Wood Sandpiper in New York

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A couple of weeks ago a group of New York’s better birders were out birding in Suffolk County when one of the four found an interesting shorebird, one which she couldn’t identify immediately.

An American Woodcock in New York.

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For a start, it was the first bird that had caught the attention of my new binoculars (Busnells 8×42 L series, in case you need to know). Birding Birds American Woodcock Bryant Park New York NY

A Corn Crake in New York State!

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But, then, no one expected a Common Greenshanks in New Jersey. I drove up to where now only two cars were parked, and saw Steve and Isaac, two New York birding friends, stood in the middle of the median. In New York State! No one expected a Corn Crake.

White Stork in New York

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Sure, this is normal occurrence across much of Europe and southwest Asia but this particular tale comes from out on the east end of New York’s Long Island, in the town of Medford, where this happened to an unsuspecting non-birder, Celeste Rovner.

Wallcreeper in New York!

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It’s not anywhere near as interesting as one of those amazing pink-winged Wallcreepers showing up in New York. Well maybe it’s just a Brown Creeper on a wall. But that’s still interesting, right? Right? But I was still fascinated by the behavior of this Brown Creeper that I observed in the midst of a driving rainstorm on Saturday morning at Jacob Riis Park in Queens. I was out there doing a seawatch hoping to find something rare going past.

New York State Big Year?

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That made me wonder why someone would put so much energy into a species that is regular in New York and not a lifer. I’ve done very little NYS birding for many years, so it’s been a great way to reintroduce myself to the birds and birders of New York State.

Lizards of New York City

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New York City is well known as a city of immigrants so it makes sense that the only lizards living within the five boroughs are immigrants as well. Reptiles Lizards New York City

Great Gray Owl in Keene, New York

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Now, those of you familiar with my tendency to chase birds in New York and knowledgeable of the spate of Great Gray Owls we have had in 2017 might question why it took me to nearly the end of March to make a trip upstate to see one.

Garganey in New York

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On Sunday, 5 June, word of Jay McGowan finding a Gargeney at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in western New York State hit the listservs. The long ride back to New York City was uneventful but much more upbeat than it was after the Gray Kingbird dip. And, even better, once I got on eBird and went through my state list I realized that Garganey was my 400th bird in New York State!

The Woodpeckers of New York City

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Disbelief probably seems like the proper response to the idea that there are woodpeckers in New York City. But even birders might be surprised to learn that eight species of woodpecker have graced New York City’s five boroughs with their presence!

Birding from New York to North Carolina

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Last year it was New Providence in the Bahamas. To get there we would need to get out of New York, through New Jersey into Delaware, and then on through Maryland and Virginia until finally reaching our destination.

Willow Ptarmigan in Jefferson County, New York!

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On Thursday, 24 April, Eugene Nichols was minding his own business, birding along the shore of Lake Ontario on Point Peninsula, in the far northern reaches of New York State. He contacted Jeff Bolsinger, a top birder from northern New York, and they went to the site and refound the bird the next day. Note how far New York State is from even the bird’s winter range. … Trips Jefferson County Lake Ontario New York Twitching Willow Ptarmigan

Grace’s Warbler in New York

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Oh, right, the South Nassau Christmas Bird Count was today and a huge number of New York City and Long Island birders take part in that count every year – and none of them were on their own territory anymore! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New York City Park Department Contractor Tears Up Imperiled Sparrows Home

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A New York City Parks Department contractor just wiped out a breeding population of sparrows in tons of trouble already, on land owned by the parks department that was supposed to be protected as “Forever Wild.” Still, I think we New York birders need to push for it.

The New York Birders Conference

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The first weekend in November will see birders from all over the Empire State descend on Long Island for the 66th Annual Meeting of the New York State Ornithological Association ( NYSOA ). Billed as The New York Birders Conference , the weekend-long meeting, hosted by the Queens County Bird Club , will feature great field trips, workshops, and a keynote speaker that 10,000 Birds readers will recognize – James Currie ! Birding New York

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch in New York

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That changed when I got on the computer and learned that a birder way up in northern New York, on the Tug Hill Plateau, had reported a heck of a bird coming to her feeder. The ornithologist and author of Birds of New Mexico , Florence Augusta Merriam Bailey , was born there in 1863.

Tufted Duck at Huntington Harbor, New York

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After a Tufted Duck was reported yesterday on Long Island I did some figuring and realized that I could go find the bird this morning before work and still, provided traffic wasn’t totally horrific, get to work in New Jersey on time.

Cassin’s Kingbird, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York

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After all, this was only the second record from New York State and the first wasn’t seen by many as it was a one-day wonder back in 2007. Sadly, despite the best efforts of a who’s who among New York’s birding scene, the bird was not refound.

Free Housing in New York City

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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, NY, April 2010 Everyone knows that New York City is an extremely expensive place to live. Birds Jamaica Bay New York City Queens swallows Tree Swallows

The Compost King of New York

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It can get a little smelly, too, which is yet another reason New York City, which generates about one million tons of organic waste a year, will probably never host giant compost farms. What happens to food scraps after the city takes them?

Amazing New York State Pelagic Trip

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They were: Audubon’s Shearwater – This is the last regularly occurring shearwater in New York State that I had yet to ever lay eyes on. He reported it as such but the New York State Avian Records Committee decided that they couldn’t really rule out that it was a Zino’s Petrel. White-faced Storm-Petrel in New York waters. Though next time I might look into some seasickness medication… Trips New York pelagic pelagic birding

Sandwich Tern in New York

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Here’s hoping I don’t have to go two years before my next Sandwich Tern , though, considering how rare they are in New York, I would be lucky if it is only two years until I see one again! Birds cupsogue larids New York terns

Barnacle Goose, Eastport, Long Island, New York

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Originally found on Saturday, 7 January, by Peter Priolo, the Barnacle Goose in these pictures has been present on Eastport Lake in Eastport, New York, since, though it does fly out to feed in nearby fields from time to time. Trips Barnacle Goose Eastport Lake geese New York Twitching

ABA Field Guide to Birds of New York Giveaway!

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The American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of New York by Corey Finger, birder, blogger, and co-emperor of 10,000 Birds, with photographs by Brian E. Here is what you need to do: Send me a brief description of the best bird you’ve ever seen in New York State–name of species, where you saw it, when, and why this is a bird that has stayed in your memory. You can tell that it is written by a birder who learned how to bird in New York State.

Hurricane Irene Birding in New York

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It was an insane morning of birding and I haven’t even mentioned the Sandwich Tern that would normally have been the highlight of a day’s birding in New York that was just hanging out on the spit at Jones Beach. Trips hurricanes Jones Beach New York Point Lookout weather

A Northern Wheatear in New York

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When you are a New York City-based birder that is pretty pleased with the amount of boxes ticked off on your New York State checklist you would normally want a rarity that you have not seen in the state to show up within an hour drive of your home.

Twitching a Gray Kingbird in New York

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Gray Kingbirds are rarely seen in New York State and when they are they usually are only seen by the person or people who find them or those in the immediate vicinity. So when Anthony Collerton , New York big year record-holder, mentioned on Facebook that he was thinking of chasing the bird I told him to let me know if he was going to go on Saturday. … Trips dipping Gray Kingbird New York Twitching

In Search of New York’s Breeding Birds

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After Bashakill (and a quick stop at Stewart’s for some more coffee and breakfast) I headed through Wurtsboro to Gumear Falls Road, the one spot in New York (that I know of) where you can pretty much be guaranteed to hear a bird yelling about pizza.

Dreaming of New York.

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Great Fall Migration Weekend in New York City

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We have had days of northwest winds in New York and the birds have taken full advantage of the favorable conditions to hightail it south. Though sparrows tend to be the main focus of mid-to-late October birding here in New York City there are still plenty of other birds to see like the Eastern Phoebe up above. Birds autumn migration New York City Queens

First State Record of Couch’s Kingbird in New York State!

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On Christmas, Gabriel Willow, a New York City birder and Naturalist Editor for New York City Audubon, posted a picture of a kingbird on the New York Birders Facebook page that had been sent to him by a resident of the West Village in Manhattan, Zack Winestine. New York State’s first Couch’s Kingbird – in the West Village of all places! Trips Couch''s Kingbird flycatchers kingbirds Manhattan New York New York City Twitchin

Harris’s Sparrow in Loudonville, New York

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When I heard back on 12 November that a Harris’s Sparrow was frequenting a feeder in Loudonville, New York, up where I learned to be a birder, in Albany County, I really wanted to go on the twitch. … Trips Albany County harris's sparrow New York sparrows Twitching

ABA Birds of New York Giveaway Results!

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What is the best bird you’ve seen in New York State and why has it stayed in your memory? This is the question I posed to 10,000 Birds readers in celebration of Corey’s first book, the ABA Field Guide to Birds of New York (by Corey Finger, author, and Brian E. Nathan O’Reilly’s most memorable bird was one many birders from New York State and beyond drove to see in 2015. If I win I’ll have to get my butt to New York and use it.

New York Times Bird Week

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The New York Times blog, City Room, will be holding a “ Bird Week &# this week. The city’s avian equivalent of convention season is just around the corner: the second week in May marks the peak of spring bird migration in New York City, with the maximum numbers of species and individual birds passing through town.

Gator Found In Upstate New York

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Ken Champion, a resident of Wilson, New York, an upstate town on Lake Ontario, found an alligator in a creek near his house. Related posts: In Oregon, We Go “Wiking,” Says New York Times. The World’s Greatest Surfers to Take New York.

Hooded Crow in Staten Island, New York

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When I first saw the post on the New York State listserv about the Hooded Crow on Staten Island I wasn’t going to twitch it. Why?

A Say’s Phoebe at Edgemere Landfill, Queens, New York

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Daisy agreed to the outing because it was sunny and nice and Edgemere, once mosquito season is over, is actually a really nice place for a family outing what with the long view of the New York City skyline and the refreshing air blowing off the bay. Trips Edgemere New York City phoebes Queens rarities Say''s Phoebe On Sunday morning I was out birding across several Queens hotspots with my friend Seth.

A March New York Pelagic Trip Out Of Freeport

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Sadly, lots of good birds were lacking on our 2 March 2013 trip out of Freeport, New York. … Trips New York pelagicPelagic birding is one of my favorite ways to bird.

New York State’s First Kirtland’s Warbler

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Greg Lawrence is an ace New York birder who is one of the lucky (?) He is a former President of the New York State Young Birders Club and a guy you want with you if you are trying to identify a rarity. We are lucky enough that he agreed to share the story of how he saw the latest addition to the New York State Checklist. And it mentioned the bird was seen at Hamlin Beach State Park, only ten minutes away from my house in Brockport, New York.

Two Hummingbirds In New York – In November!

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It is one thing for a single hummingbird to show up at a single location in the northeastern United States in November.

Birding the Great Vly, Saugerties, New York

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The Great Vly is wonderful wetland that straddles the border of Ulster and Green Counties in New York State’s Hudson Valley. I was surprised to find a singing House Wren this weekend, as it was my first of the year in New York. My last blog post about the Great Vly is nearly a year old and involves a lifer, a King Rail that I twitched last June.

Watching Whales in New York City from the American Princess

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My parents made the drive down to New York City to visit Daisy, Desi, and me in Queens on Sunday and I had a great plan for the day. In addition to my family I was also joined on the boat by Isaac Grant, who regular readers of this blog will recall as the birder doing a New York City big year. Past Rockaway Inlet we motored, out of New York City waters and into those of Nassau County. ……… Trips Humpback Whale New York City whales

What is the State Bird of New York?

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New York, I can say with certainty that you have chosen the perfect bird to represent your state. Still, the bill passed in 1970 with only one voice in opposition: Assemblyman Posner of the Bronx, who pointed out that most New York City inhabitants had never seen an Eastern Bluebird, and probably never will. While he had a point, since then Eastern Bluebirds have been regularly sighted in Central Park, thus giving all New Yorkers a chance to see this iconic bird.