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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Best of the Fortnight

I realize that it's been more than just 2 weeks since my last "fortnight" posting, so let's just pretend it hasn't...here are several of my personal favs from the past 2 weeks:

Great Blue Heron vs. American Bullfrog, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Bay-breasted Warbler, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Red-breasted Nuthatch, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Captive Oak Leaf, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Eastern Pondhawk, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Red-tailed Hawk, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Philadelphia Vireo with tree cricket, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Tennessee Warbler, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Broad-winged Hawk, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

Orange Bishop, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY

Merlin, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY

Semipalmated Plover, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY

Black-throated Green Warbler, Canarsie Park, Brooklyn, NY

Mourning Warbler, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Familiar Silhouettes

I've been creating a series of high contrast, silhouette bird photographs lately. What began as subjects in terrible lighting conditions became, well, something a bit more interesting. I'll continue to add to this posting over time, so check back again:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY

Great Blue Heron on top of a larch, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Double-crested and Pelagic Cormorants, Yachats, OR

American Robin, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Mourning Dove, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Hawk food, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Maspeth, NY

Summer Tanager, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Boat-tailed Grackle, Shirley Chisholm SP, Brooklyn, NY

Brown Creeper, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Fighting Red-tailed Hawks, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Fish Crow, Shirley Chisholm SP, Brooklyn, NY

Sharp-shinned Hawk, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Gray Kingbird, Great Kills Park, Staten Island

Fox Sparrow, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Great Egret, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Dark-eyed Junco, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

European Starling, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Mourning Dove, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

American Kestrel, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Northern Mockingbird, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

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

Great Blue Heron, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Immature Green Heron, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Glossy Ibis, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY

Osprey with fish, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Red-tailed Hawk, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Eastern Phoebe, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

House Wren, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Downy Woodpecker, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY


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Monday, September 26, 2022

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of October 1 - October 2, 2022:

Brooklyn Bird Club

Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club
Description: Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. Join a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit Prospect Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Prospect Park Saturday Fall Migration Walks
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 7:30am - 11:00am
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: Walks typically go into early afternoon or later if the birding is great. Bring water, snacks and/or a sandwich if you plan to stay the whole duration–but feel free to leave whenever you want.
Registration: No registration necessary
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Raptors at Fort Tilden’s Battery Harris East
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Description: This trip’s itinerary will be a morning stationary sit atop the former WWI large bunker named Battery Harris East, where the group will observe migrating hawks and other raptors in a casual count, good wind or not. This trip is flat walking ,about 3/4 mile west from the Q35 bus stop opposite the Tilden 169th St firehouse. The Bunker has wooden stairs to the platform.
Registrar: Peter Dorosh 347-622-3559 (text only for the early morning of the trip; Inquiries or questions prior trip date please email Prosbird@gmail.com)
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First Sunday Bird Outings
Sunday, October 2, 2022
Leader: Paul Keim
Description: Join naturalist and birder Paul Keim in search of dozens of species that visit the park through all seasons. Learn about the different habitats in Prospect Park and why they are important for all types of birds.
Registrar: No registration necessary.
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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society

Robert Moses Hawk Watch
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Leader: More info to come. Check the View Details link
Description: More info to come. Check the View Details link
Registration: Please let Eileen Schwinn you will be coming: Beachmed@optonline.net
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Birding in Peace
Sunday, October 2, 2022, 7:15am – 8:45am
Description: Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful early morning walking tours to discover the birds that make Green-Wood their home—at least temporarily. By September, offspring of nesting birds will be on their own. Returning warblers will be in their less flamboyant fall plumage. Large numbers of blackbirds, flycatchers, sparrows, vireos, and swallows will also be passing through.
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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society

Dwarf Pine Plains, Westhampton
Sunday, October 2, 2022 - 10:00am
Leader: Coby Klein or Blair Broughton
Description: Perhaps Long Island's most unique insect, the coastal barrens buck moth dwells only along the coast in pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, on deep dry sands. We will journey to the Dwarf Pine Plains in Westhampton Beach to find this Autumn specialty.
Registration: To register, call (585) 880-0915.
Directions: Take Exit 63 off the Sunrise Highway and go south 0.2 mile to a parking lot of the Suffolk County Water Authority building. The trail begins at the south side of the lot.


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Linnaean Society of New York

Inwood Hill Park
Sunday, October 2, 2022
Leader: Annie Barry
Description: Inwood Hill Park is the northernmost point in Manhattan. Bounded on the north by Spuyten Duyvil Creek and on the west by the Hudson River, the 196-acre park is composed of hilly forest, a tidal estuary, rock formations, and ball fields. According to eBird, 249 bird species have been seen there. Waterfowl, gulls, and shorebirds are often seen in the estuary, in Spuyten Duyvil Creek, and along the Hudson River, while songbirds and owls frequent the forest, with a number of species nesting there. The upper ridge trail on the western side of the park affords magnificent views of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades, and raptors are often seen soaring over the cliffs. In the fall, Dyckman Fields on the west side of the park hosts migrating sparrows and other grassland species, including American Pipet, Eastern Meadowlark, and Bobolink.
Registration: David Spawn — davidspawn1@gmail.com
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New York City Audubon

Free: Queens Botanical Garden Walks
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 9:30am - 10:30am
Leader: Corey Finger
Description: Explore Queens Botanical Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the resources the Garden offers to birds and other wildlife. These walks are held in partnership with the Queens Botanical Garden. Meet at the Queens Botanical Garden Visitors and Administration Building at 4350 Main St, Flushing, NY.
Registration: RSVP Here
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Free: Van Cortlandt Park Walks with Joe McManus and Jack Rothman
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 9:00am - 10:30am
Leader: Joe McManus and Jack Rothman
Description: 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. To celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists, join Bronx birders Joe McManus and Jack Rothman, who alternately guide these walks. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. These walks are held in partnership with Van Cortlandt Park Alliance. Meet at the Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Free: Intro to Birding in Marine Park with NYC Audubon
Sunday, October 2, 2022, 10:00am - 11:00am
Leader: _____
Description: Explore the beauty of Brooklyn’s largest park, Marine Park. Consisting of grassland and salt marshes, this park is habitat for a variety of migratory songbirds and waterbirds. This walk series is hosted in partnership with the Marine Park Alliance. Meet at the flagpole of the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center, located at 3301 Avenue U, Brooklyn.
Registration: No registration required.
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Free: Governors Island Bird Walks
Saturdays, May through October 2022, 2:00pm - 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.
Registration: No RSVP required. Limited to 15. Free.
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Free: “For the Birds” Brooklyn Botanic Garden Walks
Sunday, October 2, 2022, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NYC Audubon, Brooklyn Bird Club, Feminist Bird Club
Description: Join Brooklyn Botanic Garden and NYC Audubon birding experts on these special hour-long tours through the Garden to look for resident and visiting birds. Learn how to spot hawks, woodpeckers, Mallards, American Robins, Blue Jays, Cedar Waxwings, and more. Before or after the walk, enjoy the Garden’s special “For the Birds” exhibit. All ages welcome.
Registration: Free with Garden admission. No limit. Meet inside the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at the Visitor Center. Please note that attendees are responsible for purchasing their own tickets to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which can be done on the Garden website. No advance registration is required for the bird walk but advance tickets for the Garden are recommended.
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North Shore Audubon Society

Welwyn Preserve
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Ashley - (516) 817- 4363
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Queens County Bird Club

Kissena Park
Sunday, October 2, 2022, 7:45am - 12:00pm
Leader: Eric Miller (917) 279-7530
Description: This mini-trip includes Kissena Park both east and west of Kissena Blvd. Expect to find many species of sparrows and southbound migrants. Meet at the Kissena Velodrome parking lot, which can be entered from Booth Memorial Ave north of Parsons Blvd.
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

Hempstead Lake State Park
Sunday, October 2, 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, October 1, 2022

Introduction to Birdwatching Walks at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 12:00pm
Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you!
Free

Sunday, October 2, 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 as we explore Prospect Park for resident and migratory birds that visit throughout the different seasons.
Free

Birding: Raptors at Gateway Drive and Erskine Street (in Spring Creek Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 11:00am
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Spring Creek Park to look for Fall migratory birds of prey.
Free
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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of September 24 - September 25, 2022:

Bedford Audubon Society

Raptor ID Workshop + Field Trip
Sunday, September 25, 2022, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Leader: Tait Johansson
Description: One of the most fun and challenging aspects of hawk watching is identification. Learn how to tell the difference between various raptors by joining Tait Johansson for a new two-part Raptor Identification Workshop. The program will begin with an info session at Bylane Farm during which Tait will guide you through various traits and behaviors of raptor families that will help you identify them in flight. The group will then head to a viewing platform at the Nature Conservancy’s Arthur Butler Memorial Sanctuary where you can put your new skills into practice. This event is timed to coincide with the peak migration of raptors such as Broad-winged Hawk, American Kestrel, Osprey, and Sharp-shinned Hawk.
Registration: Cost: $20 (members)/$25 (non-members) and includes a packet material to take home including a laminated raptor ID cheat sheet. Level of Difficulty: Moderate (due to the hillside trail to the viewing platform).
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Brooklyn Bird Club

Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club
Description: Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. Join a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit Prospect Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Prospect Park Saturday Fall Migration Walks
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 7:30am - 11:00am
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: Walks typically go into early afternoon or later if the birding is great. Bring water, snacks and/or a sandwich if you plan to stay the whole duration–but feel free to leave whenever you want.
Registration: No registration necessary
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Escape From Brooklyn: Fall Migration at Governors Island
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Leader: Ryan Goldberg
Description: After a very successful spring club trip, check out Governor’s Island during prime fall migration. This 172-acre island, part of the borough of Manhattan and a military outpost since before the Revolutionary War, is now open year-round to the public. The Lenape called it Pagganuck, or “Nut Island,” because of its abundance of chestnut, hickory, and oak trees. The island’s geography and its unique mix of historic forts, officers’ houses, weedy fields, mature trees, and native plantings and landscaping make for an important stopover for migrants. Target species will include a rich assortment of songbirds as well as migrating raptors. On eBird, over 230 species have been reported on the island.
Registrar: Ryan Goldberg, email: ryangoldberg@gmail.com
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Feminist Bird Club

Birding Canarsie Park with Jen Kepler
Sunday, September 25, 2022, 9:00am - 11:00am
Leader: Jen Kepler
Description: Join Jen Kepler for an exploration of Canarsie Park, and its trails and habitats that vary from forest, a freshwater pond, to shorelines along Jamaica Bay. We will look for the usual species but also keep our eyes out for migrating songbirds.
Registration: Tickets Available on Eventbrite starting 9/14 1 PM EST
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Gateway National Parks

Great Kills Park: Monarch/Dragonfly Migration
Saturday, August 20, 2022, 10:00pm - 11:00am
Leader: Park Rangers
Description: Join a National Park Service ranger for the annual hike to view the migration of the monarch butterflies. Be a community scientist and assist with documenting butterfly species. Inclement weather cancels the program.
Registration: No registration required. Call (718) 318-4340 for more information.
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Great South Bay Audubon Society

Robert Moses Hawk Watch & Jones Beach WE
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: ____
Description: Join us for a wonderful bird walk as we head out to Robert Moses State Park & Jones Beach WE for an early morning Hawk Watch & Adventure.
Registration: Please let Eileen Schwinn you will be coming: Beachmed@optonline.net
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Hudson River Audubon Society

Larchmont Reservoir
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 7:00am
Leader: Michael Bochnik
Description: Take driveway up at green sign to small lot. Alternately, park at Sheldrake Lake and walk up to lake. We will search for fall migrants.
Registration: For more information contact Michael Bochnik - bochnikm@cs.com
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Linnaean Society of New York

Watch Hill, Fire Island
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Leader: Paul Sweet
Description: Located in the middle of Fire Island, the barrier beach that runs along the south shore of Long Island, Watch Hill is a great place to witness fall migration. Many birds are moving down the narrow barrier strip and often stop to feed. If winds are right, we expect to see raptors, particularly falcons, harriers, osprey, and accipiters. Warblers and other songbirds can fill the thickets, and the beaches and marshes are good for water birds. Some special sightings might include Royal Terns, Glossy Ibis, Saltmarsh Sparrows, and Boat-tailed Grackles. We will meet at the Fire Island ferry for a pleasant 30-minute boat ride to Watch Hill. Bring plenty of water and food, sun lotion, and bug spray, and a hat is strongly suggested.
Registration: Nick Dawson - thewriternickdawson@gmail.com
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Central Park Family Walk
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Leader: Eric Ozawa
Description: Many scientists come to a love of nature first as children. With that in mind, this walk is for children and their families (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, all welcome). Together, we will look for the birds migrating through the park, and learn how to find and identify some of these spectacular visitors. We’ll also pay close attention to the plant and insect life along the way.
Registration: Amanda Bielskas - bielskas@gmail.com
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Beginners Walk, North Woods, Central Park
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Leader: Evelyn Huang and Linda LaBella
Description: A two-hour walk to get you started on the birding basics: binoculars, field guides, birding etiquette, etc. Bring all your birding questions.
Registration: Evelyn Huang - evelynhuang1@yahoo.com
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New York City Audubon

Free: Canarsie Bird Walks with Mike Yuan
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 8:00am - 10:00am
Leader: Mike Yuan
Description: Experience fall migration in the coastal woodlands, tidal channel, and one of the only freshwater ponds in Brooklyn, with Mike Yuan, NYC Audubon board executive vice president. Expect to see herons, shorebirds, flycatchers, vireos, warblers, and sparrows. All birding levels welcome. Please bring your own binoculars if you have them, but loaner binoculars will be available. Meet at the Canarsie Park House at Seaview Avenue and East 88th Street.
Registration: Registration encouraged but not required (though it’s helpful if you’d like to borrow binoculars so we make sure we have enough!). No limit. Free.
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Free: Van Cortlandt Park Walks with Joe McManus and Jack Rothman
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 9:00am - 10:30am
Leader: Joe McManus and Jack Rothman
Description: 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. To celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists, join Bronx birders Joe McManus and Jack Rothman, who alternately guide these walks. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. These walks are held in partnership with Van Cortlandt Park Alliance. Meet at the Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Free: Intro to Birding in Marine Park with NYC Audubon
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 10:00am - 11:00am
Leader: _____
Description: Explore the beauty of Brooklyn’s largest park, Marine Park. Consisting of grassland and salt marshes, this park is habitat for a variety of migratory songbirds and waterbirds. This walk series is hosted in partnership with the Marine Park Alliance. Meet at the flagpole of the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center, located at 3301 Avenue U, Brooklyn.
Registration: No registration required.
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5th Annual Jamaica Bay Monarch and Pollinator Festival
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Leader: Heydi Lopes
Description: Save the date! Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Celebrate pollinators like Monarch butterflies, moths, bees, and birds. Learn from experts and naturalists including Don Riepe and enjoy activities for the whole family. This festival is presented by American Littoral Society, with NYC Audubon, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, and Gateway National Recreation Area.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Free: Governors Island Bird Walks
Saturdays, May through October 2022, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Leader: Loyan Beausoleil
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.
Registration: No RSVP required. Limited to 15. Free.
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Free: “For the Birds” Brooklyn Botanic Garden Walks
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NYC Audubon, Brooklyn Bird Club, Feminist Bird Club
Description: Join Brooklyn Botanic Garden and NYC Audubon birding experts on these special hour-long tours through the Garden to look for resident and visiting birds. Learn how to spot hawks, woodpeckers, Mallards, American Robins, Blue Jays, Cedar Waxwings, and more. Before or after the walk, enjoy the Garden’s special “For the Birds” exhibit. All ages welcome.
Registration: Free with Garden admission. No limit. Meet inside the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at the Visitor Center. Please note that attendees are responsible for purchasing their own tickets to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which can be done on the Garden website. No advance registration is required for the bird walk but advance tickets for the Garden are recommended.
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North Shore Audubon Society

Valley Stream SP
Saturday, September 24, 2022, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Bobby B. - (516) 578-6324
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South Shore Audubon Society

Massapequa Lake
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Leader: Members of SSAS
Description: Use street parking on the westbound side of Merrick Road. Massapequa Lake is at the south end of Massapequa Preserve, between Lakeshore Boulevard and Ocean Avenue.
Registration: Registration is required by calling Joe Landesberg at 516-467-9498
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Urban Park Rangers

Saturday, August 24, 2022

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

Introduction to Birdwatching Walks at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00am - 12:00am
Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you!
Free

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of September 17 - September 18, 2022:

Brooklyn Bird Club

Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, September 17, 2022, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club
Description: Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. Join a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit Prospect Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Prospect Park Saturday Fall Migration Walks
Saturday, September 17, 2022, 7:30am - 11:00am
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: Walks typically go into early afternoon or later if the birding is great. Bring water, snacks and/or a sandwich if you plan to stay the whole duration–but feel free to leave whenever you want.
Registration: No registration necessary
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A fall Tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park: Birds Within Urban habitats
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Leader: Michael Yuan
Description: Learn the ins and outs of this small-ish park, which has come into its own with its native plantings and innovative horticultural management. This will be a leisurely outing, over flat and paved paths. If attendees are open to it, the group can conclude the walk with a coffee or snack at one of the many establishments in DUMBO/Fulton Ferry.
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Great South Bay Audubon Society

Connetquot River SPP Bird at the Preserve
Saturday, September 17, 2022, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Leader: ____
Description: Join us for a wonderful bird walk as we head out to Connetquot River SP Preserve for an early morning adventure.
Registration: Please let Eileen Schwinn you will be coming: Beachmed@optonline.net
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Birding in Peace
Sunday, September 18, 2022, 6:30am – 8:00am
Leader: Rob Jett
Description: Before our gates open to the general public, birding expert Rob Jett leads these peaceful early morning walking tours to discover the birds that make Green-Wood their home—at least temporarily. By September, offspring of nesting birds will be on their own. Returning warblers will be in their less flamboyant fall plumage. Large numbers of blackbirds, flycatchers, sparrows, vireos, and swallows will also be passing through.
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Hudson River Audubon Society

Broad-winged Hawk Migration
Saturday, September 17, 2022, 10:00am
Leader: Michael Bochnik
Description: We will search the skies for Broad-wing Hawks that will be making their 4,300 mile migration to South America. In the field, behind the Lenoir Mansion (where all the exterior scaffolding is).
Registration: No necessary
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Linnaean Society of New York

Green-Wood Cemetery
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Leader: Rob Jett
Description: Situated along the Harbor Hill Terminal Moraine in Brooklyn, this 478-acre National Historic Landmark features hills, valleys, and kettle ponds. Green-Wood Cemetery is a magnet for migrating birds, which makes perfect sense given the more than 500 species of woody plants that qualify it for Class III Arboretum status—one of only 31 in the world. In addition to spotting numerous songbirds, we’ll visit the hawk-watch hill north of the Civil War Monument, which affords a great vantage point to scan for migrating raptors. Thirteen species of raptor, plus both vultures found in our area, have been recorded at the cemetery.
Registration: Barbara Saunders — bsaunders002@nyc.rr.com
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Prospect Park
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Leader: Tom Stephenson
Description: Prospect Park, one of New York State’s Important Bird Areas, is a must visit for every New York City birder, especially during migration time. We will cover the park at a slow pace and point out park exits and subway lines for those who want to leave early. Highlights from previous walks include a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a Common Nighthawk, as well as numerous warbler species, and fall is a good time to look for sparrows.
Registration: Crystal Thiele - cthiele7777@gmail.com
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New York City Audubon

Free: Saturday Morning Drop-In Walks in Prospect Park with Gabriel Willow
Saturday, September 17, 2022, 8:00am - 11:00am
Leader: Gabriel Willow
Description: Join Gabriel Willow for a leisurely walk to get to know the fall migrants of “Brooklyn's Backyard,” beautiful Prospect Park. Prospect Park's meadows, forests, and waterways attract a dazzling variety of migratory birds on their way south, including warblers, tanagers, cuckoos, and more. Meet directly under the Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Free: Van Cortlandt Park Walks with Joe McManus and Jack Rothman
Saturday, September 17, 2022, 9:00am - 10:30am
Leader: Joe McManus and Jack Rothman
Description: 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. To celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists, join Bronx birders Joe McManus and Jack Rothman, who alternately guide these walks. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. These walks are held in partnership with Van Cortlandt Park Alliance. Meet at the Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Free: Intro to Birding in Marine Park with NYC Audubon
Saturday, September 17, 2022, 10:00am - 11:00am
Leader: _____
Description: Explore the beauty of Brooklyn’s largest park, Marine Park. Consisting of grassland and salt marshes, this park is habitat for a variety of migratory songbirds and waterbirds. This walk series is hosted in partnership with the Marine Park Alliance. Meet at the flagpole of the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center, located at 3301 Avenue U, Brooklyn.
Registration: No registration required.
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Free: Early Bird Walk in Marine Park with Heydi Lopes
Sunday, September 18, 2022, 8:30am - 10:00am
Leader: Heydi Lopes
Description: Explore Brooklyn’s largest park, Marine Park. Egrets, herons, terns, and waterfowl stop by in the park’s waterways and salt marshes, while warblers, vireos, tanagers, and other songbirds take refuge in the park’s wooded areas. This walk is held in partnership with Marine Park Alliance.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Free: Governors Island Bird Walks
Saturdays, May through October 2022, 2:00pm - 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.
Registration: No RSVP required. Limited to 15. Free.
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Birding Gems of Staten Island's Clove Lakes Park with Gabriel Willow
Sunday, September 18, 2022, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Leader: Gabriel Willow
Description: Journey to the "forgotten borough" to discover some of the beautiful forests and incredible birding spots at 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. We'll even see one of the largest and oldest trees in NYC.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Free: “For the Birds” Brooklyn Botanic Garden Walks
Sunday, September 18, 2022, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NYC Audubon, Brooklyn Bird Club, Feminist Bird Club
Description: Join Brooklyn Botanic Garden and NYC Audubon birding experts on these special hour-long tours through the Garden to look for resident and visiting birds. Learn how to spot hawks, woodpeckers, Mallards, American Robins, Blue Jays, Cedar Waxwings, and more. Before or after the walk, enjoy the Garden’s special “For the Birds” exhibit. All ages welcome.
Registration: Free with Garden admission. No limit. Meet inside the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at the Visitor Center. Please note that attendees are responsible for purchasing their own tickets to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which can be done on the Garden website. No advance registration is required for the bird walk but advance tickets for the Garden are recommended.
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North Shore Audubon Society

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
Saturday, September 17, 2022, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Leader: Lindy N. - (516) 628-1315
Description: Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, 50 Barry Dr, Glen Cove, NY 11542
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Saw Mill River Audubon Society

Rockefeller SP Preserve
Saturday, September 17, 2022, 7:00am - 9:00am
Leader: ____
Description: 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.
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South Shore Audubon Society

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, September 18, 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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Saturday, September 10, 2022

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, September 9, 2022:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Sep. 9, 2022
* NYNY2209.09


- Birds mentioned
BROWN BOOBY+
ANHINGA+ (Rockland County)
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT+ (Orange County)
NORTHERN WHEATEAR+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Sora
AMERICAN AVOCET
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER
Upland Sandpiper
Whimbrel
Hudsonian Godwit
MARBLED GODWIT
Stilt Sandpiper
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER
White-rumped Sandpiper
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope
Black-legged Kittiwake
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Cory's Shearwater
Great Shearwater
BROWN PELICAN
GREAT BLUE HERON (white morph "Great White Heron")
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
Orange-crowned Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
DICKCISSEL

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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, September 9th 2022* at 11pm. The highlights of today's tape are NORTHERN WHEATEAR, BROWN BOOBY, ANHINGA, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, BROWN PELICAN, white morph of GREAT BLUE HERON, AMERICAN AVOCET, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, BUFF-BREASTED and BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, MARBLED GODWIT, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, DICKCISSEL and more.

Last Wednesday morning the season's first NORTHERN WHEATEAR was found along the edge of Hillview Reservoir in Yonkers but access there is strictly limited and unfortunately birders were unable to search for this bird.

An adult BROWN BOOBY was spotted from Governors Island last Wednesday morning moving south but a short time later also seen milling about in the fog so it is possible the BOOBY may continue in that area of Lower New York Bay.

Two lingering rarities to our north featured a female ANHINGA still present last Monday on Lake Tappan in Rockland County. Look for it on the east side of the lake north of Convent Road and south of Blauvelt Road and the Orange County NEOTROPIC CORMORANT still today using the pilings and structures off the Global Marine Terminal off River Road south of the Newburgh ferry terminal.

A BROWN PELICAN was reported last Saturday moving over Napeague Bay on the south fork while the white morph of GREAT BLUE HERON was still present on the south side of Piermont Pier today.

An AMERICAN AVOCET spotted Monday was still in the tidal channel along the Lloyd Harbor Road causeway on Wednesday the same day one was present in the marsh at the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area.

Sod fields out on Long Island's north fork have recently been attracting some grassland shorebirds. Fields in Cutchogue along Oregon Road and Duck Pond Road have produced up to 4 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS along with an UPLAND SANDPIPER Tuesday and Wednesday, a reported BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and a few AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS. When visiting please remember to be mindful of the local residents and stay out of the farmers fields. Single BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were also noted at Robert Moses State Park Monday and Heckscher State Park Tuesday and a seawatch at Moses Monday produced 29 CORY'S and 2 GREAT SHEARWATERS.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge also remains a mecca for shorebirds with the East Pond still hosting 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS to Monday with one on Wednesday plus a WILSON'S PHALAROPE continuing to Monday along with some PECTORAL, WHITE-RUMPED, WESTERN and STILT SANDPIPERS. Also at the bay have been a SORA at the south end of the East Pond and occasional visits by BLACK and CASPIAN TERNS and out in Jamaica Bay proper at Yellow Bar Hassock last Saturday shorebirds included a MARBLED GODWIT and 2 WHIMBREL.

An immature BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was a surprise visitor to western Long Island Sound being seen at distance from the Fort Totten area on Wednesday and yesterday.

The Bronx has also recently produced a few LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and BLACK TERNS and a CASPIAN TERN was in Rye Monday.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was photographed in Brooklyn's Green-wood Cemetery Monday the same day a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT appeared in Central Park’s north end. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was spotted at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum Thursday and other unusual warblers included an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER reported on Randall's Island Wednesday and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER photographed in Green-wood Cemetery Sunday. Other migrants included YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, OLIVE-SIDED and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, PHILADELPHIA VIREO and single DICKCISSELS on Saturday at Mecox and on Fire Island.

To phone in reports, call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Upcoming Trips

Below are the birding/nature trips for the weekend of September 10 - September 11, 2022:

Brooklyn Bird Club

Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturday, September 10, 2022, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club
Description: Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. Join a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit Prospect Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome.
Registration: No registration necessary.
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Prospect Park Saturday Fall Migration Walks
Saturday, September 10, 2022, 7:30am - 11:00am
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Description: Walks typically go into early afternoon or later if the birding is great. Bring water, snacks and/or a sandwich if you plan to stay the whole duration–but feel free to leave whenever you want.
Registration: No registration necessary
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Green-wood Cemetery Autumn wave
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Leader: Rob Jett
Description: The peak period of southbound neotropical migrants including warblers, orioles, flycatchers, vireos and more.
Registrar: Peter Dorosh Prosbird@aol.com OR prosbird@gmail.com
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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society

North Fork Preserve
Saturday, September 10, 2022, 8:00am
Leader: John McNeil & Darlene Moore
Description: THE NORTH FORK COUNTY PARK, 5330 Sound Ave., Riverhead, is just east of Church Lane. With about 300 acres to explore it offers birders many opportunities to see fall migrants, resident birds and hawks. We will start along the long paved driveway leading up to the clubhouse then move on to the parking area and check out the trails. Meet at 8:00 am. There are wide trails but hilly spots.
Registration: Please let Eileen Schwinn you will be coming: Beachmed@optonline.net
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Green-Wood Cemetery

Pollina-Tours of Green-Wood
Saturday, September 10, 2022, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Description: Take a stroll through Green-Wood and there’s one thing you’ll see (and hear) at every turn—wild bees buzzing about their daily routine. Bee biologist Sarah Kornbluth of the American Museum of Natural History leads this walking tour to highlight how bees live, the resources they need, and where they make their homes across the Cemetery.
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Linnaean Society of New York

Alley Pond Park and Kissena Park
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Leader: Alan Drogin
Description: Alley Pond Park and Kissena Park are located less than a mile apart in Flushing, Queens. Together, they include forested hills bordering wide grassy spaces, small boardwalk swamps, brackish marshland, two ponds, two lakes, and an overgrown meadow—a great area to visit away from tourist crowds during peak fall warbler migration.
Registration: Miriam Rakowski — rakowskimiriam@gmail.com
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NYS Young Birders Club Walk in Central Park
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Leader: Kevin Sisco and Janet Wooten
Description: The New York State Young Birders Club provides community, friendship, and fun for young people (aged 10-19) who have a passion for wild birds and their habitats. For more information, please visit the NYS Young Birders Club website.
Registration: ______
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Fall North Woods Central Park
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Leader: Michelle Choy, Ursula Mitra and Kevin Sisco
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 birders Michelle Choy, Ursula Mitra and Kevin Sisco who know these areas very well.
Registration: Evelyn Huang — evelynhuang1@yahoo.com
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New York City Audubon

Free: Canarsie Bird Walks with Mike Yuan
Saturday, September 10, 2022, 8:00am - 10:00am
Leader: Mike Yuan
Description: Experience fall migration in the coastal woodlands, tidal channel, and one of the only freshwater ponds in Brooklyn, with Mike Yuan, NYC Audubon board executive vice president. Expect to see herons, shorebirds, flycatchers, vireos, warblers, and sparrows. All birding levels welcome. Please bring your own binoculars if you have them, but loaner binoculars will be available. Meet at the Canarsie Park House at Seaview Avenue and East 88th Street.
Registration: Registration encouraged but not required (though it’s helpful if you’d like to borrow binoculars so we make sure we have enough!). No limit. Free.
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Intro to Birding in Central Park Ramble with Tod Winston
Saturday, September 10, 2022, 8:30am - 11:00am
Leader: Tod Winston
Description: Are you curious about "birding" but don’t have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed walk in Central Park and explore the Ramble as we go over birding basics and look for warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, raptors, and more. Binoculars available upon request.
Registration: Via Eventbrite
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Free: Intro to Birding in Marine Park with NYC Audubon
Saturday, September 10, 2022, 10:00am - 11:00am
Leader: _____
Description: Explore the beauty of Brooklyn’s largest park, Marine Park. Consisting of grassland and salt marshes, this park is habitat for a variety of migratory songbirds and waterbirds. This walk series is hosted in partnership with the Marine Park Alliance. Meet at the flagpole of the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center, located at 3301 Avenue U, Brooklyn.
Registration: No registration required.
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Free: “For the Birds” Brooklyn Botanic Garden Walks
Saturday, September 10, 2022, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NYC Audubon, Brooklyn Bird Club, Feminist Bird Club
Description: Join Brooklyn Botanic Garden and NYC Audubon birding experts on these special hour-long tours through the Garden to look for resident and visiting birds. Learn how to spot hawks, woodpeckers, Mallards, American Robins, Blue Jays, Cedar Waxwings, and more. Before or after the walk, enjoy the Garden’s special “For the Birds” exhibit. All ages welcome.
Registration: Free with Garden admission. No limit. Meet inside the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at the Visitor Center. Please note that attendees are responsible for purchasing their own tickets to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which can be done on the Garden website. No advance registration is required for the bird walk but advance tickets for the Garden are recommended.
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Free: Governors Island Bird Walks
Saturdays, May through October 2022, 2:00pm - 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.
Registration: No RSVP required. Limited to 15. Free.
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Intro to Birding in Central Park Ramble with Tod Winston
Sunday, September 11, 2022, 8:30am - 11:00am
Leader: Tod Winston
Description: Are you curious about "birding" but don’t have much (or any) experience? Come on a relaxed walk in Central Park and explore the Ramble as we go over birding basics and look for warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, raptors, and more. Binoculars available upon request.
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North Shore Audubon Society

Welwyn Preserve
Saturday, September 10, 2022, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Leader: Ashley P. - (516) 817-4363
Description: Welwyn Preserve, 100 Crescent Beach Rd, Glen Cove, NY 11542
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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

The 23rd Annual Little Big Day Bird Count
Saturday, September 10, 2022, 6:00am - 6:00pm
Leader: Cliff Hagen
Description: Each fall participants spread out across the island in an effort to identify as many species of birds and butterflies as possible within a twelve hour window of opportunity. The daylong event generates data, a snap shot of the annual, south bound migration, which highlights the importance of maintaining open space across the island. Participants are encouraged to visit our local parks and share observations on birds and butterflies.
Registration: For more information call Cliff Hagen at (718) 313-8591 or email us at PPOW@siprotectors.org.
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Queens County Bird Club

Alley Pond Park
Sunday, September 11, 2022, 7:45am – 12:45pm
Leader: Eric Miller - (917) 279-7530
"Description: This min-trip includes the forested areas of Alley Pond Park south of the Long Island Expressway. Meet at the east end of the 76th Ave. parking lot - see map.
" 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, September 11, 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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