- Date: 2/9/08
Report: Seth Wollney
I had the good fortune to be with the visiting birders on the
Brooklyn Birding Club's field trip when they found some good birds!
Starting the day around 8am at Mt. Loretto, the group easily found
the Northern Shrike at Mt. Loretto by simply walking 300 feet up the
road from the parking area. The bird was seen in perching on a bush
in the middle of the field to the right(west) of the road. It would
hop to the ground and back to the top of the bush.
After taking a break to lead a Nature Section walk at the Conference
House, where the highlights were a fox sparrow and great cormorants,
I rejoined the BBC group at the Blue Heron Nature Center around
11:45am. When I arrived, Shane Blogdett pointed out 2 Common Redpoll
at the feeders. At least one bird remain until 2:15pm.
Unfortunately, a sharpie was hunting in the area, and occasionally
perching in the feeder area until I left around 3:30. An immature
Chipping Sparrow was also at the feeders, and first found by the BBC
- Date: 3/2/08
Observers: Seth Wollney, Dave Klauber, Seth Ausubel
Reporting: Seth Wollney
Here's a list of highlights from about 7 hours of birding.
Great Kills (w/Tom Dulski)
-iceland gull (1st year bird, seen flying over bathhouse)
-brown thrasher (Crooke's Point)
-filed sparrow (at least 10)
-yellow-rumped warbler (~350)
-Lesser black-backed gull (same 3rd year individual that has been
around since December!)
-Waterfowl continue (inc. lesser scaup & common mergansers)
-northern gannet (1 imm. seen pretty far off shore)
-lesser black-backed gull (1st year bird, flying & sitting on water
about 200' off shore)
Great Kills Park
Peat beds to Oakwood:
Ruddy turnstone (7)
What appeared to be a raft of scaup, fairly far out, maybe about 100 birds.
Note: Most of parking lot was not plowed.
No grass exposed by playground, hence no horned larks, etc.
Small plowed strip of grass/mud/water/ice exposed.
Horned lark (7)
Was hoping for the longspur, but no go.
Ed & Zach J.
A little late, but anyway...
Fort Wadsworth/South Beach
Greater scaup (about 300 under bridge, another 100 by pilings)
Midland Beach-Miller Field area
Large flocks of Canada geese & brant on Miller Field
No horned lark or associates
Purple sandpiper (4 on jetty)
Checked pines, but there was no small bird activity of any kind.