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Sunday, September 05, 2010

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, September 3, 2010:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Sep. 3, 2010
* NYNY1009.03

- Birds mentioned

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Common Eider
Little Blue Heron
Caspian Tern
Parasitic Jaeger
Common Nighthawk
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Tennessee Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Vesper Sparrow
Purple Finch

- 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, September 3rd 2010 at 11:45pm. The highlights of today's tape are AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, AMERICAN AVOCET, WHIMBREL, MARBLED GODWIT, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE and GLAUCOUS GULL.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was still present through Thursday at the East Pond at Jamaica Bay.

AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were reported last week with 2 birds seen at the sod fields on Osborne Avenue and Sound Avenue in Riverhead on Thursday and Friday and a single bird was seen at Jamaica Bay at the Terrapin Trail on Thursday.

The AMERICAN AVOCET was last reported at the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area last Sunday. A WHIMBREL plus 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were seen at the swale area of Jones Beach West End field 2 on Wednesday.

Two MARBLED GODWITS were still present at Cupsogue County Park on Sunday and the number increased to 6 on Tuesday.

BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS appeared in several spots last week: 2 at the East Pond at Jamaica Bay on Tuesday, 1 at Floyd Bennett Field at the cricket area along with 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS on Tuesday, 7 at the swale area at West End Jones Beach on Tuesday, apparently 5 birds were still at this locale on Thursday and another bird was still at the fire training facility at the Northville Turnpike west of Route 105 in Riverhead on Friday.

Two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were reported at Manorville in Suffolk County at Head of the Neck Road just north of Sunrise Highway and west of Route 51 on Wednesday. An additional bird appeared on Thursday and the 3 birds were still there today. Another BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was found on Sound Avenue and Osborne Avenue in Riverhead on Thursday. A single BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was at the swale area at Jones Beach on Tuesday and Thursday.

A WILSON'S PHALAROPE along with another 19 species of shorebirds reported from the East Pond and West Pond at Jamaica Bay on Thursday where high water levels at the East Pond have greatly reduced the numbers of birds previously reported.

The previously reported GLAUCOUS GULL was still hanging around the ferry slip at Orient Point on Monday.

Thirteen species of warbler were counted last Saturday at Prospect Park highlighted by BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and CAPE MAY WARBLERS along with an impressive number of 42 VEERYS while 12 species of warblers were encountered in Central Park on the same day highlighted by TENNESSEE WARBLER and CAPE MAY WARBLERS.

Nine species of warbler including CAPE MAY WARBLER plus PURPLE FINCH, 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS, 50 BANK SWALLOWS were reported from Fire Island on Sunday.

Several correspondents have reported good numbers of COMMON NIGHTHAWK (S) through the week from Manhattan to eastern Long Island and also observers are reporting good numbers of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES through the week.

Other interesting reports last week included 3 COMMON EIDER at Montauk last Saturday, an immature LITTLE BLUE HERON from the unusual locale of Alley Pond Park on Tuesday, a PARASITIC JAEGER at Jones Beach West End on Tuesday, 2 CASPIAN TERNS at Cupsogue County Park on Sunday, 2 CASPIAN TERNS at Fire Island on Sunday, 2 VESPER SPARROWS at Floyd Bennett Field on Thursday.

To call in reports please call 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.

- End transcript


ks said...

Where is the East Pond @ Jamaica Bay?

We would like to see the pelican, but can't find East Pond on google. Is it possible to take the subway or is a car necessary?

Rob Jett said...

Take the "A" train to Far Rockaway. Get off at the Broadchannel stop. Leave station and walk west along Noel Rd. Go north on Crossbay Blvd. It is a 1/2 mile walk to the trail head at the south end of the East Pond.

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