Sunday, August 2, 2020

outcome August shorebirds at JBWR

Forget shorebird watching on Jamaica bays refuge east pond this month. A look at TS Isaias storm track shows the eye going right thru the refuge this Tuesday. With valve problems not releasing water since early July, there's no mudflats for these shorebirds to land.. been like that the last few years... 😟. Bird plumb beach at low tide if anyone interested

Over 5 inches rain forecasted here

Fwd: [eBird Alert] Kings County Rare Bird Alert

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- Louisiana Waterthrush (1 report)

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Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) (1)
- Reported Aug 02, 2020 07:33 by MI YU
- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Kings, New York
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- Comments: "Calling low, resounding chip. Long white supercilium, white underparts, clean throat."


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Who Was Rick of Rick’s Place in Prospect Park? - The New York Times

A friend asked me today about who was Rick and so I thought it was fitting to remember a terrific person and naturalist whom unfortunately for me to not have met. But what you see now there would surprised You greatly what it looked before the degraded area was filled in and restored by PPA landscape corps. Before, A concrete cinder block house served as an elephant station
Likely exercise spot that was a gravel stubble field hence why the road towards center drive was called Elephant Hill. before Ricks Place that previous location became a notorious solicitation area in the 1970s thru 80s. ( the area scared the bejeepers outta me when I birded there then.)

Anyway in Tribute to Urban Park Ranger Rick Garcia. ( who played the role of the Headless horseman in the PPA Halloween walks)

Saturday, August 1, 2020

How Oak Trees Evolved to Rule the Forests of the Northern Hemisphere - Scientific American

The most important tree for birds

Conjunction tonight after 930 SE Sky

Fwd: BirdCast: Isaias approaches

Impact and possibilities of pelagic bird showing up anywhere,even inland lakes.

Stay safe

"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees." 

                                                   - Henry David Thoreau

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Forecasting bird migration across North America 
Isaias approaches
Aug 1st 2020, 10:14, by af27

Hurricane Isaias is forecast to make landfall in the US on the Carolina coast after grazing the Florida Peninsula and passing directly over the Bahamas and nearby islands. This storm will likely produce hazardous conditions where it passes, including damaging winds, dangerous storm surges, and torrential rains with flooding. Safety in the path and wake of this storm is of the utmost importance, particular in this time of public health emergencies throughout the region.

For those able to move safely in a physically distanced and protected manner, particularly in coastal areas of North Carolina, eastern Virginia and DelMarVa, portions of coastal New Jersey and eastern Long Island, and coastal southern New England, the passage of this system could presumably bring the typical array of tropical terns (e.g. our favorite aerialist Sooty Tern) and a number of Gulf Stream seabirds including Black-capped Petrel (and perhaps rare Pterodroma petrels, although the storm may be too coastal in nature and not sufficiently far enough offshore to entrain many of any members of this genus) and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel ashore and inland. Whether an array of near shore species (e.g. Royal and Sandwich Terns, Laughing Gull) will be displaced and entrained is an open question! We will post updated species lists as the forecast track becomes clearer in the coming days.

Hurricane Dorian, a very strong storm that followed a path that was similar albeit offshore, brought a number of coastal and near shore species far afield into Canada, such as Gull-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, and Royal Tern. That storm was a full month later, with a number of species presumably dispersing and migrating at that point; will we see a similar pattern for these species with Isaias?

Black Skimmers appeared in large numbers in Nova Scotia after the passage of Hurricane Dorian. Mark Dennis/Macaulay Library. eBird S59679203

Hurricane Irene was followed a similar path to that predicted for Isaias after making landfall, but this storm spent time significantly farther offshore of the Florida Peninsula and Carolinas before making landfall – an example of some of its windfall is here. (Note, Black Swift is included in this array of entrained species, and observers should watch carefully for this and other large swift species.) A more complete account of that storm is here.

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Recent reports + maybe MIKI

Following Thursdays discovery of a juvenile Great crested Flycatcher in the Lullwater cove, on Friday An American Redstart and a probable Mississippi Kite which would be very rare  were reported as well.

Charles Tang reported a single American Restart . If it was seen being fed thn it's a prospect borne native.Otherwise call it an early migrant.

An interesting report near the 15th Street entrance was an alleged flyover Mississippi Kite reported by Ryan M. Seen by naked eye , no binoculars Ryan based his observation on the flight style and shape.we'll see if any other reports surfaced.