Saturday, April 30, 2016

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, April 29, 2016:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Apr. 29, 2016
* NYNY1604.29

- Birds mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Clapper Rail
Virginia Rail
Common Gallinule
Semipalmated Plover
Solitary Sandpiper
Willet (subspecies "Western Willet")
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Red-headed Woodpecker
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Wood Thrush
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Vesper Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned 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, April 29th 2016 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are SWAINSON'S WARBLER, RUFF, WILSON'S PLOVER, CASPIAN TERN and other Spring migrants.

While Spring migration remains somewhat spotty one or two decent days of movement surrounded by periods of northerly and easterly winds are keeping numbers down at least variety continues to improve and this week some nice rarities were also uncovered.

Seen by literally hundreds of birders in Central Park all day Thursday was a male SWAINSON'S WARBLER found next to Strawberry Fields first heard singing as it foraged in a small but dense area of barberry bushes the SWAINSON'S would periodically walk through an opening and provide decent views for the gathered throng with some nice photos taken. This location just east of the West 72nd Street entrance to the park unfortunately did not produce the SWAINSON'S today.

Back on Tuesday a RUFF in fairly advanced breeding plumage visited the marsh at the East Marina at Timber Point Golf Course in Great River but its stay was brief with the bird soon flying off to the northwest it has not been reported since.

Last Saturday afternoon on a rising tide at Shinnecock a male WILSON'S PLOVER was spotted on the bay side just west of the Ponquogue Bridge feeding on a sand flat with a large flock of Dunlin and a few Black-bellied Plover and Sanderling. The flocks of predominantly Dunlin continuing to move west past the site the flock with the WILSON'S also soon took off in that direction and could not subsequently be relocated.

Out at Mecox a CASPIAN TERN present late last week was joined by two others by Wednesday and on Tuesday a single CASPIAN put in a rare appearance at Southards Pond in Babylon.

The larger regional parks like Central and Prospect have been producing reasonable numbers of warblers lately some perhaps a little sooner than expected though it's likely global warming could push the arrival dates gradually earlier.

Including the SWAINSON'S and a few YELLOW-THROATED one of which lingered in Central Park Monday about 27 species of warblers have already visited the region. Some arrivals this week have included a CAPE MAY in Central Park from Sunday and BLUE-WINGED, MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and BLACKBURNIAN noted Monday with Tuesday adding CHESTNUT-SIDED and a BLACKPOLL reported in Central. A few more WORM-EATING arrived this week and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH now outnumbers LOUISIANA. Also increasing have been OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE, NASHVILLE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN REDSTART, NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW, PRAIRIE and BLACK-THROATED GREEN. An ORANGE-CROWNED was still being seen in Prospect Park at least to Wednesday. A couple of HOODEDS included one at Jones Beach West End Wednesday evening and some CERULEANS are among the several species already on territory to our north. Still moving through are PINE, PALM and the ubiquitous YELLOW-RUMPED.

Five species of vireos are also now present with RED-EYED, WHITE-EYED, WARBLING and YELLOW-THROATED still in low numbers.

GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were noted this week at Inwood Hill Park last Saturday and at Drier-Offerman Park and nearby Six Diamonds Ballfields in Brooklyn from Wednesday on. Other sparrows have included some WHITE-CROWNED, SEASIDE, VESPER and LINCOLN'S while flycatchers have featured EASTERN KINGBIRD, GREAT CRESTED and a LEAST FLYCATCHER in Central Park Monday. CLIFF and BANK SWALLOWS also appeared this week along with VEERY and more WOOD THRUSHES.

Shorebird arrivals have included SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and SOLITARY, LEAST and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and a Western WILLET was present today at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS included one in Riverdale Park Sunday, one in Forest Park Queens Wednesday, one in Maple Swamp County Park in Flanders from Tuesday on and two at Muscoot Farm in northern Westchester Wednesday.

An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on a field off Mill Lane south of Oregon Road in Mattituck Tuesday and other regional arrivals have included CLAPPER RAIL and VIRGINIA RAILS and COMMON GALLINULE.

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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