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Saturday, April 07, 2012

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, April 6, 2012:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Apr. 6, 2012
* NYNY1204.06

- Birds mentioned

Harlequin Duck
Northern Gannet
Bald Eagle
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Forster's Tern
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Common Raven
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Hermit Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

- 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, April 6th 2012 at 10:30pm. The highlights of today's tape are Spring migrants highlighted by YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found Thursday at Alley Pond Park in Queens at the park edge at 76th Avenue and Cloverdale Boulevard. The bird was present today at 1pm.

There was an excellent migratory movement on Wednesday at Central Park with hundreds of individuals including a remarkable 5 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, a BLUE-HEADED VIREO, hundreds of HERMIT THRUSHES, many PINE WARBLERS, PALM WARBLERS and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and VESPER SPARROW.

Another excellent fallout of birds occurred also on Wednesday at Jones Beach West End where a migratory flock on the ground near the Coast Guard Station contained 4 PINE WARBLERS, 9 PALM WARBLERS, 4 CHIPPING SPARROWS, a VESPER SPARROW and 80 DARK-EYED JUNCOS. Seen at the adjacent inlet were 53 FORSTER'S TERNS and further east at Captree State Park a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found.

Other interesting sightings last week were as follows:

Good numbers of NORTHERN GANNET were noticed at several locations on western Long Island Sound from Rye to Little Neck Bay in Queens with 15 to 25 birds usually found at multiple locations.

There were 4 reports of BALD EAGLES: an immature bird at Smith Point County Park last Saturday, an adult at Riverhead also Saturday, an immature at Smithtown on Monday and another immature at Sunken Meadow State Park on Wednesday.

A HARLEQUIN DUCK was at the jetties at Point Lookout on Tuesday.

An ICELAND GULL on Dune Road near Tiana Beach on Saturday, another ICELAND GULL at Iron Pier Park in Riverhead on Tuesday, a COMMON RAVEN at the water tanks [in Hampton Bays] on Saturday, a WHITE-EYED VIREO at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at the Alley Pond Park Environmental Center on Saturday and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT Saturday at McDonald's Pond at Hempstead Lake State Park.

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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