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Friday, June 06, 2014

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending June 6, 2014:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jun. 6, 2014
* NYNY1406.06

- Birds mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Common Loon
Cory's Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
Roseate Tern
Common Tern
Parasitic Jaeger
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Hooded Warbler
Nelson's Sparrow

- 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 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


Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, June 6th 2014 at 6pm. The highlights of today's tape are BROWN PELICAN, WHITE-FACED IBIS, ARCTIC TERN, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, MANX SHEARWATER and other shearwaters, GULL-BILLED TERN and late Spring migrants.

A BROWN PELICAN was spotted moving east past Jones Beach field 6 Tuesday midday but whether this indicates a good summer for them along Long Island's south shore only time will tell.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen again Sunday at the Captree Island marsh west of the Robert Moses Causeway but there have been no reports of the one visiting the marsh south of the former West Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge since May 29th.

A first summer ARCTIC TERN was on the bar inside Moriches Inlet along with some COMMON and LEAST TERNS and one ROSEATE TERN on the falling tide last Saturday. It did not reappear later on the traditional flats north of the Cupsogue County Park parking lot in West Hampton Dunes. Hopefully others will during the next few weeks.

The expected shorebirds were present at Cupsogue and adjacent Pike's Beach and more unexpected was a WILSON'S PHALAROPE visiting some impoundments from Wednesday through today at the Shirley Marina County Park. The impoundments are located off the southeastern corner of the parking lot and the park is located on the west side of the William Floyd Parkway just before the bridge over to Smith Point County Park.

Last Saturday morning a seawatch off Cupsogue County Park in poor northerly winds only recorded one SOOTY SHEARWATER but late in the afternoon after the winds had shifted to the southeast there was a steady stream of WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS moving east off Shinnecock Inlet with 35 counted these joined by a MANX SHEARWATER headed east and a PARASITIC JAEGER harassing terns offshore.

Then on Sunday a morning watch off Robert Moses State Park noted one MANX, 3 CORY'S and 8 SOOTY SHEARWATERS plus 44 COMMON LOONS and Thursday morning at Moses added a GREAT SHEARWATER to the week's tally.

Four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also spread between fields 2 and 5 at Moses Park Thursday morning with 6 counted there last Sunday. Another LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn Thursday.

A couple of ROSEATE TERNS plus GULL-BILLED TERN have been in the tern colony at Nickerson Beach recently this off Lido Boulevard west of Point Lookout. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL should also be looked for there.

A NELSON'S SPARROW at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn Saturday and Sunday reminds us that this species does continue to move through our local salt marshes into early and even mid June.

Other later migrants this week have featured an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER in Central Park Wednesday, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER and various species of warblers including NASHVILLE, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED BLUES and GREEN, BLACKBURNIAN, BLACKPOLL, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK-AND-WHITE, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and HOODED WARBLER but alas no Kirtland's.

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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