Saturday, July 30, 2016

New York City Rare Bird Alert

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

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* July 29, 2016
* NYNY1607.29

- Birds Mentioned

BRIDLED TERN+
SANDWICH TERN+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Cory’s Shearwater
Great Shearwater
AUDUBON’S SHEARWATER
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel
LEACH’S STORM-PETREL
BROWN PELICAN
Whimbrel
MARBLED GODWIT
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Roseate Tern
Royal Tern
Acadian Flycatcher
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
BLUE GROSBEAK

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to nysarc44nybirdsorg

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

Compiler: Tom Burke, Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Gail Benson

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are BRIDLED and SANDWICH TERNS, BROWN PELICAN, AUDUBON’S SHEARWATER and LEACH’S STORM-PETREL, MARBLED GODWIT and other shorebirds, BLUE GROSBEAK, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.

A fisherman working the eastern edge of the Ambrose Channel last Saturday was surprised to see a SANDWICH TERN not far off Breezy Point, Queens.

Another fishing boat much farther out south of Shinnecock Inlet Sunday encountered an AUDUBON’S SHEARWATER and an immature BRIDLED TERN as well as a few GREAT and CORY’S SHEARWATERS, over 100 WILSON’S and 2 LEACH’S STORM-PETRELS.

Last Monday afternoon 2 BROWN PELICANS were spotted in Shinnecock Bay east of the Ponquogue Bridge but could not be relocated on subsequent days.

The previous Saturday a MARBLED GODWIT was seen flying west by the Ponquogue Bridge and was later seen again that day off Dune Road in the vicinity of Tiana Beach but has not been reported since.

Shore birding at Cupsogue County Park at the western end of Dune Road in Westhampton Dunes produced single WHIMBREL and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER plus a few ROYAL and ROSEATE TERNS last Sunday along with the more expected assortment of birds.

Jones Beach West End has recently contributed PECTORAL and WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and another PECTORAL was at Heckscher State Park today. Also note that there are a number of long-billed SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS present in the area now.

At Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge recent rains have added water to the East Pond, and a moderate number of shorebirds there have included some STILT SANDPIPERS. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was still singing there south of Big John’s Pond last Saturday.

In Westchester County on Monday 2 CASPIAN TERNS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were on the flats next to the Croton train station adjacent to Croton Point Park.

A BLUE GROSBEAK was briefly seen at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn Wednesday, and BLUE GROSBEAKS have also apparently bred successfully out in Calverton in the fields by the former Grumman Airport near the intersection of Grumman Blvd and Line Road.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was heard singing Tuesday morning near the Goethals Bridge Pond on Staten Island.

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.

- End transcript

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