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Purple Finches

Posted Friday 28th September 2007 at 23:56 by birderbf
After getting a haircut I was walking around a park in northern Nassau County, on Long Island, when I spotted a finch. A Purple Finch! Just one, but that was enough to make my day. It flew into another tree, and I lost it but found a nice Brown Thrasher. The finch eventually popped back into view. Then a second flew in. A third. Fourth. Fifith. Sixth! A whole little flock that was scared of by starlings a minute later. It sure seems to be the winter of the Purple Finches so far!
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Jamaica Bay

Posted Sunday 23rd September 2007 at 18:39 by birderbf
This is a place where it's rare to have a day without anything rare. I'd say between today and August, there wasn't a day when either a godwit (about 3 Hudsonians long-staying, one Marbled flyover), phalaropes (about 3 Wilson's, two Red-necked) or something else (avocet, golden-plovers, etc etc) was present. Today it was an avocet.
So I met BF user OwlTalon and we spent a good part of the morning at the north end of the East pond. At first nothing spectacular... Least Sandpipers, Semis, a...
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The Call of the Backyard

Posted Monday 17th September 2007 at 00:50 by birderbf
I was very, very surprised to see a small bird with wingbars flitting around outside my bedroom window today, as I live in a bird-free area. Blackpoll Warbler? What a fine surprise, I thought, until I saw it had a gray face, a grass-green crown, nape and back, and humungous wingbars. Chesnut-sided! That got me wondering what else I'd seen from my "yard," but when I made a list I found many 'maybes' and 'possiby's'. Not good enough! So I watched out the window and tallied a pair of kestrels,...
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Tropical Storm Birding!

Posted Sunday 16th September 2007 at 01:25 by birderbf
Yeah I thought the same thing. A nice little depression was moving through the area, possibly with it a few interesting offshore species. A year ago somebody had a Sabine's Gull and a Sooty Tern off Fire Island. And that's where I was planning to go that day, in the company of BF user BEBirder.
Driving down there though, I couldn't help noticing the clouds were moving toward the south, not from it. That had me worried, but what do I know about weather? Apparently I knew a bit more than I...
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Migration (finally) and Smart Gulls

Posted Friday 14th September 2007 at 01:05 by birderbf
Updated Friday 14th September 2007 at 01:08 by birderbf
Today I woke to find a encouraging email in my onbox, mentioning 15 species of warbler at good ol' Jones Beach. Never mind two Purple Finches, two Buff-breasted Sands and a Dickcissel! Dickcissel is an annual vistor here, and actually three were reported from nearby Fire Island that morning as well. They, along with Lark Sparrow, are fairly reliable once or twice each fall, and from what I know, Clay-colored Sparrows as well (but in spring too, as they breed closer).

Anyway, I went...
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