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Saturday, July 21, 2012

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending on Friday, July 20, 2012:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* July 20, 2012
* NYNY1207.20

- Birds Mentioned:

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Horned Grebe
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Black Tern
Royal Tern
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper

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 nysarc1 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

~ Transcript ~

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Weekly Recording: (212) 979-3070

To report sightings call:
Tom Burke (212) 372-1483 (weekdays)
Tony Lauro (631) 734-4126

Compiler: Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
Transcriber: Karen Fung


Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 20th, 2012, at 11:00pm. The highlights of this tape are BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, RUFF, general shorebird migration, KENTUCKY WARBLER, and BLUE GROSBEAK.

Three BROWN PELICANS were seen last Saturday at the Calvert Vaux Park in the Gravesend Bay area of Brooklyn. Also noteworthy were the continued presence of two BLUE GROSBEAKS, along with such regulars as Willow Flycatcher and Indigo Bunting.

Last Sunday an AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at the Piermont Pier in Rockland County.

An AMERICAN AVOCET was present Monday on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, but was not seen thereafter.

The male RUFF that was initially found July 4th on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay, continued there this week. Another RUFF, identified as a female (Reeve), was found there on Sunday. Both birds were reported present on the East Pond today (Friday) -- the female at the south end, and the male at the north end.

Shorebird numbers on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay peaked on Monday with about 4500 birds of 17 species, including 3500 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 800 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 51 STILT SANDPIPERS, RED KNOT, and WESTERN SANDPIPER.

Shorebirds at Cupsogue County Park peaked on Wednesday, with about 1200 birds of 13 species, highlighted by a PECTORAL SANDPIPER. Four ROYAL TERNS and 2 BLACK TERNS were reported at Cupsogue on Tuesday.

The previously reported KENTUCKY WARBLER continues at the NYS/DEC Property, on the south side of the Route 25A bypass, between Broadway (Rocky Point) and Randall Road (Shoreham).

Last Sunday 25 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were present at the mouth of the Rockaway Inlet in Breezy Point, Brooklyn.

A HORNED GREBE in breeding plumage was found in Reeves Bay, Flanders, at the end of Peconic Trail, and continues through today.

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, BROWN CREEPER, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were among the notable species seen at Connetquot River State Park last 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.


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