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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of June 19-20, 2021:

Bedford Audubon Society

Feathers and Fathers Bioblitz Bird Walk
Sunday, June 20, 2021, 7:30 – 9:00am
Leader: Tait Johansson
Description:Tait Johansson is joining forces with Westchester Land Trust and Healthy Yards for their Feathersand Fathers Bioblitz Bird Walk at the Tom Burke Preserve in Bedford Hills.The 7.5 acre preserve provides meadow, forest canopy, and wetlands habitat forlocal bird life. At the suggestion of the property's neighbors the land trustnamed the property the Tom Burke Preserve after Thomas Burke who died onSeptember 11, 2001, in the attack on the World Trade Center. Mr. Burke lived onMcLain Street across from Knapp's Field.
Registration: Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Registration via Eventbrite.
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Gateway National Parks

Fort Tilden Hike
Sunday, June 20, 2021, 10:30 am – 12:00pm
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Join a park ranger for a walking tour of Fort Tilden, highlighting the fort's role in the defense of New York City during the 20th Century.
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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Bird of the Month: Swallows
Sunday, June 20, 2021, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: History of swallows at Great Kills Park. Document and observe bird behavior. All ages welcome. Bring water.
Registration: Call 718 354-4655 to make a reservation.
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Spring Plant Walk with the Next Epoch Seed Library
Saturday, June 19, 2021 , 11:00am – 12:30pm
Description: Spring is a great time to meet some of the wild, weedy, and resilient plants who make their homes in Green-Wood’s urban meadows! Join Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco of the Next Epoch Seed Library for a socially distanced, multisensorial walking tour focused on spontaneous urban flora. As we find and interact with individual plants, we’ll consider the role of plant-human reciprocity in ecosystem function, and how different management strategies impact our plant neighbors and the many other life forms who rely on them. We’ll also make a visit to the Cemetery’s rewilding experiment “Rethinking Urban Grasslands,” where we’ll meet some of the vegetal collaborators who are helping make it happen.
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Birding in Peace (Sold Out)
Sunday, June 20, 2021, 6:00am – 7:30am
Description: 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

Chandler Estates, Suffolk County
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Leader: Patrice Domeischel
Description: The access to Chandler Estate is located behind the Congregational Church in Mount Sinai, right next to the cemetery. If you search the internet for information about this park you will find numerous references to the place being haunted, but the actual history is just as interesting. According to Ann Becker, who wrote a history of the area, the land was originally a girl’s camp called Camp Sewanhaka back in the 1920s. After it became the Chandler Estate, cottages were erected on the land where notable people, such as Marilyn Monroe spent some time. When the heyday of summer residents was over, the buildings fell into disrepair. Eventually, the last structure burned to the ground in 2004 and the county (having acquired the property in 2001) razed any remaining structures. Any structural debris has long been cleared and only beautiful trails with some interesting vegetation remain.
Registration: Mary Beth Kooper — marybeth@nyc.rr.com
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New York City Audubon

Free at Last: A Juneteenth Birding Expedition
Saturday, June 19, 2021, 8:30 – 11am
Leaders: Christian Cooper, Efua Peterson, Ronnie Almonte
Description: Celebrate Juneteenth—African American Emancipation Day—with an outdoor event alongside the freest creatures in the world, birds! Meet at the Dana Discovery Center on the Harlem Meer for a birding expedition through the north end of Central Park, to be followed by a Juneteenth potluck picnic in the park. Bring something to eat and drink (non-alcoholic, please) and a little extra to share. All ages welcome. Join us! Binoculars available to borrow. Registration required. Limited to 40. Free.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Spring Bird Walk at Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx
Saturday, June 19, 2021, 9:00am – 10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon with The Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Description: Explore Van Cortlandt Park's ecologically diverse grounds and celebrate a long tradition of birding in the park. We will look for various resident and migratory bird species and discuss a wide range of avian topics.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Saw Mill River Audubon

Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Saturday, June 19, 2021 7:30am
Leader: Members of Saw Mill River Audubon
Description: Park Details
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Urban Park Rangers

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Birding: Birds of Fort Greene Park
9:00am – 10:00pm
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


Sunday, June 20, 2021

Birding: Hawk Watch at Saint Marks Place and Avenue A (in Tompkins Square Park), Manhattan
11:00 am –12:00 pm
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.
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Friday, June 11, 2021

Friday's Foto

This Baltimore Oriole is being an attentive father, bringing food to the nestlings and removing their fecal sacs at a nest in Green-Wood Cemetery. A common breeding species around Brooklyn and the rest of New York City, they begin their southbound migration as early as late-July. They overwinter in Florida, the Caribbean, Central America, and the northern tip of South America. Listen for the male's rich, flute-like whistles and chattering calls.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of June 12-13, 2021:

Eastern Long Island Audubon Society

Birds of the Meadow & Woods, Eric Salzman Memorial Bird Walk
Saturday, June 12, 2021, meet at 8:30am
Leader: Frank Quevedo
Description: For many years, the late Eric Salzman, a SOFO board member of long-standing, led this walk to explore the avian life of the meadow behind the South Fork Natural History Museum and the adjacent Greenbelt woodlands and wetlands. With his keen musical ear, Eric was adept at identifying birds simply by their songs and calls. We hold this annual walk in his memory and cosponsor it with the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, an organization in which he was very active.
Registration: Registration information to come.
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Feminist Bird Club

NYC - Pride Was A Riot
Sunday, June 13, 2021, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Leaders: Members of FBC
Description: Join FBC and NYC Queer Birders for a trip to Prospect Park to celebrate pride while birding! With June comes warmer days and a much slower and mellowing kind of birding. It also means lots of awkward baby birds, and honestly there’s nothing more wonderful than that.
Registration: Register via Eventbrite
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Freshkills Park Alliance

Kayak Tour
Saturday, June 12, 2021, 10:00am
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. We know this program fills quickly and wish we could offer it more frequently. But we have a small staff and are generally limited to trips on the weekend during high tide.
Registration: Register via Eventbrite.
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Gateway National Parks

Fort Tilden Hike
Sunday, June 13, 2021, 10:30 am — 12:00pm
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Join a park ranger for a walking tour of Fort Tilden, highlighting the fort's role in the defense of New York City during the 20th Century.
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 (Sold Out)
Sunday, June 13, 2021, 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

Ward Pound Ridge
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Leader: Rick Cech
Description: Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is located in Westchester County, New York. A perennial destination for butterfly aficionados, this is a peak date for early summer species, when nectar-rich dogbane and milkweed come into bloom. Targets include many skippers as well as showy “true” butterflies, hard to find in significant numbers elsewhere. Also, a top site for odonates, invertebrates, reptiles, and – yes – many birds.
Registration: Lenore Swenson — lenoreswenson@gmail.com or 212-533-9567
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New York City Audubon

Spring Bird Walk at Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx
Saturday, June 12, 2021, 9:00am - 10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon with The Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Description: Explore Van Cortlandt Park's ecologically diverse grounds and celebrate a long tradition of birding in the park. We will look for various resident and migratory bird species and discuss a wide range of avian topics.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

A Walk Around Wolfe’s Pond Park
Sunday, June 13, 2021, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Leader: Ray Matarazzo
Description: Meet at the restrooms west of the parking lot (find at left from the south end of Cornelia Avenue). We will walk into the ravine of the creek looking for old trees, then along western hillside trails. We’ll do a street walk along Holton Avenue–make sure you notice the manhole covers– and return to the parking lot by way of Wolfe’s Pond and the beach. (Heavy rain will cancel.)
Registration: For more information call Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666.
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Queens County Bird Club

Nickerson Beach and Marine Nature Oceanside
Saturday, June 12, 2021, 7:30am – 12:30pm
Leader: Mike Zito (516) 507-9419
Description: The first part of this trip is Nickerson Beach, where we will view various species of terns, hopefully some that are rare to our area. Common Terns, which nest on this beach, will be abundant. If you are ready for more birding afterwards, head over to the Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside, where we will look for Seaside and Saltmarsh sparrows, as well as wading birds.
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

Mill Pond Park
Sunday, June 13, 2021
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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Wednesday, June 02, 2021

A Little Coastal Birding

For the first time this spring I decided to get away from my regular patch and do some coastal birding.

Michelle picked me up early Monday morning and we headed off to Plum Beach. We'd also make stops at Canarsie Park and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Our targets were lingering shorebirds, waders, rails & Nelson's Sparrows.

It's always a treat to see a Red Knot in Brooklyn. According to the IUCN Red List, this species of shorebird is "Near Threatened" with populations decreasing. Hopefully conservation efforts are helping.

Meet "EL". He's the American Oystercatcher that runs all operations at Plum Beach. Banded in Georgia several years ago, he returns every spring to mate and collect "gifts" from the other birds to make sure "nothing bad ever happens to them".

Dunlin are common around coastal Brooklyn in winter. In basic plumage, however, they are mostly an overall, dull gray color. For their brief spring stop off here it's a treat to see them in their breeding plumage.

Here's the reason the shorebirds stop off at Plum Beach. Horseshoe crabs lay billions of eggs, which shorebirds rely on for fuel to continue to their breeding grounds. Overharvesting of horseshoe crabs have negatively impacted these long distant migrants.

The inner marsh of Plum Beach is a good spot to look/listen for migrating Nelson's Sparrow. More often found during the fall, we were fortunate to spot 4 of these lovely orange faced marsh sparrow. Populations are at present stable, which can't be said for the related Saltmarsh Sparrow.

Biggest surprise of the morning was finding a Purple Martin. Tripper spotted it flying around and it eventually perched in this tree...where it stayed for at least an hour. They nest across the water in Staten Island.


At Canarsie Park Barn Swallows nest under the bridge over Paerdegat Basin. Starting last year, a few Cliff Swallows have also begun nesting. This is very rare for Brooklyn. Unfortunately, this pair's nest looks unfinished & empty.

One highlight at Canarsie Park was that Yellow Warblers appear to be breeding in really good numbers at this location. Dense cover around the edges of a freshwater pond seem to be full of insects and nesting spots. This male had been singing as the female foraged below him.


By the time we arrived at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge water level around the outer marshes of the West Pond were too high for shorebirds, although I managed a nice shot of some flying Semipalmated Sandpipers.

The "conk-a-ree" song of the Red-winged Blackbird always makes me think of summer. This handsome gent was singing from a low perch right next to the West Pond trail.

Tree Swallow nest boxes around the West Pond are all occupied at this point. This guy was standing guard at his and periodically chased off interlopers.

Hiding in the shade during the midday heat, this Willow Flycatcher couldn't resist make a few of his sneezy "fitz-bew" calls. I love how they throw their head back when singing, as if they are actually sneezing.

Even in distant silhouette the Glossy Ibis's long, slender, down-turned bill is distinctive. An easy ID and my first Brooklyn ibises for the year.

Something seems amiss in this tiny bath. Mrs. Catbird & Mrs. Yellow Warbler may have interrupted their spouses in an embarrassing moment. There was a lot of wing pointing and alarm calls.

Big John's Pond near the East Pond. Nuff said.

We ended our day watching this cheerful little muskrat nibbling on vegetation at the edge of the East Pond. As we were leaving, Michelle noticed that a second one was a few inches away, camouflaged by marsh grass. Maybe that's why he was smiling.

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of June 5-6, 2021:

Bedford Audubon Society

Field Trip: Bashakill Marsh/Shawangunk Grasslands
Saturday, June 5, 2021, 7:30am - 3:00pm
Leader: Tait Johansson
Description: Grab your binoculars and join Naturalist Tait Johansson for a full day of birding ona Field Trip to Bashakill Marsh/Shawangunk Grasslands. Bashakill supports wetland-dependent breeding species like Virginia Rail, Sora, Common Gallinule, both bitterns, both cuckoos, and a large array of songbirds. The National Wildlife Refuge has breeding populations of Bobolink, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Upland Sandpiper.
Registration: Cost: Free. Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Email Susan to register at info@bedfordaudubon.org or call 914-302-9713.
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Brooklyn Bird Club

First Sunday Prospect Park Walks
Sunday, June 6, 2021, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Tina Alleva
Description: The Sunday walks will start at The Audubon Center at the Boathouse. Meeting time will be provided upon registration.
Registration: Registration is by email only, to: tinamariealleva@gmail.com The registration period will open at 7 p.m. on the Thursday before each Sunday walk and will close at midnight on Friday. Current club members will receive priority. Each person must register individually; you may not register additional participants. If you need to cancel please do so at least 24 hours in advance so we can offer someone your spot; no-shows will be moved to the bottom of the list for future walks.
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Feminist Bird Club

NYC - Rock the Birds ~ Black Birders Week
Saturday, June 5, 2021, 9:00am - 11:30am
Leaders: Jeana and Martha
Description: Join NYC Audubon, Feminist Bird Club, and Flock Together World NYC for a meet and greet with the beach birds. We will help you identify birds, learn ways to #ShareTheShore, as well as elevate the work Laru Beya is doing through monthly beach cleanups, youth surfing lessons, and water safety education.
Registration: Register via Eventbrite
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NYC - Birds in the Hood ~ Black Birders Week
Saturday, June 5, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Leaders: Kellie Quiñones
Description: Join Kellie Quiñones to explore the birds of Crotona Park to celebrate Black Birders Week 2021 in NYC! At Crotona Park, the largest park in the South Bronx, you can see over 130 different species of birds throughout the year. The park has a wide variety of different types of trees, making it great habitat for birds. Join us for this Black Birders Week walk as we look for woodpeckers, sparrows, orioles and other birds that live in and around this incredible park.
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Gateway National Parks

Fort Tilden Hike
Sunday, June 6, 2021, 10:30 am — 12:00pm
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Join a park ranger for a walking tour of Fort Tilden, highlighting the fort's role in the defense of New York City during the 20th Century.
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 (Sold Out)
Sunday, June 6, 2021, 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

Makamah Preserve, Northport, NY
Sunday, June 6, 2021 - 8:00am
Leader: _____
Description: Let’s take a walk in the woods. Meet at the parking lot along Fort Salonga Rd/25A, just west of Makamah Road.
Registration: To register, call (585) 880-0915.
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Linnaean Society of New York

Van Cortlandt Park Nature Walk
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Leader: Ken Chaya
Description: Van Cortlandt Park is New York City’s third largest green space. It contains a variety of natural habitats within its 1146 acres, including woodlands, marshes, meadows and a lake. Green Herons, Mute Swans, Red-winged Blackbirds, Tree Swallows, Eastern Wood-Pewees, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egrets, Gray Catbirds, Northern Flickers, Ebony Jewelwings, Net-winged Beetles, Banded Hairstreaks and one of our target species, the Silvery Hairstreak Butterfly, are only a few of the bird and insect species encountered on past Linnaean walks there. Attendees should bring lunch, water, and insect and sun protection. There is a restroom at the beginning of our walk and another about halfway through the park, where there is a water fountain as well.
Registration: Anne Lazarus — amlazarus47@gmail.com or 212-673-9059
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Sterling Forest State Park
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Leader: Amy Simmons and Phil Ribolow
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: Debbie Mullins — deborramullins3@gmail.com or 212-239-1614
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North Shore Audubon Society

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, June 5, 2021, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Leader: Ralph
Description: See walk locations here - http://northshoreaudubon.org/walk-locations/
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

Brookfield Park
Saturday, June 5, 2021, 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 south eastern 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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Queens County Bird Club

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Leader: Eric Miller (917) 279-7530
Description: QCBC's annual trip to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in northern Westchester County.
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South Shore Audubon Society

Jones Beach Coast Guard Station Parking Area
Sunday, June 6, 2021
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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Saturday, May 29, 2021

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, May 28, 2021:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* May. 28, 2021
* NYNY2105.28


- Birds mentioned
BROWN BOOBY+
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE+
BICKNELL'S THRUSH+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

King Eider
Harlequin Duck
Whimbrel
Wilson's Phalarope
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Sooty Shearwater
Tricolored Heron
Red-headed Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Mourning Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Blue Grosbeak

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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, May 28th 2021* at 10pm. The highlights of today's tape are BROWN BOOBY, a very slightly extralimital SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, WHIMBREL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, BICKNELL'S THRUSH, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK and more.

Interesting yesterday afternoon was an adult BROWN BOOBY flying around Newark Bay in New York and New Jersey waters off the north side of Staten Island near Richmond Terrace Park but we've seen no reports from today.

Tuesday afternoon a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was spotted over the Greenwich Audubon Center in northwestern Greenwich heading quickly into Westchester County. Not unusual though for this species but there have been no subsequent sightings.

On Monday a female KING EIDER was still in a small flock of Common Eider at Jones Beach West End and a drake HARLEQUIN DUCK was spotted Thursday at Cupsogue County Park.

Among the increasing numbers and variety of shorebirds were 2 WHIMBREL photographed on an island off Rye yesterday and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE visiting a private farm pool in Mattituck on Wednesday.

A seawatch Tuesday afternoon from Jacob Riis Park produced 3 SOOTY SHEARWATERS with another seen Tuesday in lower New York Bay these hopefully signaling the beginning of a good seawatching season. For watching, earlier morning and later afternoon are usually the more productive times and winds are best with a southerly component. Generally too, the farther east you go on Long Island's south shore the better the results.

Among some occurring along the coast were 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Nickerson Beach Wednesday.

Single TRICOLORED HERONS were noted at Captree Island marsh Sunday and at Timber Point Golf Course yesterday and Thursday also produced sightings of RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn and at the Spring Lake Golf Course in Middle Island.

Recent migrant flycatchers have featured a few OLIVE-SIDED including in both Central Park and Prospect Parks and various empidonax species including singing ALDER, ACADIAN and YELLOW-BELLIED while thrushes have featured some GRAY-CHEEKED and a BICKNELL'S singing in Forest Park Monday. Other BICKNELL'S should be passing through though identifying non-singing birds can be a challenge not everyone is up to.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was photographed in Central Park last Sunday while among decreasing numbers of warblers have been the expected late season push of MOURNING and BLACKPOLL and the recent influx of KENTUCKYS including in Central Park and Forest Park today. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER continues in the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River while BLUE GROSBEAKS also remain around the Calverton Grasslands and please remember not to disturb nesting birds in any way. This season is absolutely crucial to their survival.

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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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for Memorial Day weekend of May 29-31, 2021:

Brooklyn Bird Club

Prospect Park Saturday Spring Migration Walks
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: The Saturday walks will start at the park entrance at Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue. Meeting time will be provided upon registration.
Registration: Registration is by email only, to: deepseagangster@gmail.com The registration period will open at 7 p.m. on the Wednesday before each Saturday walk and will close at midnight on Thursday. Current club members will receive priority. Each person must register individually; you may not register additional participants. If you need to cancel please do so at least 24 hours in advance so we can offer someone your spot; no-shows will be moved to the bottom of the list for future walks.
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Saturday, May 29, 2021
Leader: John Dean
Description: Fort Greene Park in partnership with the Brooklyn Bird Club will bring a birding walk for kids to Fort Greene Park. This beginner’s walk is aimed at kids (and their parents) with no prior experience with birding but all are welcome.
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Feminist Bird Club

NYC - Female Bird Day
Saturday, May 29, 2021, 8:30am - 11:30am
Leaders: Jeana and Martha
Description: Join FBC’s Jeana and Martha at Jamaica Bay NWR and learn about all the ways you can spot some of the most overlooked birds in North America. Martha and their colleagues Purbita, Stephanie, Joanna, and Brooke founded The Galbatross Project in 2019 to document all of the ways that one could identify a female bird of a particular species, from plumage to vocalization to behavior and beyond. What we learned is that looking for female birds completely changes the way you approach birding and the outdoors—in our opinion for the betterJoin FBC’s Jeana and Martha at Jamaica Bay NWR and learn about all the ways you can spot some of the most overlooked birds in North America. Martha and their colleagues Purbita, Stephanie, Joanna, and Brooke founded The Galbatross Project in 2019 to document all of the ways that one could identify a female bird of a particular species, from plumage to vocalization to behavior and beyond. What we learned is that looking for female birds completely changes the way you approach birding and the outdoors—in our opinion for the better.
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Gateway National Parks

Fort Tilden Hike
Sunday, May 30, 2021, 10:30 am — 12:00pm
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Join a park ranger for a walking tour of Fort Tilden, highlighting the fort's role in the defense of New York City during the 20th Century.
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
Spring Plant Walk with the Next Epoch Seed Library
Saturday, May 29, 2021, 11:00am–12:30pm
Description: Spring is a great time to meet some of the wild, weedy, and resilient plants who make their homes in Green-Wood's urban meadows! Join Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco of the Next Epoch Seed Library for a socially distanced, multisensorial walking tour focused on spontaneous urban flora. As we find and interact with individual plants, ...
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Birding in Peace (Sold Out)
Sunday, May 29, 2021, 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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New York City Audubon

Spring Bird Walk at Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx
Saturday, May 29, 2021, 9:00am - 10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon with The Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Description: Explore Van Cortlandt Park's ecologically diverse grounds and celebrate a long tradition of birding in the park. We will look for various resident and migratory bird species and discuss a wide range of avian topics.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Birding Tour of Bryant Park
Monday, May 31, 2021, 8:00am - 9:00am
Leader: Gabriel Willow with Bryant Park Corporation
Description: Meet at the Birding Tour sign at the 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue entrance to the Park (Heiskell Plaza). Discover the surprising variety of birds that stop in Bryant Park during migration. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow. All participants are encouraged to follow proper Covid-19 safety protocols including wearing face coverings and staying home if you feel unwell. Tours may be canceled in heavy rain or inclement weather, check bryantpark.org for up-to-date tour status. RSVP required. Limited to 20. Free.
Registration: Online Form
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North Shore Audubon Society

Bailey Arboretum
Saturday, May 29, 2021 8:00am – 12:00pm
Leader: Shelly and Lindy
Description: After Bailey Arboretum, walk leader may opt to continue at Coffin Woods or Upper Francis Pond.
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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NYC H2O

Observación de Aces en la Ridgewood Reservoir (EN ESPAÑOL)
Domingo, 30th de Mayo, 8:00am - 9:30am
Leader: Heather Wolf
Description: El Ridgewood Reservoir en Highland Park es un oasis natural de más de 50 hectáreas que se extiende a ambos lados de la frontera de Brooklyn y Queens. Construido en 1859 para distribuir agua de alta calidad a la ciudad de Brooklyn, una vez independiente, se volvió obsoleto con la adición de nuevos depósitos en Catskills en la década de 1950 y fue desmantelado en la década de 1980.
Registration: Via Eventbrite.
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Queens County Bird Club

Cunningham Park
Saturday, May 29, 2021, 7:30am – 12:00pm
Leader: Ian Resnick (917) 626-9562
Description: This mini-trip explores the little-used trails of Cunningham Park. Expect to find tall forest habitat with numerous Wood Thrushes and woodpeckers.
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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Birds, Botanics and Butterflies

Here's some highlights from the previous week:

 

Mourning Dove family portrait at Green-Wood Cemetery.
Red-tailed Hawk family portrait in Green-Wood Cemetery.
Yellow Warblers still hanging around Green-Wood Cemetery. A possibility that they will stay and nest here.
My Mourning Warbler...
As usual, Chipping Sparrows are nesting in good numbers at the cemetery.
Found this hybrid Brewster's Warbler on a day trip to Sterling Forest State Park.
Blackburnian Warbler glows like a hot ember.

White Pines sprouting new crop of cones.
One of many species of hawkweed. Probably not a favorite of the landscape department at Green-Wood Cemetery.
Clammy Locust is a new one for me.
Eastern Tailed Blue seen at Sterling Forest State Park.
Painted Lady looking lovely.
Silver-spotted Skipper, also seen at Sterling Forest.
One of the tiny skipper family of butterflies. I think this is a Zabulon Skipper. Seen at Dell Water in Green-Wood Cemetery.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of May 22-23, 2021:

Bedford Audubon Society

Field Trip: Doodletown Road
Saturday, May 22, 2021, 7:30am - 12:00pm
Leader: Tait Johansson
Description:Naturalist Tait Johansson will guide you on a Field Trip to Doodletown Road which is not only known as the best place in the area to find these breeding warblers but is also a fine spot for many other songbirds, migrants and breeders alike. Enjoy the walk up the rugged trail past the ruins of a “lost civilization.”
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

Prospect Park Saturday Spring Migration Walks
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: The Saturday walks will start at the park entrance at Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue. Meeting time will be provided upon registration.
Registration: Registration is by email only, to: deepseagangster@gmail.com The registration period will open at 7 p.m. on the Wednesday before each Saturday walk and will close at midnight on Thursday. Current club members will receive priority. Each person must register individually; you may not register additional participants. If you need to cancel please do so at least 24 hours in advance so we can offer someone your spot; no-shows will be moved to the bottom of the list for future walks.
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Liberty Loop and Wallkill, NY/NJ
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Leader: Adelia Honeywood and Chris Laskwoski
Description: Straddling the New York and New Jersey border, a smorgasbord of migrating passerines and wetland species: warblers, vireos, buntings, American and Least Bitterns, Sora, Virginia Rail, Common Gallinule. Adjacent grasslands offer breeding Bobolink, potential Sandhill Cranes.
Registration: Adelia Honeywood email honeywood5@yahoo.com. Registration Period: May 16 – 20 Current club members will receive priority.
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Gabe Willow Tours

Spring Bird Migration in Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Friday, May 21, 2021, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
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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Gateway National Parks

Fort Tilden Hike
Sunday, May 23, 2021, 10:30 am — 12:00pm
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Join a park ranger for a walking tour of Fort Tilden, highlighting the fort's role in the defense of New York City during the 20th Century.
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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Fort Wadsworth Tour
Sunday, May 23, 2021, 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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Green-Wood Cemetery
Birding in Peace (Sold Out)
Sunday, May 23, 2021, 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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Great South Bay Audubon Society

Caleb Smith SP Nature Walk
Saturday, May 22, 2021, 8:00am - 10:00am
Leader: John Gluth, Mike Cooper
Description: Park is located at 581 W. Jericho Tpke, Smithtown NY. Meet in main parking lot. May require parking fee.
Registration: info@greatsouthbayaudubon.org
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Linnaean Society of New York

Shawangunk Grasslands
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Leader: Tod Winston
Description: This spring trip to the Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge 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

Spring Bird Walk at Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx
Saturday, May 22, 2021, 9:00am - 10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon with The Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Description: Explore Van Cortlandt Park's ecologically diverse grounds and celebrate a long tradition of birding in the park. We will look for various resident and migratory bird species and discuss a wide range of avian topics.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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North Shore Audubon Society

Oceanside Marine Sanctuary
Saturday, May 22, 2021 9:30am – 12:00pm
Leader: Ralph
Description: Located on Slice Drive in Oceanside is a 52-acre preserve devoted to environmental education and natural history. The Marine Nature Study Area is divided into eight instruction sites, each of which deals with a different aspect of the marine or estuarine environment. At each site, visual aides have been installed that describe particular topics. Subjects covered include the tides, Long Island's glacial geology, barrier beach and estuarine formations, ecology of the estuary, micro and macro algae, bird life and migration, the bay community, and barrier beach fauna and flora.
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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Queens County Bird Club

Bashakill and Shawangunk
Saturday, May 22, 2021
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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Saw Mill River Audubon Society

Small Group Birding: Croton Point Park
Sunday, May 23, 2021, 7:30am - 9:30am
Leader: Members of SMRA
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: Via Eventbrite
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South Shore Audubon Society

Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area
Saturday, May 22, 2021
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

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Birding: Spring Migrants at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park), Queens
9:00 a.m.–10:00 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.
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Monday, May 10, 2021

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of May 15-16, 2021:

Brooklyn Bird Club

Prospect Park Saturday Spring Migration Walks
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: The Saturday walks will start at the park entrance at Ocean Avenue and Parkside Avenue. Meeting time will be provided upon registration.
Registration: Registration is by email only, to: deepseagangster@gmail.com The registration period will open at 7 p.m. on the Wednesday before each Saturday walk and will close at midnight on Thursday. Current club members will receive priority. Each person must register individually; you may not register additional participants. If you need to cancel please do so at least 24 hours in advance so we can offer someone your spot; no-shows will be moved to the bottom of the list for future walks.
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Prospect Park: Introduction to Birdwatching
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Leader: Tina Alleva
Description: Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring binoculars if you have them. This walk will meet at The Audubon Center at the Boathouse. Meeting time will be provided upon registration.
Registration: Registration is by email only, to: tinamariealleva@gmail.com The registration period will open at 7 p.m. on the Thursday before the walk and will close at midnight on Friday. Current club members will receive priority. Each person must register individually; you may not register additional participants. If you need to cancel please do so at least 24 hours in advance so we can offer someone your spot; no-shows will be moved to the bottom of the list for future walks. Each person must register individually; you may not register additional participants. If you need to cancel please do so at least 24 hours in advance so we can offer someone your spot; no-shows will be moved to the bottom of the list for future walks.
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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society

Hunters Garden
Saturday, May 15, 2021, meet at 8:00am
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Description: Located on the west side of Route 51 in Northampton (border of Brookhaven and Southampton Townships, just north of Sunrise Highway), Hunters Garden is a DEC managed area which is truly unique. Vernal ponds and dirt trails lead us in a rather hilly section of the South Shore. Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanager,Vireos, Wood and Hermit Thrush, Gnat catchers, as well as many warblers, are likely to be seen. Dress for ticks, and bring a snack/water.
Registration: Meet along Route 51 where the dirt road leads into the property. From Sunrise the road is directly opposite a sign that says Northampton and has a crossover lane. To register contact Eileen at beachmed@optonline.net
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Gabe Willow Tours

Brooklyn Birding Hotspots - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturday, May 15, 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 - Prospect Park
Sunday, May 16, 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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Gateway National Parks

Fort Tilden Hike
Sunday, May 16, 2021, 10:30 am — 12:00pm
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Join a park ranger for a walking tour of Fort Tilden, highlighting the fort's role in the defense of New York City during the 20th Century.
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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Fort Wadsworth Tour
Sunday, May 16, 2021, 1:30 pm — 3:00pm
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 (Sold Out)
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 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.


Birding in Peace (Sold Out)
Sunday, May 16, 2021, 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

Doodletown Road
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Leader: Richard ZainEldeen
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: Anne Lazarus — amlazarus47@gmail.com or 212-673-9059
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New York City Audubon

Spring Bird Walk at Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 9:00am - 10:30am
Leader: NYC Audubon with The Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Description: Explore Van Cortlandt Park's ecologically diverse grounds and celebrate a long tradition of birding in the park. We will look for various resident and migratory bird species and discuss a wide range of avian topics.
Registration: Register via Eventbrite
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North Shore Audubon Society

Garvies Point Preserve - early start
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Leader: Shelly and Barbara
Description: Garvies Point Museum-Preserve, 50 Barry Dr, Glen Cove, NY 11542
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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Garvies Point Preserve
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Leader: Ralph
Description: Garvies Point Museum-Preserve, 50 Barry Dr, Glen Cove, NY 11542
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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Handicapable Drive and Park Bird Excursion - Port Washington
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 10:30am – 1:00pm
Leader: Jill Vomacka
Description: Description:Field trip for those who use wheelchairs, walkers, and canes. Participants may stay in car and communicate via walkie-talkies, to be provided. Walking will be limited to wheelchair-accessible areas. Limited to 5 cars. When you are out of your vehicle, please wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
Registration: Please register via email to JVoma@optonline.net and include your cell phone number and your vehicle's make, model, and color. If you become unable to attend, please let Jill know ASAP to allow someone on the waiting list to take your slot.
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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

High Rock Park
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Leader: Ray Matarazzo
Description: Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this amazing woodland in spring. Throughout this portion of The Greenbelt a gorgeous palate of wildflowers and the colorful fanfare of migrating spring birds will highlight an afternoon of forest bathing. Participants will meet in the parking lot at 200 Nevada Avenue.
Registration: For more information call Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666.
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Queens County Bird Club

Doodletown
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Leader: Ian Resnick (917) 626-9562
Description: All day trip. Historic, scenic Doodletown is a magnet for warblers, including Hooded and Cerulean. Involves some easy hiking on hilly paths. Please pack your own lunch. Contact trip leader for meeting time. Use link above for trailhead parking location.
Registration: Please call the trip leader to register for this trip.
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South Shore Audubon Society

Hempstead Lake State Park
May 16, 2021
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 15, 2021

Birding: Hawk Watch at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park), Queens
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we recommend bringing binoculars.
Free

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Birding: Warbler Watch at Park Drive and Clove Road (in Clove Lakes Park), Staten Island This is an Accessible location
9:00 a.m.–10:00 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.
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Birding: Spring Migration at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn This is an Accessible location
9:00 a.m.–10:00 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.
Free!

Birding: Spring Migrants at 116 Street and Riverside Drive (in Riverside Park), Manhattan
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Birding: Nests at Palisade Avenue, Kappock Street and Independence Avenue (in Henry Hudson Park), Bronx
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Come learn how each species of bird make their own unique nest as we take a short hike to spot them in the trees.
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