Friday, April 25, 2014

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, April 25, 2014:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
*Apr. 25, 2014
* NYNY1404.25

- Birds Mentioned

Snow Goose
Blue-winged Teal
Red-necked Grebe
Broad-winged Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Glaucous Gull
Caspian Tern
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Yellow-throated Vireo
House Wren
Wood Thrush
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Hooded Warbler
Vesper Sparrow

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 nysarc44nybirdsorg

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

Compiler: Tom Burke, Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Gail Benson

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, April 25 at
6:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are PROTHONOTARY, YELLOW-THROATED and CERULEAN WARBLERS and other spring migrants and such winter remnants as SNOWY OWL and NORTHERN SHRIKE.

A slowly approaching spring has this week provided a slowly increasing number of migrants, with some nice warblers among them.

On Wednesday, a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was seen in Forest Park, Queens, and a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found in Northport on the north shore of Long Island. The YELLOW-THROATED was not relocated after the initial sighting, but the PROTHONOTARY was still present at Fuchs Pond Preserve today. This is an historic location for PROTHONOTARIES, and visitors looking for this bird should do nothing to disturb it. This Preserve is along the Eastern side of Waterside Road, just south of Seaside Court, which goes off to the east – parking is available at this intersection, and a trail from Waterside circles the pond.

An early surprise among the warblers was a male CERULEAN spotted Tuesday in Central Park and remaining through Wednesday.

Other arriving warblers included an OVERNBIRD last Saturday in Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery, a NASHVILLE WARBLER in Central Park Wednesday, a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH in Prospect Park Thursday, and a HOODED WARBLER in Greenwood Cemetery today. The Prospect Park WORM-EATING WARBLER continued through today, and also noted in the region were a few more NORTHERN PARULAS and BLACK-AND-WHITE, YELLOW, PRAIRIE AND BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS.

Additional passerines encountered this week included WOOD THRUSH Saturday and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO the day before in Prospect Park and VESPER SPARROW on Eastern Long Island. HOUSE WRENS increased dramatically this week.

The season’s first reported WHIP-POOR-WILL was singing early Sunday morning out in Amagansett. The Eastern Long Island Pine Barrens still host a decent number of this species.

Central Park on Wednesday produced a SPOTTED SANDPIPER, as well as a WILSON’S SNIPE, and one of a few more arriving RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS, and Prospect Park featured the same two shorebirds today.

CASPIAN TERNS visiting various ponds and inlets on Eastern Long Island recently included five at Mecox Bay Saturday and two each at Georgica and Sagg Pond.

Twenty-two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were still on the low tide flats by the entrance bridge at Sunken Meadow State Park last Saturday, and an adult BROAD-WINGED HAWK was noted the same day over Connetquot River State Park.

Up to six BLUE-WINGED TEAL in Prospect Park this week were joined by a SNOW GOOSE on the lake Wednesday and Thursday.

For winter birds, two RAZORBILLS were spotted off Shinnecock Inlet Saturday, a SNOWY OWL was still at Smith Point Park in Shirley Sunday, and the NORTHERN SHRIKE was still present Sunday at Jones Beach West End south of the West End 2 Parking Field. A GLAUCOUS GULL was still along the Brooklyn Waterfront on Saturday.

A few lingering RED-NECKED GREBES included three off Floyd Bennett Field Tuesday, and late in the week RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were still at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, Kissena Park in Queens and in Rye, Westchester County, and another was spotted in Forest Park today.

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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