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Friday, December 02, 2016

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Thursday, December 1, 2016:
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Dec. 1, 2016
* NYNY1612.01

- Birds mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

King Eider
selasphorus hummingbird
Sandhill Crane
Marbled Godwit
Little Gull
Glaucous Gull
Red-headed Woodpecker
Western Kingbird
Yellow-breasted Chat
Red Crossbill

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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 NYS Rare Bird alert for Thursday, December 1st.

The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE originally discovered at Hendrickson Park, Nassu County on Nov 1, continued to at least Nov 30, and is likely still frequenting the area.

The female KING EIDER at Ransom Beach, Bayville, found 10 Nov, was present to at least 16 Nov.

2 MARBLED GODWIT (S) were sighted from a kayak near Big Egg Marsh, Jamaica Bay on Nov 13, possibly the same birds that have been in the area since September.

A first winter LITTLE GULL was found off Montauk Point Nov 23, and a first year GLAUCOUS GULL was loafing on the beach off Lido Park West on 13 Nov.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Bill Richardson Park, Suffolk Nov 18 and 26, and another, an immature male, was photographed at Sunken Meadow SP on 19 Nov.

A selasphorus hummingbird visiting a private North Fork Long Island feeder in Aquebogue was first reported to the list 22 Nov, but had apparently been around for four weeks. So far there are no diagnostic photos to pin it to species, and no further reports.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was a one-day wonder at Jones Beach West End Nov 19.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER discovered at Lido West Park in Nassau County Nov 13 was still being reported at least to Nov 27. Another Ash-throat was found at the less accessible Bushwick Inlet Park, Brooklyn Nov 19-20.

At least two YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (S) remain in lower Manhattan NYC parks; one at Trinity Church found Nov 3 and still being reported as of Dec 1, the other near City Hall Park seen at least to the 28th. Other Chat reports come from Fort Pond Cemetery in Montauk 10 Nov, and Greenwood Cemetery 19 Nov.

Two WESTERN TANAGER (S) were discovered within a day of one another -- a female at City Hall Park in lower Manhattan on Nov 23 and remaining through at least Dec 1, and an adult male at Conference House Park on Staten Island found Nov 24 and reported to at least Nov 27.

RED CROSSBILL (S) are appearing in small, sporadic numbers, with 5-6 at Jones Beach West End on Nov 19, one at Lido West Park on the 23rd, and 7 at Jones Beach Nov 27. All were reported to have continued west and did not linger.

In Westchester, 13 SANDHILL CRANE (S) were photographed flying over Playland Park in Rye on Nov 23.

To phone in reports on Long Island, call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 or weekdays call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483.

The compilers for this week's RBA were Shaibal Mitra and Patricia Lindsay. Tom Burke is away on vacation. Tony Lauro has been ill for the past few weeks and we are looking forward to a complete recovery soon.

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