Saturday, January 07, 2017

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, January 6, 2016:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jan. 6, 2017
* NYNY1701.06

- Birds mentioned
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE+
BARNACLE GOOSE+
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER+
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Greater White-fronted Goose
ROSS'S GOOSE
Cackling Goose
TUNDRA SWAN
Eurasian Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
KING EIDER
Harlequin Duck
Red-necked Grebe
Eared Grebe
American Bittern
Great Egret
Tricolored Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Virginia Rail
Sora
SANDHILL CRANE
DOVEKIE
Razorbill
Black-legged Kittiwake
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
SNOWY OWL
Short-eared Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
NORTHERN SHRIKE
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Palm Warbler
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (western subspecies "Audubon's" form)
Yellow-breasted Chat
Savannah Sparrow (subspecies "Ipswich Sparrow")
DICKCISSEL
Red Crossbill

- Transcript

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 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

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 6th 2017 at 8pm. The highlights of today's tape are TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, SANDHILL CRANE, PINK-FOOTED, BARNACLE and ROSS'S GEESE, TUNDRA SWAN, KING EIDER, DOVEKIE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, DICKCISSEL and Christmas Count results that include ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and Audubon's YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.

The Southern Nassau Christmas Count on January 1st recorded an impressive 140 species. Among its highlights were a first record ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER unfortunately only seen briefly at Point Lookout Town Park and not relocated since and CACKLING GOOSE also new to the count and many good finds also featured BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 4 HARLEQUIN DUCKS plus EARED and RED-NECKED GREBES at Point Lookout, VIRGINIA RAIL and SORA, the adult BLACK-HEADED GULL at Cammann's Pond. Among the herons AMERICAN BITTERN, 3 GREAT EGRETS, TRICOLORED HERON and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, OSPREY, BALD EAGLE, 6 LAPLAND LONGSPURS at Jones Beach West End, 6 species of warblers 2 ORANGE-CROWNED, 2 NASHVILLE, PALM and Audubon's form of YELLOW-RUMPED, a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and 5 Ipswich SAVANNAH SPARROWS.

Today a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was spotted on the north fork along the north shore northwest of Southold. Watch for it along the thickets near a blue house with the address 1625 North Sea Road but please do not cause any form of disturbance for the local residents.

A SANDHILL CRANE spotted Wednesday on Wainscott Pond in Wainscott on the south fork was still present today when it could be seen on the pond as viewed from Main Road. Three other SANDHILLS were reported Thursday flying up the Hudson River by Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan.

Among the waterfowl a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continues to visit the pond in Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream where a CACKLING GOOSE and an immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER also reside. The 2 ROSS'S GEESE at Robert Moses State Park were last noted on the 1st. Singles have since occurred at Pine Lawn Cemetery off Long Island Avenue in Farmingdale, for a short while Wednesday on Lake Capri on the north side of Route 27A in West Islip. A BARNACLE GOOSE has also been noted between Pine Lawn Cemetery and St. Charles Cemetery off Wellwood Avenue just to the south. The BARNACLE and the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE have also used Belmont Lake State Park as an overnight roost and this is worth checking early in the morning. Besides the WHITE-FRONTED at Belmont others this week include one at Southards Pond in Babylon Saturday, one Sunday at Eastport Lake north of Montauk Highway in Eastport and one at Further Lane in East Hampton Sunday. Two TUNDRA SWANS continue towards the north end of Lake Ronkonkoma through today. Drake EURASIAN WIGEONS have this week been seen on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Monday, at Marine Park in Brooklyn Wednesday, along the west shore of Staten Island and at Eastport Pond.

A KING EIDER was spotted off Montauk Point Wednesday and among the birds noted off the point last Sunday were a DOVEKIE, 75 RAZORBILLS, a RED-NECKED GREBE and 2 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES. Up to 3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS have been along the jetties at Shinnecock Inlet this week but also in that area and along Dune Road have been GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS, SNOWY and SHORT-EARED OWLS and AMERICAN BITTERN. Two GLAUCOUS GULLS were also in North Bellport today and a number of ICELAND GULL sightings have included two along with a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL in a large gathering of gulls along the East River near 51st Street in Manhattan as noted on Wednesday. Besides the Cammann's Pond bird a second adult BLACK-HEADED GULL continues at Five Islands Park in New Rochelle or at low tide on Premium Millpond in Larchmont.

At Midland Beach on Staten Island there have been lingering singles of DICKCISSEL and RED CROSSBILL and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR continues with Horned Larks in the parking lot median at field 5 at Robert Moses State Park.

In northern Westchester a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again on the first in Onatru Farm Park in Lewisboro.

To phone in reports 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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