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Friday, July 25, 2014

New York City Rare Bird Alert

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

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 25, 2014
* NYNY1407.25

- Birds mentioned

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Cory's Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Willet (subspecies "Western Willet")
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Little Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Royal Tern
Worm-eating Warbler

- 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 25th 2014 at 9:30pm. The highlights of today's tape are BROWN PELICAN, WHIMBREL, BLACK TERN, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW and shorebird migration.

A BROWN PELICAN was seen flying north of the Jones Inlet from the Coast Guard Station at Jones Beach West End on Wednesday.

Single WHIMBRELS reported on Tuesday, one from Cupsogue and the other from Ocean Beach, Fire Island on Thursday.

A subadult LITTLE GULL was found this afternoon on Orient Point on the ferry going to Connecticut.

A BLACK TERN was found at Cupsogue on Tuesday and an adult BLACK TERN was seen today at Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island.

The EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was last reported from the Chelsea Pier area in Manhattan on Sunday.

Two CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOWS were reported last week, one at Napeague Harbor Road at Napeague on Tuesday and the other was heard at the Sunken Forest, Fire Island on Thursday.

A consensus of reports for migrating shorebirds indicate the numbers are very low recently. The shorebird migration at the East Pond Jamaica Bay is greatly reduced this year while other choice shorebird sites at Cupsogue and Pike's Beach also report greatly reduced numbers.

Last Saturday 14 species of shorebirds were seen in Cupsogue highlighted by a few WESTERN SANDPIPERS along with a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Ten species of shorebirds were reported Sunday at the East Pond, Jamaica Bay including 3 STILT SANDPIPERS along with a BONAPARTE'S GULL. Sixteen species of shorebirds were seen at Cupsogue on Tuesday including the aforementioned WHIMBRELS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 2 "Western" WILLETS along with 5 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and the best report of numbers of shorebirds occurred today with 700-800 shorebirds of 9 species reported at the sandbars at the Coast Guard Station, Jones Beach West End with SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER the most abundant.

Other interesting reports of the week were from a seawatch last Sunday at Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island reporting 20 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, one GREAT SHEARWATER and 3 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS and a ROYAL TERN seen at Pike's Beach on Thursday and a WORM-EATING WARBLER was at Central Park last Sunday.

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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