Friday, November 04, 2016

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, November 4, 2016:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Nov. 04, 2016
* NYNY1611.04

- Birds Mentioned

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE+
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER+
VIRGINIA’S WARBLER+

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
EURASIAN WIGEON
GREEN-WINGED TEAL (Eurasian)
Harlequin Duck
Great Shearwater
Cattle Egret
MARBLED GODWIT
Long-billed Dowitcher
Parasitic Jaeger
Black-legged Kittiwake
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Royal Tern
Red-headed Woodpecker
Lapland Longspur
Orange-crowned Warbler
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
Vesper Sparrow
LARK SPARROW
Nelson’s Sparrow
DICKCISSEL
Pine Siskin

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, November 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are VIRGINIA’S WARBLER, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER. PINK-FOOTED and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, EURASIAN WIGEON and “EURASIAN” form of GREEN-WINGED TEAL, MARBLED GODWIT, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, DICKCISSEL, and LARK SPARROW.

Ah - November once again bringing in some good birds!

On Tuesday at Marshlands Conservancy in Rye a VIRGINIA’S WARBLER, a second New York State record if accepted by NYSARC, was found feeding in goldenrod with a good gathering of other birds. Very elusive but calling at times and occasionally flying into the widely spaced crabapple trees, the VIRGINIA’S was ultimately enjoyed by most of the gathered birders up through late afternoon, but was active enough that we only know of one photo obtained. Searches on subsequent days did not relocate the bird. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT there was last seen Monday.

Also on Tuesday an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was located near Wolfe’s Pond Park on Staten Island, and it did stay to Wednesday, usually working along the beach side or an old field on the west side of the park.

Tuesday also produced a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, this found with CANADA GEESE at the well manicured Arthur J. Hendrickson Park just south of Valley Stream State Park in Nassau County. The PINK-FOOTED has been spending most of the day through today on the grassy areas of the west side of Hendrickson Lake, though flying out to roost elsewhere overnight.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was on the lake at Belmont Lake State Park Thursday morning, this a fairly regular roosting site for this species.

EURASIAN WIGEONS this week included one continuing at Marine Park’s Salt Marsh Nature Center in Brooklyn and one still at Frank Melville Park mill pond in Setauket, where a “Eurasian” GREEN-WINGED TEAL was also seen last weekend.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was along the Jones Beach West End jetty Monday.

A few reported CACKLING GEESE include 1 still at Inwood Hill Park in northern Manhattan Tuesday and 1 at Caumsett State Park Saturday.

Some CATTLE EGRETS still in our area included Saturday sightings at Dreier Offerman Park, Floyd Bennett Field, Caumsett State Park and the Salt Marsh Nature Center, the latter still there Monday, and 2 were reported again Sunday near the Marine Parkway bridge.

Top shorebird honors go to the 2 MARBLED GODWITS north of Dune Road west of Shinnecock Inlet yesterday and the 14 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS counted along Santapogue Creek in Lindenhurst Sunday.

A boat south of Montauk Wednesday reported 5 GREAT SHEARWATERS, a PARASITIC JAEGER, and 8 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES.

Some LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and ROYAL TERNS continue in the area.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen during the week in Central Park near the Sheep Meadow plus at Jones Beach West End Monday, Kissena Park Tuesday, Robert Moses State Park Monday and Wednesday, and Owl’s Head Park today.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT has been present regularly in Central Park just west of the Great Lawn, and another was around the cemetery at Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan yesterday and today, with a 3rd at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn Thursday.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS included 1 in Central Park last weekend, another at Kissena Park Sunday, and 1 in Garden City Wednesday, joined by a LARK SPARROW.

Three VESPER SPARROWS were counted at Kissena Park Sunday, with another along Dune Road Thursday, NELSON’S SPARROWS also continue locally.

Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found at Jones Beach West End Monday, these increasing to 3 by Thursday.

DICKCISSELS featured 1 at Robert Moses State Park Saturday, 1 photographed in Central Park Sunday, and 1 at Coney Island Creek today.

A few more PINE SISKINS have also been noted lately.

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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