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Saturday, June 29, 2013

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, June 28, 2013:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jun. 28, 2013
* NYNY1306.28

- Birds mentioned

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Cory's Shearwater
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Willet (subspecies "Western Willet")
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Least Tern
Black Tern
Roseate Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Black Skimmer

- 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

If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Gary Chapin - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
486 High Street
Victor, NY 14564

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, June 28th 2013 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are MISSISSIPPI KITE, SANDWICH TERN, ARCTIC TERN, MANX SHEARWATER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, UPLAND SANDPIPER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and BLUE GROSBEAK.

We've seen no reports of the MISSISSIPPI KITE at the Cemetery of the Resurrection on Staten Island since Monday. The bird having become more sporadic up to that point but possibly still in the area but both adult and immature male BLUE GROSBEAKS were singing on the cemetery property on Tuesday.

Most of last week's birding excitement took place in West Hampton Dunes on the south shore of Long Island on the flats on the north side of Cupsogue County Park ARCTIC TERN numbers were notably fewer than during the previous few weeks with just one first summer bird seen Saturday and Sunday. However on Saturday a full plumaged adult SANDWICH TERN paid a surprised but brief visit to the flats and the female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE first seen on Thursday the 20th on the spit at nearby Pike's Beach where it continued to Saturday was on the Cupsogue flats on Sunday and had been seen at both locations through today. Other birds on the flats last weekend included at least 4 different BLACK TERNS and several ROSEATE TERNS plus FORSTER'S, COMMON and LEAST TERNS and some BLACK SKIMMERS. Shorebirds at Cupsogue and Pike's where they're representing later and non-breeding northbound birds, early southbound migrants such as confused individuals, did include a few BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, about 3 dozen SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 15 plus RED KNOTS, small flocks of SANDERLING and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, a few RUDDY TURNSTONES, a DUNLIN and a "Western" WILLET among the "Easterns".

Offshore on Saturday at Cupsogue only a couple of CORY'S SHEARWATERS were noted joined by MANX SHEARWATER late in the day and spotted on the Cupsogue flats this morning were 2 SANDWICH TERNS as well as 3 BLACK TERNS and the RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.

The singing YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was still present near the entrance of Connetquot River State Park on Wednesday. This potential breeder should not be disturbed but do watch for nesting indications and pass them on if noted.

This is a good time to find floaters locally these usually being unmated birds continuing to wander or birds disrupted in their nesting activities elsewhere that have begun to work their way back south. The UPLAND SANDPIPER found Sunday at the Edgemere Landfill in Queens presumably falls into this category as do several species of landbirds occurring at unexpected sites 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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