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Saturday, July 25, 2015

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, July 24, 2015:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 25, 2015
* NYNY1507.25

- Birds mentioned

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

WILLET (subspecies "Western Willet")
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark

- 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 Saturday, July 25th 2015 at 3:30pm. The highlights of today's tape are BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, WHIMBREL, WESTERN WILLET, RED PHALAROPE, ROYAL TERN, LARK SPARROW and WORM-EATING WARBLER.

Two BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS were found and photographed on Tuesday at a pond at the Nickerson Beach County Park Lido Beach west of Point Lookout. The birds unfortunately were not seen again after Tuesday.

Sixteen species of shorebirds were surveyed last Sunday at the Cupsogue flats highlighted by WHIMBREL and WESTERN WILLET. 22 WHIMBREL were found on the eastern end of the south shore of Long Island on Tuesday, 13 birds at the Cupsogue flats, another 6 flying through the area and 3 at the Moriches Inlet flats. Another 4 WHIMBREL were found also on Tuesday at Breezy Point. Two to four ROYAL TERNS were seen at Cupsogue from Sunday to Tuesday.

The RED PHALAROPE was still present at the Roosevelt Nature Center Jones Beach West End yesterday. This also has been seen at the flats at the Coast Guard Station which lies north of the nature center.

A LARK SPARROW was found Tuesday and continued through Thursday at the eastern exit of parking field 2 at Robert Moses State Park Fire Island. The bird was also seen at the adjacent athletic fields east of the exit.

Good numbers of GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS and EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were found at the runway areas of the Grumman property in Calverton through the week.

A WORM-EATING WARBLER was seen last Saturday at Strawberry Field Central Park along with about 10 species of other warblers.

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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