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Monday, August 16, 2010

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, August 13, 2010 (apologies for the late posting):

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* August 13, 2010
* NYNY1008.13

- Birds Mentioned:

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Bald Eagle
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Royal Tern
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
"Brewster's" Warble (hybrid)
Tennessee Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Hooded Warbler
Indigo Bunting


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
nysarc1 [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

~ Transcript ~

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

To report sightings call:
Tony Lauro (631) 734-4126
Tom Burke (212) 372-1483 (leave message)

Compilers: Tony Lauro, Tom Burke
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
Transcriber: Karen Fung


Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, August 13th, 2010 at 9:15 pm. The highlights of this week's tape are AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWITS, WILSON'S PHALAROPES, and an extralimital report of a WHITE-TAILED KITE.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continued to be seen through today at the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

The HUDSONIAN GODWIT, a MARBLED GODWIT, and three WILSON'S PHALAROPES were present through Thursday at the East Pond of Jamaica Bay.

Approximately 5,000 shorebirds of 22 species were seen on the East Pond, along with LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER.

Three MARBLED GODWITS were still present at Cupsogue County Park, West Hampton Dunes, last Sunday.

Up to four BLACK TERNS and several GULL-BILLED TERNS were seen through the week at the East Pond of Jamaica Bay.

The best passerine migration of the season occurred Wednesday at Central Park. It included 14 species of warbler, plus a BREWSTER'S WARBLER, highlighted by TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and HOODED WARBLER. Also seen was a GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, an INDIGO BUNTING, and 12 BOBOLINKS.

Other interesting birds reported for the week were: an immature BALD EAGLE at Cupsogue last Saturday (8/7); a CASPIAN TERN at Jamaica Bay on Tuesday; 39 ROYAL TERNS at Pike's Beach, West Hampton Dunes last Sunday; and 18 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH at Jamaica Bay on Wednesday.

Extralimital: A WHITE-TAILED KITE continued to be found at Stratford, CT through today at Stratford Point and Milford Point, near the Audubon-managed property.

Please call in reports to Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126. Messages may be left with 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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