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Monday, May 20, 2024

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips from Wednesday, May 22 - Sunday, May 26, 2024:

Brooklyn Bird Club

Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, May 25, 2024, 7:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club
Description: Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. Join a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit Prospect Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Birds and insects at the Naval Cemetery Landscape–Brooklyn Navy Yard
Saturday, May 25, 2024, 10:00am - 11:30am
Leader: Matthew Wills, naturalist (BBC) and Eric Thompson, gardener and naturalist (BGI)
Description: Explore this native pollinator meadow and memorial landscape. The walk will focus primarily on insects and late migrating birds. This event will be at the Naval Cemetery Landscape (NCL). The NCL is fully operated and made open as a public space by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) through the generosity of supporters. Stop by and enjoy the NCL’s native pollinator habitat and contemplative memorial urban meadow and learn about the NCL and the Greenway and what goes into maintaining their beauty and accessibility for every visitor, especially the many species of birds for which they intentionally cultivate habitat and resources.
Registration: Registration page
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Prospect Park Saturday Spring Migration Walks
Saturday, May 25, 2024, 7:30am
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: Walks typically go into early afternoon or later if the birding is great. Bring water, snacks and/or a sandwich if you plan to stay the whole duration–but feel free to leave whenever you want.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society

Manorville Hills
Saturday, May 25, 2024
Leader: Tom Moran
Description: Tom Moran takes the lead for this walk (tjmoran101@gmail.com) – meet him at the first parking area within the park, located on the east side of County Road 111 (Captain Daniel Roe Highway), Manorville. Various trails in various habitats usually host a nice selection of our returning nesting birds among the new growth woods and shrubs. Sometimes hilly, this walk is approximately 2.5 miles.
Registration: Eileen Schwinn - beachmed@optonline.net
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Gateway National Parks

Birdwatching with a Ranger at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, May 25, 2024, 10:30 am — 12:00pm
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Join Ranger Flor for a bird walk to the new living shoreline of West Pond Trail. Binoculars are provided.
Registration: Call 718-338-3799 to reserve. Tour will be capped at 10 participants. Social distancing will be maintained. Face mask required.
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Birding in Peace
Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 6:00am - 7:30am
Description: Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful early morning walking tours to discover the many birds that make Green-Wood their home—at least temporarily. From ruby-throated hummingbirds to over twenty species of colorful wood warblers, our peak migration tours will feature many of the 163 bird species that have been recorded at Green-Wood during the month of May. Beginning just after sunrise, we will experience spring’s dawn chorus at the most active time of day for birds.
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Birding in Peace
Sunday, May 26, 2024, 6:00am - 7:30am
Description: Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful early morning walking tours to discover the many birds that make Green-Wood their home—at least temporarily. From ruby-throated hummingbirds to over twenty species of colorful wood warblers, our peak migration tours will feature many of the 163 bird species that have been recorded at Green-Wood during the month of May. Beginning just after sunrise, we will experience spring’s dawn chorus at the most active time of day for birds.
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Hudson River Audubon Society

Shawangunk National Wildlife Reserve
Sunday May 26, 2024, Meet at 8:00am
Leader:
Description: An old airport now turned into an expanse of grassland. We will look for Meadowlarks, Bobolinks, Grasshopper Sparrows and others as we explore the refuge for species attracted by this habitat.
Registration: bochnikm@cs.com
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Linnaean Society of New York

Shawangunk Grasslands N.W.R
Saturday, May 25, 2024
Leader: Tod Winston
Description: This spring trip will be in search of migratory and grassland-dependent breeding birds, butterflies, and odonates. We will most likely see and hear Grasshopper Sparrows, Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, Eastern Bluebirds, and more. A few years ago, the Henslow’s Sparrow was found singing here, to the delight of many.
Registration: Mary Beth Kooper — marybeth@nyc.rr.com
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New York City Audubon

NYCHA in Nature: Yellow-Crowned Night Heron Surveying at Hammel
Saturday, May 25, 2024, 10:00am - 11:30am
Leader: ____
Description: Join us for a special event that combines both NYC Audubon's NYCHA in Nature and Harbor Herons programs. Over the last several years, colonies of Yellow-Crowned Night Herons have nested in the Rockaways, specifically at the Hammel and Redfern NYCHA housing complexes. Join NYC Audubon scientists to learn more about these rare birds, and count their nests and chicks!
Registration: Registration page
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NYCHA in Nature: Yellow-Crowned Night Heron Surveying at Redfern
Saturday, May 25, 2024, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Leader: ____
Description: Join us for a special event that combines both NYC Audubon's NYCHA in Nature and Harbor Herons programs. Over the last several years, colonies of Yellow-Crowned Night Herons have nested in the Rockaways, specifically at the Hammel and Redfern NYCHA housing complexes. Join NYC Audubon scientists to learn more about these rare birds, and count their nests and chicks!
Registration: Registration page
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Governors Island Bird tour
Saturday, May 25, 2024, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Leader: NYC Audubon
Description: Nearly 240 bird species have been spotted on Governors Island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the birdlife the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. The tour will meet on Governors Island in front of the NEW location of our seasonal environmental center: Colonels Row House 405B.
Registration: No registration required. Free. Binoculars are available to borrow.
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Breeding Birds of Jamaica Bay
Sunday, May 26, 2024, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Leader: Tod Winston
Description: Join NYC Audubon's Tod Winston at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and explore this gem of New York City on an early morning stroll. The Refuge is home to nesting Cedar Waxwings, Brown Thrashers, Tree Swallows, Yellow Warblers, American Redstarts, Osprey, Willets, Clapper Rails, and up to seven species of wading birds. We'll traverse the refuge trails and observe these species and many more on their breeding grounds.
Registration: Registration page
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Black Birders Week: Beginner Birding at Marsha P. Johnson State Park
Sunday, May 26, 2024, 10:00am - 11:30am
Leader: ____
Description: Join NYC Audubon and NY State Parks for a morning stroll in Marsha P. Johnson State Park, named after LGBTQ civil rights icon and Black trans woman, Marsha P. Johnson. Overlooking the East River, this park provides great views of the city and of waterbirds off the coast.
Registration: Registration link to come.
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York Botanical Garden Bird Tour
Sunday, May 26, 2024, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Jack Rothman
Description: Join NYC Audubon and the New York Botanical Garden for some spring birding! Get to see some of NYBG’s diverse landscape and learn why this unique green space is such a vital haven for a great variety of species year-round. The tour will meet at the Reflecting Pool in the Native Plant Garden.
Registration: Registration not required. No limit. Free.
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North Shore Audubon Society

Garvies Point Museum &Preserve
Saturday, May 25, 2024, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Leader: Ralph (516) 445-7846
Description: Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, 50 Barry Dr, Glen Cove, NY 11542
Registration: Contact leader.
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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Great Kills Park Bird Walk
Saturday, May 25, 2024, 8:00pm - 11:00am
Leader: Anthony Ciancimino
Description: Enjoy the peak of shorebird migration at Great Kills Park, one of the premiere destinations for birding on Staten Island. Join Anthony Ciancimino and Protectors of Pine Oak Woods for a walk and discussion on shorebird identification, the importance of salt marshes and open beach habitats, and the history of Great Kills Park in relation to beach-nesting birds like Piping Plovers. Meet at the parking lot at the entrance of the park (Hylan Blvd. and Buffalo St.).
Registration: For more information contact Anthony Ciancimino at sibirdwatcher@yahoo.com.
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Queens County Bird Club

Bashakill and Shawangunk
Saturday, May 25, 2024
Leader: Ian Resnick (917) 626-9562
Description: All day trip. Explore the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area in Sullivan County, NY, featuring extensive marsh and forested areas between two mountain ranges. Plus a side trip to Shawangunk Grasslands NWR.
Registration: Please contact trip leader for meeting time and location. Ask whether to pack a lunch or whether to plan on eating lunch out.
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South Shore Audubon Society

Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area
Saturday, May 25, 2024
Leader: Members of SSAS
Description: From Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre, turn onto Long Beach Road, traveling south. Proceed to Waukena Avenue and turn left. From this point onward, there are brown signs directing visitors to the sanctuary. Turn right onto Park Avenue (at a traffic light), then turn left onto Golf Drive. Continue on Golf Drive to Slice Drive, turn right, and proceed one short block into the sanctuary.
Registration: Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498
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Urban Park Rangers

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Wonderful Warblers at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00am – 1:00pm
Join the Alliance at the Prospect Park Audubon Center to discover why Prospect Park is an important place for over 250 species of birds.
Free

Riverside Park Birding Club at 116th Street and Riverside Drive (in Riverside Park), Manhattan
8:00am – 9:30am
Monthly walks through birding hotspots in Riverside Park. Learn and build a birding community.
Free

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Wonderful Warblers at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00am – 1:00pm
Join the Alliance at the Prospect Park Audubon Center to discover why Prospect Park is an important place for over 250 species of birds.
Free

Black Birders Week: Migration and Meditation Birding at Palisade Avenue and Spaulding Lane (in Riverdale Park), Bronx
11:00am – 12:30pm
Let your mind take flight like our feathered friends, and reflect on the natural peace and beauty birding brings out.
Free

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Best of the Fortnight

Here are my favorite shots from the first two weeks of May.

Black-and-white Warbler

Hooded Warbler

Cerulean Warbler

White-crowned Sparrow

Prairie Warbler

Red Admiral

Gray Catbird and termites

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Great Egret

Blue-eyed Grass

Poet's Daffodil

Bobolink

Northern Parula

American Goldfinch

Monday, May 13, 2024

Week 19 - Green-Wood Cemetery

Some more migrating birds, the first fledglings, a shift in flowering plants, more insects and a couple of breeding mammals complete the picture of week 19 in the cemetery.

A rise in temperature at this time of year can stimulate a sudden eruption of termites. These hatch outs will attract large numbers of hungry birds for an unexpected, short lived feast. I stumbled on one last week near Cliff Path. It is a brief, frantic moment for the termites as they use temporary wings to find mates, then loose their wings and return to an underground existence.

Gray Catbird

Scarlet Tanager

House Sparrow

Black-and-white Warbler

American Redstart

Magnolia Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler


The brilliant blooms of the Red Buckeye trees have attracted Rudy-throated Hummingbird, while the long grass of the meadows have been a magnet for migrating Bobolinks. Listen for the energetic song of the later from the edges of the fields.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Bobolink


The first fledglings are now making their presence heard around the cemetery. Dozens of young starlings can be heard making their decidedly less than mellifluous begging calls as they trail behind their parents.

Fledgling European Starling


The Eastern Redbuds have dropped all their vivid blooms, but other botanics have just taken their place.

Dropped redbud flowers


Spiraea

Blue Star (Amsonia sp.)


Several trees caught my eye last week, here are a couple of standouts.

Horsechestnut


Japanese Hornbeam (Carpinus japonica)


Tent Caterpillars may not be a favorite of gardeners or horticulturists, but they have begun hatching just in time for arriving Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos. Both species have a preference for this pest.

Tent Caterpillar


Finally, some of our resident mammals have had offspring. A few weeks ago I spotted a noticably full-pouched Opossum. Last week I saw one early in the morning with a fairly well developed offspring. I also had to rescue an orphaned Raccoon. We should be seeing some young Groundhogs soon.

Opossum and offspring


Raccoon kit

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips from Wednesday, May 15 - Sunday, May 19, 2024:

Bedford Audubon Society

Migration Madness: Field Trip to Doodletown Road
Saturday, April 27, 2024, 8:00am - 10:00am
Leader: Tait Johansson
Description: Cerulean and Hooded Warblers breed here; and it is an excellent spot for Olive-sided Flycatcher and Mourning Warbler in late May. Doodletown is part of Bear Mountain State Park, and was designated a New YorkState Important Bird Area in 1997 and is a New York State Bird Conservation Area. It is renowned for its unusual abundance and diversity of warblers, but is also a fine spot for many other songbirds, migrants and breeders alike.
Registration: Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Registration required by emailing Susan at info@bedfordaudubon.org or by calling 914-302-9713.
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Brooklyn Bird Club

Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 7:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club
Description: Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. Join a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit Prospect Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Prospect Park Saturday Spring Migration Walks
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 7:30am
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: Walks typically go into early afternoon or later if the birding is great. Bring water, snacks and/or a sandwich if you plan to stay the whole duration–but feel free to leave whenever you want.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society

Shoreham Beach, Brookhaven Town Park
Saturday, May 18, 2024
Leader: Tom Moran
Description: TENTATIVE - MORE INFORMATION TO COME!
Registration: Eileen Schwinn - beachmed@optonline.net
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Hunters Garden/Bald Hill
Sunday, May 19, 2024, MEET AT 12 NOON
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Description: Eileen Schwinn is leading this walk which will begin at 12:00 noon along Route 51, Northampton. Always a favorite spring walk, this has a late start due to DEC authorized Turkey Hunt Season in the morning. Warblers and other migrating and summer resident/nesting birds are usually vocal and exciting to see in the old woods, and vernal ponds of the wide walking trails of approximately 1.5 miles. We may move to nearby Bald Hill if necessary, with an earlier start time.
Registration: Eileen Schwinn - beachmed@optonline.net
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Feminist Bird Club

NYC: Stationary Birding with Haley Scott at WaveHill in The Bronx
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 9:30am - 11:00am
Leaders: Haley Scott
Description: She will be leading bird walks on April 14th and May 12th through the gardens and woodlands. Walks follow a route along mixed-material pathways with varying elevations. Registration is required for walks via WaveHill’s event calendar links!On May 18th Haley will lead 2 drop-in sessions of Sit and Spot birding during Wings Over WaveHill. Settle into a comfy spot and observe the birds flying over and within the garden. This event is free with garden admission. A limited amount of binoculars are available to borrow.
Registration: Registration page
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Great South Bay Audubon Society

Sterling Forest & Bashakill
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 7:00am - 120:00pm
Leader: Vera Capogna, John Gluth
Description: Join us for a wonderful bird walk as we head out to Sterling Forest & Bashakill for an early morning adventure.
Registration: You must register for this trip. Text or email to Vera Capogna 516-639-5430 vlvcap@yahoo.com.
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Birding in Peace
Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 6:00am - 7:30am
Description: Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful early morning walking tours to discover the many birds that make Green-Wood their home—at least temporarily. From ruby-throated hummingbirds to over twenty species of colorful wood warblers, our peak migration tours will feature many of the 163 bird species that have been recorded at Green-Wood during the month of May. Beginning just after sunrise, we will experience spring’s dawn chorus at the most active time of day for birds.
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Birding in Peace
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 6:00am - 7:30am
Description: Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful early morning walking tours to discover the many birds that make Green-Wood their home—at least temporarily. From ruby-throated hummingbirds to over twenty species of colorful wood warblers, our peak migration tours will feature many of the 163 bird species that have been recorded at Green-Wood during the month of May. Beginning just after sunrise, we will experience spring’s dawn chorus at the most active time of day for birds.
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Birding in Peace
Sunday, May 19, 2024, 6:00am - 7:30am
Description: Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful early morning walking tours to discover the many birds that make Green-Wood their home—at least temporarily. From ruby-throated hummingbirds to over twenty species of colorful wood warblers, our peak migration tours will feature many of the 163 bird species that have been recorded at Green-Wood during the month of May. Beginning just after sunrise, we will experience spring’s dawn chorus at the most active time of day for birds.
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Linnaean Society of New York

Sterling Forest State Park
Saturday, May 18, 2024
Leader: David Spawn & Tod Winston
Description: Sterling Forest State Park is part of New York State’s Bird Conservation Area Program, having “considerable biodiversity including a diversity of bird species.” On our visit we can expect to see and hear the lovely songs of the birds that nest there, including Golden-winged Warblers, Blue-winged Warblers, Prairie Warblers, Cerulean Warblers, Indigo Buntings, Acadian Flycatchers, and Yellow-billed Cuckoos, as well as Broad-winged and Red-shouldered Hawks.
Registration: Lisa Kroop — lisakroop2@gmail.com
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Inwood Hill Park
Sunday, May 19, 2024
Leader: Joseph DiCostanzo
Description: Inwood Hill Park is the northernmost point in Manhattan. Bounded on the north by Spuyten Duyvil Creek and on the west by the Hudson River, the 196-acre park is composed of hilly forest, a tidal estuary, rock formations, and ball fields. According to eBird, 249 bird species have been seen there. Waterfowl, gulls, and shorebirds are often seen in the estuary, in Spuyten Duyvil Creek, and along the Hudson River, while songbirds and owls frequent the forest, with a number of species nesting there. The upper ridge trail on the western side of the park affords magnificent views of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades, and raptors are often seen soaring over the cliffs. In the fall Dyckman Fields on the west side of the park hosts migrating sparrows and other grassland species, including American Pipet, Eastern Meadowlark, and Bobolink.
Registration: Evelyn Huang — evelynhuang1@yahoo.com
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New York City Audubon

Birding at Great Kills Park
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 8:00am - 10:00am
Leader: Anthony Ciancimino
Description: If you love nature, you’ll love Great Kills Park. This park has everything: sandy beaches, green woodlands, wet saltmarshes, trails for biking and hiking, and more. Part of the Gateway National Recreation Area's Staten Island unit, this park offers much-needed habitat for a diverse array of bird species.
Registration: Registration page
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Van Cortlandt Park Birding
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 9:00am - 10:30am
Leader: Woo Sung Park
Description: Join NYC Audubon on a bird tour in one of the Bronx's largest green spaces. Participants will look for various species of resident and migrant birds and discuss a wide range of avian topics. This event is held in partnership with Van Cortlandt Park Alliance.
Registration: Registration page
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Alice Austen House Birding and Museum Tour
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Seth Wollney
Description: Join NYC Audubon at LGBTQ+ historical monument Alice Austen House! Right on Staten Island's eastern coast, Alice Austen Park provides a beautiful view of The Narrows, where may also find different species of wading birds. Spend the first hour birding with NYC Audubon's Seth Wollney on the museum grounds, which will then be followed by a guided tour of the Alice Austen House Museum.
Registration: Registration page
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Governors Island Birds & Bees Tour
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Leader: NYC Audubon
Description: Join NYC Audubon and The Bee Conservancy for a special tour highlighting the birds and bees around Governors Island, including the Urban Farm, just in time for World Bee Day! Since 2018, The Bee Conservancy has established a Bee Santuary on Governors Island, complete with native flower beds, honey bee hives, and native bee homes. In additiion to bees, nearly 240 bird species have been spotted on Governors Island, which provides excellent habitat all year round.
Registration: No registration required. Free. Binoculars are available to borrow.
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Birding in East Harlem
Sunday, May 19, 2024, 10:00am - 11:30am
Leader: Andrew Reiter
Description: This spring, join NYC Audubon's Andrew Reiter and EsplanadeFriends to discover the East River Esplanade and its adjacent green spaces. Expect to see many water birds right off the coast.
Registration: Registration page
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Birding at Freshkills North Park
Sunday, May 19, 2024, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Leader: Seth Wollney
Description: Join Staten Island resident and birder Seth Wollney for a tour of Freshkills Park’s North Park. This park is a beautiful oasis of wetlands and grasslands, where you can expect to see a wide variety of waterfowl, raptors, and sparrows.
Registration: Registration page
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North Shore Audubon Society

Muttontown (Main Entrance - Nature Center)
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Leader: Ralph (516) 445-7846
Description: Muttontown Preserve, Muttontown, NY 11791
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Queens County Bird Club

Doodletown/Sterling Forest
Saturday, May 18, 2024
Leader: Ian Resnick (917) 626-9562
Description: All day trip. Historic, scenic Doodletown is a magnet for warblers, including Hooded and Cerulean.
Registration: Please contact trip leader for meeting time and location. Ask whether to pack a lunch or whether to plan on eating lunch out.
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South Shore Audubon Society

Jones Beach Coast Guard Station Parking Area
Sunday, May 19, 2024
Leader: Members of SSAS
Description: From the Wantagh State Parkway, travel south. Upon entering Jones Beach State Park, exit at Bay Drive and continue west. Turn right (north) at entrance for Coast Guard Station and West End Boat Basin; turn right again for parking.
Registration: Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498
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Urban Park Rangers

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Wonderful Warblers at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00am – 1:00pm
Join the Alliance at the Prospect Park Audubon Center to discover why Prospect Park is an important place for over 250 species of birds.
Free
Sunday, May 19, 2024

Birding: Shorebirds at Entrance - Beach 44th Street and Boardwalk (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk), Queens
9:00am – 10:00am
Learn more about plovers, terns, oystercatchers and other shorebirds that migrate to Rockaway Beach every year.
Free
Wonderful Warblers at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00am – 1:00pm
Join the Alliance at the Prospect Park Audubon Center to discover why Prospect Park is an important place for over 250 species of birds.
Free
Birding: Osprey Watch at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
11:00am – 12:00pm
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Marine Park to view ospreys.
Free
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Monday, May 06, 2024

Week 18 - Green-Wood Cemetery

Last week saw the greatest diversity of bird species in the cemetery so far this spring. I also noticed some changes in a few of the local species.

There are literally dozens of robins now on nests. Some are more obvious than others. This individual has an annual nest on top of a mausoleum doorway next to Crescent Water. I haven't seen any nestlings yet, but expect to within the next week or two.

American Robin


The first Mallard ducklings of the season have hatched. Every year this particular mother hatches her young at Sylvan Water, then makes the precarious journey through the adjacent neighborhood to Prospect Park. A few of my friends have been on hand to monitor them along the way. This year one of the ducklings fell into a drain, but was saved by one of New York's bravest from the FDNY.

Mallard with ducklings


Our resident Monk Parakeets have a very diverse diet and, depending on the time of year, can be found feeding in different parts of the cemetery. Right now they can be found walking around in the grass munching on the superabundant dandelions.

Monk Parakeet

The mudflats at Sylvan Water continue to attract migrating shorebirds. Last week Solitary Sandpipers were joined by several Spotted Sandpipers.

Spotted Sandpiper


Blue-headed Vireo had been the only vireo species observed, but last week both Warbling Vireo and White-eyed Vireo arrived. Some of the former will remain and nest high in the trees next to the ponds.

White-eyed Vireo


Status and abundance of sparrow species shifted dramatically last week. Previously, Dark-eyed Junco had been the dominant sparrow. Most have now departed. White-throated Sparrows have increased with flocks moving through Brooklyn headed north. I noticed more Field Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows and Eastern Towhees. In addition, a rare Grasshopper Sparrow has spent several days in the cemetery and the first White-crowned Sparrow was seen.

Grasshopper Sparrow


White-crowned Sparrow


Everybody's favorites, the Wood-Warblers, increased in numbers and diversity considerably last week. On Tuesday, my friend Steve and I observed 17 species of warbler, with a few of the scarcer species seen in multiples. Here's our list of warblers from that morning: Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Northern Waterthrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded Warbler, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler.

Ovenbird

Northern Waterthrush

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Worm-eating Warbler

Hooded Warbler

Prairie Warbler


My friend Michael found this Northern Parula in distress and brought it to the Wild Bird Fund for treatment. Just a reminder of the perilous journey these tiny songbirds face twice a year on migration.

Northern Parula


Here are a few of the wildflowers that I noticed flowering last week.

Spanish Bluebells

Wild Geranium

Wild Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum)


Azaleas are now an explosion of color throughout the cemetery. The diversity is amazing. They range in color from white to pink to red to salmon and sporting small, medium or large blossoms. Pollinators have much to choose from on this menu.

Azalea


Azalea and Japanese Maple


Azalea and Bumblebee


Here are several trees (and a vine) blooming or beginning to bloom last week.

Lilac

Paw Paw

Japanese Bitter-orange

Doubleline Viburnum

Wisteria


During late-April and early-May many of the oak trees sprout dangling flowers called catkins. Those in turn attract insects, the targets of thousands of migrating birds. By the end of last week many of the oaks had begun to drop their catkins. Other trees will take their place as the destination for hungry insectivores in search of a meal.

Sweetgum bouquet


Thornless Honeylocust


The only shift in the butterflies that I noticed was a decrease in "ladies" and an increase in Red Admirals.

Red Admiral on marble wall


Until next week...