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Hudson River Estuary Program
September 26 - October 2, 2020

A Project of the Hudson River Estuary Program
Compiled by Tom Lake, Consulting Naturalist

COVID-19 Guidance for Enjoying the Outdoors
While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the CDC/NYSDOH guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19. To find out more about enjoying DEC lands and New York's State Parks, visit DEC's website Play Smart*Play Safe*Play Local;

Keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.
Wear a cloth face covering in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.
Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and playground equipment.

DEC recommends avoiding busy trailheads. Find the trails less traveled and visit when trails may not be as busy during daylight hours.


We saw peak fall colors in the northern reach of the watershed this week. Autumn is a time when the geographical diversity of its 320-mile length becomes apparent. The seasons are merging, from the colorful forests and below freezing air temperatures in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks, a mile above sea level, to green leaves and summer-like conditions where the estuary spills into the Lower Bay of New York Harbor.

Highlight of the Week 

9/30 – Saugerties, HRM 102: At 7:00 PM this evening, right at dusk, our harbor seal surfaced in the shallows on the north side of the lighthouse. He stayed around for five minutes, diving and resurfacing several times. This was Day 421 for the male harbor seal’s unprecedented residence in the vicinity of Esopus Creek and the Saugerties Lighthouse.
- Patrick Landewe

Natural History Entries 

High Peaks Adirondacks9/26 – Newcomb, HRM302 - We had peak fall foliage in the High Peaks of the central Adirondacks this weekend. It was very colorful with an abundance of red and yellow hues. The weather this past week has made for optimal “leaf peeping.”  (Photo of Fall foliage in the Adirondacks courtesy of Charlotte Demers)
- Charlotte Demers

9/26 – Croton Point HRM 34-35: The summer theme of young-of-year fishes has been borne out in the incredible growth of bluefish. Anglers at Croton Point were catching them, up to 16-inches, in the Tappan Zee and Haverstraw Bay on almost anything offered from artificial lures to bait.
- Chris Letts

9/26 – Bedford, HRM 35: We spotted 58 raptors today at the Bedford Audubon Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch. Of those, 35 were sharp-shinned hawks. Non-raptor migrants included one ruby-throated hummingbird and ten monarch butterflies.
- Richard Aracil, Jason Tellone, Karen Troche, Pedro Troche, Tony Wilkinson

9/26 – Hook Mountain, HRM 31: We counted 77 migrating raptors at the Hook Mountain Hawkwatch today; sharp-shinned hawk was high count with 59.
- Tom Fiore

9/26 – Manhattan, New York City: The Randall’s Island Park Alliance Staff held a public fishing clinic today in the East River at the 103rd Street Footbridge in the southeast corner of Randall’s Island. Orange safety cones were set up for social distancing. Individual fishing gear—ten rods baited with sandworms—was provided for 40 excited participants from the Cado Paso walking group. Our catch included a four-inch oyster toadfish and a foot-long striped bass; the former delighted the students in our fish tank, while the latter was admired and released. The water was 70 degrees Fahrenheit (F), and the salinity was 26.0 parts-per-thousand (ppt).
- Chris Bowser, Chris Girgenti, Jhanelle Mullings

[Randall’s Island Park is located at the always-interesting junction of the Harlem and East Rivers, the infamous “Hell Gate” of unpredictable currents and eddies. Many people reflected today on how important it was to get their kids and their community outside and safely socializing in these challenging times. Chris Girgenti, Jhanelle Mullings]

Mummichogs9/26 – Sandy Hook, NJ: There are many treats available when visiting the National Park Service’s Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area. For most of the year, the birding is top-notch. There is sand, surf, and long beaches to walk. In autumn, you can lose count of the monarchs passing. You can snorkel in Raritan Bay or toss crab traps in for blue crabs. There are spring-through-autumn peaks in surf fishing for a myriad of game fishes such as striped bass, bluefish, summer flounder, and the occasional albacore and Atlantic bonito. The latter two are tuna and are incredible swimmers; they move through the surf like little rockets.

If the size of the fish is not important, then seining is an option. During the summer-fall season, the Raritan Bay side of Sandy Hook is filled with shoals of small fish, mostly young-of-year. Today we made short hauls with our 35-footer in waist-deep warm water (69 degrees F) through patches of sea lettuce (Ulva lactuca). Each haul netted hundreds of fish and we had to drop the top seam line and let some go. After sorting through them looking for exotic species, all were safely released. Atlantic silverside was high count by far, along with striped killifish and mummichog (37-63 millimeters (mm)). (Photo of mummichogs courtesy  of Tom Lake)
- Tom Lake, B.J. Jackson

[Sandy Hook borders on, and fronts, the Lower Bay of New York Harbor and is either the beginning or the terminus of the Hudson River watershed, depending on which way you are migrating. From fish to songbird to raptors to butterflies, migrants closely follow the coastline in autumn and springtime, making Sandy Hook an important waystation, and a gateway, in and out of the watershed. Tom Lake]

(one inch = 25.4 millimeters (mm))

9/27 – Delmar, HRM 142: Eight of us turned up for a morning of birding at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center. Breaking up into small groups, we walked different trails for over two hours, and then returned to the meet-up area for some conversation and a compilation of birds observed. Our species list totaled 62. Some notable sightings were ruby-throated hummingbird, a surprise killdeer that flew right over us at the parking lot, green heron (at Sunfish Pond), at least a dozen eastern phoebes, warbling vireo, many purple finch, and nine species of warbler including Canada. There hasn't been a strong nocturnal migration since Sept. 22-23, so it was a pleasant surprise to encounter that kind of diversity.
- Tom Williams, Colleen Williams

9/27 – Bedford, HRM 35: It was another slow day with unfavorable southeast winds at the Bedford Audubon Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch. We spotted 34 raptors today. Of those, 22 were sharp-shinned hawks. Non-raptor migrants included a dozen monarch butterflies and, sadly, all too many mylar balloons.
- Richard Aracil, Julia Berliner, Karen Troche, Pedro Troche

9/27 – Hook Mountain, HRM 31: We counted 26 migrating raptors at the Hook Mountain Hawkwatch today, and sharp-shinned hawk was high count with 12. Non-raptor migrants included one ruby-throated hummingbird and three monarch butterflies.
- Felicia Napier, Tim Brew

Summer flounder9/27 – Sandy Hook, NJ: Every angler on the beach was looking for “working” birds, evidence of predatory activity. Gulls and terns diving for the remnants of small fish being carved up by marauding striped bass and bluefish are a signal to bait up. However, with an onshore breeze, the surf, out as far as we could see, was quiet. The birds were elsewhere. On occasions like these, many diehard bass and bluefish anglers drop their rods into their sand spike and just wait.

But the ocean, especially the surf, did not lack for fish. It seemed as though the bottom, for a mile or more, was paved with summer flounder. Anglers using cut white mullet for bass and blues could barely keep up with 15-19-inch summer flounder. (Note: The New Jersey open season for summer flounder runs from May 22 to September 19, so these were all catch-and-release.) (Photo of summer flounder courtesy of Tom Lake)
- Tom Lake, T.R. Jackson

[The summer flounder (fluke) bag limit, in season, in New Jersey is three fish per day, minimum of 18-inches. In New York, regulations are four fish per day, minimum 19-inches. Tom Lake]
9/28 – Bedford, HRM 35: There was nothing noteworthy at the Bedford Audubon Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch, other than how few birds there were in today's continuing unfavorable conditions (southeast winds). We spotted 5 raptors; osprey and merlin were high count with two each. Non-raptor migrants included two monarch butterflies and one ruby-throated hummingbird.
- Richard Aracil

9/28 – Hook Mountain, HRM 31: Poor conditions today included south winds 8-10 mph at the Hook Mountain Hawkwatch. We counted seven migrating raptors; osprey and sharp-shinned hawk were high count with three each. Vultures made a big move today as well with nine black vultures and 21 turkey vultures migrating. Non-raptor migrants included three monarch butterflies.
- Brenda Inskeep

*** Fish of the Week ***
Summer flounder9/28 – Hudson River Watershed: Fish-of-the-Week for Week 89 is the summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus), number 221 (of 234), on our Hudson River Watershed List of Fishes. If you would like a copy of our list, e-mail:

The summer flounder is taxonomically categorized as a lefteye flounder (Bothidae), one of five such species in the estuary. They should not be confused with similar looking righteye flounders (Pleuronectidae). Summer flounder, known colloquially as “fluke,” are found in coastal waters from Maine to Florida. In the estuary, they are considered a permanently-seasonally resident marine species.

As flatfish, flounders lie flat on the bottom. The two families, lefteye and righteye, are easy to distinguish in the field: Orient the flounder on its edge and note how its mouth opens. Both eyes of a left-eyed flounder will be on the left side of its head; both eyes of a right-eyed flounder will be on the right side of its head. This odd arrangement of eyes is a wonderful and ancient example of adaptation through natural selection and favored traits.

Flounders are born with one eye on each side of their head, as they are with most fishes. As flounders grow from the larval to juvenile stage, through a process called metamorphosis, one eye migrates to the opposite side of their head. As a result, both eyes are then on the side that faces up. It is like their unique DNA is executing program code. The topside of most flounders can very intricately mimic the surrounding substrate providing excellent camouflage from predators.

It has been written that a summer flounder will eat anything it can fit into its large, tooth-studded mouth, including all manner of fish and crustacean. Large summer flounder, often referred to as “doormats,” can reach 37-inches and weigh 30 pounds. (Photo of summer flounder courtesy of Anthony Farino)
- Tom Lake

9/29 – Bedford, HRM 35: Yet another slow day with unfavorable southeast winds and rain at the Bedford Audubon Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch. We spotted six raptors today; osprey was high count with two. Non-raptor migrants included a single monarch butterfly.
- Richard Aracil, Julia Berliner

9/29 – Hook Mountain, HRM 31: Although we had low clouds and a very low ceiling with rain at the Hook Mountain Hawkwatch today, we still had a good viewing sky with decent distance on the horizons. Around 10:30 AM, the southwest sky got very dark leading to drizzle. A steady rain began by 11:30 PM. No migrating raptors.
- John Phillips

9/29 – Manhattan, HRM 2: Our Hudson River Park’s River Project Staff checked the sampling and collection gear that we deploy off Pier 40 in Hudson River Park. Today, our traps had collected two oyster toadfish (45-65 mm), one blue crab with a missing claw, and the catch of the day, a beautiful male lined seahorse (125 mm).
-Olivia Radick, Graham Stuard

Mud dog whelk9/29 – Manhattan, New York City: Our Randall’s Island Park Alliance Staff got our seine back in the water this afternoon at our two sites on the East River. On the ebb tide, at Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh, we caught a familiar suite of fishes, including mummichog (to 70 mm; the larger ones had a girth nearly that of a hot dog), Atlantic silverside (67-80 mm), young-of-year striped bass (100 mm), winter flounder (60 mm), white perch, shore shrimp, mud dog whelk, blue crabs, and comb jellies (the size of a chocolate truffle).

Later at the Water's Edge Garden, as the tide was turning from ebb to flood, our net caught a more diverse group of fishes and marine life. These included mummichog, Atlantic silverside (48-100 mm), white perch, northern pipefish (7.0-120 mm). Young-of-year were represented by tautog (80-90 mm), oyster toadfish (45mm), striped bass (90mm), and northern puffer (30 mm; smaller than a red globe grape but bigger than a maraschino cherry). Invertebrates in the net were shore shrimp, mud dog whelk, blue crabs, Leidy’s comb jellies, and hermit crabs in mud dog whelk shells. The water was 71 degrees F, and the salinity was 265.0 ppt. (Photo of mud dog whelk courtesy o f Ron Ceo)
- Jackie Wu, Anna Kemeny, Christopher Girgenti

9/30 – Bedford, HRM 35: We had just a trickle of migrants today at the Bedford Audubon Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch with no species breaking ten individuals. We spotted 25 raptors; osprey was high count with six. Non-raptor migrants included five monarch butterflies.
- Richard Aracil

9/30 – Hook Mountain, HRM 31: There was a big storm overnight at the Hook Mountain Hawkwatch. The dark began breaking up at 9:00 AM. We ended up with a west wind at 10-20 mph, and a fast-moving sky. We counted nine migrating raptors and sharp-shinned hawk was high count with three.
- Steve Sachs

10/1 – Newcomb, HR302: The end of September saw significant rainfall with 1.8-inches, but the month was still well below its average of 3.9-inches. Trees in our region were quickly losing their beautiful autumn colors. It looks to have been a promising acorn crop in the surrounding areas with oaks, and a good, but early, apple crop as well. A few straggler common loons were still on the lakes around the High Peaks.
- Charlotte Demers

Redbreast sunfish10/1 – Newcomb, HR302: Our Fisheries Science Practicum class from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forest Biology (ESF) were on a field trip (September 25-27) to the Huntington Wildlife Forest. In a setting of peak autumn foliage, we managed to catch some fish in Wolf Lake. However, Arbutus, the other lake we usually fish, was in its fifth year of not showing any fish at all.

Back in the 2000s, we found Arbutus chock-full of brown bullheads. We think a big kill of some sort occurred, and the lake never recovered. Resident intern Carrick Palmer set two fish trap-nets in Arbutus and, when we checked them three days later, they were empty. Nor did we capture any brook trout during a 5-hour-long gillnet set. Prior to 2010, we could set trap-nets and catch 1,000-3,000 brown bullheads–but no longer. Students managed to dip-net half a dozen small, northern redbelly dace (Phoxinus eos) from the shallows, but those were the only fish we saw in Arbutus.

The other lake, Wolf Lake, one of the “sentinel” true headwater ponds of the Hudson River watershed, lost its fish in 2016, although we did come upon a bloom of a non-native freshwater jellyfish (Craspedacusta sowerbii).

In subsequent sampling, it appeared that Wolf Lake was recovering. We set two fish trap-nets and our most interesting catches were a very large redbreast sunfish (193 mm) and some very small suckers that we suspect are part of a species complex of summer-spawning, dwarf suckers (Catostomus utawana?). Cornell University is working on sorting out the taxonomy, so all we can say at the moment is “small, pretty suckers.”  (Photo of redbreast sunfish courtesy of Karin Limburg)
- Karin Limburg, Justin Herne, Carrick Palmer, Ian Foote, Emily Klimczak, Jarrett Landreth, Kyla Watson, Maddie Webb

Atlantic silverside10/1 – Little Stony Point, HRM 55: A major allure to seining in the estuary is the anticipation of the unexpected. After several hauls of our net in which young-of-year striped bass (72-74 mm) and Atlantic silverside (80-90 mm) dominated the catch, we intercepted a school of just sunfish (Centrarchidae). The two-dozen young-of-year fishes all appeared to be pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus). However, after a closer look we could see that there were several showing field marks of bluegill sunfish (L. macrochirus). These were hybrids. Within the genus Lepomis, five of our sunfishes are known to hybridize: bluegill, redbreast, pumpkinseed, warmouth, and green sunfish. The river was 72 degrees F, and the salinity was still high for the season at 5.0 ppt. As we left the beach, we were less than an hour from the full Harvest Moon rise. (Photo of Atlantic silverside courtesy of Tom Lake)
- Tom Lake, Audrey Pless, Phyllis Lake

[Salinity is the ratio or amount of salt present in water. While there are several ways to measure salinity, in the Almanac it is most often expressed as parts-per-thousand (ppt). At this latitude on the east coast of North America, seawater salinity averages 32-35 ppt. The value at any one tidewater location is extremely dynamic changing day to day, hour to hour, even minute by minute. The estuary’s salinity is diluted or enhanced depending upon the vagaries of weather, wind, tide and current, as well as the volume of freshwater flow from the upland watershed. For example, today’s snapshot measurement of 5.0 ppt at Little Bay Park can be thought of as about 15 percent seawater. Tom Lake]

Harvest moon10/1 – Hudson Valley: Tonight's full moon was this autumn's Harvest Moon, the full moon nearest the Autumnal Equinox.  (Photo of Harvest Moon courtesy of Deborah Tracy Kral)
- Tom Lake

10/1 – Bedford, HRM 35: We spotted 142 raptors today at the Bedford Audubon Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch. Sharp-shinned hawk was high count with 74. Non-raptor migrants included 28 monarch butterflies.
- Tait Johansson, Julia Berliner

10/1 – Hook Mountain, HRM 31: There were autumn leaves on the trail to the Hook Mountain Hawkwatch for the first time this year. We counted 38 migrating raptors and sharp-shinned hawk was high count with 20. Non-raptor migrants included six monarch butterflies.
- Trudy Battaly, Drew Panko, Bill Oswald, Denise Oswald, Fred Shaw

10/1 – Manhattan, HRM 13.5: At midday, the tide at the inlet of Spuyten Duyvil Creek was near high. Three dozen mallards were resting on the shore and a mockingbird was singing, sporadically, near the Nature Center (still closed because of the 2012 Hurricane Sandy). Among the still-abundant growth on the little strip of salt marsh, the groundsel bush (Baccharis halimifolia), was now blooming. (This is not actually a groundsel; the common name is due to confusion with another groundsel species.) I look forward to its unusual female flowers every year. Hidden in its foliage, a song sparrow called. The overall scene was one of somnolent tranquility, most welcome in a trying time.

Up on the ridge, more than an inch of rain two days earlier had restored many plants that had been sadly wilted a week ago. White snakeroot was now blooming, nearly matching the white wood asters in abundance. And then a surprise: a couple of bluestem goldenrods flowering; one of the few goldenrods that flourishes in the shade.  
- Thomas Shoesmith, Donna Mendell

Northern pipefish10/1 – Manhattan, HRM 2: Our Hudson River Park’s River Project Staff checked sampling and collection gear deployed on Pier 40 in Hudson River Park. Today’s effort was part of an ongoing virtual program called Live from the Field. In our traps we found a few of our summer-early fall regulars including two young-of-year black sea bass (65-90 mm), a lined seahorse (90 mm), and a blue crab (70 mm). In addition, we also collected two northern pipefish, one adult (190 mm) and one young-of-year (65 mm). While it is always exciting to encounter pipefish (close relative of the sea horse), it was especially compelling to see a juvenile compared to an adult and share this relationship with the public. (Photo of northern pipefish courtesy of Toland Kister)
-Toland Kister, Max Guliani

10/2 – Bedford, HRM 35: Migration was almost completely shut down until about 11:00 AM at the Bedford Audubon Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch. Once the rain stopped and the skies showed signs of clearing, we quickly began seeing migrating raptors, particularly sharp-shinned hawk, by far the most numerous. We spotted 143 raptors today. Sharp-shinned hawk was high count with 103. Non-raptor migrants included 23 monarch butterflies.
- Richard Aracil, Abby Sellelberg, Julia Berliner, Steve Mayo

10/2 – Hook Mountain, HRM 31: We counted 91 migrating raptors at the Hook Mountain Hawkwatch today, and sharp-shinned hawk was high count with 54. Non-raptor migrants included a flock of 17 blue jays.
- Ajit I. Antony, Liza Antony

10/2 – Manhattan, HRM 2: Our Hudson River Park’s River Project Staff closed out the week by checking sampling and collection gear deployed on Pier 40 in Hudson River Park. In an ongoing display of the fauna under Manhattan’s west side piers, our pots and traps caught four blue crabs (20-155 mm), a young-of-year black sea bass (60 mm), an oyster toadfish (50 mm), and a lined seahorse (70 mm).
-Toland Kister, Olivia Radick

High Peaks of the Adirondacks courtesy of Charlotte Demers

Fall 2020 Natural History Programs

2020 I Bird NY Challenges are open now!

Are you 16 years or younger and live in New York State? If you have an interest in birds, try the I Bird NY challenge! Find 10 common New York bird species and we'll send you a special certificate for taking the challenge. You will also be entered into a random drawing for birding accessories. Download our I Bird NY Beginner's Challenge form (PDF) and get started today. The Beginner's Challenge is also available in Spanish (PDF).

The Experienced Birder Challenge: If you are already a birder, take your birding to the next level by taking the I Bird NY Experienced Birder Challenge! The wide variety of habitats found in New York State support more than 450 different bird species. Find any 10 (or more) different bird species to complete the challenge. Find a lifer? Let us know! Complete and submit the Experienced Birder Challenge entry sheet (PDF) for a chance to be entered in a random drawing for birding accessories. The Experienced Birder's Challenge is also available in Spanish (PDF).

DEC Seeks Birdwatchers to contribute to 2020 Breeding Bird Atlas
NYSDEC Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced a call for citizen-science volunteers to help in the development of a comprehensive, statewide survey that takes place every two decades to detail New York’s breeding bird distribution. Starting in 2020, five years of field surveys will be conducted by volunteers and project partners to provide the data that will be analyzed to create the third New York State Breeding Bird Atlas.

DEC is partnering with the New York Natural Heritage Program, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Audubon New York, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, New York State Ornithological Association, and New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit on this project. When complete, the atlas will provide species-specific details about distribution, maps, and illustrations. The last atlas was published in 2008, with information on its results available on DEC’s website. The 2020 atlas will provide data on changes in species distribution and climate change’s potential impact on wildlife.

To participate, volunteers can make a free eBird account and submit data online through the atlas website ( or via the eBird mobile app. Simply record the species and any breeding behaviors observed. All sightings can count. As observations are reported, data can be viewed here:

Hudson River Miles
The Hudson is measured north from Hudson River Mile 0 at the Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan. The George Washington Bridge is at HRM 12, the Tappan Zee 28, Bear Mountain 47, Beacon-Newburgh 62, Mid-Hudson 75, Kingston-Rhinecliff 95, Rip Van Winkle 114, and the Federal Dam at Troy, the head of tidewater, at 153. The tidal section of the Hudson constitutes a bit less than half the total distance – 315 miles – from Lake Tear of the Clouds to the Battery. Entries from points east and west in the watershed reference the corresponding river mile on the mainstem.

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Useful Links

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration online tide and tidal current predictions are invaluable when planning Hudson River field trips. For real-time information on Hudson River tides, weather and water conditions from sixteen monitoring stations, visit the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System website.

DEC's Smartphone app for iPhone and Android is now available at: New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App.

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PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL: Get Outside Safely, Responsibly, and Locally

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1. I pledge to respect the rules and do my part to keep parks, beaches, trails, boat launches, and other public spaces safe for everyone.
2. I will stay local and close to home.
3. I will maintain a safe distance from others outside of my household.
4. I will wear a mask when I cannot maintain social distancing.
5. I accept that this summer, I may have to adjust how I enjoy the outdoors to help keep myself and others healthy and safe, even if it means changing my plans to visit a public space.
6. I will be respectful of others by letting them pass by me if needed on a trail and keeping my blanket ten feet apart from others on the beach.
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