• Best Bird of the Weekend

    7 days ago - By 10,000 Birds

    Mid-October delivers tons of birding excitement, even the kind that can be enjoyed from a sedentary position. Whether you experienced a Big Day, a Big Sit, or just a big weekend of birding, we're inviting you to brag about what you saw.
    While I didn't engage in competitive birding this weekend, I did strike out in search of something new for my county list. Lucky for me, though I dipped on my initial target, a handsome Long-billed Dowitcher turned up at my favorite shorebird spot. Corey spent all day on Saturday at the Eighth Annual Queens County Bird Club Big Sit at Fort Tilden. The winds...
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  • Death of the Downy Woodpecker, or, Dunlin at 10,000 Feet: The Eighth Annual Queens County Bird Club Big Sit

    Death of the Downy Woodpecker, or, Dunlin at 10,000 Feet: The Eighth Annual Queens County Bird Club Big Sit

    7 days ago - By 10,000 Birds

    This past Saturday, 09 October 2021, was the Eighth Annual Queens County Bird Club Big Sit. As regular readers of 10,000 Birds know, the Big Sit is my favorite birding event of the year, narrowly edging out the Christmas Bird Count. As always, we held our sit high atop Battery Harris at Fort Tilden on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. This vantage point is advantageous in that we can see the ocean, we can see the bay, and, when the winds are right, we can see migrants streaming through.
    Sadly, on Saturday the winds weren't right. They started out of the northeast and shifted around...
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