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Randall's Island

I love birding Randall's Island (a small island East of Manhattan, south of the Bronx, and west of Queens) in the winter.  I generally don't see another birder when I visit, but today because of a Barnacle Goose found by Anya Auerbach, there were lots of birders.  I also had two Snow Buntings by the water's edge east of Field 31.  Both species were life birds for me, so today was a great day.  New York City has lots of great birds in January!


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Snowy In Snow

Snowy Owls continue in the area. This afternoon, I got to photograph one in the snow.  White on White, what a delight to photograph.


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Happy New Year

My New Year's resolution is to do a little more birding and a little less photography during the non-nesting/fledgling period for hawks. (Basically the months outside of April, May, June and July.)

So today, I just went for a long walk around Central Park today with my scope and took an occasional digiscoping picture.  My bird count 39 species.  The highlight was seeing two Baltimore Orioles.

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81 Canada Goose
2 Wood Duck
41 Mallard
1 American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)
37 Northern Shoveler
1 Ring-necked Duck
8 Bufflehead
9 Hooded Merganser
10 Ruddy Duck
4 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Cooper's Hawk
3 Red-tailed Hawk
5 American Coot
18 Ring-billed Gull
6 Great Black-backed Gull
23 Rock Pigeon
1 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
11 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
1 Carolina Wren
2 American Robin
1 Northern Mockingbird
4 European Starling
1 Song Sparrow
28 White-throated Sparrow
8 Dark-eyed Junco
2 Northern Cardinal
1 Red-winged Blackbird
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2 Baltimore Oriole
11 House Finch
8 American Goldfinch
23 House Sparrow

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