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


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fwd: BBC Walk Today





-----Original Message-----
From: 12toms@gmail.com
To: Peter Dorosh
Cc: Rob Bate
Sent: Thu, May 28, 2015 3:19 pm
Subject: BBC Walk Today

Hi Peter,

We had a small but brave group today, willing to walk many miles in search of the last of the migrants in PP.
 
The highlights were Indigo Bunting, nesting Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Green Heron and Barn Swallow; the feral rabbit from Monty Python's Holy Grail.....and we did get 4 species of warblers...including some interesting drab Blackpoll's...
Lots of singing Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos....and not a lot else!

Here are a few shots and the list.
Saturday on to the breeding birds of Doodletown and Sterling Forest.


Best regards,
Tom

Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Mallard
Ruddy Duck
Laughing Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher heard
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fwd: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, May 26, 2015





-----Original Message-----
From: robsbate@gmail.com
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Tue, May 26, 2015 12:20 pm
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Prospect Park, May 26, 2015

Peter. Super slow day in the park for migrants with only 4 warbler species one of which is a local breeder and the other three were females including the dreaded female Blackpoll Warbler, harbinger of no more spring.  It was a great group of 9 birders and we had fun.  It did feel more like a summer day as most of the activity was of breeding birds, including fledgling Robins and Starlings.

Rob
Tues. morning BBC walk
45 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  4
Mute Swan  4
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  3
Ruddy Duck  2
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1     On her nest
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Laughing Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  13
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1     On her nest
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1     Heard
Eastern Kingbird  4
Warbling Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  6
Black-capped Chickadee  1     Heard
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  2     Heard
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  15
Gray Catbird  6
European Starling  13
Cedar Waxwing  3
American Redstart  3
Yellow Warbler  3
Blackpoll Warbler  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Canada Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  1     Heard
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Baltimore Oriole  5
House Sparrow  5


Monday, May 25, 2015

Fwd: Fw: eBird Report - Plumb Beach, May 25, 2015



Leader Bobbi Manian

-----Original Message-----
From: roberta.manian@yahoo.com
To: Peter Dorosh
Cc: Dennis Hrehowsik
Sent: Mon, May 25, 2015 2:38 pm
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Plumb Beach, May 25, 2015


Hi Peter,

14 birders had a good day at Plum today.  Shorebirds were not as prevalent as i had hoped, no RedKnots, Dunlin or Piping Plovers. But we birded the mudflats and marsh methodically, the birds here are often ephemeral, they appear and then they are gone.  We had the standard shorebirds, resident banded AMOY C6 has returned for his/her 11th year, and we had good looks at Sanderlings in various plumages, and we also had flyby SB Dowitchers and Glossy Ibises.  Late black scoters, found by Shane Blodgett, were a very nice surprise.  i wonder if the pair that summered here last year will return?

Of course the star of the day was the Franklins Gull found yesterday by Deb Allen, that everyone was searching for.  There were other birders on the beach today besides us. Earlier in the morning Shane briefly had the bird flying by the mouth of Gerritsen Creek, but the bird went up and over the highway before anyone else could get on it.  

Just around noon,  Shane yelled over to us something i didn't understand, but he and his group were hustling west on the beach and we quickly followed.  It turned out Sean Sime had just refound the bird all the way down at the west end by Kingsboro College.  It took our combined groups a few minutes to find the bird, being at a different vantage point than Sean was.  We settled in and Shane and Andrew Baksh made sure that everyone got good (if distant) looks before we all proceeded forward to try and get better looks, big THANK YOU to them!  Unfortunately, as we were walking west, and Sean and Rob were walking east, the bird flew and was not relocated.

Because it was otherwise quiet at Plum, we wrapped up with a quick hour walk at Marine Park.  There was at least one baby osprey in the nest and the oystercatchers and willets appear to be breeding.  (Marine Park list to follow in separate email)

best,
Bobbi

On Monday, May 25, 2015 6:06 PM, "ebird-checklist@cornell.edu" <ebird-checklist@cornell.edu> wrote:


Plumb Beach, Kings, US-NY
May 25, 2015 7:29 AM - 12:29 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    BBC Club Trip - Bobbi Manian leading<br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
46 species

Brant  80
Canada Goose  3
Mute Swan  12
Mallard  2
Black Scoter  8    Found by Shane B flying east orange bill periodically evident in flight
Double-crested Cormorant  9
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  3
Glossy Ibis  12
Osprey  1
Clapper Rail  1
American Oystercatcher  8
Black-bellied Plover  5
Semipalmated Plover  7
Killdeer  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet (Eastern)  2
Ruddy Turnstone  2
Sanderling  8
Least Sandpiper  2
Short-billed Dowitcher  5
Laughing Gull  27
Franklin's Gull  1    Refound by Sean Sime. Obs thru scopes by Manhattan college. Adult breeding. Slightly smaller than nearby Franklins. Strong eye arcs evident even at distance. Extensive white more white on back of neck.  Much thanks to Shane B and Andrew B for ensuring the entire BBC crew got on the gull and got good looks before moving closer
Herring Gull  12
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Least Tern  8
Common Tern  11
Forster's Tern  1
Black Skimmer  50
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  X
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Song Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Boat-tailed Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Sparrow  X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23629831

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Salt Marsh Nature Center at Marine Park, Kings, US-NY 
May 25, 2015 12:36 PM - 2:07 PM 
Protocol: Traveling 
2.0 mile(s) 
Comments:    BBC club trip - Bobbi Manian leading
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 

33 species 

Canada Goose  2 
Ruddy Duck  1 
Double-crested Cormorant  3 
Great Egret  1 
Snowy Egret  2 
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  4 
Glossy Ibis  3 
Osprey  4 
Clapper Rail  1 
American Oystercatcher  4 
Spotted Sandpiper  1 
Willet  2 
Laughing Gull  4 
Herring Gull  2 
Least Tern  3 
Forster's Tern  1 
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X 
Mourning Dove  1 
Chimney Swift  2 
Warbling Vireo  1 
Barn Swallow  4 
House Wren  1 
Carolina Wren  1 
American Robin  3 
Northern Mockingbird  2 
European Starling  X 
Yellow Warbler  1 
Song Sparrow  2 
Red-winged Blackbird  5 
Boat-tailed Grackle  2 
Brown-headed Cowbird  1 
Baltimore Oriole  1 

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23629557 

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