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Saturday, April 14, 2012

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, April 13, 2012:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Apr. 13, 2012
* NYNY1204.13

- Birds mentioned

Blue-winged Teal
Northern Gannet
American Bittern
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Bald Eagle
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Hermit Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush

- 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 13th 2012 at 10:30pm. The highlights of today's tape are RED-NECKED GREBE, ICELAND GULL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.

Migratory movement for the period was only fair during the week with most observers reporting fair numbers of PINE WARBLERS, PALM WARBLERS and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS with scattered BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS and a few BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, fair numbers of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and HERMIT THRUSHES at favorite sites throughout the 5 boroughs and on Long Island.

The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Alley Pond Park was last seen last Saturday.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was present Thursday and Friday at Van Cortlandt Park Lake by the golf course.

An ICELAND GULL was on Wolfe's Pond Park on Staten Island on Thursday.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at a private residence in Babylon on Thursday and the YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at Hempstead Lake State Park was last reported last Sunday.

Other interesting birds reported last week were:

An AMERICAN BITTERN was still on Dune Road near Triton Lane, Tiana Beach last Monday and another AMERICAN BITTERN, also on Monday, was seen at Jamaica Bay on the West Pond where a TRICOLORED HERON and a LITTLE BLUE HERON were reported on Sunday.

Small numbers of BLUE-WINGED TEAL were reported throughout the week at Jamaica Bay West Pond and Hempstead Lake State Park.

A remarkable 3,200 NORTHERN GANNETS were seen Thursday in the ocean off Robert Moses State Park Fire Island.

A BALD EAGLE was reported from Hempstead Lake State Park on Tuesday.

A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD and a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH were at Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Saturday.

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.

- End transcript

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