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Friday, March 09, 2012

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, March 9, 2012:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Mar. 9, 2012
* NYNY1203.09

- Birds mentioned

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Red-necked Grebe
American Woodcock
Tree Swallow
Yellow-breasted Chat
Rusty Blackbird

GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH+ (northern New York, Locust Grove)

- 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, March 9th 2012 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are an extralimital GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, EURASIAN WIGEON, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL and NORTHERN SHRIKE.

Before we begin locally hopefully everyone is aware of the GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH that had this week been visiting feeders in northern New York in the town of Locust Grove. However this finch has unfortunately apparently moved on.

The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD remains around the feeders adjacent to the entrance to the planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History on West 81st Street just west of Central Park West.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE at Floyd Bennett Field has seemingly been more visible recently often perching in trees along the runway that runs north parallel to Jamaica Bay past the entrance to the large parking lot by the boat launch. Look especially around the intersection with the next main runway to the north towards the model airplane flying area. Three RED-NECKED GREBES were with other waterfowl in the bay off the boat launch area last Sunday.

At Jones Beach West End 5 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were around the jetty Tuesday and other birds included RED-NECKED GREBE, RAZORBILL and TREE SWALLOW.

Last Sunday afternoon there were 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS in the parking lot at the Point Lookout Town Park including an impressive full adult.

A female KING EIDER was still on Long Island Sound off Glen Cove last Saturday near the point at East Island.

At Hempstead Lake State Park a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was noted again Thursday near MacDonald's Pond beyond the south parking lot and some RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were also in that area recently.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was spotted Thursday at Massapequa Preserve in the reservoir just north of the railroad station on the north side of Sunrise Highway Route 27.

On the docks at the Bellport Bay Yacht Club at the end of Bellport Lane in Bellport last Saturday afternoon were single GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS and another ICELAND GULL was on Iron Pier Beach at the end of Pier Avenue in Northville last Sunday.

An arriving OSPREY was noted Thursday and AMERICAN WOODCOCK have been displaying in numerous areas on the warmer evenings 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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