Date: 3/3/17 3:55 pm
From: Jose Ramirez-Garofalo <jose.ramirez.garofalo...>
Subject: Re: [nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 3/3; & a thought on SI's YHBL's
Tom makes a great point-

SI birders, including myself, have spent many hours in the surrounding
areas of both Great Kills Park and Wolfe's Pond Park in search of YHBL.

Over the course of the last several days, the large mixed flocks of
BHCO/RWBL feeding in the Oakwood Beach Tidal Marshes (bordering Great Kills
Park) have been highly scrutinized, but have thus far yielded no notable

Similarly, observations of RWBL flocks present in the off-limit areas
within Great Kills Park (model airplane field, education field station
feeders) have yielded no YHBL.

As mentioned in previous posts, the male YHBL found by Professor Veit on
the morning of 2/28 made only a brief appearence, and originally went
unreported on the state list/eBird. We have searched most of the southern
tip of the Island for this and (possibly) other YHBL.

Good birding,


On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 5:15 PM Thomas Fiore <tomfi2...> wrote:

It might be worth anyone who is checking out areas around Great Kills Park
on Staten Island (Richmond Co., part of NYC) for possible lingering
Yellow-headed Blackbirds to try at other sites in the vicinity, as the
flocks the Yellow-headeds (an adult male on Tuesday 2/28 - that bird was in
a cowbird-icterid flock at Wolfe's Pond Park when noticed, then the other
individual in less-ostentatious color, from Thursday 3/2 which was at Great
Kills - there are other sites within a short distance where icterids might
be flocking, feeding or roosting; there are in fact many such potential
sites in the SE portion of the island-borough-county alone, & far more
sites around the entire county!)

Of possible interest to some readers:

Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City
Friday, 3 March, 2017 -

A less-windy day after Thursday's 50-60mph gusts, but back to 'normal' for
early March, weather-wise, at least for this day - yet, with buds, blooms
and some small leaves appearing that would, in decades past, suggest a
mid-April day! But for birds, it is much the expected for the date - and
some of the same lingering species are still about -

Red-necked Grebe (this bird, on the CP reservoir, has been present for some
weeks since being released after rehabilitation with the Wild Bird Fund on
Manhattan's west side - it was present today, Friday on the reservoir past
mid-day, & a "report" from another water-body in the park seems odd, since
this grebe has not been seen in the multiple this year - there have been
Double-crested Cormorants in the lake & elsewhere, & I have seen a few
folks make an initial identification error on a cormorant, wanting this
grebe as the sighting; the RN Grebe was photographed by several observers
at the reservoir today, in morning & afternoon hours - it continues to roam
the entire reservoir, sometimes very near shore and sometimes not near.)

Common Loon (on the reservoir for many days now, in non-breeding plumage,
as with the above grebe; this bird has often been hard to spot as it may be
in the central area of the reservoir, & can be diving or simply keeping
a lower profile at times)

Red-headed Woodpecker - a young bird gaining color by the week is
continuing in the area of the park just west of East 68 Street, sometimes
can be quite high in branches, & may or may not be that active; patience is
a virtue awaiting this bird to show itself. It is sometimes rather
aggressive with other nearby birds of various species.

Other birds include the reported release of 2 rehabbed American Woodcock
into the park's north end, on Thursday afternoon (3/2), these also coming
from the Wild Bird Fund of Manhattan's west side. There have been some
other & prior woodcocks in the park as well. Ongoing, or passage-migrant
birds this Friday include -

Pied-billed Grebe (2, still at reservoir)
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Hooded Merganser (few)
Ruddy Duck
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
[feral] Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Eastern Towhee
[red] Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Evening Grosbeak
House Sparrow

- - - - - -
“You’re on Earth. There’s no cure for that."
-'Endgame' - a 1957 Samuel Beckett play.

Thanks to all who are respectful of wildlife and other human beings,
Good -and ethical- birding,

Tom Fiore

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