Watch and Owl Prowl, Queens
Guide: Corey Finger
Explore the depths of the largest contiguous forest in Queens. Highlights include the feeding station at the famed Waterhole and a search for owls in the pine groves. Common feeder sightings include woodpeckers, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, and usually at least one Brown Creeper. Past years have also seen Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Pine Warbler. On the owl prowl, look for sightings of Great Horned, Northern Saw-whet, or Long-eared Owl. Limited to 15. $36 (25) per walk
Click here to register

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New York City WILD!
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 11:30am
Winter Wonderland! Brooklyn: Coney Island Creek & Coney Island Beach

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 9:30am
Winter Wonderland & Bald Eagles! Croton-on-Hudson: Croton Point Park
For the FULL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH WALK click HERE to take you to the Eventbrite Profile page where you will find all details (scroll down to the thumbnails) for each of the outings and how to SIGN UP !

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 9:00am - 11:30am
East Shore Seawall Hike
Join us for the exploratory seaside journey in the footprint of the forthcoming East Shore Seawall, from Oakwood Beach Water Treatment Control Plant, through Oakwood, Cedar Grove, New Dorp and Miller Field Beach. What will stay? What is the new elevation? Will there be ramps and railings? How will beach ecology be affected? We will also check for migratory waterfowl and mammals visiting Staten Island for the winter.
Participants will meet at the corner of Mill Road and Tarlton Street in Oakwood.
For more information contact Jim Scarcella at 718-873-4291.

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 7:45am – 4:30pm
Montauk
Leader: Ian Resnick (917) 626-9562
Where: Georges Lighthouse Cafe, 1999 Montauk Point State Pkwy, Montauk, NY 11954 (map)
Bring lunch.
We will bird until dusk, then go out to dinner with the group.
More Details

Trip Etiquette
Non members are welcome on our trips and we would appreciate a nominal $5 (or more!) voluntary donation for non-member participation. We prefer if you offer instead of being asked.
All persons (member or not) are required to offer contribution if they get a ride with another.
All persons are requested to Notify the leader at least 2 days in advance if they want to go on a trip.
Be on time. We depart promptly.


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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, January 26, 2020
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
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Birding: Winter Waterfowl at West 90th Street and Central Park West
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walk around the reservoir as we look for these cold hardy birds.
Free!

Birding: Winter Waterfowl at 155th Street and Baisley Boulevard (in Baisley Pond Park), Queens
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Treehugger Tuesday

From the website MNN:

Why the future of West Virginia's rare flying squirrel looks bright
Guest Columnist
January 21, 2020, 9:30 a.m.



The West Virginia northern flying squirrel was listed as an endangered species in 1985, but efforts to help the species rebound have been so successful that it has been delisted. (Photo: Barb Sargent/West Virginia DNR)

There's no better way to celebrate the squirrel, that tiny powerhouse of the forest, than with some good news about one of the more unique subspecies, the West Virginia northern flying squirrel.

The squirrel — called the Virginia northern flying squirrel or more commonly the West Virginia northern flying squirrel (WVNFS) — was listed as an endangered species in 1985. But restoration efforts have helped the species rebound, and in 2013 the West Virginia northern flying squirrel joined an exclusive group of success stories — species that have been taken off the endangered list.

Since then, restoration work has ramped up. Now a new report assessing the status of the squirrel in its first five years since coming off of the endangered species list indicates there are many reasons to be optimistic.

Read the entire article here

Friday, January 17, 2020

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, January 17, 2020:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jan. 17, 2020
* NYNY2001.17


BARNACLE GOOSE+
ATLANTIC PUFFIN+
PAINTED BUNTING+
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD+

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Canada Goose
EURASIAN WIGEON
KING EIDER
Common Eider
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Common Goldeneye
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
NORTHERN FULMAR
Rough-legged Hawk
Common Gallinule
DOVEKIE
Razorbill
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
BLACK-HEADED GULL
ICELAND GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Veery
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson’s Warbler

- Birds Mentioned

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

Compiler: Tom Burke
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, January 17, 2020 at 9:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are PAINTED BUNTING, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, DOVEKIE plus a boat trip that also included ATLANTIC PUFFIN, NORTHERN FULMAR and BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, BARNACLE and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK and EURASIAN WIGEON, BLACK-HEADED, GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, some lingering passerines and more.

Of the 2 female-plumaged PAINTED BUNTINGS recently in our area, the one at Brooklyn Bridge Park was seen as least to Tuesday around Pier 5, while the one at Jones Beach was still around the shrubbery by the playground just east of the Gatsby Restaurant and the West Bathhouse on Wednesday.

A female-type YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD reappeared Wednesday out in the Riverhead area, being seen in a large mixed Blackbird/Starling flock around the eastern section of Reeves Avenue east of Roanoke Avenue.

A DOVEKIE was seen inside Shinnecock Inlet last Sunday, with another reported Tuesday off Smith Point County Park in Shirley.

A fishing boat last Saturday out of Brielle, New Jersey, venturing into waters along the New York/New Jersey boundary, encountered hundreds of DOVEKIES as well as an ATLANTIC PUFFIN, some RAZORBILLS, 3 NORTHERN FULMARS and a few BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES.

RAZORBILLS have been occurring along the Atlantic Coast from Breezy Point and Riis Park out to Shinnecock and other Eastern Long Island sites; 1 also appeared in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn mid-week, with a couple off Rye Playland in Long Island Sound recently.

A BARNACLE GOOSE continues to roost on the pond at Belmont Lake State Park, and another has been traveling in the large flock of CANADA GEESE around the Riverhead sod fields, especially near Route 105 or off Doctors Path to the west. The fields near Osborne Avenue further west produced a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Tuesday, while another continues in the Rye area of Westchester, often on a pond off Bowman Avenue or on Playland Lake.

A drake BARROW’S GOLDENEYE remains in a COMMON GOLDENEYE flock off Crab Meadow Beach in Northport, the flock often off the western sector of the beach, and a female BARROW’S was spotted again Sunday in Montauk’s Fort Pond Bay.

A female KING EIDER was found Saturday in a COMMON EIDER flock in Shinnecock Inlet that was near the rocks off the parking lot on the East side of the inlet - it was still reported there Tuesday.

A drake HARLEQUIN DUCK also continues around the Shinnecock Inlet jetties, with others around Jones Inlet and off Orient Point, and an immature male was still at Sheepshead Bay today.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was still on the Centerport Mill Pond Wednesday.

Adult BLACK-HEADED GULLS as recently as Wednesday were noted at Brooklyn Bridge Park and at Sheepshead Bay as well as around the spit off the Coast Guard Station at Jones Beach West End.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted off the West Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge last Sunday, while ICELAND GULLS were noted at Sheepshead Bay, Floyd Bennett Field, Jacob Riis Park and out at Shinnecock Inlet.

Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were at Coney Island Beach Sunday.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was still along Ocean Parkway near Tobay today.

A COMMON GALLINULE remains on Mill Pond off Merrick Road in Bellmore, and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was still at Central Park’s north end today.

A number of Passerines hanging out locally may be unfortunately in for a jolt with this upcoming storm; these include a VEERY and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT in Bryant Park, a couple of VESPER SPARROWS on Randall’s Island, and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Playland Park in Rye as well as a few EASTERN PHOEBES, TREE SWALLOWS, CHIPPING SPARROWS and the like. The WILSON’S WARBLER in Prospect Park was last reported last Sunday.

To phone in reports 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, January 14, 2020

Treehugger Tuesday

From MNN.com:

Scientists discover 10 new birds
Ben Bolton
January 10, 2020, 1:06 p.m.

5 new species, 5 subspecies found on small islands in Indonesia.

Birds discovered during Indonesian trek.


The Togian jungle flycatcher is one of the new subspecies discovered during the island trek. (Photo: James Eaton/Birdtour Asia)

A group of scientists set out on a six-week expedition near Sulawesi, Indonesia, in hopes of learning more about the region's bird population. What they discovered was far more exciting — undiscovered bird species.

Frank E. Rheindt, a professor from the University of Singapore, led the team through three small islands. They trekked through miles of forest, identifying dozens of birds along the way.

Shortly into the trip, the group began to encounter birds they had never seen before. Over the six weeks, the scientists discovered five new songbird species and five new subspecies.

Rheindt and others published their findings in the journal Science to share the discoveries.

Read the entire article here

Monday, January 13, 2020

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming birding and nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, January 18, 2020 to Sunday, January 19, 2020:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Sandy Hook National Seashore, Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Leader: Tom Stephenson
Focus: Gulls and ducks, coastal passerines, open dunes species, winter woods
Car Fee: $25.00
Registrar: Peter Dorosh Prosbird@aol.com or Prosbird@gmail.com
Registration Period: Jan 11th – Jan 16th
Note: trip caps at 16 participants
Please review our trip guidelines here: http://brooklynbirdclub.org/information-registration

Saturday, January 19, 2020, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Prospect Park: Birdwatching for Beginners
Leader: Cyrus Baty
Birdwatching for Beginners meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse at 12 noon. Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, binoculars are available for loan.

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Feminist Bird Club
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Central Park and Wild Bird Fund

All walks follow the ABA Code of Birding Ethics

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Gateway National Recreation Areas
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11am — 2pm
A Winter Hike at Breezy Point
View Details

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Shawangunks Grassland
Leader: Richard ZainEldeen
Registrar: Deborra Mullins — deborramullins3@gmail.com or 212-239-1614
Registration opens: Monday, January 6
Ride: $40

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Littoral Society
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11:00am to 2:00pm
"Good Times with Gordon" winter walk to Breezy Point
Join American Littoral Society naturalist Gordon Lam and NYC Botanist, Zihao Wang to the little known and now-deserted western tip of the Rockaway Peninsula for a lovely winter beach walk. Highlights will include seashells and other stranded critters, winter shore birds, the Breezy Point Jetty, and if we’re lucky – a Snowy Owl!

Participants will carpool from the Main Building at the entrance of Fort Tilden to the Fishermans Parking lot and walk to the tip of Breezy Point.
Dress very warmly, wear comfortable shoes and bring a pair of binoculars if you have them. We will cover about 1 1/2 - 2 miles along the beach. 
As always, NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and the walk is FREE. We hope to see you all there!

In case of inclement weather or other concerns please check your email or call Gordon Lam at 646-673-5418 on the morning of the walk.



DIRECTIONS TO FORT TILDEN:
Subway & bus: Take the #2 or #5 train to Flatbush Ave. / Brooklyn College and then the Q-35 bus past Floyd Bennett Field and just over the Gil Hodges memorial Bridge. Ask the driver to let you off at Ft. Tilden. Check Saturday/Sunday train schedules ahead of time.

By car: From exit 11s on the Belt Parkway, head south and over the Marine Parkway Bridge (Gil Hodges Memorial). Stay on right and take the right ramp toward Breezy Point. Make a quick left into Fort Tilden at the first light. Go to end and park by Building One or at the nearby Post Chapel.


By Ferry: The current schedule of the NYC Ferry has an 8:30AM ferry leaving from Wall Street Pier 11 on the weekends that gets to Beach 108 by 9:24AM, and the shuttle on the weekends will leave you at the Jacob Riis Bathhouse by 9:45AM. You can then walk the short distance to Building 1 in Fort Tilden. Although you will be early, the next ferry would get you there too late.

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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 WILD!
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9:30am
Winter Wonderland & Bald Eagles! Croton-on-Hudson: Croton Dam to Ossining

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 12:00noon
Winter Wonderland! Queens: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

For the FULL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH WALK click HERE to take you to the Eventbrite Profile page where you will find all details (scroll down to the thumbnails) for each of the outings and how to SIGN UP !

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Pelham Bay Park
Pelham Bay Park (where we hope to see owls): Wear hiking shoes — it’s a hilly forest walk to the bay. Take Throgs Neck Bridge to I-695 north to I-95 north. Take I-95 to exit #9, Hutchinson River Parkway north. Take first exit #5, Orchard Beach Rd., go past traffic circle, and continue on Orchard Beach Rd. to end. Turn left on Park Dr. Go past another traffic circle and enter parking lot through toll gates (free); meet at far left corner of parking lot (northeast corner). See www.mappery.com/Pelham-Bay-Park-NYC-Map or Google’s map of “Orchard Beach Parking Lot” for reference.
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, January 18, 2020
Birding: Raptor Watch at Arthur Kill Road and Brookfield Avenue (in Brookfield Park), Staten Island
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. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, January 10, 2020:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jan. 10, 2020
* NYNY2001.10

- Birds Mentioned

BARNACLE GOOSE+
THICK-BILLED MURRE+
VARIED THRUSH+
PAINTED BUNTING+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
EURASIAN WIGEON
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Bufflehead
BARROW’S GOLDENEYE
Red-necked Grebe
Bald Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Common Gallinule
Razorbill
BLACK-HEADED GULL
ICELAND GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
Snowy Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
House Wren
Snow Bunting
Vesper Sparrow
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
Yellow-breasted Chat
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson's Warbler

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

Compiler: Tom Burke
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, January 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are PAINTED BUNTING, VARIED THRUSH, BARNACLE and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, EURASIAN WIGEON, BARROW’S GOLDENEYE and HARLEQUIN DUCK, BLACK-HEADED, GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, a belated THICK-BILLED MURRE and more.

Two lingering PAINTED BUNTINGS, both in female plumage though possibly immature males, were still present in our area today. One has been visiting Brooklyn Bridge Park, where some other highlights today featured a continuing adult BLACK-HEADED GULL and three ICELAND GULLS, two of them adults. The other BUNTING remains at Jones Beach State Park, often feeding along the edge of a small playground on the ocean side of the parking lot for the Gatsby Restaurant, which is next to the West Bathhouse just west of the Jones Beach water tower.

The VARIED THRUSH found December 29th in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, delighting birders when visible near the Nethermead Bridge, has not been reported since Tuesday, though it might still remain in the area.

A BARNACLE GOOSE continues to roost on the lake at Belmont Lake State Park; it has been fairly consistently seen in the morning, though it might at times be hidden for a while and will periodically fly out with CANADAS to feed elsewhere.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE remains in the Rye area, today appearing again on Playland Lake. CACKLING GEESE were reported from at least seven different locations this week, including Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream and at Belmont Lake.

A EURASIAN WIGEON continues on the Mill Pond in Centerport on the north side of Route 25A.

Two BARROW’S GOLDENEYES last Monday included a drake off Crab Meadow Beach in Northport and a female in Montauk’s Fort Pond Bay, both of these lingering birds, and on Tuesday another drake was spotted off Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx.

Last Sunday a young male HARLEQUIN DUCK was found in Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay, accompanying some BUFFLEHEAD off Emmons Avenue, and it was still present there today. Other HARLEQUINS include a few around the jetties on either side of Jones inlet, one at the Shinnecock inlet jetties, and at least four continuing at Orient Point.

Another adult BLACK-HEADED GULL remains at Jones Beach West End, usually on the east side of the spit off of the Coast Guard station or even further down towards the Meadowbrook Bridge.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted Saturday near the Ponquogue Bridge at Shinnecock, and other ICELAND GULLS in the Brooklyn area were noted near the HARLEQUIN DUCK in Sheepshead Bay Sunday and at Bush Terminal Piers Park Monday.

A few LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS are scattered about.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was still in the Cedar Beach area Tuesday, with another off Hulse Landing Road in Calverton last Sunday.

A COMMON GALLINULE continues among the variety of birds using the Bellmore Mill Pond off Merrick Road today.

On Wednesday RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were still at Central Park’s north end and Forest Park in Queens.

A few VESPER SPARROWS included one on Randall's Island Tuesday, and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW continues by Playland Lake in Rye.

Birds at Breezy Point Tuesday included 9 RAZORBILLS, 2 RED-NECKED GREBES, a BALD EAGLE, 8 TREE SWALLOWS and 12 SNOW BUNTINGS.

The Prospect Park WILSON'S WARBLER was last reported Sunday, and several ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were noted this week.

Two previously unreported Christmas Counts were Central Suffolk with 115 species on December 27th, featuring a THICK BILLED MURRE and 150 RAZORBILLS, 1 SNOWY and 6 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and Quogue Watermill with 109 species on December 15th, including EURASIAN WIGEON, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, SNOWY and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS, EASTERN PHOEBE and HOUSE WREN.

To phone in reports 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, January 07, 2020

Treehugger Tuesday

I've been having a difficult time finding a positive piece to post. This article in Mother Nature Network was one of a very few:

Almost half of Denmark's electricity in 2019 came from wind power
Starre Vartan
January 3, 2020, 11:19 a.m.


Wind turbines and poppies on Bornholm Island, Denmark. (Photo: Milosz Maslanka/Shutterstock)

Denmark is only about half the size of South Carolina, but it produces more of its electricity from wind than any other country in the world. That's not because it's a particularly breezy country; it has pretty ordinary average wind speeds. The reason the Danes now get 47% of their electricity from wind, with more to come, comes down to a combination of history and policy.

First, the history: Paul la Cour was a scientist and inventor who experimented with and engineered early wind power machines at the start of the 20th century. So it's not surprising that Denmark invested in building wind power early, beginning at a national level in the 1970s. In the 1980s, due to a strong grassroots movement opposing nuclear power plants, Denmark ramped up production before many other countries were even considering it.

Denmark has also had significant government support for wind-energy projects, as well as support from the country's technology-focused universities. Even back in 2002, the country was taking climate change warnings seriously, aiming to cut fossil-fuel emissions by 20 percent, which they did via renewable energy investment and implementation.

Some of the world's largest companies in the sector — including Vestas, which builds turbines, and Orsted, which specializes in offshore wind projects — are Danish, so the country has an impact beyond its borders.

The outsized impact of Denmark's wind-energy business is important because it's a small country, so while an almost 50% rate of electricity from wind is admirable, it's also minor in terms of overall planetary impact.

While Denmark gets half its electricity needs covered from 5,758 megawatts (MW) of capacity, Spain’s 23,000 MW covers just 18 percent of its electricity supply as it's a much bigger country. China is the leader in wind energy at 221,000 MW, and the U.S. is second in the world at about 96,000 MW.

Denmark's long support of wind-energy technology and pro-wind policies have proven this approach can work to decarbonize the economy, even on a bigger scale. At the end of 2019, lawmakers in Denmark set a new goal: increasing the share of electricity sourced from renewable power to 100%.

The country aims to source 100% of its power from renewable sources by 2030.

Monday, January 06, 2020

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming birding and nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for Saturday, January 11, 2020 to Sunday, January 12, 2020:

Bedford Audubon Society
January 11, 2020, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Greenwich Point Park
7 Tods Driftway, Old Greenwich, CT 06870
Start the new year right by getting outside to experience life… and nature!
It might be cold, but you’re sure to enjoy our popular Field Trip to Greenwich Point Park with Naturalist Tait Johansson. Last year, our large group saw a couple of owls, including a Great Horned that was sleeping atop a large evergreen. Plus, we’re likely to see Brant, Long-tailed Ducks, scoters, goldeneyes, loons, and other waterbirds, some interesting songbirds, and more!

Depart Bylane at 7am or meet there in the lot on the right after the gatehouse at 8am.
Cost: Free. Level of difficulty: Easy. Dress warmly!
Please register with Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or 914-302-9713.
See more details

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Coney Island, Brooklyn
Meet 8:30am inside the Dunkin Donuts on the corner of Surf Ave and Stillwell Ave (train entrance)
Leader: Linda Ewing
Focus: Sea &, bay water ducks and other waterfowl; beach species
Registrar (for weather alerts): Adelia Harrison email honeywood5@yahoo.com
Registration Period: Jan 4th – Jan 9th
Note: please submit your cell phone numbers upon registration.
Please review our trip guidelines here: http://brooklynbirdclub.org/information-registration

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Prospect Park: Birdwatching for Beginners
Leader: Cyrus Baty
Birdwatching for Beginners meets at the Prospect Park Audubon Center at The Boathouse at 12 noon. Bring binoculars if you have them; otherwise, binoculars are available for loan.

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Gateway National Parks
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 10am — 11:30am
Winter Nature Hike
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Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8:00am
Birding & Breakfast, Connetquot River SPP
Leader(s): Edith & Bob Wilson, Helga Merryman, Ken Thompson, Jack Carlson
Continental breakfast. Reservations required - Fill out the form on our programs page to register.
Registration fee $4. plus $8 parking fee per car - unless you have yearly Empire pass.
(Nature walks will be cancelled if it is raining or snowing.)

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Linnaean Society of New York
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Croton Point Park
Leader: Richard ZainEldeen
Registrar: Miriam Rakowski — miriamrakowski@hotmail.com or 212-749-7376
Registration opens: Monday, December 30, 2020
Public transportation

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New York City Audubon
Friday, January 10 – Sunday, January 12, 2020
American Littoral Society: Montauk Winter Weekend - Seals, Surf, and Seabirds
Guide: Don Riepe with American Littoral Society
Spend a weekend at the luxurious Manor House during the peak winter birding time at Montauk Point. See seals, scoters, loons, eiders, razorbill, and much more. Includes 2 nights lodging, 5 meals, 5 guided field trips, 2 evening programs, and free pickup at the LIRR station in Montauk.
For reservations and details, contact Don Riepe at 718-474-0896 or don@littoralsociety.org. $425 ($150 single supplement)

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 9am – 6pm
Winter Birding on the South Shore of Long Island
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Winter in New York brings the excitement of possibility: Will Snowy Owls appear in the dunes? Will Harlequin Ducks move westward from Cape Cod and Montauk and appear in closer waters? Will irruptive northern finches and Bohemian Waxwings move south from Canada? All of these species and more are possible on Long Island in the winter, along with more expected species such as loons, grebes, scaup, eider, Northern Harriers, and Purple Sandpipers. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $102 (72) per trip
Click here to register

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 8am – 1pm
Winter Birds of DeKorte Park, NJ
Guide: Tod Winston
Come explore the gardens and impoundments of this lovely nearby park in search of wintering waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds. We'll bring our own lunches to eat at the visitor center that looks out over the marsh. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $97 (68)
Click here to register

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 9:00am – 10:30am
A Morning Bird Walk in Central Park
Guides: Jeff Ward
Spend a leisurely morning searching Central Park's best birding spots for winter residents and surprises. Limited to 15 per walk. $36 (25)
Click here to register

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 9:30am – 11:00am
Forest Park Feeder Watch and Owl Prowl, Queens
Guide: Corey Finger
Explore the depths of the largest contiguous forest in Queens. Highlights include the feeding station at the famed Waterhole and a search for owls in the pine groves. Common feeder sightings include woodpeckers, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, and usually at least one Brown Creeper. Past years have also seen Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Pine Warbler. On the owl prowl, look for sightings of Great Horned, Northern Saw-whet, or Long-eared Owl. Limited to 15. $36 (25) per walk
Click here to register

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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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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 7:45am – 12:00pm
Breezy Point
Leader: Eric Miller
Meet: Fishing Parking Lot, 2 Rockaway Point Blvd, Breezy Point, NY 11697(map)
More Details»

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, January 12, 2020
Massapequa Preserve
From Sunrise Highway, turn north onto Broadway, Massapequa. Travel under the Long Island Rail Road overpass, then make the first right onto Veterans Boulevard (headed east). Go past the Massapequa train station and into the parking lot at the east end of the station. The preserve is directly east of the parking 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, January 11, 2020
Birding: Bald Eagle Watch at Henshaw Street and Dyckman Street (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.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. All skill levels are welcomed.
Free!

Sunday, January 12, 2020
Winter Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Explore Wave Hill’s tranquil gardens and woodlands with naturalist Gabriel Willow to observe birds in their winter habitats.

Birding: Winter Birds at Canarsie Park House (in Canarsie Park), Brooklyn
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. All skill levels are welcome.
Free!

Birding: Winter Waterfowl at Comfort station (in Willowbrook Park), Staten Island
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. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!
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Thursday, January 02, 2020

Birding in Peace 2019

Here's a short slideshow video of some of my Green-Wood Cemetery "Birding in Peace" walks species from 2019. We observed a total of 153 species on our walks in 2019.

Most photos are courtesy of Evan Rabeck, but there are also a few from Jim Demers and Michael Yuan.



Here's a list of the species in the video.

1) Black-capped Chickadee21) Black-throated Blue Warbler41) Northern Flicker61) Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2) Blue Jay22) Common Yellowthroat42) Eastern Kingbird62) Grasshopper Sparrow
3) Canada Geese23) Ovenbird43) Forster’s Tern63) House Wren
4) Tufted Titmouse24) Rose-breasted Grosbeak44) Great Crested Flycatcher64) Blue-headed Vireo
5) White-breasted Nuthatch25) White-throated Sparrow45) Monk Parakeet65) Swamp Sparrow
6) Downy Woodpecker26) Wood Thrush46) Belted Kingfisher66) Carolina Wren
7) American Woodcock27) Yellow Warbler47) Great Egret67) Eastern Bluebird
8) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker28) Yellow-rumped Warbler48) Prothonotary Warbler68) Dark-eyed Junco
9) Red-breasted Nuthatch29) Eastern Whip-poor-will49) Red-eyed Vireo69) Eastern Towhee
10) Eastern Phoebe30) Gray Catbird50) Great Blue Heron70) Northern Mockingbird
11) Ring-necked Duck31) Osprey51) Cape May Warbler71) Merlin
12) Brown Creeper32) Magnolia Warbler52) Nashville Warbler72) female Hooded Merganser
13) Pine Warbler33) American Redstart53) Red-tailed Hawk73) Bald Eagle
14) Brown Thrasher34) Red-winged Blackbird54) Common Nighthawk74) House Finch
15) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher35) Common Raven55) Winter Wren75) Mourning Dove
16) White-eyed Vireo36) Turkey Vulture56) Palm Warbler76) American Robin
17) Common Grackle37) Scarlet Tanager57) Yellow-billed Cuckoo77) Cooper’s Hawk
18) Blue Grosbeak38) Green Heron58) American Kestrel78) Red-bellied Woodpecker
19) Baltimore Oriole39) Black-crowned Night-Heron59) Field Sparrow79) Opossum
20) Black-and-white Warbler40) American Robin (fledgling)60) Golden-crowned Kinglet

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