Periodically there is discussion about the county lines at the West Pond of the Jamaica Bay wildlife refuge. The corner of the pond is in Brooklyn (Kings County). Below is the relevant portion of the refuge map published many years ago by the refuge when it was still under the auspices of the New York City Parks Department. If anyone is wondering about the accuracy of the map I will point out it was drawn by Richard Edes Harrison, one of the foremost cartographers of the 20th Century and a renowned NYC birder.
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
I haven't posted in a while for a number of reasons. The biggest was that Ann and I caught COVID-19 in early-January. I was lucky and only had relatively mild symptoms which I got over in about a week. Ann, however, had more severe symptoms leading up to being hospitalized and on oxygen for nine days. She is now home and feeling fine.
Since my last post back on December 17, before COVID, and since my recovery I have had some good birding, both in Inwood and elsewhere which I will put together in this post. Back in December we did have a Barred Owl in Inwood Hill Park (originally found by Danny Karlson). Danny found it before the local Christmas bird count, but I agree with the policy of not publicizing owls on-line so I did not report it at the time. We were lucky enough to have it on the bird count.
|Barred Owl - 12/13/2020|
Another great, in fact incredible, bird for the park was a Brown Pelican on the Hudson by Spuyten Duyvil on January 16, 2021 seen by Dmitriy Aronov and Nathan O'Reilly (and photographed by Nathan). It had been reported up river in Westchester earlier in the day and Dmitriy and Nathan watched for it when it headed downriver. Unfortunately, I was in COVID quarantine at the time and could not go out and watch for it myself. Congratulations to both of them on a great addition to the Inwood list.
|Common Redpoll - January 30, 2021 - Inwood Hill Park|
|Spotted Towhee - Baldwin Harbor Park - February 14, 2021|
Finally, this catch-up report would not be complete without noting my dashing down to Central Park on January 27 to see the Snowy Owl that turned up on a ballfield in the north end of the park. A second record for the park, the last one being in December 1890. Because of COVID, this was actually my first visit to Central Park since 2019.
|Snowy Owl - Central Park - January 27, 2021|
Thursday, December 17, 2020
|Jupiter (the brighter one) and Saturn on the right; Moon on the left.|
|Jupiter with three moons (bottom); Saturn (top)|
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Back on December 3, Nathan O’Reilly found an Orange-crowned Warbler in the fenced area on the north side of the soccer field. Danny Karlson also saw the bird later that day, but it was not seen subsequently. This morning Danny texted that he had found it again in the same area. I headed over and was able to refind it. A short time later Nathan also walked up to see it. The bird was often difficult to see but I was able to get a few pictures of it.
Saturday, December 12, 2020
|Cooper's Hawk - December 12, 2020 - Inwood Hill Park|
The recent movement to do away with bird names that commemorate people I think is quite silly. I think it is far more interesting to find out who these people were. There are many books that provide just this sort of historical information. The classic one for North American birds is Audubon to Xantus: The Lives of Those Commemorated in North American Bird Names by Barbara and Richard Mearns (1992, Academic Press). This book is out of print now, but just published this year is Bird is the Word: An Historical Perspective on the Names of North American Birds by Gary H. Meiter (2020, McDonald & Woodward Publishing). Much of the following is derived from these two references.
Friday, December 4, 2020
The Blackpoll Warbler first found by Nathan O’Reilly and Danny Karlson back on November 21 continues in Inwood Hill Park. It is often found in the fenced area on the north side of the soccer fields at the north end of the park. But, sometimes it is behind the brush piles in the northwest corner of the soccer field. When I first reported on this bird I noted that the late record for the species in New York State was December 3. This was based on the species account in “Bull’s Birds of New York State” which was published in 1998. However, today Sean Sime told me that there is a record in eBird of a Blackpoll Warbler seen in Brooklyn on December 14, 2012. Therefore, the bird currently in Inwood is not yet a record late date for the species for New York. Anyway, here a some pictures from today of the Inwood’s Blackpoll Warbler.
Monday, November 23, 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020
|Blackpoll Warbler - Inwood Hill Park - November 21 2020|
Monday, November 16, 2020
|Part of a flock of 24 Mourning Doves on the soccer field - November 16 2020|