Saturday, August 24, 2013

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, August 23, 2013:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Aug. 23, 2013
* NYNY1308.23

- Birds mentioned

WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL+
CURLEW SANDPIPER+
LONG-TAILED JAEGER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Cory's Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Osprey
Bald Eagle
AMERICAN AVOCET
Solitary Sandpiper
UPLAND SANDPIPER
Whimbrel
MARBLED GODWIT
White-rumped Sandpiper
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
WILSON'S PHALAROPE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Common Nighthawk
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
MOURNING WARBLER
Hooded Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT

- Transcript

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 nysarc3 AT nybirds.org.

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

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, August 23rd 2013 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL, LONG-TAILED JAEGER, CURLEW SANDPIPER, AMERICAN AVOCET, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, MARBLED GODWIT, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.

A private fishing trip last Tuesday out at the Block Canyon about 80 miles south of Shinnecock again recorded a WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL and as a note 4 more were just over the line in Rhode Island waters again last Sunday. They are out there if we can only get a boat organized. On Thursday 2 LONG-TAILED JAEGERS and 5 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were also seen well south of Montauk.

Last Sunday an adult CURLEW SANDPIPER in partially molted breeding plumage was found on the flats at Mecox Bay and was still there at least through Thursday. We have no word from today yet. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was among the other shorebirds there last Sunday. The problem at Mecox is the parking. A Town of Southampton sticker is required for the lot on the east side of the former beach cut at Mecox and for the street parking on the west side and the area is actively patrolled this time of year. The CURLEW has been favoring the western side of the flats especially near an old snow fence remnant.

At Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge a lingering AMERICAN AVOCET was still at the north end of the East Pond today but the WILSON'S PHALAROPE found last Saturday has not been seen since Tuesday. The BARN OWL continues to appear in the entrance hole to the owl box at Big John's Pond as viewed from the bird blind but patience may be required as it can be awhile between appearances. The YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and SOLITARY SANDPIPER were among the other visitors at Big John's last weekend.

On Sunday a molting RED-NECKED PHALAROPE made an unexpected appearance around the pilings and jetties at Hudson River Park in the West Village of southern Manhattan but was not seen thereafter.

Two MARBLED GODWITS out at Cupsogue County Park in Westhampton Dunes through Sunday were joined by a third by Tuesday and other shorebirds there Saturday featured an UPLAND SANDPIPER and 2 PECTORAL and 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS.

The dune pool at Jones Beach West End east of field 2 provided a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Thursday and Friday along with PECTORAL, WHITE-RUMPED and STILT SANDPIPERS and an additional bonus today was a WILSON'S PHALAROPE.

A WHIMBREL was on the beach at Mattituck Inlet on the north fork last Sunday. An adult BALD EAGLE over the Peconic River in Riverhead Monday lost its fish to an harassing OSPREY seemingly a role reversal.

A seawatch off Robert Moses State Park field 2 last Saturday morning produced 1 MANX and 35 CORY'S SHEARWATERS.

Highlights of a decent showing of passerines in a city park this week included a female GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER in Prospect Park Thursday, MOURNING WARBLER in Prospect Park several days this week commencing from Saturday and in Inwood Hill Park on Monday and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT in Prospect Park Sunday.

Reports from Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island Wednesday featured CERULEAN WARBLER and CAPE MAY WARBLERS and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO with other reports of PHILADELPHIA VIREO around we can only caution to carefully eliminate yellow looking Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos. Other warblers noted have included TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, early YELLOW-RUMPED and PALM, late LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and HOODED and WILSON'S these joining the several other species already moving through.

Other migrant landbirds mentioned included both cuckoos, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Green-wood Cemetery and Prospect Park in Brooklyn and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and watch for COMMON NIGHTHAWKS in the evening.

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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