Sunday, March 15, 2020

Fwd: eBird -- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn -- Mar 14, 2020

If you truly love nature ,you will find beauty everywhere

             --Vincent Van Gogh, 19th C. impressionist artist

-----Original Message-----
To: Peter Dorosh <>; prosbird <>
Sent: Sun, Mar 15, 2020 05:37 PM
Subject: eBird -- Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn -- Mar 14, 2020

Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn
Mar 14, 2020
8:05 AM
3.57 miles
199 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.0.3 Build 2.0.104

20 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
2 American Black Duck
2 Mourning Dove
1 gull sp.
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Downy Woodpecker
30 Monk Parakeet
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Blue Jay
3 crow sp.
1 Northern Mockingbird
6 American Robin
1 American Pipit
1 House Finch
1 American Goldfinch
1 Chipping Sparrow
5 Dark-eyed Junco
1 White-throated Sparrow
1 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 24

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Monday, March 9, 2020


If you truly love nature ,you will find beauty everywhere

             --Vincent Van Gogh, 19th C. impressionist artist

From: betsjrad <>
To: prosbird <>; 
Sent: Sun, Mar 8, 2020 7:06 pm
Subject: Re: Instructions for Saturday's Field trip

Hi Everyone -- 

Another memorable BBC trip.  Despite the wind, we survived and surprisingly saw a fair number of birds and ducks although the birds were probably hiding in the bush.  Below are the lists for each area.  I'll be in-putting the list into my eBird so if you want me to send you an invite let me know where to send it (although I assume it might just be your email address).  

Glad to have had your company and visits to several places unfamiliar -- the new section of Shirley Chisolm and Hendricks Creek.  Thanks for all the scopes, too, which helped me to see the ducks that were too far out.  A closer look gives up the beauty of their feathers.

If I forgot anything or the numbers are incorrect or you can help fill them in, let me know.

Fresh Creek Nature Preserve
1 lesser scaup 
20 greater scaup
20 bufflehead
1 robin
1 mockingbird
1 crow
3 geese
1 great black backed gull
2 black ducks
6 red-winged blackbirds
2 grackle
250 brant
25 ring billed gulls
3 cormorants (in flight)

Shirley Chisolm State Park 
2 northern harriers
1 kestrel (possibly 2)
2 eagles (possibly 2 -- one immature)
3 red-tail hawks
50 greater scaup
4 american wigeon
3 great black backed gulls
100 brants
12 canada goose
X ring billed gulls
X rudy ducks
3 red-breasted mergansers
1 red-necked grebe 
4 gadwalls
6 black ducks
4 mallards 
1 mockingbird
1 dove

Hendrix Creek
23 green-winged teal
1 cardinal
1 downy woodpecker
4 mallards
2 black ducks
4 buffleheads
8 gadwalls
1 coot

Jamaica Bay - East Pond
2 mallards
1 cormorant
1 carolina wren (heard not seen)

Jamaica Bay - West Pond
1 turkey vulture
2 black ducks
6 red winged blackbirds
3 yellow rumps
3 mourning doves
20 buffleheads
2 cardinals
22 rudy ducks
1 barn owl
6 red breasted mergansers
10 northern shovelers
2 american wigeon
6 green winged teal
X canada geese 
2 mute swans
1 song sparrow


To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Fwd: Trip list western Rockaway

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Steve Nanz <>
Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2020, 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: Trip list western Rockaway
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Cc: Heidi Steiner <>

Charles Tang Photo gallery

Hi Peter,

Lots of fun! Not a big list but it was a nice day and we all got close views of Black-headed Gull and Horned Lark and several saw Razorbills. But the highlight had to be seeing over 2500 Gannets between Breezy Point Tip and Coney Island with some flying directly over our heads. There were also Black Scoters up close to the shoreline at Breezy and several thousand in the distance maybe half way to Sandy Hook, NJ.

9 participants

42 species:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Scaup sp. (several too far away to ID)
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Black-headed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Black-headed Gull
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Northern Gannet
Great Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Crow
European Starling
Horned Lark
Northern Mockingbird
American Robin
House Sparrow
House Finch
Snow Bunting
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Cardinal



On Feb 29, 2020, at 7:29 PM, Peter Dorosh <> wrote:

Hey Steve

I hope u had a great day. It was sunny so regardless of the list great to be out.

Besides the list can u tell me how many people went? Thanks

And thank you always for helping out and giving folks a great time


Wednesday, February 26, 2020


Long Eared Owl (one of five roosting together) Photo'd by Chalress Tang

Leader : Ryan Goldeberg

From: Ryan Goldberg
To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 11:28 am
Subject: NJ winter weekend trip report

Hi Peter,

Here is my report for the NJ winter weekend on Feb. 15-16 to Monmouth and Mercer counties. We had 10 total participants for what I thought was an outstanding trip to some beautiful spots (but you were there, so you can confirm!) with great camaraderie and spirits in the group.

Ring-necked Pheasant at the Mercer Meadows (Pole Farm) near Princeton .Photo'd by Chalres Tang

We saw close to 60 species at four stops over two days: On Saturday, Manasquan Reservoir in the morning (and a fire-side lunch at their visitor center) and then Pole Farm near Princeton in the afternoon. On Sunday, Mercer County Park and then Assunpink WMA. I'm sure everyone had their favorites, but the Tundra and Trumpeter Swans and Long-eared Owls at Assunpink and the Short-eared Owl at Pole Farm were the standouts for me. Oh, and the 250-odd Ring-necked Ducks at Assunpink!

Thanks to Karen O'Hearn for keeping the checklists:

Manasquan Reservoir Public Visitors Center fireplace.

Here are some photos courtesy of Charles:

Attached are a few others. 

Participants: Ryan Goldberg (leader), Chris Laskowski (registrar), Angie Co, Tina Alleva, Dan Smith, Charles Tang, Peter Dorosh, Karen O'Hearn, Bobbi Manian, Adelia Honeywood

Lunch with a view of Manasquan Reservoir

Monday, February 10, 2020


Leaders Dennis and Bobbi Manian

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From: Dennis Hrehowsik <>
Date: Mon, Feb 10, 2020 at 3:05 PM
Subject: Gull Friend
To: Peter Dorosh <>, Roberta Manian <>


8 birders met on a clear feb morning and walked a lap of western Coney Island including the beach and creek. Highlights were good looks at Surf and black scoters, Longtails and loons. A raven harassed by two crows rounded out a lovely day. Oh and there were gulls we discussed the various plumages of ring billed, herring and great black back. an adult lesser black back even made an appearance.


Dennis Hrehowsik
President Brooklyn Bird Club

Coney Island Beach, Kings, New York, US
Feb 8, 2020 8:49 AM - 12:04 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.68 mile(s)
13 species

Brant  7
Surf Scoter  3
Black Scoter  6     A group of 6 on the water off the pier
Long-tailed Duck  21
Red-breasted Merganser  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  69
Ring-billed Gull  553
Herring Gull  261
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1     Slightly darker mantle feathers than the surrounding Herring Gulls. Bright yellow legs visible when it stood up. Back color although darker than the Herrings seemed lighter than LBBG and also the size appeared to be close to the same as the Herrings, so there was speculation about some type of hybrid, but definitely LBBG
Great Black-backed Gull  18
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  6
Northern Gannet  19     On the far horizon circling and diving. White with black wing tips visible as was Gannett shape with the sloping triangular face and bill.

Coney Island Creek, Kings, New York, US
Feb 8, 2020 12:47 PM - 1:47 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
22 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant  150
Canada Goose  300
Gadwall  6
Mallard  14
American Black Duck  8
Greater Scaup  2
Lesser Scaup  6
Bufflehead  25
Hooded Merganser  6
Red-breasted Merganser  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  25
American Coot  1
Ring-billed Gull  500
Herring Gull  175
Great Black-backed Gull  12
Red-throated Loon  3
Common Loon  1
Great Blue Heron  1
American Crow  1
crow sp.  1
Common Raven  1     Croakey wedge heard by Patrick being harassed by crows photo by Bobbi
European Starling  12
House Sparrow  6

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. 
                                 --John Muir

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Feb 1st Jones Beach State Park

Thick-billed Murre (very rare) near Lot 6  photo'd by Adelia who found it.
Leader Adelia Harrison ( Debut)

Photo gallery by Chares Tang

Adelia's report

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Adelia Honeywood <>
Date: Sat, Feb 1, 2020, 10:02 PM
Subject: Jones Beach State Park
To: Peter Dorosh 

We arrived at Jones Beach State Park at 7:30 am and left Pt Lookout to go home after 5 pm. Kevin said it was the longest bird trip he'd ever been on, but clearly he has not been on enough of your trips!

The Thick-billed Murre, which we found at Jones Field 6 was a lifer for Kevin, Charles, Bob and Bets.

We hit the Coast Guard Station, the West End and walked out to the jetty, Field 6, the Gatsby playground hoping for the Painted Bunting without success, Nickerson and Pt Lookout.

We have a list of 40 species for the day. (You all, let me know if I missed something) We found one single Red Knot in a crowd of 500 Dunlin and a few dozen Black-bellied Plovers. Harlequins at both the Jones Beach West End jetty and Pt Lookout. We were sad to not find the Lapland Longspur at Nickerson, nor the Painted Bunting at Jones, and no Snowy Owl but we had a lot of other fun birds.

(The Latin names were part of the file I downloaded from eBird and I didn't feel like taking them out...)
Common Loon (Gavia immer)
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata)
Brant (Branta bernicla)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Surf/Black Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata/americana)
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia)
Razorbill (Alca torda)
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Red Knot (Calidris canutus)
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Very fun day! Thank you, all!


Monday, January 27, 2020

Croton Point Park January 26th

Bald Eagle

Leader Mike Yuan

Party : Janet S, Eddie D., Linda E.

Four birders spent a beautiful sunny morning at Croton Point Park, along the Hudson River. After a quick ride on Metro North, with some birding out the window, we first visited the mouth of the Croton River from the southern end of the Croton-Harmon station, where we saw the first of many COMMON MERGANSERS on the day. In Croton Point Park, a hike to the north point and the Nature Center gave us views of COMMON GOLDENEYES and more merganser rafts, as well as a PEREGRINE FALCON fly-by. We saw our first BALD EAGLE crossing down to the southern point, where we had good numbers of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and bubbly CAROLINA WRENS.

The park is currently restoring the landfill grasslands, so it was fairly barren, but we had our one and only adult
BALD EAGLE on the way down.

We capped off the morning with a pint and lunch at the Green Growler, a taproom situated conveniently next to the train station.

Thanks to all for a great day, and to Janet S for handling the registrations and the rescheduled trip.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Fwd: Jan 11th Coney island species list

Leader Linda Ewing

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Linda Ewing <>
Date: Sat, Jan 11, 2020, 5:06 PM
Subject: Re: Coney island species list
To: Peter Dorosh <>

It was a beautiful day to be on the beach! We ended up with 6 participants (including me). We covered the beach (from just east of Stillwell looking toward Brighton Beach, all the way down to Seagate), scoped the Ocean from the Pier, and then (since we had some time) cut over to Coney Island Creek and Louis Kaiser Park. Highlights were Black and Surf Scoters, great looks at Long-tailed Ducks, and a close Northern Gannet (we saw more than one, but the others were distant).

Rusty kept an eBird list with approximate counts and will share it, but in the meantime, here are the species:

Canada Goose
Am Black Duck
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter (many!)
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck (many)
Red-breasted Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Rock Pigeon
Purple Sandpiper
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Loon (close looks)
Red-throated Loon
Northern Gannet
American Kestrel
American Crow
European Starling
House Sparrow

Great birds (the Long-tailed Ducks and the gannet were group favorites) and great pizza afterwards at Totonno's.

I really appreciated the chance to lead a walk - thank you!


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> On Jan 11, 2020, at 3:28 PM, Peter Dorosh <> wrote:
> Hi Linda
> U had great sunny weather this morning! Glad that happened.
> Hopef your walk was fun n enjoyable.
>  And many thanks for your help.let me know how you felt about the walk. And at your convenience kindly send me your species list n number of people who went.
> Much obliged!
> Peter

Monday, January 6, 2020


Leader Rob Jett

-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Jett <>
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Sent: Mon, Jan 6, 2020 9:47 am
Subject: Re: Carnarsie checklist


I've attached a PDF file of the list. The 2 "goose sp." were the local snants hanging out with pigeons on the parking lot of Canarsie Pier.

The raging west winds made much of the birding a challenge. Land birds were scarce, but we had a few highlights before abandoning the Canarsie area for a run to Sheepshead Bay for the Harlequin Duck. That included an adult Red-shouldered Hawk and two Common Mergansers. Everyone was really excited to see the very cooperative young male Harlequin, which was a lifer for many in the BBC group. It was a county bird for me.

I was planning to send Mike a short write up to put on FB later. Also, after Susan Axelrod dropped off myself, Grace Markman and Reece Hunt on 5th Street, I walked the ladies up to the Nethermead Arches to see their first Varied Thrush.



Observers were:
Susan Axelrod
Adelia Honeywood
Reece Hunt
Rob Jett
HJ Kim
Grace Markman
Bob Washburn
Mike Yuan

Saturday, January 4, 2020


Huddling Tree Swallows at Breezy Point, photo by Charles Tang

Leader Peter Dorosh

Location: Fort Tilden, Breezy Point of western Rockaway

Participants: Charles T, Alan B, Hilary R, Danny K, Dave Q and wife.

Lesser Black Backed Gull photod by Charles T.
Strong West Wind 14 to 27mph, 38°F, low tide was at 05:28 (0.8 feet) and high tide was at 12:02 (4.2 feet). Overcast, with spots of sun.

The walk started approximately at 09:30 from Fort Tilden east to Breezy Point and we had 7 people in attendance by final count. We finished around 16:15 

walk distance 7.5 miles (round trip)

Species Observed: (29)
Greater Black Backed Gull
Herring Gull
European Starling
Mourning Dove
Rock Pigeon
Northern Harrier - 1
Long Tailed Duck
Black Scoter - 14
Ring Billed Gull
Common Loon
Red Throated Loon
Northern Gannet - 4
Iceland Gull (Kumlein's)
Lesser Black Backed Gull - 1
Surf Scoter - 2
Horned Lark - 11
Great Cormorant - 1
Double Crested Cormorant 
Common Eider - 4
Tree Swallow - 18
Canada Goose
White Winged Scoter - 1
Razorbill - 1
Glaucous Gull - 1
House Finch
Northern Flicker     
Gulls including Iceland Gull on the left, photo'd by Alan Bacchiochi