Saturday, May 03, 2014

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, May 2, 2014:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* May. 2, 2014
* NYNY1405.02

- Birds mentioned
WILSON'S PLOVER+
BLACK-NECKED STILT+
THICK-BILLED MURRE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Red-necked Grebe
EARED GREBE
MANX SHEARWATER
American Bittern
Semipalmated Plover
Solitary Sandpiper
MARBLED GODWIT
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Caspian Tern
Parasitic Jaeger
Common Nighthawk
Red-headed Woodpecker
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Bank Swallow
Veery
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Blue-winged Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Worm-eating Warbler
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Canada Warbler
SUMMER TANAGER
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
BLUE GROSBEAK
Indigo Bunting
Bobolink
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

- 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, May 2nd 2014 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are WILSON'S PLOVER, EARED GREBE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, THICK-BILLED MURRE, MANX SHEARWATER, MARBLED GODWIT, and such Spring migrants as YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK and SUMMER TANAGER.

Finally, coming in on the heels of the storm Wednesday night was the first decent wave of Spring migrants. Thursday's beginning followed by a stronger push Friday.

The best of the rarities however occurred earlier in the week with a breeding plumaged EARED GREBE photographed Monday west of the bridge from Shirley over to Smith Point County Park and then on Tuesday a male WILSON'S PLOVER seen on the bay side beach just west of the main parking lot at Cupsogue County Park in Westhampton Dunes. Neither bird has been seen since.

Not as unusual were an apparent THICK-BILLED MURRE picked up from a roadway puddle at Robert Moses State Park Thursday morning and a BLACK-NECKED STILT reported flying over the Maryland Monument in Prospect Park early this morning.

Also enjoyed this week were four nice southern birds that struggle up here each Spring. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER has been present in Central Park usually south of the Tavern on the Green from Monday through today and another was in Prospect Park this morning these following one at Hempstead Lake State Park on Monday. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was in Prospect Park through Monday with another in Central Park today. The PROTHONOTARY at Fuch's Pond in Northport has not been noted since last weekend but one was spotted in Canarsie Park on the north side of Jamaica Bay Thursday. Canarsie Park also produced a BLUE GROSBEAK Thursday with another reported from Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn today and a SUMMER TANAGER, possibly two, at Jones Beach West End Thursday were followed by one in Prospect Park this afternoon.

Otherwise the last two days produced decent numbers of the anticipated earlier migrants and a few additional surprises. Among the latter were single AMERICAN BITTERNS in Prospect Park Monday and Central Park today. Among the warblers over two dozen species have been noted this week mostly in the last two days including an ORANGE-CROWNED in Central Park today along with a CERULEAN report and an early BLACKPOLL. Others noted in modest to reasonable numbers have included BLUE-WINGED, NASHVILLE, NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW, MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, BLACKBURNIAN, CHESTNUT-SIDED, PRAIRIE, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, WORM-EATING, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, HOODED, CANADA and AMERICAN REDSTART while continuing have been BLACK-AND-WHITE, PINE, PALM, YELLOW-RUMPED and even a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH or two.

Other landbirds arriving have featured GREAT CRESTED and LEAST FLYCATCHERS, EASTERN KINGBIRD, BANK SWALLOW, WOOD THRUSH and VEERY, YELLOW-THROATED, WARBLING, WHITE-EYED and RED-EYED VIREOS, a BOBOLINK in Central Park today, ORCHARD and BALTIMORE ORIOLES, SCARLET TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING and even GRAY CATBIRD.

We are reminded that it is getting time for ocean watching again with the appearance of a MANX SHEARWATER and a PARASITIC JAEGER off Riis Park in the storm Tuesday.

Interesting was a report Thursday of up to six MARBLED GODWITS at Lido Beach Park in Point Lookout. Also there were SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and SANDPIPERS. Other arrivals have included a COMMON NIGHTHAWK in Hauppauge Saturday and SOLITARY SANDPIPER. GLAUCOUS GULL was still at Coney Island Tuesday and ICELAND GULL at Floyd Bennett Field Wednesday and a few LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS have been present lately.

Some RED-NECKED GREBES continue, four CASPIAN TERNS were at Mecox last Saturday and various RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS remain in place.

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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