Saturday, May 07, 2011

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, May 6, 2011:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* May. 6, 2011
* NYNY1105.06

- Birds mentioned

WHITE IBIS+
VARIED THRUSH+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Roseate Tern
Common Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW
Red-headed Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Swainson's Thrush
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Worm-eating Warbler
KENTUCKY WARBLER
Hooded Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
SUMMER TANAGER
Grasshopper Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
BLUE GROSBEAK
Bobolink
Pine Siskin

- 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, May 6th 2011 at 8pm. The highlights of today's tape are WHITE IBIS, VARIED THRUSH, CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER and BLUE GROSBEAK.

After a couple of unconfirmed reports on Staten Island of the adult WHITE IBIS, on Monday it was relocated in the marshy pool at Great Kills Park and was still utilizing this area today flying into the site at 5:55 this morning. The pond is located off the entrance road into Great Kills Park. From Hylan Boulevard enter Great Kills and look for a marsh and pool on the right or west side of the road before the ranger's station. This area can be viewed only from along the main road so the strategy would be to park in the next lot near the ranger's station and walk back along the road. The ibis, even if present, can be out of sight for long periods at a time as it feeds around the vegetated pond so patience can be required.

In Central Park the VARIED THRUSH appeared again last Sunday north of the 79th Street transverse near the Metropolitan Museum of Art but most attention in the park has been focused on the nice variety of migrants. Tuesday produced a good flight with 29 species of warblers reported. Highlights included a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER lingering around the Ramble or Cherry Hill, a KENTUCKY WARBLER at the north end around the north side of the pool on the south slope of Great Hill this bird still present Thursday just in from West 103rd Street and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the Gill in the Ramble. Another KENTUCKY WARBLER was seen briefly in the Ramble today. Other warblers have featured TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER and HOODED WARBLER. In addition at least 2 SUMMER TANAGERS were in Central Park on Tuesday, one still at the north end Wednesday. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER remains in the area below the Sheep Meadow. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER appeared on Tuesday. A CERULEAN WARBLER and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were in Central Park last Saturday. Other arrivals have included EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, LEAST FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, LINCOLN'S SPARROW and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

Up in Riverside Park, in northern Manhattan, a SUMMER TANAGER last Saturday was followed by a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER on Monday and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER Tuesday.

Prospect Park in Brooklyn was treated to a CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW flying around the treetops last Saturday and a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER lingering around Terrace Bridge at least to Tuesday. Other highlights featured OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER Tuesday and such warblers as TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER and WILSON'S WARBLER. Some PINE SISKINS were also still in the park last Saturday.

Also in Brooklyn 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS were present for a short while last Sunday in Green-wood Cemetery.

Another BLUE GROSBEAK was seen Tuesday and Thursday at Vault Hill in Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx.

Alley Pond Park in Queens, among its warblers, has provided WORM-EATING WARBLER and HOODED WARBLER this week and at Hempstead Lake State Park a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER Thursday was present along with TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER and CAPE MAY WARBLER.

Interesting was a report from Caumsett State Park last Sunday of an adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE flying in with a few Canada Geese.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was noted Sunday at the Calverton Grasslands near the Route 25 entrance.

Arriving COMMON TERN and fewer ROSEATE TERNS were noted on Monday moving by Robert Moses State Park the same day finding over a thousand terns returning to Great Gull Island.

Some BOBOLINKS have also been noted recently.

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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