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Brown-Headed Cowbird, European Starling & Lifespan of Birds

my Bird List   my NA Bird Lifelist in xls

purple martin houses at Lemon Creek Park, SI  - map

whalewatching   Offshore Pelagic Bird/Whale Watch Cruises

IBP and tree swallow

Ridgewood Reservoir, Queens - more info here (also have map of water hole at Forest Park)

Alley Pond Park, Queens
Tues 9/2/08

Birds were seen in the area of Little Alley Pond and the "Acadian kettlehole",
which is a large kettlehole west of little alley.

Northern Parula, Tennessee, Blue-winged, Nashville, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia,
Black-throated Blue,? BLACKBURNIAN (male), Black-throated Green, Black & White,
American Redstart, Ovenbird, MOURNING, Common Yellowthroat

other highlights:
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos, Baltimore Oriole,
Northern Flicker, Empidonax species

Jean Loscalzo
Richmond Hill, NY

Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, PA - map1, map 2

Forest Park - map (waterholes, Gully)

Watch Hill, Fire Island - August 2009 Special Programs , my note direction

City nature walks: explore nature in the concrete jungle

Saturday, June 20th 2009, 1:00 AM

If bats, turtles, hawks, egrets, beetles, slugs, muskrats, butterflies and other creatures make you think of summertime in the country - think again.

City critters can be found lurking all around you in their natural habitats from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx.

"Urban wildlife is thriving in the city," said naturalist Marie Winn, author of "Central Park in the Dark: More Mysteries of Urban Wildlife" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).

As the countryside diminishes, mainly because of habitat destruction, more and more animals - even coyotes - are finding their way into urban areas, she said.

On July 8 and 24, you can join Winn for a guided exploration of the little-known world of Central Park's nocturnal wildlife after a book-signing at the Museum of Natural History.

Here's a sampling of other excursions to the city's creatures, from bat walks to raptor watching:

  • The NYC Audubon Society will host events throughout the summer. For info, go to or call (212) 691-7483.
  • Tonight from 5 to 8, the Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will visit the backwater marshes for a glimpse of peregrine falcons, ospreys, egrets, shorebirds and waterfowl. The three-hour cruise aboard Golden Sunshine leaves from Pier 2 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Cost: $45. Call (718) 318-9344 or e-mail
  • On Sundays through Aug. 16, board the New York Water Taxi for an eco-cruise to Harbor Heron Islands, where nesting colonies of herons have taken residence. South Street Seaport, Pier 17, 7p.m. to 8:30 p.m., or Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, 7:10 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.; $25for adults and $10 for kids under 12.
  • The next two Tuesdays, join guide Paul Keim on a search in Central Park at twilight for bats and other nocturnal creatures as they leave warm spaces under city roofs to feed on flying insects. From 7:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Meet at W. 103rd St. and Central Park West; $20.
  • On July 17, 24 and 31 at 8:30 p.m., the American Museum of Natural History will offer bat walks in Central Park led by members of the New York Bat Group;
  • The city Parks Department Urban Rangers offers free events at parks in all five boroughs. For info, call (718) 352-1769 or go to Today at 11 a.m., help the Rangers search for bugs and insects under rocks, logs and trees at Fort Totten Park, Queens. Meet at the Visitor Center. At 12:30 p.m., discover wading birds and basking turtles on a Ranger-led canoe trip down the Lullwater to the Lake in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. At 3 p.m., search for fiddler and horseshoe crabs on a Seashore Safari at Pelham Bay Park, Orchard Beach Nature Center, in the Bronx.
  • Next Saturday at 7 p.m., find what creatures of the night are lurking among the trees and trails at Blue Heron Park Reserve at Blue Heron Park on Staten Island.
  • The Botanical Garden in the Bronx hosts weekly bird walks on Saturdays through June 27.
  • If you want to leave the city, take the ferry to Sandy Hook, N.J., for horseshoe crab walks and other shore adventures.

    Or wherever you are, just look up. You might just spot a fascinating creature.



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    ID birds by youTube:

    1. White Mountain Wildlife-Animals of Water Habitat (part one)

    Jamaica Bay Sat Jun 6, 2009  AM  

    Songbird migration seems to be over, at least at Jamaica Bay this morning (as I guess it should be).


    Highlights today were a lingering Common Loon in the bay south of the West Pond,

    three Great Crested Flycatchers (two that may be a pair near the nest box

    labeled for Kestrels between the North Garden and the northeast side of the West

    Pond and one calling and flycatching over near Big John's Pond), a heard-only

    Yellow-billed Cuckoo, also near Big John's Pond, two families of fledged Song

    Sparrows, a total of 17 American Oystercatchers (3 of which were young), 26

    lingering Ruddy Ducks on the East Pond and a conservative estimate of 50

    lingering Brant still scattered about.


    According to the Breeding Bird Atlas it looks like Great Crested Flycatchers

    were reported breeding in or around Jamaica Bay in 1980-185 but not in

    2000-2005. Does anyone have more info on their breeding status at Jamaica Bay

    (and Queens in general)?



    Great Crested Flycatcher is a common woodland breeder (generally in
    oak woods) in our area including most of LI. In recent decades, they
    have spread into inhabited areas where there are enough trees,
    woodpecker holes and/or nest boxes (they are hole nesters). This is
    the bird that famously lines its nest hole with cast-off snake skins
    but, lacking that, it will also use plastic wrap, old condoms, etc.

    Eric Salzman


    No sign of the Barn Owl in the box at Big John's Pond but the sun hadn't gotten

    very high or hot when I stopped for a look.


    Good Birding,

    Corey Finger


    Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

    Observation date: 6/6/09

    Number of species: 60


    Brant 50

    Canada Goose 250

    Mute Swan 50

    Gadwall 10

    American Black Duck 6

    Mallard 60

    Ruddy Duck 26

    Common Loon 1

    Double-crested Cormorant 10

    Great Egret 5

    Snowy Egret 8

    Little Blue Heron 1

    Green Heron 1

    Black-crowned Night-Heron 4

    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2

    Glossy Ibis 12

    Osprey 3

    Semipalmated Plover 2

    Killdeer 1

    American Oystercatcher 17

    Willet 5

    Ruddy Turnstone 10

    Semipalmated Sandpiper 200

    Laughing Gull 100

    Ring-billed Gull 4

    Herring Gull 10

    Herring Gull (American) 10

    Great Black-backed Gull 6

    Common Tern 20

    Forster's Tern 1

    Rock Pigeon 2

    Mourning Dove 1

    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1

    Willow Flycatcher 4

    Great Crested Flycatcher 3

    Red-eyed Vireo 1

    American Crow 1

    Fish Crow 4

    Tree Swallow 15

    Barn Swallow 4

    Black-capped Chickadee 1

    Carolina Wren 4

    House Wren 10

    Marsh Wren 3

    American Robin 3

    Gray Catbird 20

    Northern Mockingbird 2

    Brown Thrasher 4

    European Starling 25

    Cedar Waxwing 8

    Yellow Warbler 25

    American Redstart 4

    Common Yellowthroat 5

    Eastern Towhee 6

    Song Sparrow 10

    Northern Cardinal 6

    Red-winged Blackbird 20

    Brown-headed Cowbird 8

    American Goldfinch 6

    House Sparrow 4


    Another report:

    Date: 06 June 2009
    Observers: Rafael Campos, Sara Crosby, & Max Vindas
    After those days of rain+rain, today was a very nice place to visit JBWR.  I was
    there a week ago, and the number of individuals/sps, was quite less.  But at
    least some Semipalmated Sandpipers were seen, and Ruddy Turnstones.  One Common
    Loon & 1 Red-breasted Merganser seen both in the bay.  A good number of Willow
    Flycatchers were seen and heard
    , too. One male American Redstart at the S

    The list:

    Canada Goose
    Mute Swan
    American Wigeon
    American Black Duck
    Red-breasted Merganser
    Ruddy Duck (E & W Ponds)
    Common Loon
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Great Egret
    Snowy Egret
    Tricolored Heron (1)
    Green Heron
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Black-crowned Night-Heron
    Glossy Ibis
    American Oystercatcher
    Ruddy Turnstone
    Semipalmated Sandpiper
    Laughing Gull
    Herring Gull
    Great Black-backed Gull
    Common Tern
    Forster's Tern (1)
    Rock Pigeon
    Mourning Dove
    Barn Owl
    Willow Flycatcher
    American Crow
    Tree Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Carolina Wren (heard only, S Garden)
    House Wren
    Marsh Wren (heard only, W Pond)
    American Robin
    Gray Catbird
    Northern Mockingbird
    Brown Thrasher
    European Starling
    Yellow Warbler
    American Redstart
    Eastern Towhee (1 m, Terrapin Trail)
    Song Sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Boat-tailed Grackle
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    House Finch (1 m)
    House Sparrow

    Driving Directions 
    Floyd Bennett Field  (718) 338-3799
    >From the North, East, and West
    Take the Belt Parkway to Exit 11S (Flatbush Avenue) 
    Follow Flatbush Avenue south to the fourth traffic light (and last light
    before the Marine Parkway Bridge toll plaza.) 
    Turn left at the light, into the park. 
    Open Friday - Tuesday (Closed Wednesday and Thursday)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    * Note - 7 day a week operations will resume on April 1.

    Kissena Park Field Trip By Corey - October 15, 2009