Thursday, September 29, 2011

Even the Utility Company

A few months ago I found this wonderful typo in neon:
Today, paying my first water bill here in Whiting, I was studying the amusing little bill they send you on a perforated postcard, without even putting your zip code in the address. And when I read the address of where I should send my check, I experienced a feeling common to all proofreaders at one time or another, which is, "Maybe I don't know how to spell!" But no, I typed the word and spell checked it and I'm not crazy.

Even the utility company can't spell "UTILITIES."  After seeing that, I didn't even mind paying the bill.

UTILITES: It has a Biblical ring to it.
"And God smote the Utilites and the children of Israel rejoiced."

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Last 100 Books I've Read

It took me a lot longer to get through the last 100 books I've read than the 90 or so I did when I first started keeping track after I was laid off--16 months.  A lot of life got in the way of reading. 

Looking over the list I see some themes--Updike always is interesting, a surprising (to me) interest in Hemingway, lots of books on science and math which I partially understand at best, a couple of books on typography, and a sad interlude rereading the works of Paul Violi, too soon gone. 

The first book, OOPS, was about bad ideas in science and culture. Book # 100 I've commented on below. Books with ® are books I reread--again I paraphrase Nabokov, "You cannot read a book; you can only reread it." Especially when you have my memory.

Aside from my inexplicable predilection for keeping lists and databases (cf. all the bird lists in this blog), what I find interesting looking over the titles, is how unpredictable it is what I'll be willing to read. All books are potentially interesting. 

5/30: Oops!
6/4:   More Than You Know
6/7:   An Encounter at St. Elizabeths®
6/8:   The New Oxford Book of Literary Anecdotes
6/13: The Roots of Treason®
6/16: My Father’s Tears
6/20: Seek My Face®
6/22: Bech at Bay®
6/25: Duchamp
6/25: I Wanted to Write a Poem®
7/8: A Quiet Flame
7/12: Memories of the Ford Administration
7/15: The Devil in the White City
7/16: The Sages
7/19: The Trillion Dollar Melt Down
7/21: Bech is Back
7/23: Bech: A Book®
7/26: Fortune’s Formula
7/28: Labyrinths of Reason®
7/30: The Name is Archer
7/31: The Lacquer Screen
8/2: Violent Saturday
8/3:  Ghosts
8/5: All Fires the Fire and Other Stories.
8/9: Fever
8/11: Confessions of a Cineplex Heckler
8/25: Gaming the Vote
9/12: If the Dead Rise Not
9/16: Problems and Other Stories
9/20: Robert Runcie: Reluctant Archbishop
9/22: Essays by Wallace Shawn
9/27: Bohemian Paris (was only able to read ½ the book before I sold it)
10/1: One Time Fits All (not a very interesting book)
10/3: Howl and Other Poems®
10/6: Bob Dylan in America
10/15: Quantum
10/18: Nemesis
10/26: Cigarettes Are Sublime
10/28: Priceless
11/10: Painted Shadow
11/14: The Laws of Thermodynamics A Very Short Introduction (if I understood 10% of this book it would be a lot)
11/18: The Finkler Question
11/23: Sunset Park
11/26: The Hard Way Around
12/2: Nothing A Very Short Introduction (I understood approximately 50% of this book)
12/27: Snow
12/30: Enormous Changes at the Last Minute®
1/5/11: Ferocious Alphabets
1/6: Trading Options for Dummies
1/7: Beliefs, Attitudes, and Human Affairs® (40 year old college text)
1/9: A Farewell to Arms
1/11: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much (Not a book about me)
1/13: Bunner Sisters
1/20: S. ®
1/21: Nabokov’s Butterfly
2/1: Couples
2/7: The Ballantine House
2/21: In the Beauty of the Lilies
2/26: The Rebel Angels
3/30: A Good Man in Africa
4/5: Roger’s Version
4/7: The Duel
4/13: Lucky Jim®
4/15: A Moveable Feast
4/17: Fracas®
4/17: Likewise®
4/18: Selected Accidents, Pointless Anecdotes       Paul Violi 1944-2011
4/18: Splurge®
4/18: Overnight®
4/20: Economics in One Lesson (simple-minded screed against New Deal policies, yet oddly relevant.)
5/16: Moby-Duck
5/18: The Good Priest’s Son
5/24: The Information
5/26: Helvetica and the New York City Subway System
5/29: The Glass Menagerie
6/5: Engineers of Dreams®
6/7: A Shortage of Engineers
6/9: Campaign 1997
6/13: Gödel’s Proof (If I read this book 10 times I might understand 50% of it.)
6/19: An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England
6/24: A Month of Sundays
6/29: Field Grey
7/13: Collected Stories of Saul Bellow
7/18: A Fan’s Notes
7/21: Eureka
7/23: Avian Architecture
7/28: Mrs. Ted Bliss®
7/28: The Pine Barrens®
7/29: Dime Store Alchemy®
8/4:   Humboldt’s Gift®
8/4:   The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
8/9:   More Die of Heartbreak
8/13: Even the Browns®
8/14: Poets in Their Youth®
8/14: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead®
8/26: The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
9/9:   1493
9/14: Just My Type
9/16: To Have and Have Not
9/22: Dream Song: The Life of John Berryman

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Personality Flaw

I guess I'm not properly sympathetic
or empathetic or some kind of thetic
but I'm reading a biography of Berryman
and I can't wait for the fucker to jump off that bridge.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Heard on New Jersey News

"Angela Gibbons is still in shock over the murder of her son last night..."

Still in shock? STILL IN SHOCK? It happened last night for crying out loud---GET OVER IT!


BVD: Better View Desired. I can't think of a more unsatisfactory life bird than today's YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.

First of all, it's a bird I've always really wanted to see--so dramatic with its contrasting colors. So today, driving around Brig in what seemed like gale force winds, we were on the lookout for a flock of blackbirds in which the YEBL had been reported, but didn't hold out much hope, thinking the wind would keep any right-thinking bird hunkered down in the reeds. Around 2/3 of the way around we finally came across the flock which lifted out of the high grass,  flushed by our car's approach. They moved a little farther on when Shari suddenly shouted out that she saw the bird--of course, I didn't see it. Trying to get nearer only moved the birds farther along until they rose in a mass and flew across the channel. There I stood, the wind so strong it blew off my hat, scanning the other side of the channel looking at blackbirds and starlings, not finding what I wanted. However, I did see,  partially obscured by a tuft of tall grass, a bird with a yellow breast, which I at first dismissed as the light playing tricks with a starling. But then a starlings' iridescence doesn't run to yellow and when we informed by another birder that the blackbird reported was probably a female or juvenile, I realized I'd seen the bird. But it isn't the bird I want to see, not the "type" of the species and certainly not the way I want to see it. But it counts. The flock flew closer than was scared by a Northern  Harrier and flew south while the one-way wildlife drive at the point heads north. So, BVD.

But other "good" birds were about. Western Sandpipers were for once obvious in their coloration, size, and bill, another birder helped us pick out some White-rumped Sandpipers, and at least a couple of Dunlin, one in fading breeding plumage were mixed in with Semipalmated Sandpipers, plovers (semipalmated and black-bellied) and yellowlegs.

3 Turkey Vultures were on a mudflat, feasting on the carcass of a Black Skimmer. When  one of them picked up the head and dangled it upside down, the skimmer's huge beak swinging back and forth, it just about the grossest thing I've seen this year.

35 species for the circuit.
Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  1
American Black Duck  20
Mallard  25
Double-crested Cormorant  75
Great Blue Heron  6
Great Egret  150
Snowy Egret  100
Black-crowned Night-Heron  5
Turkey Vulture  3    Eating remnants of Black Skimmer
Northern Harrier  1
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Black-bellied Plover  25
Semipalmated Plover  10
Greater Yellowlegs  9
Semipalmated Sandpiper  500
Western Sandpiper  5
Least Sandpiper  3
White-rumped Sandpiper  7
Dunlin  2
Short-billed Dowitcher  3
Laughing Gull  500
Herring Gull  100
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Caspian Tern  1
Forster's Tern  200
Black Skimmer  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  15
European Starling  100
Red-winged Blackbird  100
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD  1    With large flock of blackbirds and starlings near dogleg

Friday, September 16, 2011

Prospect Park 9/16--Black-throated Green Warbler

We  had to be in Brooklyn for a couple of days so I took the opportunity to head over to Prospect Park, hoping to find some warblers.  I've been getting Peter's tweets all along while I've been in Whiting and while I've had plenty of good birding in my own backyard, it's always a case of the grass is greener.

I hadn't been to the park since before Hurricane Irene blew through and knocked down enough trees to make a decent forest. At one point I was walking along Lookout Hill when I stopped, looked around, and couldn't quite place where I was for a minute because so many of the trees around the steps leading down to the Maryland Monument were no longer there. Over on the peninsula there were so many trees blocking the "thumb" that it looks like it will take a hundred chainsaws to clean it up. 

As to warblers, I wasn't disappointed--9 species, including my FOY Black-throated Green Warbler (how did I miss that one up 'til now?) But the best and most surprising bird was the compliment to last week's Black-billed Cuckoo--a Yellow-billed Cuckoo on the side path of Lookout Hill.  I  was walking along when two birders (Jessie & Erin) waved me over to show me the bird, which was out in the open on the ground. I've never had better looks at a cuckoo--it was very calm and stayed in sight almost the entire 15 or so minutes we hung around that spot (which was also where we saw the Black-throated Green).  Usually cuckoos skulk around or stay very still high up in a tree--this one was so cooperative that I expected it to start signing autographs.

American Redstarts seem to be the most common warbler in the park--my count of 8 is conservative--hard to tell when they're fluttering around like falling leaves whether you're seeing the same one 2 or 3 times or different ones. Over on the peninsula I saw a Wilson's Warbler with it's black cap still fairly dark and a Blackpoll Warbler flitting about high in a tree. There was a couple of drab warblers I had to let go unidentified--looking at another birder's report today, I wonder if one of them might have been a Tennessee? 

It was good to be back in the park. I might be biased because of my familiarity with the place, but I think that acre for acre, it's one of the best birding spots on the East Coast.

We're back in Whiting now--all our common backyard birds were in attendance at the feeders this afternoon plus 2 Black-and-White Warblers

Prospect Park 
30 species
Canada Goose  55
Mute Swan  8
Mallard  60
Herring Gull  2
Rock Pigeon  6
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1    Lookout Hill
Chimney Swift  10
Belted Kingfisher  1    Peninsula
Northern Flicker  2    Lookout Hill
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
Veery  1
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  8
European Starling  1
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Common Yellowthroat  1    Lake
American Redstart  8
Northern Parula  1    Lake
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1    Lookout Hill
Blackpoll Warbler  1    Peninsula shelter
Pine Warbler  2    Lake
Black-throated Green Warbler  1    Lookout Hill
Wilson's Warbler  1    Peninsula shelter
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  1    Lake phragmites
American Goldfinch  1    Lily Pond
House Sparrow  70

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mission: Proofread the World

Yesterday, disgruntled and aggravated, I was waiting around at the flooring store while our saleswoman scurried about looking for samples that would actually work in our house instead of the stuff we had originally chosen which no one from the store told us was unsuitable for our type of sub-flooring until the installer came; as is my habit, I started to read whatever was in front of me--this sign.

A bonanza. 2 typos in one line, with only a word separating them. (Hint: look at the 2nd line.)

I can imagine being on press for this job and just letting those typos slide by, not saying a word, because, unlike bad graphics, where there can always be a dispute, typos nowadays are solely the responsibility of the client--most printers just "capture their keystrokes."

Actually, I would have probably caught it long before it went on press and, unless I really liked the client, would have let it go and not just because I'm an ornery sort. The problem with finding a typo is that the client is very grateful that you caught that one, and pissed off when you don't catch the next one.

For a moment I was able to forget about flooring and bask in Schadenfreude. Then it was back to dealing with people furiously trying to save a bad situation and make believe it wasn't their fault. It was a lot like being at a bindery, trying to fix a job that's already been printed and none of the solutions are good.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


After a couple of aggravating days dealing with this new house (the problems and frustrations remind me very much of my days doing print production except here, instead getting paid, I'm paying) and feeling my blood  pressure and blood sugar rise, I decided to try to bring them down with a vigorous walk in our  backyard WMA, the main reason we bought the place to begin with.

And for the first 7/8 of the walk it was just a vigorous walk. Practically no birds in the late afternoon--some doves and crows, big deal. But near a little  slow-moving stream not far from the house I saw a bird skipping around a tangle of scrub oak. On its second jump I got my binoculars on it and knew immediately it was a cuckoo and the next second I was pretty sure  it  was a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, the bill being black and all, and on its third jump up high into a pine tree I was able to watch its lower half with the small spots on the tail, confirming my ID. The WMA yields another life bird and rescues the day.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Brigantine 9/11--Hudsonian Godwit

We thought we'd knock around Ocean County today, checking out various parks, but after looking over Harry Wright Lake in our township of Manchester and determining that it holds promise for winter ducks, we decided to head on down to Brig, taking advantage of our location, location, location.

On the way down, I look at the dashboard clock and said to Shari, "Just about now, 10 years ago, all hell was breaking loose in New York," and that's all I have to say about that disastrous day.

As we were driving the road along the Gull Pond to the observation tower, we saw a flock of crows mobbing a small hawk. When the hawk fought back, diving at a crow, I said that it was probably a Merlin; Merlins are extremely pugnacious. Later, from the tower we saw it perched on a branch and were able to study it for quite a while, determining that it was not a Peregrine--weak mustache and broad black stripe on the tail were diagnostic. Merlin was our falcon for the day because, unusually, we didn't see the Peregrine today--it wasn't on its perch between the two pools and we didn't see it flying, stirring up the peeps.

Peeps there were a lot of and I was able to pick out a few Leasts in the scrambling groups on the mudflats. But the really cool birds were seen at the dogleg, when, just after mentioning to Shari that Hudsonian Godwit had been spotted in that area yesterday she found it. That felt good to find this uncommon bird; what felt better was finding a couple of Wilson's Phalaropes in the same scope view, whirling around like sandpipers with St. Vitus' Dance.

We booked 44 species for the loop. Later at home, I saw an Ovenbird in the leaf litter beneath one of our feeders, picking at the broken and fallen seeds on the ground. I thought that was very odd; I didn't actually see it eat any of the fragments--it seemed to merely be flipping them over. Maybe it was looking for bugs underneath them.

Brig's list:
Canada Goose  65
Mute Swan  5
Gadwall  3
American Black Duck  20
Mallard  5
Double-crested Cormorant  45
Great Blue Heron  6
Great Egret  100
Snowy Egret  100
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  8
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  3
Northern Harrier  2
Merlin  1    Gull Pond
Clapper Rail  3
Black-bellied Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  6
American Oystercatcher  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  10
Hudsonian Godwit  1
Ruddy Turnstone  5
Semipalmated Sandpiper  700
Least Sandpiper  5
Short-billed Dowitcher  50
Wilson's Phalarope  2
Laughing Gull  200
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  100
Great Black-backed Gull  35
Caspian Tern  4
Common Tern  1
Forster's Tern  50
Black Skimmer  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
American Crow  8
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  1
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  60
Seaside Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15
American Goldfinch  1

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Island Beach SP / Cattus Island County Park 9/10

I've been building up the Ocean County list for the last month or so. Today I logged my 100th bird for the county, Hairy Woodpecker, at Cattus Island County Park. Four new county birds altogether for the day.

I've been very impressed with the county park system here--lots of them and in varied habitat. Cattus Island looks very promising for bay ducks and geese in winter and I imagine a lot of passerines could be found in the wooded sections.

We also birded Island Beach State Park this morning. We haven't been there in 6 or 7 years. It has both bay and ocean habitats. We found Sanderlings & one Semipalmated Plover on the beach along with all 4 common gulls. We tried to bird the bay side but the mosquitoes were ferocious--haven't had swarms like that since we were in the Camargue in France. It didn't help that our can of Off gave out before we could thoroughly protect ourselves, though how effective it would have been with those monsters is an open question. Still, we managed to catch a Tricolored Heron flying over the marsh.  Before we went to Cattus Island we stopped at a drug store and bought more Off and some anti-itch cream. Happily, there were no bugs at the county park.

Island Beach SP
21 species
Double-crested Cormorant  50
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Tricolored Heron  1
Osprey  4
Semipalmated Plover  1
Sanderling  13
Laughing Gull  10
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  20
Great Black-backed Gull  25
Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
American Crow  2
Gray Catbird  10
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  3
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  1

Cattus Island County Park
15 species
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Osprey  2
Herring Gull  2
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Carolina Chickadee  10
Gray Catbird  10
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  1    Feeders
Northern Cardinal  2    Feeders

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Deer Here

The deer here in Whiting are like pigeons in Brooklyn--everywhere. The first 10 times you see deer on your lawn or scurrying across the street it is amusing and clearly marks the difference between here and city life. After that, they're no more interesting than the squirrels scampering up and down the trees.

But in terms of intelligence, or at least survival instincts, pigeons have it all over deer. A pigeon, seeing you approach, will walk, run, and if it has to, fly away from you. A deer, seeing you walk through the woods, stares at you. Headlights aren't the only things that freeze deer. Apparently anything will. Walking along Sunset Road this morning a deer in the middle of street just watched me get closer and closer until it decided to walk away.

So I don't see why hunting deer can be considered a sport. I could have bagged 25 deer by now if I had a rifle and I'm positive I'm a lousy shot. They just stand there. Eventually, if you keep walking toward one it will grunt and turn while seemingly out of nowhere 3 or 4 more appear and they go bounding over the bushes, their white tails erect and it's very bucolic, but again, if I had a rifle there wouldn't be any frolicking through the woods.

Don't get me wrong--I have no objection to hunting deer, particularly if the hunter is going to eat the deer. Shooting deer (or any other animal) just to shoot them seems stupid to me but I don't care--lots of things seem stupid to me that I don't care about--in fact that's one of the reasons I don't care about a lot of things because they just seem stupid.  Full circle.

I just don't get why guys have to sit in trees at dawn waiting for deer to appear--they're all over the place. You could walk into the WMA behind the house and in 10 minutes shoot your deer and then try to figure out how to drag back to your pick-up.  I don't see what the big deal about hunting deer is.

And as for the deer, I don't get them either. Why don't they at least present a moving target immediately? And if they're so easy to shoot, how come there are so many? Obviously, this city boy is missing something in the hunter/deer dynamic. Possibly, the deer get more canny in the fall when the hunting season begins.I don't see why they would, but it could just be another level of miscomprehension on my part. It will interesting to find out.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

9/3: Cape May--BROWN BOOBY / Brigantine--White Ibis

Quite a day.  I suggested to Shari yesterday that we drive down to Cape May and take “birding by boat” tour on the Osprey in the hope of seeing the BROWN BOOBY that’s been reported in Jarvis Sound since 8/23.  Shari was surprised, since I normally shun boats, but I figured puttering around the salt marshes of Cape May wouldn’t get me too seasick and besides, this is only the 2nd time a booby has been seen in NJ.

This is why we moved to Whiting, so we could scoot down to Cape May for its rarities.  We left the house at 8 and by 9:30 were on the boat.  It was a longer tour than I anticipated, and besides killer looks at the booby we saw some birds we hadn’t seen in a while.  

Jarvis Sound
Comments:    Aboard Osprey
25 species (+1 other taxa)
BROWN BOOBY  1    Seen on outgoing and return legs of Osprey tour
Double-crested Cormorant  31
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  22
Snowy Egret  11
Tricolored Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  16
Peregrine Falcon  1
Black-bellied Plover  3
Semipalmated Plover  2
American Oystercatcher  13
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Whimbrel  10
Laughing Gull  100
Herring Gull  12
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Common Tern  10
Forster's Tern  50
crow sp.  1
Tree Swallow  1500
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Boat-tailed Grackle  2

We kicked around Cape May a little bit, but, this being Labor Day weekend, the roads were congested and since mid-day is not the best time to bird inland and the beaches were full, we decided to do some shore birding up at Brigantine.

Which turned out to be a good idea.  There was a good variety of shorebirds, lots of egrets, and best of all, a juvenile White Ibis mixed in with a flock of glossies. Caspian Terns were also a good fine, as was a large flock of Black-bellied Plovers in every kind of plumage from winter to juvenile to breeding.  And just to make it a perfect day, a stiff breeze was blowing which kept Brig bugless.  So one lifer (a real rarity) and one year bird (and a new one for the NJ list).  As I say to Shari after almost every outing, “Well, that was productive.”
34 species (+1 other taxa)
Canada Goose  7
Mute Swan  3
Mallard  9
Double-crested Cormorant  225
Great Blue Heron  7
Great Egret  50
Snowy Egret  40
White Ibis  1    with flock of GLIB in SW Pool
Glossy Ibis  50
Osprey  6
Northern Harrier  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Black-bellied Plover  110
Semipalmated Plover  100
American Oystercatcher  3
Greater Yellowlegs  10
Lesser Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  700
Short-billed Dowitcher  3
Laughing Gull  100
Herring Gull  300
Great Black-backed Gull  10
Caspian Tern  4
Common Tern  5
Forster's Tern  50
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Crow  1
crow sp.  5
Tree Swallow  15
Carolina Chickadee  1
Gray Catbird  1
Red-winged Blackbird  15    Mostly juveniles

Common Grackle  2
American Goldfinch  2

Thursday, September 1, 2011

August Wrap-up

A bifurcated month.  The first 2 weeks I birded my usual NY places (save for Prospect Park, first month I didn’t get there).  The 2nd half of the month has been almost exclusively our backyard and the WMA behind the house except for a trip to Brig.

One lifer for the month, the EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL, and 2 year birds, all from our backyard. Moving (well, really ½ moving) and Hurricane Irene cut into some birding time.  We didn’t get to do as much shore birding as I would have liked (thanks Irene) and we didn’t get out to see any of the rarities that she blew in (the Garden State Parkway was closed).Still for a summer month, 83 species is okay. 

Counties birded:
New Jersey: Atlantic, Ocean
New York, Kings, Queens, Richmond

First Sighted
Canada Goose
JBWR--West Pond
Mute Swan
Marine Park--Southwest
Wood Duck
Mount Loretto Unique Area
JBWR--West Pond
American Black Duck
JBWR--West Pond
Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier Four
Greater Scaup
Great Kills Park
Double-crested Cormorant
Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier Four
Great Blue Heron
Marine Park--Southwest
Great Egret
Marine Park--Southwest
Snowy Egret
JBWR--West Pond
Little Blue Heron
Great Kills Park
Green Heron
Mount Loretto Unique Area
Black-crowned Night-Heron
JBWR--East Pond
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
JBWR--West Pond
Glossy Ibis
JBWR--West Pond
Turkey Vulture
Whiting WMA
JBWR--West Pond
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Marine Park--Southwest
Marine Park--Southwest
American Oystercatcher
Marine Park--Southwest
Spotted Sandpiper
Mount Loretto Unique Area
Greater Yellowlegs
JBWR--East Pond
Lesser Yellowlegs
JBWR--West Pond
Ruddy Turnstone
Great Kills Park
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Marine Park--Southwest
Least Sandpiper
Marine Park--Southwest
Short-billed Dowitcher
JBWR--West Pond
Laughing Gull
Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier One
Ring-billed Gull
Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier Two
Herring Gull
Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier Four
Great Black-backed Gull
JBWR--West Pond
Least Tern
Marine Park--Southwest
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier Four
Forster's Tern
Marine Park--Southwest
Black Skimmer
Marine Park--Southwest
Rock Pigeon
Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier Two
Mourning Dove
Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier One
Common Nighthawk
35 Sunset Rd
35 Sunset Rd
Chimney Swift
35 Sunset Rd
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
35 Sunset Rd
Downy Woodpecker
Whiting WMA
Northern Flicker
Whiting WMA
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Whiting WMA
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Mount Loretto Unique Area
Warbling Vireo
Mount Loretto Unique Area
Blue Jay
Whiting WMA
American Crow
Whiting WMA
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Marine Park--Southwest
Tree Swallow
JBWR--West Pond
Bank Swallow
Great Kills Park
Barn Swallow
Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier Four
Carolina Chickadee
Whiting WMA
Tufted Titmouse
Whiting WMA
White-breasted Nuthatch
35 Sunset Rd
Carolina Wren
Whiting WMA
House Wren
Whiting WMA
Eastern Bluebird
Whiting WMA
American Robin
Whiting WMA
Gray Catbird
Marine Park--Southwest
Northern Mockingbird
Marine Park--Southwest
Brown Thrasher
Marine Park--Southwest
European Starling
Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier Four
35 Sunset Rd
Black-and-white Warbler
Whiting WMA
Common Yellowthroat
Whiting WMA
American Redstart
35 Sunset Rd
Yellow Warbler
Marine Park--Southwest
Pine Warbler
Whiting WMA
Eastern Towhee
JBWR--East Pond
Chipping Sparrow
Whiting WMA
Song Sparrow
Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier One
Northern Cardinal
Marine Park--Southwest
Red-winged Blackbird
Mount Loretto Unique Area
Boat-tailed Grackle
Marine Park--Southwest
House Finch
35 Sunset Rd
American Goldfinch
JBWR--West Pond
House Sparrow
Brooklyn Bridge Park--Pier One