Tim's Bird List 2010
3/13 - 3/21/2010 Fort Lauderdale / Caribbean Cruise
Meet a raccoon at Secret Woods Nature Center, near Ramada Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port, 2275 SR 84/Marina Mile Blvd.
Itinerary (I swim at Cayman Islands)
Florida bus map
Photo: Ringed Turtle-Dove Eurasian Collared Dove Ruddy Turnstone Royal Tern (showing a solid cap) Turkey Vulture Black Vulture
American Coot (美洲骨頂雞) & Common Moorhen (黑水雞)
Cayman Islands (3/18) : which beach we went? Probably Seven Mile Beach near George Town where the Port is.
Chankanaab National Park, Cozumel, Mexico (3/19):
Brown Pelican - immature: <1>
Brown Pelican - adult:
Brown Pelican - flying: <1>
Great-tailed Grackle - male:
Great-tailed Grackle - (female?):
album - Picasa Google+
Florida (3/21): Boat-tailed Grackle (male; note its brown eye)
Video: Ruddy Turnstone - <1> <2> ; Royal Tern - <1>
Distinguish among common seen terns
March-April in HK
海洋公園/大樹灣入口 (布廠灣 位於 深灣和它之間。) , 南塱山 , 香港公園 ( 清晨觀鳥匯聚 )
大樹灣 - 換了繁殖羽的牛背鷺/黃頭鷺 , 珠頸斑鳩 (Streptopelia chinensis)
香港公園 - 戈氏鸚鵡, 白腰文鳥 ( White-backed or White-rumped Munia ), 黑喉噪鶥 ( Black-throated Laughing Thrush ), 小葵花鳳頭鸚鵡 : Photo: <1>
Video: 珠頸斑鳩 [和其他鸽形目（學名：Columbiformes）] 喝水的方式是俯身吸水，與其他鳥類不同 ( The only exception is the tooth-billed pigeon which scoops up its water. source )
紫嘯鶇 (Blue Whistling Thrush) - <1>
An video of 紫嘯鶇的幼鳥 (by PENTAX K-7) found on Web
4/10/2010 (Sat) 8-11am
Alley Pond Park
Mini-trip with QCBC led by Eric Miller.
White-breasted nuthatch, chickadee digging hole (its nest) on a a tree, golden-crowned kinglet jumping from branch to branch, many rusty blackbirds, downy, palm warbler with a chestnut cap (look like a crest to me), female cowbird, cardinal, blue jay, red-tailed hawk.
4/24/2010 (Sat) 9:30am-12:30pm
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with Sam Pang
White-throated sparrows, tree swallows, male red-winged blackbirds, glossy ibis, mockingbird, male boat-tailed grackles, savannah sparrow?, song sparrow, male Eastern Towhee , double-crested cormorants, brants, etc.
Subject: Yellow Warblers- Queens From: fresha2411 AT aol.com Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:18:04 -0400 Today (4/22), there were at least 4 Yellow Warblers intermittently singing late this morning at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, on the West Pond Trail. Also omnipresent and quite vocal for the first time this Spring (that I've seen) were male Boat-tailed Grackles, both there and at Plum Beach in Brooklyn. Good Birding -Doug Gochfeld. Brooklyn, NY.
5/22/2010 (Sat) 4-6pm
taking better pictures and videos of robins and cardinals with Panasonic FZ35. An unknown songbird. Old friends like catbird, etc.
5/29/2010 (Sat) pm
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Life bird : Wilson's Phalarope. Took a low-quality picture. ( 威爾森氏瓣蹼鷸 / 赤斑瓣蹼鹬 or 威氏 / 赤斑瓣足鷸 ) myNote
Bath video / picture : catbird, glossy ibis, oystercatcher, laughing gulls,
Singing video / picture : catbird, tree swallow, crow, Carolina wren myNote
Foraging/feeding video / picture :
herring gulls on a crab for more than half an hour
male tree swallow peeks and guards the box during incubation (Male does not feed incubating female, but will often perch near or at nest site when female is absent. (Kuerzi 1941). learn more here or the mirror and PRBO Conservation Science) myVideo: 1 2
osprey parents feed babies on the nest : pictures
crow steals eggs or kills babies so chased and attacked by tree swallows and red-winged blackbirds. learn more here .
a cowbird couple forage on the ground just before I left. In fact, I already sat into my car, then I spotted them and took pictures and videos. myArticle : 令「鳥」厭惡的一生
Others : double-crested cormorants, terns, Canada goose stands on an empty nest alongside the walkway, etc.
5/31/2010 (Mon) pm
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Tree swallow really close-up and video - probably a 1st year male. Taken at a wren nest box.
6/5/2010 (Sat) 10:15am-12:45pm
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with Megan
The tree swallow seen in the wren nest box and the standing Canada goose on empty nest on Memorial long weekend were still there. Eastern Towhee, house finch, yellow-crowned night herons, etc. No oystercatcher found.
Highlight: flying laughing gull.
6/12/2010 (Sat) morning
Oceanside (myGPS: to 500 Slice Dr.; back2Home: to 711 School Dr., then to Home)
black-crowned night herons, yellow-crowned night herons, green herons, great egrets, gulls, terns, tree swallows (inc. a juvenile peeking out of the box), barn swallow, red-winged blackbirds (males and female), Starlings, killdeers, song sparrows, unknown sparrows (perhaps saltmarsh sharp-tailed or seaside), many willets, osprey parents feed babies on the nest.
Using the burst mode of the camera Panasonic FZ35 to take many pictures. Enjoy this slide-show video.
Video: Song Sparrow
6/13/2010 (Sun) morning
Willow Lake Nature Trail, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
killdeers (probably nesting there), barn swallows, red-winged blackbirds, mourning doves, etc.
Willow Lake is a bird watcher's paradise revealing a wide variety of avians, including Northern shovelers (Anas clypeata), Yellow warblers (Dendroica petechia), Black-throated green warblers (Dendroica virens), Savannah sparrows (Passerculus sandwichensis), Rough-winged swallows (Stelgidopteryx serripennis), Yellow-shafted flickers (Colaptes auratus), White-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys), Swamp sparrows (Melospiza georgiana), Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), Eastern meadowlarks (Sturnella magna), Water pipits (Anthus rubescens), Marsh wrens (Cistothorus palustris), Red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus), Great egret (Ardea albus), Mallards (Anas platyrhnchos), and Ring-necked pheasants (Phasianus colchicus).
In and around the lake one can spot the Eastern Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta), muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus), carp (Cyprinus carpio) and killfish (genus Fundulus).
6/19/2010 (Sat) 5-7pm
taking better pictures and videos of blue jays, mourning dove and red-bellied woodpecker. Also, robins and catbirds. Not nice voices of red-bellied woodpecker and robins caught our attention. And a butterfly on Winnie's hat.
Photo: Blue Jay - <1> <2>
6/20/2010 (Sun) afternoon
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR)
Brown thrasher, hearing its harsh chack! note.
And glossy ibis, oystercatcher, yellow-crowned night herons, mute swam family, Canada goose family, song sparrows, savannah sparrow of Ipswich race, etc. Grackle was attacked by tree swallows. "Common Grackles eat other birds' eggs and nestlings, and occasionally kill and eat other adult birds" (source here, read also this and this; Mirror of birds.cornell.edu)
Today I saw all mockingbirds and thrashers in Eastern North America: Brown thrasher, Gray catbird (a lot in JBWR) and Northern mockingbird (near my apartment). They are all excellent songsters; mimic other birds. Strong-legged, longer tailed than true thrushes, bill usually decurved.
6/26/2010 (Sat) morning
Arverne Piping Plover Nesting Area / Rockaway Beach desc1 desc2 map1 (myGPS: to 1 Beach 44th St.)
cardinal, mocking bird, brant, many oystercatchers, laughing gulls and other gulls. Hear song sparrow's song.
pictures: a drinking laughing gull | oystercatchers <1> <2>
7/3/2010 (Sat) 10am-12:30pm; 2-4pm
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR)
First, I saw a (or perhaps 2, not sure) juvenile starling cowbird, not afraid of my approaching. Pictures: 1 2
Highlight: Cedar Waxwing, least tern (a small tern with a yellow bill), Phalarope, purple martins flying over me (really big, much bigger than tree swallows), black skimmers, an unknown blue bird at the blind, juvenile catbird, ...
Brown thrasher, Gray catbird and Northern mockingbird; killdeer, crows being chased by red-winged blackbirds, glossy ibis, oystercatcher, black-crowned night heron, laughing gulls and other gulls, song sparrow, terns having red-orange bill with a black tip(probably most are Common Tern), tree swallows, Eastern Towhee , 3 juvenile ospreys, many other shorebirds (inc., probably yellowlegs), yellow warbler, etc.
Close-up picture of squirrel
Afternoon Diamondback terrapin ( 菱斑龜/鑽紋龜 ) program.
Close-up pictures of Diamondback terrapin: 1 2 3 | Other pictures
Side Note: Nesting Diamondback terrapin females are vulnerable to predation by raccoons. | The Little Turtle the World Forgot
7/10/2010 (Sat) morning
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR)
Yellow warbler, Cedar Waxwing, Northern Flicker, etc.
7/17/2010 (Sat) 9am - 12pm
Breezy Point (myGPS: to Fort Tilden or 1 Beach 193rd St [but the actual location is about 169th St.], Rockaway Point/Beach, NY 11697; Take exit 11S of Belt Pkwy for Flatbush Ave S toward Rockaways; back home can take route along Rockaway Park avoiding tolls)
w/ naturalist Ron Bourque and only 3 participants (including us) because of heat
barn swallows, mourning dove, mockingbird, female cowbird, young and adult American crows, male and female red-winged blackbirds, young and adult oystercatchers (I took picture and video on 2 families), young and adult common terns, black skimmers, young and adult piping plovers, 4 deserted eggs of piping plover ( good picture of 4 eggs at www.on.ec.gc.ca; deserted possibly because they don't like the exclosure cage or predators visited; more about the predator management here ), gulls (《天地一沙鷗》), heard song sparrow.
Pictures: Young piping plover | Adult piping plover | Go fly common tern | Oystercatcher family 1 | Oystercatcher family 2 (3 juveniles) | a wet young Common Tern got lost itself : <1> <2> | female red-winged blackbird
Note: Permit to parking car may only be issued at Floyd Bennett Field.
Piping plover vs. crow: Seashore to poison crows to protect piping plovers , poison plan cancelled , Urban Crow Fact Sheet
Alternatives to the poison plan:
1. putting crow carcasses near shorebird nesting areas
2. designing more natural-looking plover nest "exclosures" that would escape crows' attention
3. using sharpshooters to take out the birds more quickly
... source here
Somebody's blog : Piping Plover Volunteer Day at Breezy Point, Queens, NY (Saturday, March 27, 2010)
On the way home, stopped by Rockaway Beach at Beach 60th Street. Video: Laughing Gull is preening
7/24/2010 (Sat) morning
Oceanside with Sam Pang
Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris 長嘴秧雞 ), Black Skimmer, yellowlegs, willets, semipalmated plovers, sandpipers, black-crowned night herons, yellow-crowned night herons, great egrets (Finger-licking on treetop), snowy egrets, gulls, terns, house finch (male/female), swallows, sparrow, red-winged blackbirds (male/female), starlings, etc. No osprey. Pictures Videos: Snowy Egret chases food
Seaside Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice) <1> probably male but possibly a black female (pictures, click to the 5th one, found on Web). Seaside Dragonlet is a small blackish dragonfly of salt marshes. MALE: Thorax and abdomen dark navy blue to black. Wing clear. Eyes dark chestnut to black. Perches horizontally or obliquely on marsh grasses. (Variable Darner or other Mosaic Darners? but Darners usually perch by hanging vertically; young male Elfin Skimmer? Bar-winged Skimmer? male Slaty Skimmer?);
Black Saddlebags? <2> <3>
http://odonatanb.com/dragonguide.php mature male Elfin Skimmer (Nannothemis bella) more info: <1>
Dragonfly Photography by Vic Berardi
fiddler crab ( 招潮蟹 ) video
What are shorebirds? Shorebirds, a diverse group of birds that include terns, gulls, sandpipers, plovers, stilts, avocets, snipes, oystercatchers, turnstones, and phalaropes, belong to the Order Charadriiformes. ... There is little history of sport hunting for many of the species, and consequently many are easily approached and amenable to getting their picture taken. ...
Despite the absence of sport hunting, many shorebird populations are declining, primarily because their preferred habitat, shorelines, are also the preferred habitat of humans.
A group of governmental and nongovernmental organizations surveyed the native shorebird population and released an action plan to help stabilize their population declines. A 2004 re-evaluation listed seven species as highly imperiled:
7/31/2010 (Sat) 10 - 11:15am
Along 150th St. to Queens College and its track field
This morning I decided to do a healthier activity - jogging instead of go to any birding site. To sustain my sub-healthy body, I should do more physical exercise instead of birding. A birder told me that she get less fit and fatter because she go birding instead of gym.
But I still saw many sub/urban birds: 3 urban pests - Rock Dove, House Sparrow, & European Starling. 3 suburban or backyard birds I frequently see at the urban area around my home - Morning Dove, Northern Mockingbird, & Northern Cardinal. Of course, American Robin is everywhere. And I saw a dead Morning Dove along 150th St.; a nest at Queens College, probably belongs to House Sparrows; a hawk-like bird (perhaps eagles, kites, harriers or buzzards) at the clock tower in Queens College.
三 鳥 行 , 必 有 我 思 然 :
trios of common birds I can think of:
3 urban pests - Rock Dove, House Sparrow, & European Starling
3 suburban birds at my home - Morning Dove, Northern Mockingbird, & Northern Cardinal
3 mockingbirds and thrashers in Eastern North America: Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, & Northern Mockingbird
3 common egrets: Great Egret, Snowy Egret, & Cattle Egret
3 grackles: Common, Boat-tailed, & Great-tailed
3 crows: Common Raven, American Crow, & Fish Crow
3 woodpeckers: Red-bellied, Hairy, & Downy
3 smaller terns: Least, Common, & Forster's (Terns can be simply classified to 3 groups: large, smaller and dark.)
I want to see some new birds, like:
Eastern Meadowlark, perhaps at Kissena Park like those QCBC guys
Common Raven breeding in Queens since 2009: 2010 nest location map 1 2010 nest location map 2 Nestlings Visible Nice pictures Ask Jean ( dm5078 AT aol.com ) Article
More shorebirds, e.g., American Avocets @ Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge or Marine Study Area, Oceanside, etc.
From: "Michael Farina" <michfar AT tohmail.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 20:28:22 -0400
On late afternoon patrol, at the Marine Nature Study Area (MNSA) in Oceanside, NY at 4:38pm, an American Avocet was seen with Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers, Black-bellied Plovers, Least Sandpipers and Short-billed Dowitchers. It was located in the mudflat on the westside of the south pond, Oceanside Park side. Last Avocet seen at MNSA was back on 9/15/04 9:19am. Michael Farina, CWB Conservation Biologist Marine Nature Study Area Dept. Conservation & Waterways Town of Hempstead http://mnsa.webhop.org http://www.michael.farina.com email: michfar AT tohmail.org
8/7/2010 (Sat) 9 - 11am
Big John's and East Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR) w/ Sam Pang
Big John's Pond: Louisiana Waterthrush (Its clear throat and broad white eyeline distinguishes from the more common Northern Waterthrush.)
East Pond: a group of female boat-tailed grackles, yelllowlegs, juvenile and adult Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, juvenile and adult Mute Swan, etc.
Wrong timing. Should go in the evening when high tide. Hope to see a large group (or a "bind", "contradiction", "fling", "hill", and "time-step") of sandpipers.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible Sa 7 Low 12:00 AM 0.4 5:58 AM Rise 2:48 AM 14 7 High 5:50 AM 4.7 8:04 PM Set 6:15 PM 7 Low 11:54 AM 0.3 7 High 6:09 PM 6.1 Su 8 Low 12:53 AM 0.1 5:59 AM Rise 4:01 AM 7 8 High 6:48 AM 5.1 8:03 PM Set 6:59 PM 8 Low 12:51 PM 0.0 8 High 7:05 PM 6.4 M 9 Low 1:44 AM -0.3 6:00 AM Rise 5:18 AM 2 9 High 7:41 AM 5.7 8:01 PM Set 7:36 PM 9 Low 1:47 PM -0.3 9 High 7:56 PM 6.7 Tu 10 Low 2:33 AM -0.6 6:01 AM Rise 6:37 AM 0 10 High 8:31 AM 6.0 8:00 PM Set 8:09 PM 10 Low 2:41 PM -0.5 10 High 8:46 PM 6.7
Sa 14 Low 5:37 AM -0.4 6:05 AM Rise 11:40 AM 19 14 High 12:00 PM 6.3 7:55 PM Set 10:12 PM 14 Low 6:10 PM 0.1 Su 15 High 12:17 AM 5.6 6:06 AM Rise 12:52 PM 29 15 Low 6:26 AM -0.1 7:53 PM Set 10:48 PM 15 High 12:55 PM 6.1 15 Low 7:09 PM 0.4 M 16 High 1:13 AM 5.1 6:07 AM Rise 2:00 PM 40 16 Low 7:21 AM 0.3 7:52 PM Set 11:30 PM 16 High 1:49 PM 5.9 16 Low 8:16 PM 0.7 Tu 17 High 2:10 AM 4.8 6:08 AM Rise 3:04 PM 51 17 Low 8:24 AM 0.7 7:51 PM 17 High 2:45 PM 5.7 17 Low 9:24 PM 0.8 W 18 High 3:09 AM 4.6 6:09 AM Set 12:18 AM 61 18 Low 9:30 AM 0.9 7:49 PM Rise 4:01 PM 18 High 3:42 PM 5.5 18 Low 10:27 PM 0.8 Th 19 High 4:11 AM 4.5 6:10 AM Set 1:11 AM 71 19 Low 10:31 AM 0.9 7:48 PM Rise 4:49 PM 19 High 4:42 PM 5.5 19 Low 11:21 PM 0.7 F 20 High 5:13 AM 4.5 6:11 AM Set 2:09 AM 80 20 Low 11:25 AM 0.8 7:46 PM Rise 5:30 PM 20 High 5:40 PM 5.5 Sa 21 Low 12:09 AM 0.6 6:12 AM Set 3:09 AM 87 21 High 6:10 AM 4.7 7:45 PM Rise 6:05 PM 21 Low 12:14 PM 0.7 21 High 6:31 PM 5.6
1> The word "semipalmated," referring to the birds' toes, means "half-webbed." Actually the toes are only slightly lobed at their bases, but they do help the birds to walk on mud without sinking.
2> ID Least Sandpiper ; pictures of dead juvenile Least Sandpiper & Semipalmated Sandpiper (Mirror);
Jamaica Bay is famous for the shorebird migration. Starting in late July all the way through late September a great number of shorebirds stop for a rest and to feed in the area, the last two weeks of August being the peak time for juveniles. Juvenile birds are usually very tame, not yet wary of humans, will often allow close approach for those frame filling shots.
The most accessible area for shorebird photography is East Pond. There is no paved road or boardwalk; depending on water level you will be walking (and crawling) in deep mud and water to get close to the birds.
The park management lowers the water level on East Pond for the shorebird migration period. When it is high tide in the bay, the birds are pushed over to East Pond to feed on the exposed mud flats. This also means ideal time for photography. Morning or afternoon high tide will give you best of both worlds, good light angle and plenty of tame birds to choose from.
4> NY Birding List (my Mirror)
5> Least vs. Semipalmated Sandpiper : (1) Yellow vs. black legs; (2) More brown vs. gray; (3) Semipalmated frequent aggressive encounters with other birds.
8/8/2010 (Sun) 9am - 12pm; 6-7pm
Big John's and East Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR)
Subject: Marbled Godwit @ JBWR...
From: birdingdude AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2010 16:28:48 +0000
A Marbled Godwit is currently on the East Pond. Seen by several birders (including Eric Miller, George Dadone and John Collins) from the South East and Shane Blodgett and others from the North West flats. Last observed feeding with the continuing Hudsonian Godwit South of Sanderling Point on the west side. Other notables include, continuing American White Pelican, Wilson's Phalaropes and juvenile Black Terns. Good luck if you go. Good and responsible birding! Andrew Baksh Queens NY www.birdingdude.blogspot.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Subject: NYC Area RBA: 7 August 2010 From: Karen Fung <easternbluebird AT gmail.com> Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2010 22:13:00 -0400
Shorebird migration continued at a good pace through the week, with about 20 species totaling about 6000 birds at the East Pond of Jamaica Bay, including those mentioned previously along with "Western" WILLET, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, 4000 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 1000 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS. The shorebirds at Cupsogue County Park and Pike's Beach at West Hampton Dunes, totaled about 1500 birds of about 15 species, including WESTERN SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ref: Birds of Jamaica Bay Brochure
Semipalmate, or half-webbed: the anterior toes are joined part way by a small webbing, as in the Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus), or Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla).
8/14/2010 (Sat) morning
Today is Shorebird Festival at JBWR. But we went to Lido Beach Passive Nature Area (Point Lookout, NY). myGPS: 752 Lido Blvd, Lido Beach, Nassau, New York 11561 (to Eugene Nickerson Beach or called Nassau Beach Park). Drive to the entrance of Nickerson Beach and find out the parking fee is $30. Can I reach the beach by walking? I think so. More read here.
Osprey, Tree Swallow flocks (easy to be more than one hundred), shorebirds, inc. Yellowlegs, Dowitchers, etc. Some are not sure.
"Most Tree Swallows leave for their wintering grounds by mid-August." "During the winter, Tree Swallows congregate in large numbers, roosting by the thousands in marshes and wooded areas." ( http://hikes.gettoknow.ca/profile/tree-swallow/ )
Tree Swallow roost at Vacherie was the subject of much discussion for birders in Louisiana last year (Nov. 2009). ( http://vimeo.com/7528398 )
Test drive new Xlogic VD628 tripod: some pictures taken with the help from the new tripod just received from a USPS postman at our apartment door before 9am today. Original service provider is FedEx SmartPost. "FedEx SmartPost® has a transit time of 2-8 business days ... with final delivery to the residence made by the U.S. Postal Service." ( www.fedex.com )
Tip: It's best to disable optical stabiliser when the camera is on a tripod (unless it is a dSLR lens of tripod sensitive).
Note: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert (212) 979-3070 -
"This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, August 13th, 2010 at 9:15 pm. The highlights of this week's tape are AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWITS, WILSON'S PHALAROPES, and an extralimital report of a WHITE-TAILED KITE. ... Approximately 5,000 shorebirds of 22 species were seen on the East Pond, along with LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER."
8/19/2010 (Thu) 1:30-4pm
West and East Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR)
Many Northern Mockingbirds at West Pond. Some are seemed to be molting : <1>
To get sharp pictures with Panasonic FZ35, select Aperture-priority and set to max. exposure. For digital zoom 4x (total 72x), it is f/4.4. Of course, ISO-80 to reduce noise. Under strong sunlight, it will give some nice shorebird shoots. Forget about forest birds, this P&S camera's sensor is too small (Effective Sensor Size: 10.9mm diameter, i.e., 1/2.5"; so Lens Multiplication Factor: x6). More about dSLR sensor size.
Panasonic HDC-SD60, a nice camcorder:
The SD60 has a new 1/4.1-inch CMOS sensor and it is equipped with a 25x optical zoom lens.
|Focal Range||3.02 - 75.5mm||Size||1/4.1 inches|
|Focal Range (35mm equiv.)||35.7 - 893mm||Pixel Count (Gross)||3.32 megapixels|
|Aperture||f/1.8 - f/3.3||Pixel Count (Effective)||
2.11 megapixels (video)
2.32 megapixel (stills)
8/21/2010 (Sat) 4 - 6pm
Highland Park and my backyard playground
Try to locate Ridgewood Reservoir but fail. See a lot of American Robins in the park.
Back to home and sit on the bench to take photos of House Sparrows.
Direction 2 Ridgewood Reservoir: Park at the parking lot for Highland Park. Walk across the street to the southwest corner of Ridgewood Reservoir. Continue east along the south side of the reservoir, being sure to bird the brush and trees to the right (south) of the walk. Bird up the east side of the most eastern pool as far as the caretaker's house at its northeast corner.
A stopover for migratory songbirds and seasonal shorebirds, it is also home to a variety of non-migratory and breeding birds. To date, over 150 species of birds have been recorded at the reservoir.
Corey saw Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) & Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) at Ridgewood Reservoir on 03 Jan, 2010.
8/28/2010 (Sat) 12 - 3pm
Ranger brought us to Overlook at the park. The view at the overlook is nice, the beautiful Hudson River lying in front of us. It is near Eagle Preserve? but we found no bird of prey. On the way saw 2 woodpeckers, one is Red-bellied and the another probably is Hairy, and 1 American Robin; heard Blue Jays' call. Walked under Henry Hudson Bridge of Henry Hudson Parkway. The bridge runs across Spuyten Duyvil Creek. At the end of the walk, we finally saw an Osprey beside the creek. Also a Mockingbird and many Mallards, drakes in non-breeding plumage [ Picture of a drake in non-breeding plumage , Video ] and females, beside the creek; a lonely molting Great Black-backed Gull stood in the creek; a Great Egret flied over the creek. Not to mention many other gulls, House Sparrows [ Picture of a juvenile female ], Rock Doves, ... And the frequent New York Circle Line Cruises sightseeing boats.
Pictures of Henry Hudson Bridge : <1>
9/4/2010 (Sat) morning
Parakeets are tiny (the size of a hand) and colorful birds from Central Australia. In Latin, the term "parakeet" translates to Melopsittacus undulates which means "song parrot with wavy lines". The Aborigines called parakeets "budgerigar" or budgie. The Aborigines, inhabitants of Australia 5,000 - 40,000 years ago, ate parakeets as snacks. source
Try to figure out what variety the budgie is? Read here
Dargonflies, turtles, a Waterthrush, Canada Goose and Lotus flower found in Reclamation Pond.
9/6/2010 (Mon) Labor Day 10am - 12:30pm
Gardens and West Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR)
Today is our "Redstart Day." Many American Redstarts along the trail to West Pond. Photo: <1>
Blue Heron, Peregrine Falcon, White-eyed Vireos, Chickadees, Mockingbirds, Mourning Doves, Catbirds, Red-winged Blackbird group atop cattails (香蒲), Swallows probably Barn flying overhead, Mallard groups staying on land (many are looked like males in non-breeding plumage, are they waiting for next molt?), Mute Swan family, Egrets, Canada Geese, etc. Heard Song Sparrow.
9/11/2010 (Sat) 2 - 3:30pm
Osprey plunged into the lake several times. Blue Heron (is a surprise, probably is a Great Blue Heron). Mallards (one with white neck and partly white in body; partially albino?), Red-winged Blackbirds, etc.
Photo: House Sparrow - <1>
9/18/2010 (Sat) afternoon
Kissena Park, after the Thursday microburst over Queens
Met 2 of the 3 friends of the park: Blue Heron and partially albino Mallard. No Osprey was seen. The Blue Heron may have make the park home, at least temporary.
9/25/2010 (Sat) afternoon
10/2/2010 (Sat) 11am-1pm
Big John's and West Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR)
Big John's Pond/East Pond: many Flycatchers (probably Eastern Phoebe), Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellowlegses, still quite a lot Mute Swans, Night Heron, etc. a lot Bluets (Familiar Bluet? or Tule Bluet? or else) at the lookout.
Gardens/West Pond: male and female Black-throated Green Warbler (also seen on 10/17 last year at Forest Park), Vireos?, Osprey, Double-crested Cormorants.
First started with the path to gardens, met QCBC members on the way so made trip to Big John's Pond and lookout of East Pond; then back to West Pond, staying for half an hour until 1:10pm. Many flycatchers were seen so close for such a prolonged period behind the blind at Big John's Pond. This made a flycatcher day!
Photo: Black-throated Green Warbler - female male (note its bright yellow face) ; Flycatcher (Eastern Phoebe) - <1> <2> <3> <4> <5> <6> <7> (the yellow on belly indicates that it is an immature); Yellow-rumped Warbler - <1> <2> ; Double-crested Cormorant - <1>
Bluet - Photo: <1>
10/9/2010 (Sat) morning
Big John's, East and West Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR)
Little Blue Herons (2) along with Snowy Egrets, Eastern Phoebes (many), Yellow-rumped Warblers (many), Brants in migration, Crows, Swallows, Sparrows, Kinglets?, Vireos?, etc.
Green Darner Dragonflies, a yellow Butterfly (Moth?) and other Butterflies (the small one in white color, Monarch or alike, etc.).
Big John's Pond: quiet with water
East Pond lookout: no Bluet
adult female Green Darner (or Common Green Darner) Dragonfly (look like another species: Emperor Dragonfly) - <1> <2> ; see note on Green Darners
yellow Butterfly (probably Sulphur, more specific Orange Sulphur or Clouded) - <1>
Brant - <1> <2>
Unknown (female Ruby-crowned Kinglet with a conspicuous broken white eye-ring vireo or warbler? Northern Parula?) - <1>
Common insects in Queens: Black Saddlebags and Green Darner Dragonflies, and Monarch, Orange-sulphur, Black Swallowtail, Buckeye and TWO Checkered White Butterflies. The Checkered Whites were definitely a trip highlight, and were life butterflies for several of the participants. http://www.qcbirdclub.org/Trip-Reports?offset=10
Jonathan's home, Valhalla
In the evening, a flock of more than 50 Common Grackles roosting.
10/11/2010 (Mon) morning
Jonathan's school and Kensico Cementery, Valhalla
10/12/2010 (Tue) after table tennis
10/16/2010 (Sat) noon
Around home and restaurant
Sparrows, Starlings, Mourning Dove, Rock Doves.
Three flies in this year: Horsefly (6/5/2010, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with Megan), Dragonfly and Butterfly. [Their 3 allies: Deerfly, Dameslfly and Moth]
The salt marsh horse fly often called the greenhead fly actually describes two cryptic species Tabanus nigrovittatus and Tabanus contenninus.
From mid to late summer, greenhead flies (Tabanus
sp.) abound in the marsh. Female greenheads lay their eggs on the
stems of Spartina grass. The eggs hatch and the larvae spend one or
two years groping in the salt marsh mud searching for prey.
Greenhead larvae are un-mistakableelongate, fat, whitish, and
marked with black rings. They show a pair of organs for breathing at
one end, and a pair of knife-edged jaws at the other. These sharp
jaws work to slicea hole in the side of their prey, whose body
contents are sucked out. Larvae overwinter and in summer adults
emerge from pupation. Adult greenheads are recognized by their large
heads (mostly eyes in males], stout bodies, and brown or black
abdomens, which are sometimes striped. The females are the ones that
make themselves so conspicuous and annoying,
searching tor a blood meal in order to nourish their supply
of eggs. Male greenheads are harm-less, feeding on nectar. The bite
of a greenhead can be painful and sometimes causes a swelling which
lasts for several days. Fortunately the flies are not abundant
throughout the year! source:
10/16/2010 (Sat) 4-5:30pm
Very quiet. Only a couple of sparrows. A Mockingbird passed by. That is! No Robin, Dove, Cardinal, Blue Jay is seen and heard.
Be careful with Deerflies: These biting flies live in wetlands, forests, and other damp environs. Treat the painful bites with alcohol to prevent infection. Deerflies spread Tularemia, an infectious bacterial disease that requires medical attention. (WebMD)
10/23/2010 (Sat) afternoon
Been there before many times with Jonathan family.
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Double-crested Cormorant, a hawk-like bird over Pocantico River, Mallards, Crows, Robins, Blue Jays (heard), etc.
I biked today after haven't been for > 15 years. In this wonderful year, I got back swimming (in sea water at Caribbean in March) and biking. And my bowling may have space for improvement.
10/30/2010 (Sat) 10:30am-12:30pm
West Pond, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR)
Crows (many sharp photo and video), small bird with big eyes like Ovenbird or one of the brown Thrushes, Dark-eyed Junco ("Slate-colored"), Mockingbird, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Sparrows (Savannah probably, or Song?; and a clear-breasted one; etc.), etc.
Photo: Dark-eyed Junco at the front door of the Visitor Center (in fact, I saw this bird feeding on the ground at there in 2008 early Spring.) - <1>
2010 Nov 11-20 Caribbean Cruise
Nov 11 (Thu)
staying at Lisa's place
Nov 12 (Fri)
Loggerhead Marine Center - Turtle rehab. in an open-to-public setting. Video: <1>
slept in Rm 6158 on the ship docked at Port Everglades due to the standby generator failed to pass the requirement of U.S. Coast Guard.
At 12:15pm, ship undocked and left FLL
young (I think not adult) Turkey Vulture (I think not Black Vulture). Juvenile Turkey Vulture may have shorter tail and uniform-generation wings with no evidence of molt (Molt in North American Birds (Peterson Reference Guide)). Photo: <1>
San Juan, Puerto Rico
docked at Old San Juan. We don't know so waste $10 plus $1 tips for taxi.
Brown Pelican (褐鵜鶘)
Northern (not Tropical) Mockingbird - Photo: <1>
a lot Greater Antillean Grackle - Photo: <1> <2> <3> <4> <5> <6> <7> <8> ; Video: <1> <2>
Monk Parakeet, Mourning Dove, Rock Dove, House Sparrow. Video: <1>
Plaza Darsenas & La Casita, Old San Juan
Army of Pigeons at Plaza de Armas (Arms Square).
Beauty and Pigeons at Chapel of Christ / Parque de las Palomas (Pigeon's Park).
A beautiful cat photo post-processed
Birds we NOT seen: Java Sparrow (a finch, also known as Java Finch or Java Rice Bird), Puerto Rican Spindalis, etc.
Note: Blackbirds have different summer and winter plumages, Grackles and Cowbirds do not.
Weather at noon: North Easterly 9kts, Clear skies, 31C/88F
Ilet Pinel (Island)
A short (5-10 min.) water-taxi ride from French Cul-de-Sac. Roundtrip US$7/person. The driver said they run every hour: 11am, 12am and 1pm. But people told us there are rides every half hour.
We shared taxi with people going to Butterfly Farm and Orient Beach (the nude beach). Since totally 4 persons to Pinel island, we paid $9/person to the driver. Arrived at a pier at French Cul-de-Sac at 10:30am. Water-taxi fully-loaded with people arrived at the beach at Pinel island at 11am. Left Pinel island at 1pm. Although kind of rush, we did some good swimming/snorkeling (without snorkeling gear). I saw many colorful fish near the pier. From French Cul-de-Sac to the Dr. A.C. (Albert Claudis) Wathery Pier at Philipsburg (where the ship docked) takes 20-30 minutes.
Bananaquits at Pinel island, Pelicans, Cattle Egrets with cattle along the road between Philipsburg and French Cul-de-Sac, Great Egrets, a sandpiper-like shorebird
Many road names in Philipsburg, St. Maarten are bird names.
Masked Booby (藍臉鰹鳥) - black tail; absence of yellow wash over head; and black of trailing wing edge reaching body.
Photo: <1> Video: <1>
not: Red-footed Booby (one form is all white with black flight feathers),
adult Northern Gannet or
molting or juvenile Tropicbird (no long tail). ( 紅嘴 / 紅尾 / 白尾 熱帶鳥 ) Molt: The wirelike tail streamers of a Red-tailed Tropicbird require almost 6 months to reach their full length : mirror . myNote
1. adult Northern Gannet (white tail and black wing tips). So not the one we saw.
2. Boobies fly with slow wingbeats and intermittent glides. Sometimes an up and down soaring and gliding flight pattern with no wing beats when moving over open water. Feed on fish and squid by plunge-diving.
3. I don't see red feet nor red bill base so not pale-form Red-footed Booby.
Half Moon Cay
Weather at noon: Light airs, Partly cloudy skies, 26C/80F
Common Ground-doves near the BBQ place. (I think is not juvenile Mourning Dove). Photo: <1> <2> Video: <1>
Mockingbirds: saw fast and secretively walking on the ground, gesture like Road Runner. Probably Bahama (not Northern) Mockingbirds because of the streaking (條紋). Photo: <1> <2>
Notes: (1) Northern has large white patch on wing and bold white outer tail, conspicuous in flight while Bahama has not; Northern's wings with 2 conspicuous white wing-bars while Bahama's are inconspicuous; (2) Northern is smaller and grayer with no streaking above or below while Bahama Mockingbird is slightly larger and could be mistaken for a scruffy or juvenile Northern Mockingbird due to the streaked flanks (翼側 / 側腹 ) and striped throat; (3) Bahama's head is less "clean" looking; (4) Bahama prefer more natural habitats while Northern are found more often in human settlements and environments. Here has pictures of all 3 Mockingbirds.
Bahama Mockingbird (巴哈馬小嘲鶇) - pictures found on Web: <1> (mirror)
Pearly-eyed Thrasher or like (brown not gray singer)
hummingbird feeding on nectar of the red flowers outside Bahamian Church.
Note: Bananaquit nests in sea grape tree.
Nov 19 (Fri)
at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park:
I think we parked at the 2nd parking lot instead of the 1st. The jetty at the northern end of the park is closed. No Reddish Egret was seen along Whiskey Creek.
American Kestrel 2 times. One at open perching, looking for prey; once got it, don't come back from the pole anymore. Photo: <1> <2> <3> <4> ; Video: <1>
Kingfisher outside of the lunch place (Concession)
many V-shaped migrating flocks of Brown Pelicans and many Brown Pelicans making steep, twisting, head-first dives into water to catch fish. Video: <1>
Brown Pelican migration
Mourning Dove or like
Sanderlings (三趾濱鷸/三趾鷸) - Photo: <1> <2> <3> <4> <5> <6> ; Video: <1> <2>
Ruddy Turnstone - Photo: with a Sanderling <2> <3> <4> ; Video: <1>
at West Lake Park/Anne Kolb Nature Center:
walked on 2 trails: Lake Observation Trail and Mudflat Trail. Took elevator to the Observation Tower.
American White Ibis (美洲朱鷺) along the Lake Observation Trail. Photo: <1> ; Video: <1>
Nov 20 (Sat)
FLL -> NYC
New life birds:
Greater Antillean Grackle (11/15, Old San Juan)
Masked Booby (11/17, Caribbean Sea)
Common Ground-dove (11/18, Half Moon Cay)
American Kestrel (11/19, John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, FL)
American White Ibis (11/19, Anne Kolb Nature Center, FL)
Bahama Mockingbird (11/18, Half Moon Cay)
Collins Field Guide: Birds of Mexico and Central America, Ber van Perlo (2006)
Harbor Herons: Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron, Green Heron, 2 Night Herons and Glossy Ibis. (source: NYC Audubon's Harbor Herons Program)
12/18/2010 (Sat) 11:30am
Around home, corner at 78th Rd. and 150th St.
Broad-winged Hawk flied from the backyard of our building (probably was sitting on a perch and watching for prey before this hunting attempt) towards a short tree at the corner; attempting to catch the 2 Eastern Gray Squirrels inside the branches. It even entered into the branches. Failed to catch anything then perched on the top of the taller tree at the other side of the 78th Rd. Not very large, crow size, tail banding is so conspicuous (so should be an adult), red-streaks on breast. Don't see red shoulder so it is not Red-shouldered Hawk (which is uncommon here but common in Florida).
Found a video on Web: Broad-winged Hawk devouring Squirrel
"Winter records of Broad-wings in Vermont are rare. One bird spent the winter of 1974-75 in Chester; another was seen in late December in South Strafford; and yet another was found in Tinmouth in early March (RVB, Winter 1973-83). An individual was observed on the Ferrisburg Christmas Bird Count in 1979 (December 15)." source: http://www.vtecostudies.org/vbba/pdf/VBBA1/Broad-Winged%20Hawk.pdf
12/21/2010 (Tue) 2pm
I saw 2 white-throated sparrows at Columbus Park in China Town around 2pm after my lunch.
"The only park in Chinatown, Columbus Park, was built on what was once the center of the infamous Five Points neighborhood of New York. During the 19th century, this was the most dangerous slum area of immigrant New York (as portrayed in the book and film Gangs of New York)." source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinatown,_Manhattan
12/26/2010 (Sun) 2pm
Around home, corner at 78th Ave. and 150th St. ; the same place I saw House Sparrows on 12/18
Small Sparrows in Big Storm: "The New York City weather forecast today calls for 11 to 16 inches of snow. While NYC weather might not have brought a white Christmas, a blizzard warning the day after was issued for the New York are including Westchester County and Long Island. ... Winds are expected to get up to 40 mph or more. ... There is going to be close to zero visibility." (according to here) The small flock of House Sparrows were still there, bravely facing the attack of the white. - Photo: <1> <2>
12/27/2010 (Mon) morning
Starlings and House Sparrows. Saw Rock Doves and Seagulls too. Storm did not stop them flying.
Video: Team A of shovel snow
Pictures of House Sparrows: <1> <2> <3>
Other pictures: <1> <2> <3> <4> <5>
Best Pictures of bird in this year
Diseases of Birds
Album of 50 Pictures of Diseases of House Finch and other finches in North America
Diseases of Common Urban Birds
Mycoplasmal conjunctivitis of House Finch
Bird Parasites: http://www.innvista.com/science/zoology/ornithology/birdpara.htm
Common Parasites in Birds: http://birds.about.com/od/birdhealth/a/parasites.htm - More: http://birds.about.com/lr/parasites_in_birds/365184/2/
Or use wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Bird_diseases