Date: 3/10/17 8:40 am
From: Andrew Baksh <birdingdude...>
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Piping Plover, Eastern Phoebe + other notables - Queens co. Roundup
Over the past few days, I have spent some time exploring a few known and unknown sites in Queens co. My efforts were aimed at getting a snap shot of what new species might have arrived and what might still be lingering.

One bit of tracking note: before the last snow storm, one exploratory visit, revealed quite a few winter hardies including Chipping Sparrow and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. That run also turned up a high number of Field and Tree Sparrows, a few days later after the storm, the site was devoid of any of the same species.

March 9th:

At Brookville Park, 3 Greater Yellowlegs were seen between the north and south end of the park. No sign of the Wilson's Snipe, that I had a few weeks ago but given how stealthy these birds are, I would not be surprised if it was still hanging in. A good number of American Black Ducks were in the area, including a few hybrids. Always nice to look at.

At Idlewild Park, there was a lot of activity from a team of NYC Parks restoration workers. I engaged with them and had a good chat about "manicured" parks vs natural habitats. They seemed quite keen on doing what was right so I am hopeful my efforts in discussing the importance of the natural habitats will pay dividends in such that they will plant so there is less disturbance to the natural topography. If only I could bill them for my consulting efforts :-)

While the work probably interfered with birds in area. It was this site that I pulled out an Eastern Phoebe. No doubt an early spring arrival that will rue its decision to travel south once the snow arrives. Multiple Killdeers were also seen in the area.

Springfield Park was quiet save for a few expected waterfowl. I did pick up one Greater Yellowlegs here. This is another site,
I have put in some effort in learning the migration pattern of likely visitors.

Baisley Pond Park saw a significant drop in waterfowl numbers. Northern Shoveler (2) American Wigeon (37), Redhead (5) and Ringneck Duck (1), were some of the notables still lingering.

March 7

A day spent mostly along Queens coastal: Notables included 1 Piping Plover at Rocky Point Marsh. 1 American Oystercatcher at Breezy Point, seen from the Fort Tilden Fisherman's Parking Lot.

That day saw a lot of Northern Gannets doing a sort of reverse migration - heading east instead of west as they were doing on March 5th. Also observed were decent numbers of Black and White-winged Scoters and Red-throated Loons.

It appears that the number of Gulls are down at least on the Queens side. Some of the roosting areas on the beach did have habitat disturbance and could be the reason why I have not had the pleasure of sorting through the usual large flocks.

Cheers,

"This game is rigged, man. We like the little b*** on a chessboard." -Preston 'Bodie' Broadus

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