Saturday, July 27, 2013

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, July 26, 2013:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 26, 2013
* NYNY1307.26

- Birds mentioned

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Common Eider
Cory's Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Least Bittern
Little Blue Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Peregrine Falcon
Willet (subspecies "Western Willet")
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Black Tern
Royal Tern
Cape May Warbler

- 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, July 26th 2013 at 9:15pm. The highlights of today's tape are MANX SHEARWATER, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, RUFF and SANDWICH TERN.

A pelagic trip out of Montauk last Sunday came up with an impressive list of marine birds and mammals consisting of 105 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 18 GREAT SHEARWATERS, 5 MANX SHEARWATERS, 26 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 1700 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, 5 BROWN PELICANS, 600 Common Dolphins, 25 Fin Whales, 12 Humpback Whales and 2 Minke Whales.

An AMERICAN AVOCET appeared Sunday at Meadow Lake Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens along with 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS.

At Jamaica Bay this week the numbers of birds decreased from last week's great numbers to much lesser numbers by Friday. Birding efforts were also hindered by PEREGRINE FALCONS hunting in the area of the East Pond. The previous reported RUFF at the East Pond was last seen on Saturday and Sunday and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, a highly uncommon bird at the East Pond, was found on Saturday and again seen on Sunday. STILT SANDPIPERS were in good numbers at the East Pond with 54 on Sunday and 29 on Tuesday when a "Western" WILLET, 3 WESTERN SANDPIPERS and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was also reported. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a WESTERN SANDPIPER were seen at the East Pond on Thursday along with 7 species of heron including LITTLE BLUE HERON and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON.

We have 2 reports of SANDWICH TERNS last week: one seen Saturday at Mecox Bay along with 3 ROYAL TERNS and another bird Wednesday at the overlook area at West Hampton Dunes. Another later sighting at the nearby Moriches Inlet flats was presumably the West Hampton Dunes bird. Sixteen ROYAL TERNS and 3 BLACK TERNS were seen Wednesday at the overlook area at West Hampton Dunes.

Eight COMMON EIDERS were seen at the Shinnecock Inlet area last Saturday.

A LEAST BITTERN was found today at Old Place Creek area in Staten Island.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER was reported today from Little Alley Pond at Alley Pond Park in Queens.

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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