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Monday, May 23, 2022

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for Memorial weekend May 28 - May 30, 2022:

Brooklyn Bird Club

Prospect Park Saturday Spring Migration Walks
Saturday, May 28, 2022
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: Meet 7:30 am at the “Pergola” entrance on Ocean and Parkside Avenues.
Registration: No registration necessary; however, if more than 20 people show up we will split the group.
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Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, May 28, 2022
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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A day at the Marsh: Plumb Beach Shorebirds
Saturday, May 28, 2022
Leader: Ryan Mandlebaum
Description: The plan is to bird the marsh and beach initially , then sit/stand on the beach facing the mudflats as the tide drops near the eastern point of Plumb Beach. Bring a scope and lunch as well as sunblock, etc.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society

Manorville Hills
Saturday, May 28, 2022, 8:30am
Leader: Rosemary Valente & Suzi Stewart
Description: .
Registration: Register with Rosemary by phone or text to 631-882-2464
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Gabe Willow Tours

Brooklyn Birding Hotspots - Prospect Park
Saturday, May 28, 2021, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Gabe Willow
Description: Discover the wonders of Spring Migration in the best birding spots in Brooklyn
Registration: Register via Eventbrite
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Brooklyn Birding Hotspots - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Sunday, May 29, 2021, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Gabe Willow
Description: Discover the wonders of Spring Migration in the best birding spots in Brooklyn
Registration: Register via Eventbrite
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Birding in Peace
Sunday, May 29, 2022, 6:00am–7:30am
Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful Sunday morning walking tours to discover the many birds that call Green-Wood home.
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Linnaean Society of New York

Sterling Forest State Park
Monday, May 30, 2022
Leader: Anne Ribolow and Amy Simmons
Description: Sterling Forest State Park is part of New York State’s Bird Conservation Area Program as the Park “has 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, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, and more, as well as Broad-winged and Red-shouldered Hawks.
Registration: Claire Borrelli — claireb1008@msn.com
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New York City Audubon

Free: Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Saturdays, April 16 - June 25, 9-10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon
Description: Meet at the Van Cortlandt Park 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.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Governors Island Bird Walks
Saturdays, May through October 2022, 2-3:30pm
Leader: Annie Barry
Description: Meet in front of Nolan Park #17 and see the birds of Governors Island with one of our expert guides! Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the 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 bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. No RSVP required. Limited to 15. Free.
Registration: No RSVP required
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Birding South Brooklyn: Marine Park and Plumb Beach
Saturday, May 28, 2022, 6:30am - 12:30pm
Leader: Tod Winston
Description: 'll arrive early at the Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park to seek out secretive Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows, Clapper Rails, and waders—and then head to Plumb Beach right after low tide in search of Ruddy Turnstones, Red Knots, Black Skimmers, and terns. Bring lunch. Transport by passenger van. Limited to 12. $100 (70).
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Young Conservationists Bird Walk: Central Park
Saturday, May 28, 2022, 9:00am - 11:00am
Leader: Efua Peterson
Description: Join NYC Audubon Young Conservationist Board Member Efua Peterson for a morning walk through Central Park to enjoy the height of spring migration. We’ll be welcoming the arrival of warblers, vireos, tanagers, and more as they stop in Central Park to rest and eat before heading north for the summer. The walk will take place in and around the Ramble. Limited to 20 people.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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North Shore Audubon Society

Muttontown (Equestrian entrance)
Saturday, May 28, 2022, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Leader: Ralph
Description:
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South Shore Audubon Society

Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area
Saturday, May 28, 2022
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 28, 2022

Birding: Warbler Watch at Oakland Lake (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
9:00am - 10:00am
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Oakland Lake to look for spring warblers and more!
Free


Birding: Spring Migration at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 11:00am
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Fort Greene Park looking for spring migrants such as warblers, sparrows and birds of prey.
Free


Introduction to Birdwatching Walks at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 12:00pm
Every Saturday, join a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club and Prospect Park Alliance on an introductory walk to learn the basics of birding.
Free


Birding: Raptors at Arthur Kill Road and Brookfield Avenue (in Brookfield Park), Staten Island
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Brookfield Park to look for raptors that include hawks, eagles, osprey and more.
Free

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Best of the Fortnight

Here's a selection of my favorites from the past 2 weeks:

Least Bittern, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

Barn Swallow, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Hooded Warbler, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Blackburnian Warbler, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Great Crested Flycatcher, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

White-throated Sparrow, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Summer Tanager, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Whip-poor-will, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Chestnut-sided Warbler, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Canada Columbine, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Snapping Turtle, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Black-billed Cuckoo, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for May 18 - May 22, 2022:

Bedford Audubon Society

Field Trip: Doodletown Road
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 7:30am - 12:00pm
Leader: Tait Johansson
Description: Naturalist Tait Johansson will happily take you along to look for them on his Field Trip to Doodletown Road. The timing will be right for a chance to see Cuckoos, and possibly some late-May migrants like Olive-sided Flycatcher and Mourning Warbler. Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Moderate.
Registration: Email Susan to register or call 914-302-9713.
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Brooklyn Bird Club

Prospect Park Saturday Spring Migration Walks
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: Meet 7:30 am at the “Pergola” entrance on Ocean and Parkside Avenues.
Registration: No registration necessary; however, if more than 20 people show up we will split the group.
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Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, May 21, 2022
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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Freshkills Park Alliance

Kayak Tour
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 12:00pm
Leader: Rangers
Description: Kayak along Freshkills Park’s waterways! This two mile round-trip paddle is a chance to explore the creeks and shorelines of Freshkills Park and experience the wildlife while the site is closed to the public.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Gateway National Parks

Fort Wadsworth Tour and Hike
Every week on Sunday until May 22, 2022
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Join us for a hike around Fort Wadsworth as we explore both the natural areas and the remnants of the former harbor defense system. Inclement weather will cancel this program. Dress appropriately. Bring water, face mask required.
Registration: Call 718 354-4655 to make a reservation.
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Great South Bay Audubon Society

Sterling Forest & Bashakill
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 7:00am - 5:00pm
Leader: John Gluth, Ken Thompson
Description: Join us for a wonderful bird walk as we head out to Sterling Forest & Bashakill for an early morning adventure.
Registration: info@greatsouthbayaudubon.org
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Birding in Peace
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 6:00am–7:30am
Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful morning walking tours to discover the many birds that call Green-Wood home.
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Sunday, May 22, 2022, 6:00am–7:30am
Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful morning walking tours to discover the many birds that call Green-Wood home.
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Hudson River Audubon Society

Thirteen Bridges at Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 7:00am
Leader: Sandra Wright
Description: We’ll explore this quieter corner of Rockefeller SP Preserve. We’ll walk 2.8 miles, first along the Pocantico River, then along the Gory Brook — and yes, there are 13 bridges.
Registration: tralac@gmail.com
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Linnaean Society of New York

Shawangunk Grasslands N.W.R.
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Leader: Tod Winston
Description: This spring trip to the Shawangunk Grasslands N.W.R. and surrounding areas, 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

Free: Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Saturdays, April 16 - June 25, 9-10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon
Description: Meet at the Van Cortlandt Park 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.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Governors Island Bird Walks
Saturdays, May through October 2022, 2-3:30pm
Leader: Annie Barry
Description: Meet in front of Nolan Park #17 and see the birds of Governors Island with one of our expert guides! Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the 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 bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. No RSVP required. Limited to 15. Free.
Registration: No RSVP required
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Nesting Peregrines and Red-tails of the Upper West Side, Manhattan
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Leader: Gabriel Willow
Description: Many New Yorkers are astonished to discover that their city of steel and glass is home to a diverse population of large birds of prey: the City boasts the world’s highest densities of the Peregrine Falcon—the world’s fastest flyer—and a growing population of Red-tailed Hawks (several pairs of which have reached celebrity status). We’ll visit the nesting site of a pair of each of these fascinating species, and may glimpse parents feeding their chicks. Limited to 15. $36 (25).
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Rockefeller State Preserve, NY
Sunday, May 22, 2022, 7:30am - 3:30pm
Leader: Tod Winston
Description: Explore the forested hills, fields, and ponds of this lovely preserve, a former country estate of the Rockefeller family. We'll look for migrant songbirds as well as local breeding species like Eastern Bluebird, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Vireo, and Blue-winged Warbler. Bring lunch. Transport by passenger van. Limited to 12. $129 (90).
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Birding Gems of Staten Island: Clove Lakes Park
Sunday, May 22, 2022, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Gabriel Willow
Description: Journey to the "forgotten borough" to discover some of the beautiful forests and incredible birding spots of Clove Lakes Park. Look for ducks and seabirds in New York Harbor on our way across on the ferry ride and then catch a bus to the Park. Numerous warblers, vireos, tanagers, and other migratory songbirds can be seen here, as well as nesting Eastern Screech-Owls and Great Blue Herons. We'll even see one of the largest and oldest trees in New York City. Limited to 15. Bus fare ($2.75 each way; please bring your MetroCard or exact change) not included in registration price. $43 (30).
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Free: Marine Park Spring Bird Migration
Sunday, May 22, 2022, 9:00am - 10:00am
Leader: NYC Audubon with Marine Park Alliance, NYC Parks
Description: Find the winged creatures who stop at the salt marsh on their trip along the east coast flyway. Meet at the Salt Marsh Nature Center flagpole and bring binoculars if you have them. No registration necessary. No limit. Free.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Young Conservationists Bird Walk: Central Park
Sunday, May 22, 2022, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Tim Healy, Simon Keyes
Description: Join NYC Audubon Young Conservationist Board Members Tim Healy and Simon Keyes for a morning walk through Central Park to enjoy the height of spring migration. We’ll be welcoming the arrival of warblers, vireos, tanagers, and more as they stop in Central Park to rest and eat before heading north for the summer. The walk will take place in and around the Ramble. Limited to 20 people.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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North Shore Audubon Society

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Shelly
Description:
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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Brookfield Park
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Leader: Ray Matarazzo
Description: Join Protectors of Pine Oak Woods for a natural history tour of Staten Island’s newest open space park. We will view numerous salt creeks, freshwater wetlands, grasslands and beautiful scenery—a must when searching for grassland birds. Brookfield Park stretches along the southeastern banks of Richmond Creek and runs from Richmond Avenue to Richmondtown. Meet in the main parking lot at 575 Arthur Kill Road, just north of Armstrong Avenue.
Registration: For more information call Ray Matarazzo at (718) 317-7666.
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Crooke’s Point
Sunday, May 22, 2022, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Leader: Paul T. Lederer
Description: Maritime sand spits such as Crooke’s Point are dynamic typographical features formed and sculpted by water and wind action. Join naturalist Paul T. Lederer in a talk and walk where the geological and human history of the site, as well as the plants and animals that call this place home, will be discussed. It is suggested that walk participants dress in pants that cover the full leg and shoes appropriate for sand dune areas. It is also suggested that participants consider sun protection such as hats, sun block and water or other hydrating liquids. Insect repellent is also recommended. Walk participants will meet in Great Kills Park Beach Center Parking Lot (Parking Area “G”) near the beginning of the dirt permit road leading out to Crooke’s Point. To get to the meeting spot, enter the park at the Buffalo Street entrance at Hylan Boulevard and follow Buffalo Street through the park to where it ends just before the dirt Crooke’s Point Permit Road.
Registration: For more information call Paul at his cell phone (718) 354-9200.
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South Shore Audubon Society

Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Leader: Members of SSAS
Description: From the Meadowbrook Parkway, use the Merrick Road M9 east exit. Enter the Department of Sanitation entrance immediately on right (if you’re driving west on Merrick Road, make a U-turn after Central Boulevard and before the Meadowbrook Parkway). Look for signs to Levy Park and Preserve parking lot.
Registration: Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498
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Sullivan County Audubon Society

Spring Migration Warbler Walk
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 8:00am
Leader: John Haas
Description: Meet at the Stop Sign Trail off Haven Road. We will move to the Nature Trail and end up at the Main Boat Launch. This trip is at least two hours with a visit to Mamakating Environmental Center.
Registration: Call John to register at 845-807-2437.
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Urban Park Rangers

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Birding: Spring Migration at Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue (in Kissena Park), Queens
9:00am - 10:00am
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Kissena Park to look for spring migrants that include warblers, raptors and more!
Free


Kaiser Park Bird Walk and Coastal Cleanup at West 33rd Street and Bayview Avenue (in Kaiser Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 1:00pm
Volunteers will start the day on an hour-long bird walk led by Audubon NY staff, then you’ll join the Stewardship Team for a coastal clean-up.
Free


Sunday, May 22, 2022

Birding: Hawk Watch at Driggs Avenue and Lorimer Street (in McCarren Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 11:00am
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

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Monday, May 09, 2022

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of May 14 - May 15, 2022:

Brooklyn Bird Club

Prospect Park Saturday Spring Migration Walks
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: Meet 7:30 am at the “Pergola” entrance on Ocean and Parkside Avenues.
Registration: No registration necessary; however, if more than 20 people show up we will split the group.
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Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, May 14, 2022
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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2022 Spring Birdathon
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Leader:
Description: The annual Birdathon asks birders to form teams of up to 6 members and count bird species in Brooklyn in support of a cause that helps the birds we love. Everyone is welcome ─ hardcore birders, backyard feeder watchers, and beginners! Like a walkathon, participants collect pledges and donations from friends and family for finding and counting bird species on the day of the Birdathon. Instead of getting a pledge per mile walked, Birdathon participants ask for a pledge for each bird species seen by the team.
Registration: Please register your team by sending team members, your day’s goal, and a team name to Bobbi Manian birdathon@brooklynbirdclub.org by Tuesday, May 10
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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society

Wertheim NWR
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Leader: John McNeil & Darlene Moore
Description: .
Registration: John McNeil at mcneil.jp@gmail.com
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North Fork County Park
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Leader: Tom Moran
Description: .
Registration: Eileen Schwinn, beachmed@optonline.net
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Gateway National Parks

Fort Wadsworth Tour and Hike
Every week on Sunday until May 22, 2022
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Join us for a hike around Fort Wadsworth as we explore both the natural areas and the remnants of the former harbor defense system. Inclement weather will cancel this program. Dress appropriately. Bring water, face mask required.
Registration: Call 718 354-4655 to make a reservation.
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Birding in Peace
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 6:00am–7:30am
Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful Sunday morning walking tours to discover the many birds that call Green-Wood home.
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Birding in Peace
Sunday, May 15, 2022, 6:00am–7:30am
Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful Sunday morning walking tours to discover the many birds that call Green-Wood home.
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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society

Caumsett State Park - Huntington, NY
Sunday, May 15, 2022, 8:00am
Leader: _____
Description: Caumsett State Park is special because it has a variety of habitats that attract many different species of birds.
Registration: To register, call (585) 880-0915.
Directions: From Main Street (Route 25A) in the village of Huntington, turn onto West Neck Road and follow north until you see the park on your left. There is a parking fee for those that do not have an Empire Pass. Meet in the parking lot.


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Linnaean Society of New York

Bashakill Marsh and Environs
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Leader: Richard ZainEldeen and Gordon Lamm
Description: Doodletown is full of Colonial history, as the foundations where people lived, and were schooled are still present. Cerulean Warblers, Hooded Warblers, Yellow-throated Vireos, Scarlet Tanagers, and Indigo Buntings continue to breed here.
Registration: Miriam Rakowski — rakowskimiriam@gmail.com
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New York City Audubon

Free: Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Saturdays, April 16 - June 25, 9-10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon
Description: Meet at the Van Cortlandt Park 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.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Governors Island Bird Walks
Saturdays, May through October 2022, 2-3:30pm
Leader: Annie Barry
Description: Meet in front of Nolan Park #17 and see the birds of Governors Island with one of our expert guides! Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the 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 bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. No RSVP required. Limited to 15. Free.
Registration: No RSVP required
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Spring Migration Birding Tour of Central Park
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 7:30am - 9:30am
Leader: Kellye Rosenheim
Description: Join co-author of Birdwatching in New York City and Long Island, Kellye Rosenheim, for the perfect Saturday morning activity: birdwatching! Tour the best Central Park birding spots in search of spring migrants. Limited to 15. $36 (25).
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Free: World Migratory Bird Day Walk at Conference House Park
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 8:00am - 10:00am
Leader: Anthony Ciancimino
Description: Meet in the parking lot at the end of Hylan Blvd, near the visitor’s center. Situated at the southern tip of Staten Island, Conference House Park features diverse habitats that can provide a stopover for a variety of migrating birds, including warblers, vireos, & flycatchers, among many others. No registration necessary. No limit. Free.
Registration: Not required.
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Free: World Migratory Bird Day Walk at Canarsie Beach Park
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 8:00am - 10:00am
Leader: Mike Yuan
Description: Meet at the Park House at Seaview Avenue and 88th Street. Enjoy peak songbird migration and summering waterbirds along the Brooklyn coast of Jamaica Bay. No registration necessary. No limit. Free.
Registration: Not required.
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Free: Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walk
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9:30am - 10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon with Queens Botanical Garden
Description: Explore Queens Botanical Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the valuable resources that the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. Binoculars available. Register for one date or the whole series of five walks (walk-ins welcome). Each walk limited to 25. Free (with Garden admission).
Registration: Visit www.queensbotanical.org/calendar to register.
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Sterling Forest Warblers
Sunday, May 15, 2022, 7:00am - 4:00pm
Leader: Don Riepe, Tod Winston
Description: Explore the woodland and pond habitat of the 20,000-acre Sterling Forest preserve during peak spring migration. Look for nesting warblers as well as spring wildflowers, reptiles, and amphibians. Trip involves a four-mile hike and some rocky terrain. Bring lunch. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 11. $129 (90).
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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North Shore Audubon Society

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Leader: Lindy
Description:
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South Shore Audubon Society

Mill Pond Park
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Leader: Members of SSAS
Description: Use street parking on the westbound side of Merrick Road. The park is four blocks west of the Wantagh State Parkway.
Registration: Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498
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Urban Park Rangers

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Birding Bonanza/International Migratory Bird Day at Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge (in Randall's Island Park), Manhattan
10:00am - 12:00pm
Join us for nature exploration looking for some of the migratory birds that use Randall's Island to rest and refuel on their incredible journeys to their final nesting sites for the summer.
Free


International Migratory Bird Day at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 1:00pm
Join Prospect Park Alliance to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with nature activities for the whole family.
Free


Birding Adventure at Urban Farm (in Randall's Island Park), Manhattan
2:30pm - 4:00pm
It's Migratory Bird Day. Please join us for Randall's Island Park Alliance's Birding Adventure — a chance to look for and learn about the approximately 50+ species of birds on the island.
Free


Sunday, May 15, 2022

Birding: Warbler Watch at Parking Lot (in Clove Lakes Park), Staten Island
10:00am - 11:00am
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Clove Lakes Park to look for spring warblers and more!
Free


Birding: Hawk Watch at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park), Queens
10:00am - 11:00am
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


Birding: Spring Migration at Seaman Avenue and Isham Street (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
12:00am - 1:00pm
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Inwood Hill Park to look for spring migrants that include warblers, raptors and more!
Free

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Friday, May 06, 2022

Friday's Foto

Chuck-will's-widow, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
One of our more unusual looking birds is the Chuck-will's-widow. More often heard than seen, their cryptic plumage, plus ability to sit completely motionless during the day, make them nearly impossible to find. This individual was roosting on the ground on a recent rainy day when a friend stumbled on it. The bird flew to a high perch where it remained until after sunset. I've experienced two others in Brooklyn over the past 30 years; one was a fleeting view at dusk, the other was singing late at night in Prospect Park, which I wrote about here.

Mostly overwintering in the West Indies, Central America, and northwestern South America, the Chuck-will's-widow is a nightjar of the same genus as the Eastern whip-poor-will. A nocturnal species, they feed primarily on insects using an extraordinarily large mouth. As of 2018, the IUCN Red List classifies their conservation status as "Near Threatened" due to moderately rapid declines in their populations. Their scientific name, Antrostomus carolinensis, means cavern mouth of Carolina.

Monday, May 02, 2022

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for May 4 - May 8, 2022:

Brooklyn Bird Club

Prospect Park Saturday Spring Migration Walks
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: Meet 7:30 am at the “Pergola” entrance on Ocean and Parkside Avenues.
Registration: No registration necessary; however, if more than 20 people show up we will split the group.
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Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, May 7, 2022
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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Liberty Loop and Wallkill Wildlife Refuge NY/NJ
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Leader: Adelia Honeywood
Description: Straddling the New York and New Jersey border, a smorgasbord of migrating passerines and wetland species: warblers, vireos, buntings, bluebirds, Purple Martins, American and Least Bitterns, Sora, Virginia Rail, Common Gallinule, Sandhill Cranes. Will also visit Knapp’s View for breeding Bobolink, Meadowlarks, possible grassland sparrows.
Registration: Adelia Honeywood, email honeywood5@yahoo.com
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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society

Rocky Point DEC
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Leader: Byron Young
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Registration: Byron Young at youngb53@optimum.net
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Great South Bay Audubon Society

Ally Pond Park Nature Walk
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Leader: Mike Cooper, Bob Grover
Description: Join us for a wonderful bird walk as we head out to Ally Pond Park for an early morning adventure.
Registration: info@greatsouthbayaudubon.org
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Birding in Peace
Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 6:00am–7:30am
Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful Sunday morning walking tours to discover the many birds that call Green-Wood home.
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Sunday, May 8, 2022, 6:00am–7:30am
Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful Sunday morning walking tours to discover the many birds that call Green-Wood home.
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Hudson River Audubon Society

Mother’s Day Warbler Walk
Sunday May 8, 2022, 7:30am
Leader: Michael Bochnik
Description: Our annual Mother's Day bird walk through Lenoir Nature Preserve is one of our most popular events of the year. Bring your mother for a leisurely 2-hour stroll around the preserve in search of colorful spring warblers and other migrants.
Registration: bochnikm@cs.com
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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society

Shu Swamp Preserve
Sunday, May 8, 2022, 8:00am
Leader: _____
Description: Join us as we search for migrant birds and spring ephemeral wildflowers.
Registration: To register, call (585) 880-0915.
Directions: From Route 25A in East Norwich, take Route 106 north to Oyster Bay. Make left on to Lexington Ave then left onto West Main Street. At the Mill Pond (on the left), bear to the right as if to go to Bayville. At the first traffic light (water will be on your right), make a left onto Cleft Road. Take Cleft Road to Frost Mill Road, make a left. (If you wind up on the causeway going over Beaver Dam, you have gone too far.) Shu Swamp will be on your right after you go under the train trestle. Do NOT use your GPS. You will end up in the wrong place.


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Linnaean Society of New York

Bashakill Marsh and Environs
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Leader: John Haas
Description: The Bashakill Marsh is the largest freshwater wetland in southeastern New York, located in both Sullivan and Orange Counties, New York. Over 220 species have been recorded at the marsh. The Bashakill Wetland is home to over 200 species of birds and is a state designated Bird Conservation Area. The area supports characteristic breeding wetland-dependent species, abundant waterfowl, and several species at risk.
Registration: Theresa Brown — actuary2t@gmail.com
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New York City Audubon

Free: Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Saturdays, April 16 - June 25, 9-10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon
Description: Meet at the Van Cortlandt Park 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.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Governors Island Bird Walks
Saturdays, May through October 2022, 2-3:30pm
Leader: Annie Barry
Description: Meet in front of Nolan Park #17 and see the birds of Governors Island with one of our expert guides! Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the 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 bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. No RSVP required. Limited to 15. Free.
Registration: No RSVP required
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Intro to Birding: Bird Walk in Central Park
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 8:00am - 10:30am
Leader: Tod Winston
Description: Are you curious about "birding" but don't have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed walk through Strawberry Fields and the Ramble to go over birding basics and see warblers, tanagers, sparrows, waterbirds, and more. Binoculars available. Limited to 15. $36 (25).
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Mother's Day Birdsong in the North Woods of Central Park
Sunday, May 8, 2022, 7:00am - 10:00am
Leader: Tod Winston
Description: Get up early to enjoy the chorus of early morning birdsong in a small group. We'll explore the peaceful and beautiful Great Hill, North Woods, and Loch, listening for warblers, vireos, tanagers, orioles, and more. Limited to 12. $40 (28).
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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North Shore Audubon Society

BIG DAY Alley Pond Park 76th Ave
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 6:30am - 12:00pm
Leader: Bob Dieterich: (848) 468-7207
Description: Meet in 76th St parking lot. After lunch, the day continues for those who choose.
Registration:
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Muttontown Preserve
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: 317-8837 Al and Lois
Description: Muttontown Preserve, 6191 NY-25A, East Norwich, NY 11732, USA.
Registration:
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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Richard Buegler 10-Mile Hike
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 9:15pm - 3:45pm
Leader: Dominick Durso
Description: Participants will gather at the Carousel parking lot in Willowbrook Park. From Willowbrook Park the White Trail brings hikers through the Corson’s Brook Woods and on into the Greenbelt. Hikers will continue on to Heyerdahl Hill, through Buck’s Hollow and eventually back to Willowbrook Park. Early May affords a great opportunity to identify birds and pinkster azalea. Bird song and forest flowers will make for an enjoyable walk.
Registration: For more information contact Dominick Durso by Friday, May 6, at (917) 478-7607.
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Crooke’s Point
Sunday, May 8, 2022, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Leader: Paul T. Lederer
Description: Maritime sand spits such as Crooke’s Point are dynamic typographical features formed and sculpted by water and wind action. Join naturalist Paul T. Lederer in a talk and walk where the geological and human history of the site, as well as the plants and animals that call this place home, will be discussed. It is suggested that walk participants dress in pants that cover the full leg and shoes appropriate for sand dune areas. It is also suggested that participants consider sun protection such as hats, sun block and water or other hydrating liquids. Insect repellent is also recommended. Walk participants will meet in Great Kills Park Beach Center Parking Lot (Parking Area “G”) near the beginning of the dirt permit road leading out to Crooke’s Point. To get to the meeting spot, enter the park at the Buffalo Street entrance at Hylan Boulevard and follow Buffalo Street through the park to where it ends just before the dirt Crooke’s Point Permit Road.
Registration: For more information call Paul at his cell phone (718) 354-9200.
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Saw Mill River Audubon Society

Small Group Birding: Croton Point Park
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 7:00am - 9:00am
Leader: Members of SMRA
Description: Saw Mill River Audubon small group bird walks are limited to 25 people by registration. Completed COVID vaccination required. Good for all levels of birding experience. Beginners very welcome! Walks are for adults and youth age 8 or older. Let us know in advance if you want to borrow binoculars by emailing us at: office@sawmillriveraudubon.org
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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South Shore Audubon Society

Hempstead Lake State Park
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Leader: Members of SSAS
Description: From the Southern State Parkway, take Exit 18 (Eagle Avenue) south to Field 3 (use second park entrance and make an immediate left turn.)
Registration: Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498
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Urban Park Rangers

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Introduction to Birdwatching Walks at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 12:00pm
Every Saturday, join a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club and Prospect Park Alliance on an introductory walk to learn the basics of birding.
Free


Mother's Day 2022 at Wave Hill, Bronx
10:00am - 5:00pm
Enjoy a special Family Art Project, a guided walk in the gardens, spring birding, community yoga, and a family nature walk.
Free


Birding: Spring Migration at 81st Street and Central Park West (in Central Park), Manhattan
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Central Park to look for spring migrants that include warblers, raptors and more!
Free


Sunday, May 8, 2022

Spring Migration Birding at Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
8:45am - 10:00am
Join Naturalist Ken Chaya for a Spring Migration birding tour of Fort Tryon Park!
Free


Birding: Beginner Birding at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 11:00am
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Fort Greene Park to learn the basics of birding how to identify common species in our parks.
Free


Mother's Day 2022 at Wave Hill, Bronx
10:00am - 5:30pm
Enjoy a special Family Art Project, a guided walk in the gardens, spring birding, community yoga, and a family nature walk.
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Saturday, April 30, 2022

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, April 29, 2022:

– RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Apr. 29, 2022
* NYNY2204.29

– Birds mentioned
MOTTLED DUCK+
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE+
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

KING EIDER
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Whip-poor-will
Solitary Sandpiper
ICELAND GULL
Least Tern
GULL-BILLED TERN
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Black Skimmer
LEAST BITTERN
Cattle Egret
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Veery
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Bobolink
Ovenbird
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
SUMMER TANAGER
Scarlet Tanager

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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

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

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

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Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, April 29th 2022 at 11pm. The highlights of today’s tape are MOTTLED DUCK, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, KING EIDER, ICELAND GULL, GULL-BILLED TERN, LEAST BITTERN, PROTHONOTARY, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS, SUMMER TANAGER and spring migrants.

The MOTTLED DUCK, found on April 5th, and a potential first record for New York State pending NYSARC acceptance, was reported both days last weekend at Ketcham’s Creek freshwater wetland in Amityville but not since, perhaps due to waning interest. It is also not clear that the duck was always being critically identified so please provide supporting evidence if the MOTTLED is seen again.

Once again a brief appearance by a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE locally left a few observers quite pleased though it did not stick around for others to enjoy. This sighting took place last Wednesday morning at Jones Beach West End.

But certainly the bonus bird of the week was a male BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER nicely found early yesterday morning in the Midwood off Center Drive in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Many observers on hand continued to search throughout the day and were able to refind the bird at various times but follow-up searches today were not successful.

A drake KING EIDER was still present at Great Kills Park on Staten Island last Sunday and late ICELAND GULLS were noted at Fort Tilden last Saturday and at Plumb Beach Monday. A GULL-BILLED TERN was photographed at Plumb Beach on Tuesday the same day single CASPIAN TERNS visited Hempstead Lake State Park and Southard’s Pond in Babylon.

A Prospect Park LEAST BITTERN was still present Thursday along the western side of Prospect Park Lake. In Westchester a CATTLE EGRET flew by the nature center at Croton Point Park Tuesday afternoon headed northwest and an adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.

A growing number of migrant non-passerines this week included YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LEAST and COMMON TERNS and BLACK SKIMMER.

Among the passerines the PROTHONOTARY WARBLER continued at Central Park’s north end to last Sunday and a few YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS included singles at Hempstead Lake State Park and Oakland Lake Thursday and at Fuch’s Pond in Northport today as well as one at Croton Point Park from Tuesday through today and the continuing birds at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER has lingered in Central Park since Monday and other arriving warblers have included OVENBIRD, NASHVILLE, AMERICAN REDSTART, CAPE MAY, MAGNOLIA, BLACKBURNIAN, CHESTNUT-SIDED and BLACK-THROATED BLUE with more to come.

A SUMMER TANAGER visited a home up in Harlem late last week last seen on the 22nd and other passerines occurring this week featured GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, RED-EYED VIREO, VEERY, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, BOBOLINK and SCARLET TANAGER.

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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Monday, April 25, 2022

Free Birding Walk


Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of April 30-May 1, 2022:

Brooklyn Bird Club

Prospect Park Saturday Spring Migration Walks
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: Meet 7:30 am at the “Pergola” entrance on Ocean and Parkside Avenues.
Registration: No registration necessary; however, if more than 20 people show up we will split the group.
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Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, April 30, 2022
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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First Sunday Prospect Park Walks
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Leader: A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club
Description: The Sunday walks will start at The Audubon Center at the Boathouse.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Spring birding at the Cemetery of the Evergreens
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Leader: Paul Sweet
Description: Meeting Location is accessible by the “L” train to Bushwick Ave/Aberdeen Street station. Walk east (left from station) on Bushwick Avenue for the meeting spot. If you wish to come by car, parking is also available, but we will not be organizing car pools. Restrooms are available.
Registration: No registration required..
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Feminist Bird Club

NYC - Pugsley Creek with Haley
Sunday, May 1, 2022, 8:00am - 10:30am
Leaders: Haley Scott
Description: For the last few years, Haley Scott and her mom have dedicated hours to exploring Pugsley Creek Park, a very under-birded area of The Bronx. Haley introduced us to Pugsley Creek a couple of years ago and we’ve been obsessed ever since. It has so many different interesting habitats in a relatively small area, so we’re just as likely to see some cool gulls and shorebirds as we are thrushes, warblers, woodpeckers, and sparrows!
Registration: Register via Eventbrite
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Freshkills Park Alliance

City Nature Challenge Biodiversity Walk
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 1:00pm
Leader: Rangers
Description: Lace up your shoes for a nature walk at Freshkills Park! Freshkills Park staff will take you behind the scenes to visit areas that are currently closed to the public. On this one-mile walk, you’ll learn about the different plants and animals found in the woods, wetlands, and grasslands at Freshkills Park.
Registration: Register via Eventbrite.
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Gateway National Parks

Fort Wadsworth Tour and Hike
Sunday, May 1, 2022, 2:00pm — 3:30pm
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Join us for a hike around Fort Wadsworth as we explore both the natural areas and the remnants of the former harbor defense system. Inclement weather will cancel this program. Dress appropriately. Bring water, face mask required.
Registration: Call 718 354-4655 to make a reservation.
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Great South Bay Audubon Society

Central Park Nature Walk
Saturday, May 1, 2022, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Leader: John Gluth, Mike Cooper
Description: Meet at 7:00am on Central Park West at 77th Street (opposite the Museum of Natural History). One of the best trips for our club!
Registration: info@greatsouthbayaudubon.org
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Birding in Peace
Sunday, May 1, 2022, 6:00am–7:30am
Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful Sunday morning walking tours to discover the many birds that call Green-Wood home.
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Hudson River Audubon Society

Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers
Saturday April 30, 2022, 7:30am
Leader: Michael Bochnik
Description: This Westchester County Park consists of a stream running through two ponds. Early spring warblers, nesting Baltimore and Orchard Orioles are expected. Meet in the first parking lot, up on the right after entering.
Registration: bochnikm@cs.com
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Cerulean Warblers at Doodletown, Harriman State Park
Sunday, May 1, 2022, 8:00am
Leader: Michael Bochnik
Description: Many people wish to see Cerulean Warblers. One trick is to visit this famous nesting site early in May before they set up their territories and sing from the top of 150-foot trees. We're likely to see Hooded Warbler and many other migrants as well. Moderate walk uphill, one part steep, no restrooms. Trip over by noon. Meet near the trail head on Route 9D.
Registration: bochnikm@cs.com
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Linnaean Society of New York

North Woods, Central Park
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Leader: Ursula Mitra
Description: Central Park is one of the world’s premier birding spots, especially during spring and fall migrations. On a good day we’ll see warblers, sparrows, vireos, and other migrants. On this walk we will explore numerous birding hotspots of Central Park’s North End with long time birder Ursula Mitra who knows these areas very well.
Registration: Evelyn Huang — evelynhuang1@yahoo.com
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New York City Audubon

Free: Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
Saturdays, April 16 - June 25, 9-10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon
Description: Meet at the Van Cortlandt Park 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.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Free: Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walk
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 9:30am - 10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon with Queens Botanical Garden
Description: Explore Queens Botanical Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the valuable resources that the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. Binoculars available. Register for one date or the whole series of five walks (walk-ins welcome).
Registration: Visit www.queensbotanical.org/calendar to register. Each walk limited to 25. Free (with Garden admission)
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Spring Walk at Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
Sunday, May 1, 2022, 9:00am - 11:00am
Leader: Nadir Souirgi
Description: Inwood Hill Park is a jewel. Nestled between the Hudson River, Dyckman Street, and Seaman Avenue, this last tract of largely undeveloped oak and tulip forest transports you to another world and another time. Glacial "pot holes," towering trees, and stunning river views create an unrivaled backdrop for observing the many migratory and breeding avian species that are drawn to this hotspot. Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Wood Thrush, and Yellow Warbler breed here, and the Park includes Manhattan's last remaining tidal salt marsh. Limited to 15. $36 (25).
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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North Shore Audubon Society

Valley Stream State Park
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 7:45am
Leader: Bobby
Description: Charge at gate starts at 8 unless you have an Empire Pass.
Registration: Limited registration. You must register via email to nsaudubonsociety@gmail.com, and you will receive a confirmation email. If you become unable to attend, please email to allow someone on the waiting list to take your slot.
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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Conference House Park
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Leader: Ray Matarazzo
Description: Enjoy a springtime birding tour of Staten Island’s southernmost woodland at Ward’s Point. Ray Matarazzo will share bird songs and behaviors used for identifying a gathering of migrating birds which rest and replenish in the trees, shrubs and grasses of Conference House Park. Participants will meet at the Conference House Park Visitors Center at 7455 Hylan Boulevard.
Registration: For more information call Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666.
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South Shore Audubon Society

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Leader: Members of SSAS
Description: From the Southern State Parkway, travel west to the Belt Parkway. Exit at Cross Bay Boulevard (Exit 17) south. Continue south on Cross Bay Blvd. through Howard Beach and over the North Channel Bridge (also known as the Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge). The entrance to the refuge parking lot is on the right side of the road, at a traffic light approximately one and a half miles past the bridge.
Registration: Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498
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Sullivan County Audubon Society

Birding for Beginners
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 8:00am
Leader: Scott Graber
Description: Experience the variety of birdlife that inhabits the Bashakill. Meet at the Haven Road DEC parking lot, on the left coming from Rt. 209.
Registration: Call Scott to register at 914-799-1313.
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Urban Park Rangers

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Introduction to Birdwatching Walks at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 12:00pm
Every Saturday, join a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club and Prospect Park Alliance on an introductory walk to learn the basics of birding.
Free

Sunday, May 1, 2022

First Sunday Bird Walks in Prospect Park at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
8:00am - 10:00am
Join the Brooklyn Bird Club and Prospect Park Alliance on the first Sunday of each month as we explore Prospect Park for resident and migratory birds that visit throughout the different seasons.
Free

Birding: Spring Migration at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park), Queens
9:00am - 10:00am
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Highland Park to look for spring migrants that include warblers, raptors and more!
Free

Birding: Osprey Watch at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 11:00am
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Marine Park to view ospreys.
Free

Birding: Spring Migration at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
11:00am - 12:00am
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Van Cortlandt Park to look for spring migrants that include warblers, raptors and more!
Free

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