Sunday, July 13, 2014

Today's Migration News

Tom Fiore writes:

Saturday, 12 July, 2014

Some migrants passing at Central Park, in Manhattan (N.Y. City) including Spotted & Solitary Sandpiper, Northern Waterthrush, and Yellow Warbler, the latter a NYC breeder of course, but this possibly coming from a non-local area... Solitary SP was at the Meer, 2 Spotted SP at the reservoir, and N. Waterthrush in and by the Loch, all this a.m. - Yellow Warbler later on, by the Lake.

Tom Fiore,
Chestnut-sided warbler - photo by LLOYD SPITALNIK -

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sad News

"Sad news for those of us following the nesting Ruby-throated Hummingbird, " wrote Pat Pollock [ on this morning's eBirdsNYC. She continued:

 "At 9:30 am 3 birders witnessed the invasion of the nest by a Baltimore Oriole who scared off the (f) sitting on the nest and helped itself to the eggs & contents.  One of the birders photographed the whole thing (Roman T. Brewka -- website: ]
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Nest - drawing by C.A. Reed -

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Tree walk with a dendrophile*

KEN CHAYA -- tree expert extraordinaire

Last night from 6:30pm to about 8:45pm  I  and about 25 other fortunate people went on a Tree Identifying walk with tree expert and naturalist KEN CHAYA. I'll write again with more details of that we learned on Ken's walk, but now all I can say is that It was one of the most educational, inspiring and delightful experiences I've had in all my years as a park enthusiast. Ken is a marvelopuys walk leader, with an infectious passion for nature in general and trees in particular  The walk, given under the aegis of  Outdoorfest []    began outside Strawberry Fields at 72nd Street and Central Park West, and ended up at Oak Bridge, the lovely structure  connecting Bank Rock Bay with The Ramble.  The participants, a group that included one well-behaved canine, were exceptionally well-behaved themselves. Very few engaged in private conversations with fellow walkers -- and everyone ended up with a different attitude towards trees. For a small group of New Yorkers who went on that transformative walk with Ken Chaya yesterday, trees will forever be transformed  into objects of reverence.

KEN CHAYA and co-author EDWARD SIBLEY BARNARD with their masterpiece map - CENTRAL PARK ENTIRE

Here's what the map looks like. It's folded in a clever way, and made of some kind of waterproof paper.  To buy map:

*PS A dendropbhile is simply a tree lover

Loon update

Common Loon - The Reservoir - 11 April 2007 - photo by LLOYD SPITALNIK -

LYN DOMINGUEZ reports on ebirdsNYC today- 6/7/14:

This morning at 6:25 AM from the north, looking across the placid Reservoir, the common loon was resting in the southeast quadrant.
At 8:35 AM, with ripples on the water and a breeze from the north, when I got back on the Reservoir path at the southeast corner, the loon was at the northwest end (!) but it soon appeared near 90th St. and was fishing and diving actively along the eastern edge of the Reservoir. There were one or two good long looks at it.
Best regards,

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

30 Year old Redtail!

The Raptor Trust - Millington, NJ
Received the following e-Mail from a correspondent in Camarillo CA I haven't heard from for a long time:
Hi Marie, a month or so agao I opened one of my bird books and out fell the newspaper clipping about the 27 year old hawk found on a road in rural NY.  She was picked up but escaped when being transferred.  A few days later she was picked up again on the same road and was transfered to Len Soucy.  I e-mailed them and asked about her and I thought you would LOVE the answer.  She's 30!
Betty Jo
-------- Original Message --------
Subject:27 year old female redtail
Date:Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:20:51 -0400
Hello Betty Jo,

 Thanks for asking about the 27 year old female redtail.  She is now  
30 (!) and doing well.  She was not releasable after rehab.
 She just didn't have the stamina for life in the wild.  So she  
stayed with us and is just fine .  She even has a purpose in life.   She
 fosters and "big sisters" the orphaned red tails that we get each  
summer, teaching them red tail language and how to catch
 mice.  They seem to adore her, sitting near to her all the time,  
when they're not practicing flying in the large flight chamber.

  I agree that the fact that Pale Male is still alive is a miracle.   
I cross my fingers every time I think of him.

  Best regards,

  Diane Soucy
   The Raptor Trust

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Last AMNH Walk this morning

Joe Dicostanzo reports:
Wood Thrush - photo by Lloyd Spitalnik

Did my last Wednesday morning Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. bird walk in the Ramble in Central park this morning. Still a fair amount of migants about with the busiest spot being the Point. Highlights were:
Eastern Wood-Pewee – Upper Lobe
Empidonax flycatchers -  Small numbers were scattered through the Ramble. None were a recognizably Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, but I suspect that species is around. Only one bird was obliging enough to call (next species).
Acadian Flycatcher – the stream above the Azalea Pond. The bird was calling regularly, but was usually hard to get a look at. Occasionally did an alternate call that was more noticeably two noted than its usual pizza! call.
Great Crested Flycatcher – at least two, Maintenance Meadow and Point
Eastern Kingbird – below Upper Lobe
Warbling Vireo – usual locations
Red-eyed Vireo
House Wren
Gray-cheeked Thrush – on path northwest of Evodia (feeders) field
Swainson’s Thrush
Wood Thrush – singing all around the Ranble
Cedar Waxwing – the Point
Northern Parula – the Point
Yellow Warbler – the point
Chestnut-sided Warbler – the Point
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler – the Point
Blackburnian Warbler – singing west of Oak Bridge/Upper Lobe (thank you to Roger Pasquier for the heads-up)
Blackpoll Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush – Upper Lobe (singing)
Common Yellowthroat
Canada Warbler – Upper Lobe

Joseph DiCostanzo
Great Gull Island Project - AMNH