Sunday, August 29, 2010

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, August 27th, 2010:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Aug. 27, 2010
* NYNY1008.27

- Birds mentioned

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Cory's Shearwater
Common Moorhen
AMERICAN AVOCET
Willet (subspecies "Western Willet")
WHIMBREL
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
MARBLED GODWIT
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER
Stilt Sandpiper
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
GLAUCOUS GULL
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Common Raven
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Wilson's Warbler
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
LINCOLN'S SPARROW
BLUE GROSBEAK

WHITE-TAILED KITE (extralimital: Stratford, Connecticut)

- Transcript

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to nysarc3 [AT] nybirds.org.

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

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, August 27th 2010 at 11:45pm. The highlights of today's tape are AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, WHIMBREL, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, GLAUCOUS GULL, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW and BLUE GROSBEAK.

The previously reported AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was still present Thursday at the East Pond at Jamaica Bay where high water levels last week apparently hindered shorebirding efforts.

The AMERICAN AVOCET also lingered through the week up to today at Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area at the western border along Biddle Creek.

Single WHIMBRELS were reported at Napeague Bay on Sunday and at West End Jones Beach on Wednesday.

Birders had a gorgeous godwit day last Sunday at Cupsogue County Park where 10 MARBLED GODWITS and 12 HUDSONIAN GODWITS were encountered. Another MARBLED GODWIT was reported last Sunday from Mecox Bay among 15 species of shorebirds including 29 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 5 STILT SANDPIPERS, a WESTERN SANDPIPER and 2 BLACK TERNS.

A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was found at the cricket field at Floyd Bennett Field on Thursday along with about 100 Semipalmated Plovers.

Last Saturday a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was found in the swale area in front of the bathhouse at parking field 2 West End Jones Beach among over 200 assorted shorebirds.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was still present through Wednesday at the ferry slip at Orient Point.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW were found Thursday at the Great Hill area of Central Park. The LINCOLN'S SPARROW was still there on Friday.

A BLUE GROSBEAK was seen Thursday at the Vale of Cashmere area at Prospect Park where 13 species of warblers were found in the park highlighted by a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. Migrating warbler numbers and species increased last week with 12 to 18 species of warblers reported today by several parties at Central Park highlighted by TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and WILSON'S WARBLER.

Yesterday 12 species of warblers were counted at Central Park featuring a WORM-EATING WARBLER. Another WORM-EATING WARBLER was seen with another 12 species of warbler at Prospect Park along with a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER on Tuesday with 12 species of warbler reported last Saturday at Prospect Park.

Other Central Park arrivals on Thursday were RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO.

Other interesting sightings last week were 2 COMMON MOORHENS at the East Pond at Jamaica Bay on Thursday, 160 to 170 BLACK TERNS at Napeague Bay last Saturday, 44 "Western" WILLETS, 26 STILT SANDPIPERS and a GULL-BILLED TERN at West End Jones Beach last Sunday, a COMMON RAVEN and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER Monday at Alley Pond Park, 8 CORY'S SHEARWATERS at Robert Moses State Park at Fire Island seawatch last Monday, 2 CASPIAN TERNS at Robert Moses State Park at Fire Island on Wednesday.

A WHITE-TAILED KITE was still present today at the Audubon property at Stratford Point in Stratford Connecticut.

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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