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Friday, April 23, 2010

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, April 23, 2010:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Apr. 23, 2010
* NYNY1004.23

- Birds mentioned


(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Common Eider
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Northern Fulmar
Sooty Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Northern Gannet
Great Cormorant
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Broad-winged Hawk
Clapper Rail
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
American Oystercatcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Upland Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Red Phalarope
Little Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
House Wren
Blue-winged Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler

- Transcript

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to nysarc3 AT

If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Jeanne Skelly - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
420 Chili-Scottsville Rd.
Churchville, NY 14428

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert Number: (212) 979-3070

To report sightings call:
Tom Burke (212) 372-1483 (weekdays, during the day)
Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 (Long Island)

Compiler: Tom Burke, Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace


Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, April 23rd 2010 at 9pm. The highlights of today's tape are pelagic trip results, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, GLAUCOUS GULL and Spring migrants.

With birding onshore picking up steam slowly a birding venture offshore certainly paid dividends Wednesday. Two birders took a private fishing boat out to the continental shelf, 70 plus miles south of Shinnecock Inlet, and encountered a [huge] Spring mix of birds in water temperatures ranging from 47F to 50F degrees. Near the shelf were 3 NORTHERN FULMARS, 4 early WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS and 4 molting RED PHALAROPES while closer in were an early SOOTY SHEARWATER, 2 adult LITTLE GULLS, a COMMON TERN and 57 RAZORBILLS and 4 ATLANTIC PUFFINS many of the alcids approaching breeding plumage. Over 70 NORTHERN GANNETS were also counted.

Onshore the male PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was still being seen on Fuch's Pond in Northport at least through Sunday. Patience can be required to view this warbler which eventually returns to the wood strewn vegetation in the center of the pond. The pond is north of Route 25A adjacent to Waterside Road with an entrance on the east side of the road just before Seaside Court angles off to the right. Parking is available on turnouts off Seaside Court. The entrance is across the road from a house loaded with Wizard of Oz type paraphernalia in the yard.

The New York State parks have been producing an increasing number of migrants. Some of the more notable visitors including a male HOODED WARBLER at Riverside Park in northern Manhattan Tuesday and a variety of warblers in Central Park featuring BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER Sunday and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH Monday with Thursday adding BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA and PRAIRIE WARBLER plus now the rather widespread PINE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS and a WHITE-EYED VIREO.

In Prospect Park an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen Monday along with LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and BLUE-HEADED VIREO Sunday and Monday and a HOODED WARBLER appeared on Wednesday with 2 there Thursday and HOUSE WREN also arrived there Wednesday. Also in Prospect were 3 lingering RING-NECKED DUCKS Sunday and a BALD EAGLE over the lake Wednesday.

Other distinct birds scattered about in local parks have been an UPLAND SANDPIPER at Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn Saturday, a GLAUCOUS GULL along with CLAPPER RAIL and 3 WILLETS at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn Monday, a lingering ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in Hempstead Lake State Park at least to Sunday. Four YELLOW WARBLERS at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Thursday, a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Cammann's Pond off Merrick Road in Merrick Sunday, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO at Sands Point Preserve in Port Washington Sunday and a WHIP-POOR-WILL singing at Edgewood Preserve in Deer Park on Monday.

Shorebird numbers were rather impressive at Tobay and Cedar Beach Marina last Sunday with thousands of birds, mostly DUNLIN, roosting along the shoreline at high tide. Other shorebirds at Cedar Beach Marina included a winter plumaged AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, at least 2 RED KNOT, 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER along with some BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and SANDERLINGS and a few GREATER YELLOWLEGS and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS. Two more SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were noted at Tobay and the day before 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS joined 2 WILLETS at Jones Beach West End. A pond west of Jones Beach field 10 Thursday contained a few WOOD DUCKS and BLUE-WINGED TEAL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL.

A seawatch off Robert Moses State Park Saturday produced 3 RAZORBILLS during a good flight of seabirds which was also noted farther east off Amagansett both Saturday and Sunday with Sundays totals including 48 RAZORBILLS, 112 NORTHERN GANNETS, 43 COMMON LOONS and 94 RED-THROATED LOONS. A CASPIAN TERN at Mecox as of Saturday became 2 on Tuesday and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were at Mecox on Saturday and 1 Sunday with 1 also lingering at Napeague.

Two GREAT CORMORANTS and several hundred COMMON EIDER were still at Shinnecock Inlet Sunday. Eighteen WILSON'S SNIPE were flushed by a NORTHERN HARRIER at Wainscot Sunday and a BALD EAGLE visited Long Pond in Sag Harbor Tuesday and Wednesday.

A great flight of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS passed through the area last Saturday with 80 noted over Central Park and over 150 passing by the Greenwich Audubon Center hawk site.

To phone in reports on Long Island, call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126, or weekdays call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483. This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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