Saturday, March 15, 2014

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending March 14, 2014:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Mar. 14, 2014
* NYNY1403.14

- Birds mentioned

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
ROSS'S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
TUNDRA SWAN
Wood Duck
Green-winged Teal
KING EIDER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Red-necked Grebe
Great Egret
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Piping Plover
American Oystercatcher
American Woodcock
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Iceland Gull
Snowy Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Meadowlark

- 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 nysarc44(at)nybirds{dot}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)
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

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, March 14th 2014 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, HARLEQUIN DUCK, KING EIDER, BLACK-HEADED GULL and Spring migrants.

At least one of the PINK-FOOTED GEESE was still present in Riverhead last weekend being seen both on Merritt's Pond Saturday and in the field just east of Roanoke Avenue and north of Reeves Avenue on Sunday. Single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED and CACKLING GEESE were also along Roanoke Avenue last weekend. A ROSS'S GOOSE present north of Route 48 in Southold Saturday could not be relocated there on Sunday. Three GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen along Further Lane and also on Hook Pond in East Hampton over the weekend and Hook Pond was also still hosting two TUNDRA SWANS as well as two RED-NECKED GREBES. An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL lingering around Sagg Pond south of Bridgehampton this Winter was seen Saturday and briefly Sunday at the south end of the pond viewable from the parking lot at the southern end of Sag Main Street. Also at Sagg Pond were an adult ICELAND GULL and two RED-NECKED GREBES Sunday and an apparent hybrid Eurasian and American GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Completing the waterfowl which are on the move now 2 female KING EIDERS were in the Common Eider and scoter rafts off Shinnecock Inlet Sunday where a SNOWY OWL also remained west of the Ponquogue Bridge and 4 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were around the western jetty at Point Lookout out on Monday. No telling how much longer some waterfowl will continue locally. Indicative of their being on the move were flocks of 22 WOOD DUCKS and 26 GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Marshlands Conservancy in Rye Tuesday with none of these there the day before and only 6 GREEN-WINGEDS the day after.

SNOWY OWLS do remain at various locations and RED-NECKED GREBES besides continuing at coastal sites such as Jones Inlet have also been visiting some enclosed bodies of water such as Central Park reservoir, Argyle Lake in Babylon and Patchogue Lake.

An ICELAND GULL was still at Iron Pier Beach in Northville on Wednesday.

AMERICAN WOODCOCK were displaying at appropriate locations during the warmer evenings earlier this week and should resume in earnest as the weather warms back up.

Other recent Spring arrivals many first noted on Wednesday have included GREAT EGRET, OSPREY, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, a PIPING PLOVER at Jones Beach West End, a small number of EASTERN PHOEBES and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were again noted during the week at Dyker Beach Park, in Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx and Croton Point in Westchester.

BALD EAGLES are still mostly along the Hudson River but two flew over Great Neck today.

To phone in reports on Long Island, call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 or during the day except Sunday 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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