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Saturday, July 19, 2014

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, July 18, 2014:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 18, 2014
* NYNY1407.18

- Birds mentioned

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Cory's Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Willet (subspecies "Western Willet")
Western Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Royal Tern
Parasitic Jaeger
Cliff Swallow

- 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, July 18th 2014 at 11:30pm. The highlights of today's tape are AMERICAN AVOCET, WHIMBREL, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, seawatch results and shorebird migration.

Two AMERICAN AVOCETS reported for the region this week. One on Monday at the Swing beach at Croton Point Park in Westchester County and the other Tuesday at the foot of Dyckman Street in Manhattan at the Hudson River in Fort Washington Park.

Two WHIMBREL reported today from Cedar Point Park in Southold and another was seen here on Sunday. On Wednesday, a seawatch at Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island produced two WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS and 2 flyby WHIMBRELS.

The EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen again today at Chelsea Waterside Park area at the Chelsea Pier bus depot in Manhattan.

Last Sunday a seawatch at Robert Moses State Park found 2 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, one PARASITIC JAEGER and one LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

Also on Sunday at Cupsogue County Park a seawatch produced 4 CORY'S SHEARWATERS and 14 large unidentified shearwaters along with a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. At Cupsogue on Sunday 240 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 1 WESTERN SANDPIPER and 4 "Western" WILLETS were found indicating a small build up in shorebird migration. Ten species of shorebirds were found Sunday at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge highlighted by a STILT SANDPIPER.

Today at Fire Island there was a notable swallow flight with all 6 regularly occurring swallow species highlighted by 6 CLIFF SWALLOWS.

Other interesting birds of the week include a GULL-BILLED TERN at Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area on Thursday, 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS at Orient Point on Monday and 100 BLACK SCOTERS at Davis Park on Fire Island on Sunday, a ROYAL TERN at Cherry Grove, Fire Island on Sunday along with a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

Tom Burke will be away this week please call in all reports to Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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