Wednesday, August 26, 2015

August 22nd & 23rd: An overnight weekend to New Jersey's shorebirds

Whitesbog Preserve


Leader  Peter Dorosh
Participants : Mary E, Donna E, Chris L, Karen O', Kathy T,Bobbi M.

Locations in order of visit: Allentown Sod Fields, Whitesbog Preserve , Corson's Inlet State Park; Edward G Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge  ( Brigantine)

Note: height of notorious Greenhead Flies season

 Canada Goose
 Mute Swan
 Wood Duck
 American Black Duck
 Mallard
 Blue-winged Teal
 Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
 Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
 Great Egret
 Snowy Egret
 Little Blue Heron (white form)
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
 Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Northern Harrier
 Cooper’s Hawk
Clapper Rail (juv)  
Digiscoped WESTERN SANDPIPER at Forsythe NWR, photo by Bobbi Manian

Shorebirds= 19 species

Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
 Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
 Marbled Godwit
 Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling
Baird’s Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
 Pectoral Sandpiper
 Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Dowitcher species

 Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
 Common Tern
 Forster’s Tern
Least Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Black Skimmer
 Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Forsythe NWR Goldenrods
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Marsh Wren
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Ovenbird
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Boat -tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Digiscoped RED KNOTS at Fosythe NWR, photo by Bobbi Manian
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow 

93 species





Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fwd: Jamaica Bay WR, Aug 16, 2015





-----Original Message-----
From: ticornis@yahoo.com
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Wed, Aug 19, 2015 1:46 am
Subject: Jamaica Bay WR, Aug 16, 2015

 
Brooklyn Bird Club Field Trip 
Jamaica Bay WR, Queens, New York, US
Aug 16, 2015 7:35 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 kilometer(s)
Observers: Nina Bai, Monica Berger, Marc Brawer, Rafael G Campos (trip leader), Chris Laskowski, Richard Lefkowitz, & Jane Simmons.
48 species + 2 species seen by other members of the group - Ring-billed Gull-

Brant (Atlantic) (Branta bernicla hrota)  1
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  20
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  3
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  X
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)  X
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)  X
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  2
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)  1
American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)  3
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)  X
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)  X
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  3
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)  6
Sanderling (Calidris alba)  3
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  X
White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)  X
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)  10
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  22
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  X
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  4
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)  1
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)  2
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  15
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1    Seen flying across the E Pond with a prey in its talons, later identified as a Feral Pigeon.
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)  3
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  6
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  2
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  3
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  1    Single individual landed near the picnic tables at the VC, seen by all.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  1    seen by all the participants a close range. yellow rump was the field mark we all agreed
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  3
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  2

Here are some pics from the trip:
1 white-rumped sandiper; 2 the group; 3 rose-breasted grosbeak


Monday, July 13, 2015

July 11th BBC Cupsogue Trip Report





Red Phalarope (female) , an ultra rarity, near Jones Beach Theodore Nature Center (photo by Bobbi Manian)



From: Roberta Manian Co-leader 

also Coleader Dennis Hrehowsik

Sent: Mon, Jul 13, 2015 9:10 am
Subject: BBC Cupsogue Trip Report


Hi Peter,

BBC Cuposgue Trip, 7/11/15 (with diversions to Jones Beach and Captree)

Participants:

Bobbi Manian (Co leader/Driver)
Dennis Hrehowsik (Co leader/Driver)
Mike Yuan (Registrar)
Bob Washburn (Driver)
Lenore Swenson
HJ Kim 
Richard Zaineldeen
Monica Berger

As reports of the Red Phalarope at Jones Beach were still coming in on the morning of our Cupsogue trip, we called an audible and diverted to West End 2 as our first stop.  The eight birders on our trip joined the ten or so other birders who were already there.  The bird was quite visible when we got to the pond, and we all got good long looks.  We also got a brief view of her in flight as she moved to the other pond.

On to Cupsogue for 11:30 low tide.  The weather was perfect with a light breeze keeping bug activity down.  Tern variety was down from when we did our dry-run two weeks ago.   Mostly Commons with a few Leasts and Forsters.  We did get nice looks at juveniles, lots of begging and feeding.  Shorebirds were up in species,  Lots of dowitchers, willets, various peeps and piping plovers always a crowd pleaser, including at least one juvenile.   As we were leaving, we poked into the marsh and HJ spotted a Seaside Sparrow for us.  Two others popped around during our 15 minute stationary observation.

On the way home, we stopped by Captree hoping to see the white-faced ibis. We picked thru ibises until our eyes were crossed but no luck.  A few participants did see a white-rumped sandpiper fly over.

Big thanks to Mike for being registrar and list-keeper.  Unsung hero-role in the club.

Good Birding,
Bobbi/Dennis



Jones Beach SP--Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, Nassau, New York, US
Jul 11, 2015 7:50 AM - 8:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments:     <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.0.1 Build 5
13 species
Killdeer  5
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Least Sandpiper  12
Semipalmated Sandpiper  6
Short-billed Dowitcher  9
Red Phalarope  1     Continuing one-legged female in verbal pond 250 yds west of TR nature center.
Laughing Gull  1
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Barn Swallow  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2


Cupsogue Beach County Park, Suffolk, New York, US
Jul 11, 2015 10:20 AM - 1:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     One fresh Common Loon carcass with neck wound found on bay side shore.  <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.0.1 Build 5
31 species (+3 other taxa)

Mallard  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  5
Snowy Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  7
Osprey  3
Clapper Rail  1
American Oystercatcher  5
Black-bellied Plover  7
Semipalmated Plover  5
Piping Plover  10
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet (Eastern)  18
Least Sandpiper  15
Semipalmated Sandpiper  75
peep sp.  1
Short-billed Dowitcher  65
Short-billed Dowitcher (Prairie)  2     Orange extending from throat nearly to undertail. Brighter backs than nearby Atlantic individuals.
Laughing Gull  3
Herring Gull  60
Great Black-backed Gull  80
Least Tern  5
Common Tern  150
Forster's Tern  4     Hubs
Black Skimmer  1
Yellow-billed/Black-billed Cuckoo  1     Quickly flew over 4x4 trail. Long tailed, two-toned. Some observers did not see rufous anywhere on it.
Eastern Kingbird  2
American Crow  2
Barn Swallow  3
Northern Mockingbird  2
Seaside Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  8

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24234508

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 ( http://ebird.org)


US-NY-Babylon-Captree State Park - 40.6445x-73.2670, Suffolk, New York, US
Jul 11, 2015 3:14 PM - 4:07 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.0.1 Build 5
16 species

Great Egret  6
Snowy Egret  1
Glossy Ibis  30
Osprey  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Willow Flycatcher  1
Barn Swallow  3
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Dragonflies of Staten Island June 27th

Clay Pit state park Sharrott Pond
Leader Seth Wollney

Sharrott Pond
Common Toadflax (Butter &eggs,alien)
Vireo nest Long Pond Park

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Saturday, June 20th, A Memorial to Jean Bourque: Nature of Floyd Bennett Field

Jean Bourque from the 2009 BBC centennial party, ( photo by Suzanne Ortiz)
Chief Interpretive Ranger Rick Jenkins, NYC Audubon Susan Elbin Dir of Conservation, Ron Bourque, BBC Peter Dorosh & BBC President Rob Bate at the Milkweed dedication site. (photo by jess schulman )

BBC Trips Chair Peter Dorosh speaking  (photo by Jess Schulman )

Ron Bourque digging the hole for dedicated Milkweed plants



List of birds and plants 
( plants identified by Marielle Anzelone , NYC Wildflower week director;list courtesy of Lenore Swenson)


BIRDS:
1-Mallard
2-Double-crested Cormorant
3-Glossy
Ibis
4-Willet
5-Laughing Gull
6-Herring Gull
7-Great Black-backed   
BBC trips Chair Peter presenting the memorial plaque to Ron Bourque  (photo by jess schulman )
Gull 8-Common Tern 9-Rock Pigeon 10-Mourning Dove 11-Chimney Swift 12-American Crow 13-American Robin 14-Northern Mockingbird 15-European Starling 16-Cedar Waxwing 17-Yellow Warbler (h) 18-Savannah Sparrow 19-Song Sparrow 20-Red-winged Blackbird 21-American Goldfinch 22-House Sparrow
PLANTS: Black Cherry White Mulberry Gray Birch Cottonwood Bayberry Winged Sumac Common Blackberry Dewberry Multi-flora Rose Virginia Creeper Asiatic/Oriental Bittersweet Common Mullein Sheep Sorrel Field Garlic Early Goldenrod Common St-John's-Wort Yarrow Yellow Wood Sorrel Hawkweed sp. Spurge sp. Spotted Knapweed Red Clover Japanese Knotweed Deptford Pink Black Medic Queen Anne's Lace Daisy Fleabane Japanese Brome Black-eyed Susan English Plantain Indian Hemp Silvery Cinquefoil Common Milkweed White Campion Butter-and-Eggs Horsenettle White Clover Path Rush Deer Tongue Grass Poverty Grass Hair Grass Poa Grass sp. Switchgrass/Panicum


Ron Bourque speaking along side Rob Bate , BBC president




Insect list ( courtesy of insect leader Steve Nanz )



Dogbane Beetle -  Chrysochus auratus



Delicate Cycnia -  Cycnia tenera


Grapeleaf Skeletonizer -  Harrisina americana




• Diptera (Flies)

Flower Fly -  Toxomerus sp.

• Hemiptera (True Bugs, etc.)

Small Milkweed Bug -  Lygaeus kalmii
Several species of Leafhoppers - Cicadellidae

• Hymenoptera (Ants_Bees_Wasps_Sawflies)

Yellow-faced Bee -  Hylaeus sp.

• Coleoptera (Beetles)

Red Milkweed Beetle -  Tetraopes tetrophthalmus
Red-necked Cane Borer -  Agrilus ruficollis

• Lepidoptera (Moths and Butterflies)

Double-banded Grass-veneer -  Crambus agitatellus
Grapeleaf Skeletonizer -  Harrisina americana
Delicate Cycnia -  Cycnia tenera

• Neuroptera (Antlions_Lacewings_Allies)

Ant Lion -  Myrmeleon immaculatus

• Arachnids

Crab Spider - cf. Misumena vatia

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Fwd: Brooklyn Bird Club walk East End Long Island

Leader Eric Salzman and Eileen Schwinn



-----Original Message-----
From: ericsalzman
To: Eric Salzman
Sent: Sun, Jun 14, 2015 12:29 pm
Subject: Brooklyn Bird Club walk


I've been out of action for a few days now with sprained ankle but I had committed to doing a Brooklyn Bird Club walk on Eastern Long Island specialties and, rather than call it off, I'll called Eileen Schwinn to see if should could help out. She and her husband Fritz were just in Iceland (!) with friends but she came back this week and was willing to pick up the slack. She organized this walk (which I have done in past years) a little differently, starting at EPCAL (ex-Grumman) which is the best site on Long Island for grassland birds -- notably Grasshopper Sparrow and Meadowlark. We intended to complete the day by going to Hunter's Garden, Bicycle Path and then, if any time remained, to go down to the shore. But on the way into Hunter's Garden one of the cars got stuck in soft sand and had to be rescued by Hampton Bays Rapid Recovery, the which put an early end to the day.

Here's the complete annotated list:

Wild Turkey - EPCAL
Turkey Vulture -- several overhead at EPCAL
Red-tailed Hawk -- several overhead at EPCAL
Killdeer -- Lewis Rd, E. Quogue (on the way back home)
Mourning Dove
cuckoo spp -- overhead at EPCAL, species not determined
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker -- in the woods leading to Hunter's Garden
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher -- EPCAL
Eastern Kingbird -- EPCAL
Red-eyed Vireo -- singing in severl spots
Blue Jay
American Crow -- EPCAL
Tree Swallow -- EPCAL
Bank Swallow -- EPCAL
Barn Swallow-- EPCAL
Black-capped Chickadee (heard)
White-breasted Nuthatch (heard)
House Wren -- EPCAL, Line Road
Eastern Bluebird -- Line Road
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird -- EPCAL
Brown Thrasher -- EPCAL
Cedar Waxwing -- Line Road
Ovenbird -- road to Hunter's Gardeen
Blue-winged Warbler -- (heard at EPCAL)
Common Yellowthroat -- road into Hunter's Garden
Pine Warbler -- road into Hunter's Garden
Prairie Warbler -- EPCAL
Eastern Towhee -- EPCAL
Chipping Sparrow -- several places
Field Sparrow -- (heard at EPCAL)
Grasshopper Sparrow -- several at EPCAL including one carrying food
Song Sparrow -- heard only
Northern Cardinal 
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark -- heard only
Common Grackle -- EPCAL
Baltimore Oriole -- EPCAL
American Goldfinch

Eileen also reports that she has heard Eastern Whip-poor-will singing in the Oakdale area of East Quogue and, even more exciting, Chuck-will's-widow singing on Old Main Road north of Quogue Village.

Eric Salzman

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June 5th - June 7th Spring Weekend: Mianus River Gorge, Fahnestock, Shawangunk: a journey to the lower Hudson River Valley

Leaders :Peter Dorosh ( Friday, Sunday); Ryan Bass ( Saturday)




Barred Owl, photo by Sandy Paci

Birding Sites: Mianus River Gorge, Ward Pound Ridge Preserve, Hosner Mountain Road (East Fishkill); Clarence Fahnestock State Park (hike bird all day Saturday) ; Shawangunk Grasslands, Doodletown 1777 Trail ( Harriman State Park )




Wood Thrush on nest , photo by Sandy Paci
Upland Sandpiper Blue Chip Farm
Pileated Woodpecker Fahnestock State Park
Common Raven 
Great Blue Heron 
Turkey Vulture 
Black Vulture 
Canada Goose 
Mallard 
Red-shouldered Hawk 
Red-tailed Hawk 
American Kestrel 
Killdeer 
Rock Pigeon 
Mourning Dove 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 
Barred Owl Mianus River Gorge
Chimney Swift 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 
Belted Kingfisher 
Downy Woodpecker 
Hairy Woodpecker 
Red-bellied Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker 
Willow Flycatcher 
Great Crested Flycatcher 
Eastern Phoebe 
Eastern Wood-Pewee 
Acadian Flycatcher 
Eastern Kingbird 
Yellow-throated Vireo  
Warbling Vireo 
Red-eyed Vireo 
American Crow 
Blue Jay 
Tree Swallow 
Cliff Swallow nest colony at Hosner Mountain Road, East Fishkill 

Cliff Swallow nest, photo by Sandy Paci
Purple Martin Barn Swallow Northern Rough-winged Swallow Tufted Titmouse Black-capped Chickadee White-breasted Nuthatch 
Brown Creeper
House Wren 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 
American Robin 
Eastern Bluebird 
Wood Thrush 
Veery 
Gray Catbird 
Brown Thrasher 
Northern Mockingbird 
European Starling 
Cedar Waxwing 
Prairie Warbler Ward Pound
Worm-eating Warbler Fahnestock,Doodletown
Yellow Warbler 
American Redstart 
Black-and-white Warbler 
Ovenbird 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 
Common Yellowthroat 
Cerulean Warbler Fahnestock,Doodletown
Louisiana Waterthrush 
Blue-winged Warbler 
Northern Parula 
Hooded Warbler Doodletown
Siberian Iris ( non-native)
Kentucky Warbler Doodletown
Scarlet Tanager 
Grasshopper Sparrow Shawanagunk Grasslands
Chipping Sparrow 
Savannah Sparrow 
Song Sparrow 
Field Sparrow 
Eastern Towhee 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 
Northern Cardinal 
Indigo Bunting Ward Pound
Baltimore Oriole 
Bobolink Fahnestock, Shawanagunk Grasslands
Red-winged Blackbird 
Common Grackle 
Eastern Meadowlark Shawanagunk Grasslands
Brown-headed Cowbird 
House Finch 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 

87 species

Other notable: Wood Turtle (rare), plus host of butterflies and dragonflies,wildflowers


Ian,Ryan,Kellie,Monica,Jillian,Marc,Karen,Chris,Kathy, Sandy on the Fahnestock trail

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Doodle town Harriman State Park



Leader Tom Stephenson

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Stephenson <12toms@gmail.com>
To: Peter Dorosh <prosbird@aol.com>

Sent: Sun, May 31, 2015 01:10 PM
Subject: Re: doodle town trip list


Hi Peter,

Here's a report from the BBC Doodletown trip.

First, thanks to Marisa for all of her help with the registration and with trying valiantly to herd us along, to remind me we needed bathrooms, and to generally keep us on schedule.


It was a great trip. It was a pleasure birding with Rafael, Paul Keim and everyone on the trip. We went to Doodletown and then out to the Sterling powerline.
The highlights of the trip included great, long looks at a singing Kentucky Warbler as well as Louisiana Waterthrush, and Cerulean, Golden-winged, Prairie, Blue-winged, Worm-eating and Hooded warblers. All eventually provided great looks.

Other good sightings included Broad-winged Hawk, Black Vulture, Common Ravens, several Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Vireos, and Cliff Swallow flyovers.

Here's the full list and a couple of photos.

Best regards,
Tom



Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Mallard
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Worm-eating Warbler
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Kentucky Warbler
Mourning Warbler H from gas station
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow