Date: 5/5/18 2:59 pm
From: Corey Finger <10000birdsblogger...>
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Queens Big Day
Cesar Castillo and I did a big day from 430AM until 530PM today throughout
the borough of Queens. Our count ended up being 136, which seems pretty
good for May 5.

Highlights included:

1 Snow Goose: still at the West Pond of Jamaica Bay
1 Ring-necked Duck: at the Restoration Pond at the LIE/CIP interchange
3 Black Scoter: eastbound early in the AM from Fort Tilden
2 Ring-necked Pheasant: Kissena Park
1 Red-throated Loon: flying north overhead among the many Common Loons
doing the same thing early in the morning
1 Northern Gannet: we didn't see any on two different seawatches but Cesar
spotted one moribund gannet lying on a jetty in the Rockaways
1 Turkey Vulture: high over Jamaica Bay
2 American Coot: Baisley Pond Park
8 Killdeer: including 4 very recently fledged young in the Rockaways
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper: Big Egg Marsh
3 American Woodcock: early in the AM at Jamaica Bay
2 Solitary Sandpiper: at the Restoration Pond at the LIE/CIP interchange
7 Least Terns: off of Fort Tilden
1 Black-billed Cuckoo: Kissena Park
1 Barn Owl: Jamaica Bay
1 Great Horned Owl: Kissena Park
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird: Alley Pond Park
1 Merlin: Fort Tilden
2 Blue-headed Vireo: Alley Pond Park and Forest Park
17 sp. of warbler, with the most numerous being Yellow (69) followed by
Northern Parula (44), Black-and-white (43), and Yellow-rumped Warbler (42).
4 Worm-eating, 11 Nashvilles, 4 Blackburnians, and 4 Blue-wingeds were all
nice too.
1 Seaside Sparrow: Big Egg Marsh
1 Blue Grosbeak: female over the waterhole at Forest Park at the end of the
1 Orchard Oriole: Forest Park
2 Rusty Blackbird: Fort Tilden

Unexpected misses for a full day's birding in Queens at this time of year
included Chestnut-sided Warbler, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel,
Semipalmated Plover, Yellow-throated Vireo, and Field Sparrow.

It was a great day and leaves us wondering how many we would have totaled
if we had kept going until dark.

Good Birding,
Corey Finger


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