Friday, June 13, 2014

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, June 13, 2014:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
*June 13, 2014
* NYNY1406.13

- Birds Mentioned

WHITE-FACED IBIS+
ARCTIC TERN+
WHITE-WINGED DOVE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
NORTHERN FULMAR
Cory’s Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Semipalmated Plover
WHIMBREL
Dunlin
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Black Tern
Arctic Tern
Royal Tern
Black-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW
Whip-poor-will
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Common Raven
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
Blackpoll Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat


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 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

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]
Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, June 13 at 6:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are WHITE-WINGED DOVE, WHITE-FACED IBIS, NORTHERN FULMAR, CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, WHIMBREL, and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, plus a pelagic trip announcement.

Certainly enigmatic is WHITE-WINGED DOVE, a species appearing every year or two on Long Island, occasionally in the spring, but they hardly ever stay long and their source and destination remain a mystery. A sighting of one on Tuesday at Cupsogue County Park in Westhampton Dunes fits this m.o. This bird was photographed in the scrub pines along the dirt road west of the parking lot by birders heading out to the flats using the beach route, which is now preferred over the muddy crossing north of the parking lot. A WHIMBREL and two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also present at Cupsogue Tuesday; back on Saturday a BLACK TERN visited the flats there, but ARCTIC TERN has been less reliable than in recently past years, perhaps due to the more expansive flats that open up now out there.

The WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen again Tuesday and Wednesday in the marsh north of Captree Island on the west side of the Robert Moses Causeway. If visiting there, park in the turnout near the Captree Island information sign and scan the adjacent marsh for the GLOSSY IBIS flock.

The WILSON’S PHALAROPE that was at Shirley Marina County Park was last reported Sunday.

Seawatching along Long Island’s south shore has met with only moderate success lately. Last Saturday a CORY’S SHEARWATER was reported off the Rockaways and another CORY’S and 5 SOOTY SHEARWATERS were off Shinnecock Inlet Saturday evening.

A boat well south of Shinnecock Inlet on Wednesday did encounter 6 NORTHERN FULMARS along with 4 CORY’S, 16 GREAT and 4 SOOTY SHEARWATERS plus two WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS in the same area.

Out in the Napeague area on the south fork a small number of CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOWS have been heard after dark along with some WHIP-POOR-WILLS in the pine woods around Napeague Bay, especially off Lazy Point Road and Napeague Meadow Road. Please do not harass these birds. Chuck numbers on Long Island continue to be sparse and irregular.

Such a request also pertains to the YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS on territory at Connetquot River State Park, as these may be the only Yellow-throateds presumably nesting in the NYC region.

A GULL-BILLED TERN was still at the Nickerson Beach tern colony west of Point Lookout last Sunday, and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen briefly the day before at Dreier-Offerman Park in Brooklyn,

The Greenwich Stamford Summer Bird Count covering eastern Westchester and western Fairfield Counties last weekend recorded 134 species, highlights including both RED-THROATED and COMMON LOONS, 2 HORNED GREBES, 4 BLACK VULTURES, nesting BALD EAGLES, 6 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, PEREGRINE FALCON, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, DUNLIN, 2 ROYAL TERNS, BLACK-BILLED and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, 9 BARRED OWLS, ACADIAN and ALDER FLYCATCHERS, 2 COMMON RAVENS, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, NORTHERN PARULA, and MAGNOLIA, BLACKPOLLL, KENTUCKY, MOURNING and HOODED WARBLERS. The ROYAL TERNS were a Count first.

An overnight pelagic trip has been scheduled by See Life Paulagics from Freeport, Long Island, departing 8 PM on August 11th and returning the following evening at 6 PM. The objective is to be out at the continental shelf at dawn and work back. The trip is aboard the Star Stream VIII of the Captain Lou Fleet and costs $255 per person. For reservations call See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or visit their website at www.paulagics.com

To phone in reports on Long Island, call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126, or weekdays call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483 <%28212%29%20372-1483>.

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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