Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fwd: BBC Governor's Island

Leader Sean Zimmer 

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From: Sean Zimmer <>
Date:09/11/2016 4:46 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Peter Dorosh <>
Subject: Governor's Island

Hi Peter,

Governor's Island revealed some good birds for its debut as a Club trip destination. Although the overall species count of 28 was low, the quality of the birds seen was excellent. 
We started off with a Merlin right as we disembarked from the ferry, quickly followed by Red-tailed hawk and Kestrel, brining our raptor count up to three. We got close-up looks at four kestrels as they hovered over the ballfield. The most productive area by far was Nolan Park, in particular the patch behind the old synagogue. In the shrubs at this location, we managed to pull off a "mimid hat trick": Catbird, Mockingbird, and Brown Thrasher all within minutes of each other. 
Governor's Island will remain open to the public for 2 more weekends; it should definitely be added to the list for any birders looking for a unique location to spot some fall migrants. A big thanks to Ryan and Giselle for coming along on this walk! 
Full species list below. 



Red-tailed hawk
Herring gull
Great black-backed gull
Laughing gull
Common Tern
Double-crested cormorant 
Black duck
Canada Goose
Mourning Dove
Northern flicker
Downy woodpecker
Brown Thrasher
Common grackle
American redstart
Black-throated blue warbler
Black & white warbler
Pine warbler 
Common yellowthroat
Eastern wood peewee
Baltimore oriole (imm. male) 
Fish crow