Date: 3/15/17 9:43 am
From: Joshua Snodgrass <cedarshiva...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] OT- Finger Lakes NF sensitive species help
Hello all,
I've been volunteering in the Finger Lakes National Forest checking on the
condition of bird boxes for the new biologist there. He is currently
updating the Regional Forester Sensitive Species list for the forest, and
asked for my input on any birds that should be added to the list that are
in trouble. It would be irresponsible of me to give advice without asking
for input from this community, who are far more knowledgeable than I am.
What I have done in my efforts to make good recommendations are to
crosscheck eBird sightings with the NY DEC's list of state Endangered,
Threatened, and Species of concern, as well as the most recent State of the
Birds report for species that are in trouble versus those that occur in the
forest. I included any birds in the SotB report that received a score of
"13" or higher. If any of you have recommendations for additional species,
or other edits, please let me know. Thank you all for any input. Below is
the list of bird species I came up with that have been recorded in eBird as
occuring in the Finger Lakes NF, with NYDEC sensitive species first.

Short-eared Owl- NY Endangered
Golden Eagle- NY Endangered (usually a migrant, one recent record of a
perched bird)
Pied-billed Grebe- NY Threatened
Bald Eagle- NY Threatened
Northern Harrier- NY Threatened
Henslow's Sparrow- NY Threatened
Upland Sandpiper- NY Threatened (flyover record, but habitat seems amenable)
Northern Goshawk- NY Species of Concern (SoC)
Cooper's Hawk- NY SoC
Sharp-shinned Hawk- NY SoC
Red-shouldered Hawk- NY SoC
Common Nighthawk- NY Soc
Horned Lark- NY SoC
Vesper Sparrow- NY SoC
Grasshopper Sparrow- NY SoC

Birds not listed by NY DEC, but in trouble globally according to 2016 State
of the BIrds report follow. The State of the Birds Watch List includes any
species with a score of 14 or higher, as well as those with a score of 13
and a rapidly declining population. I have included all species that scored
a 13 or higher that are known to occur in the Finger Lakes NF below:

Bobolink- 14 breeding
Wood Thrush- 14 breeding
Canada Warbler- 14 breeding?
American Woodcock- 13 breeding
Black-billed Cuckoo- 13 breeding
Blue-winged Warbler- 13 breeding
Prairie Warbler- 13 breeding
Cape May Warbler- 13 migrant
Connecticut Warble- 13 migrant

Honorable mentions- birds that score a 12 that breed on Finger Lakes NF
lands:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler (breeds?)
Veery
Field Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird (migrant?)

Links to the State of the Birds, and NYDEC species list, and breeding bird
atlas
http://www.stateofthebirds.org/2016/
http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7494.html
http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/bba/

State of the Birds species table: http://www.stateofthebirds.
org/2016/resources/species-assessments/

Thank for any input!
Josh

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