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Sunday, July 18, 2010

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Saturday, July 17th, 2010:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 17, 2010
* NYNY1007.17

- Birds mentioned

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Cory's Shearwater
Greater Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Northern Gannet
Least Bittern
Bald Eagle
Western Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Black Tern
Royal Tern
Louisiana Waterthrush

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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 Saturday, July 17th 2010 at 1am. The highlights of today's tape are AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, WHIMBREL, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, pelagic birding from land and shorebird migration.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS were reported on Wednesday at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge the avocets on the West Pond and the pelican on the East Pond. The pelican was still present on Friday.

Three WHIMBREL were reported, 1 on Saturday and Sunday at the Cupsogue County Park flats and 1 at the Shinnecock mussel beds on Thursday and another at the East Pond Jamaica Bay on Friday.

Two HUDSONIAN GODWITS were reported, 1 Saturday and Thursday on the Cupsogue County Park flats and another on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay on Thursday and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE was seen Friday at the East Pond Jamaica Bay and another at Cupsogue last Saturday.

Pelagic birding from land last week produced the following results: on Saturday at Cupsogue County Park in Westhampton Dunes 6 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 2 GREATER SHEARWATERS and 10 NORTHERN GANNETS, on Wednesday at the Shinnecock Inlet 12 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 12 GREATER SHEARWATERS, 2 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 8 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, on Thursday at the Shinnecock Inlet 70 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 50 GREATER SHEARWATERS and 80 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, and on Friday from Pike's Beach in Westhampton Dunes 1 MANX SHEARWATER, 1 CORY'S SHEARWATER, 11 GREATER SHEARWATERS, 75 plus WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, 2 BLACK TERNS and 4 NORTHERN GANNETS.

Shorebird numbers continue to rise at the south shore locales at Pike's Beach, Cupsogue flats, Jamaica Bay. Despite extremely high water levels at the East Pond at Jamaica Bay 8 species of shorebirds were reported on Friday at the East Pond with over 800 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, a WHIMBREL, 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS and about 10 species were reported during the week at Cupsogue and at the flats at Pike's Beach.

Other interesting birds for the week were: a LEAST BITTERN on Friday at the East Pond Jamaica Bay, a GULL-BILLED TERN on Sunday at Jamaica Bay, a ROYAL TERN and an ARCTIC TERN at Cupsogue on Saturday, a 1st year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Mecox on Saturday, a 1st year BALD EAGLE at Montauk on Saturday and a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Central Park on Friday.

Tom Burke will be away next week, please call in reports to Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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