in reverse chronological order
On July 8, 2009 an American White
Pelican was found on the Hudson River at Kingston Point.
The next day, the bird turned up at Port Ewen, just a bit south.
The pelican was also seen from Rhinecliff Landing in Dutchess
County, and this sighting was counted as a Dutchess record.
Lawrence's Warbler, photo by Doug Koch
4/30/09 from Gary Lovett:
I saw a Lawrence's Warbler (hybrid
Blue-winged X Golden-winged) yesterday at the Cary Institute. It
is rare enough that some others may want to see it. Directions: From
the State Trooper Barracks at the junction of Routes 44 and 82,
go east on Rte 44 for about half a mile to Fowler Road, near the
Cottonwood Inn. Take a left on Fowler Road and go north
through the Cary Institute property. The second paved road
on the right, about 1.5 or 2 miles up Fowler Road, is gated. Just
before that gated road, there is a small parking pullout on the
right. The bird is right in the vicinity of that parking
area. (last reported seen 5/2/09)
of photos by 3 RTWBC members
a Hotline Number For
information on interesting bird sightings, you may want to call one
of the many hotlines that make up the NARBA (North American Rare Bird
Alert) network. Listed below are the numbers that cover southeastern
New York. For a comprehensive list, visit the Peterson
Hotline Recording Transcripts Online
(Kingbird Region 8)
phone: 518-439-8080 compilers: John Saville, Jeff Marx,
Jackie Bogardus, Rich Guthrie, Lou Esch
Lower Hudson Valley Region
(Kingbird Region 9)
phone: 914-666-6614 compiler: New compiler is needed, so
this RBA is not currently active.
New York City and Long Island Region
(Kingbird Region 10)
phone: 212-979-3070 compiler: Tom Burke
note, there is no telephone hotline anymore. Check out CTBIRD
which you can subsctibe to for automatic alerts to your mailbox.
can view hotline transcripts online at The
Virtual Birder. When you get there, just click on the state
that interests you.
Birding Association "Sightings" Column 1/9/09
monthly, alternating between Winging It and Birding,
with the latest news, reports, and rumors from the ABA Area.
Sightings are compiled from online discussion groups and RBAs,
with valuable contributions from a growing network of informants
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