Saturday, August 17, 2013

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, August 16, 2013:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Aug 16, 2013
* NYNY1308.16

- Birds Mentioned:

WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL+
BRIDLED TERN+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Cory's Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
MANX SHEARWATER
BROWN PELICAN
AMERICAN AVOCET
Solitary Sandpiper
UPLAND SANDPIPER
Whimbrel
MARBLED GODWIT
White-rumped Sandpiper
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
POMARINE JAEGER
Barn Owl
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Blue-winged Warbler
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
"Lawrence's" Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Worm-eating Warbler
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Hooded Warbler
Canada Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Bobolink
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole


If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to nysarc1@nybirds.org .

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

Gary Chapin - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
125 Pine Springs Drive
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

~ 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 (Long Island)

Compilers: Tom Burke, Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
Transcriber: Karen Fung

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, August 16th, at 7:00pm. The highlights of today's tape are BRIDLED TERN, WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL, AMERICAN AVOCET, BROWN PELICAN, POMARINE JAEGER, MANX SHEARWATER (and other Shearwaters), MARBLED GODWIT, UPLAND SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER.

A private fishing boat that went out to Block Canyon last Sunday encountered two BRIDLED TERNS in New York waters and a WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL just over the line into Rhode Island waters. Otherwise, pelagic birds were fairly scarce, unlike at Montauk Point during the storm last Friday, when shearwaters included well over 320 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 59 GREAT SHEARWATERS, 3 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, and a MANX SHEARWATER, with the highlight perhaps 2 POMARINE JAEGERS arriving together to harass the shearwaters. 46 BLACK TERNS were also in Napeague Bay that day.

The season's fourth AMERICAN AVOCET at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge showed up on the East Pond on Wednesday and has stayed through today, favoring the north end of the pond. Fluctuating numbers of shorebirds on the East Pond during the week have featured some STILT SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and the occasional PECTORAL SANDPIPER. The BARN OWL continues in the box at Big John's Pond, where it periodically peers through the entrance hole. Watch for it from the blind only. Patience may be required, but please do nothing to harass the owl.

One or two MARBLED GODWITS have been seen recently on the mudflats north of the parking lot at Cupsogue County Park in West Hampton Dunes, or at the Pike's Beach flats just east of Cupsogue.

At least three WHIMBREL were still present at Cedar Beach Park in Southold on the north fork of Long Island last Saturday, and an UPLAND SANDPIPER that day was on the north side of Oregon Road just west of Depot Lane in Cutchogue. Another UPLAND SANDPIPER was at the Roosevelt Nature Center at Jones Beach West End last Sunday, nicely photographed just east of the parking lot, and a third UPLAND flew over East Patchogue during yesterday's flight, which also included some SOLITARY SANDPIPERS.

A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER visited the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River last Saturday.

Other notable water birds reported featured a BROWN PELICAN moving west past Riis Park Saturday evening, and three CASPIAN TERNS flying by Wolf's Pond Park on Staten Island on Sunday. Some LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS also continue along Long Island's south shore.

A decent variety of warblers and other land birds has been in our area this past week -- many arriving on the front, first coming in Wednesday, but bringing in more on Thursday. The most unusual warblers featured a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER in Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island last Sunday; a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER in Prospect Park Monday, with a hybrid "LAWRENCE'S" WARBLER spotted both in Central Park Saturday and Prospect Park Monday; and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT in Prospect Park today. Other less common warblers, such as WORM-EATING WARBLER and HOODED WARBLER, are appearing in a few locations, and more widespread but still in low numbers have been BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and AMERICAN REDSTART. Other interesting reports have included OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER in Central Park Saturday and Prospect Park Thursday, and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO in Prospect Park Sunday.

A good swallow flight Wednesday morning at Robert Moses State Park included 20 CLIFF SWALLOWS and 45 BANK SWALLOWS, plus 74 PURPLE MARTINS as well as over 900 TREE SWALLOWS and in excess of 6000 BARN SWALLOWS. Other species on the move have included SCARLET TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, ORCHARD ORIOLE, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and BOBOLINK.

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 TAPE~]

~ End Transcript ~

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