Saturday, November 07, 2015

New York City Rare Bird Alert

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

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Nov. 6, 2015
* NYNY1511.06

- Birds mentioned

Cackling Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
Northern Gannet
Red Knot
Purple Sandpiper
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Cliff Swallow
Northern Waterthrush
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Grasshopper 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, November 6th 2015 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are WESTERN KINGBIRD, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and DICKCISSEL.

A fairly average week including some expected arrivals and late lingering species with perhaps the rarest bird being a WESTERN KINGBIRD photographed last Sunday at the end of Lazy Point Road in Napeague and certainly on the unexpected list was a female HARLEQUIN DUCK spotted Sunday in Dead Horse Bay just west of Floyd Bennett Field. Also among the waterfowl two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE appeared in local Heckscher Park north of Route 25A and east of Prime Avenue in Huntington Tuesday. A CACKLING GOOSE visited Caumsett State Park with Canada's last Sunday and we assume EURASIAN WIGEONS continue at some of the locations noted in previous weeks.

Central Park has hosted a number of interesting species recently including the injured SORA still noted at the Loch at the north end through Wednesday and an immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continuing at least through Thursday while passerines featured a DICKCISSEL north of the Great Hill in the north end from Sunday apparently there through Thursday. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the north end Sunday and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW reported Tuesday also at the north end. Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was still at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Tuesday.

Interesting has been a group of up to 6 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS seen along Santapogue Creek in Lindenhurst recently. This location also holding a flock of BLACK SKIMMERS that numbered over 50 last weekend.

At Jones Beach West End a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was near the rest rooms by the Coast Guard Station Saturday and one sweep along the ocean front from the swale tallied over 370 NORTHERN GANNET so they are certainly moving now.

A CLIFF SWALLOW at Robert Moses State Park last Sunday was somewhat late but carefully distinguished from a hoped for Cave Swallow.

Other ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER reports this week have come from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Smith Point County Park last Saturday and Oakland Lake in Queens on Wednesday.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on Sagg Pond in Bridgehampton on Sunday and a few ROYAL TERNS are still scattered along the coast from Mecox to Plumb Beach in Brooklyn.

Some RED KNOTS lingering around the Jones Inlet area included 34 on the Jones Beach West End sandbar off the Coast Guard Station Thursday and a couple of PURPLE SANDPIPERS were on the West End jetty as of Sunday.

Among the quickly disappearing warblers recently have been one or more sightings of NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, AMERICAN REDSTART, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACKPOLL and BLACK-THROATED BLUE.

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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