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Friday, November 22, 2013

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, November 22, 2013:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Nov. 22, 2013
* NYNY1311.22

- Birds mentioned

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Semipalmated Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Black-throated Green Warbler
Rusty Blackbird

- 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 nysarc3 AT

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)
125 Pine Springs Drive
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

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, November 22nd 2013 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, WESTERN TANAGER, EURASIAN WIGEON, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RED-NECKED GREBE, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.

On Saturday morning an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was spotted at Jones Beach West End where it spent the day and was well photographed around the eastern exit of the West End 2 parking lot and adjacent median. The bird could not be relocated there Sunday.

However, the WESTERN KINGBIRD, not seen at Captree State Park since the previous Monday, was spotted there again on Saturday and viewed by many on Sunday in the swale just north of the upper parking lot. It occurred there again Monday but apparently not since.

Out on the north fork two WESTERN KINGBIRDS appeared together on Sunday in Cutchogue in a field on the north side of Oregon Road just east of Cox's Lane and continued at that location at least to Tuesday.

Perhaps the most surprising though was the immature or female type WESTERN TANAGER photographed eating berries Wednesday in Prospect Park on the south side of Breeze Hill. Subsequent to being identified from the photos the tanager could unfortunately not be relocated.

A few EURASIAN WIGEON continue in the area. A drake was seen again yesterday on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge where shorebirds during the week have featured WHITE-RUMPED, SEMIPALMATED and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and where over 800 SNOW GOOSE on the pond have included 6 blue forms. Other EURASIAN WIGEON were noted yesterday at Mill Pond in Sayville and on the lake at Long Island Country Club in Eastport.

An injured HUDSONIAN GODWIT seen at Sagg Pond south of Bridgehampton on Thursday may have been the same one seen earlier in the week near Shinnecock and previously in the New Jersey Meadowlands complex. Also watch for possibly continuing MARBLED GODWITS along Dune Road west of Cupsogue County Park.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS at Pelham Bay Park recently included one at Hunter's Island Saturday and 2 near Turtle Cove on Monday. A CACKLING GOOSE was still at Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx Saturday. A count of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS there reaching 25 or more.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was in Central Park Monday and a few late records this week included both WHITE-EYED VIREO in Babylon Wednesday and a couple of BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, a few OVENBIRDS and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER in Prospect Park on Thursday.

Two RED-NECKED GREBES were off Playland Park in Rye on Saturday.

There are still a few spaces left on Saturday's pelagic trip out of Freeport Long Island. If you are interested call (215) 234-6805 for more information.

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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