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Saturday, February 25, 2017

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, February 24, 2017:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Feb. 24, 2017
* NYNY1702.24

- Birds mentioned


(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Eurasian Wigeon
Red-necked Grebe
American Woodcock
Bonaparte's Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Red-headed Woodpecker
Lapland Longspur
Orange-crowned Warbler

- 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, February 24th 2017 at 4pm. The highlights of today's tape are TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK GUILLEMOT, DOVEKIE, EARED GREBE, PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, BARNACLE GOOSE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, KING EIDER, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL and more.

A good week but most birds were holdovers and an even better week for those able to travel north to see the CLARK'S GREBE in Oswego or the GREAT GRAY OWL in Massena.

On eastern Long Island the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues in Southold seen near blue house #1625 North Sea Drive on Thursday when the Wainscott SANDHILL CRANE was still feeding around the north end of Wainscott Pond or in fields along Wainscott Hollow Road.

At Montauk the BLACK GUILLEMOT remained around the north end of Lake Montauk near the inlet at least to Wednesday usually in the vicinity of the docks off the parking lot at the end of Star Island Road by the Coast Guard Station on Star Island. At Ditch Plains a BONAPARTE'S GULL flock, even that a rare sight this winter, did attract the adult LITTLE and BLACK-HEADED GULLS that had been noted earlier in the area. The LITTLE only on Saturday and Sunday. The BLACK-HEADED at least to Wednesday. Also at Ditch Plains a DOVEKIE was spotted just offshore Monday morning but flew off quickly. A female KING EIDER mingling with a few Common Eider was still around Montauk Point Monday. A RED-NECKED GREBE was off Camp Hero Saturday and an ICELAND GULL continues around the west beach at the Montauk Harbor inlet.

Farther west at Fire Island Inlet an EARED GREBE was spotted Saturday and again Sunday in the cove near the Sore Thumb as viewed from the small fisherman's parking lot along Oak Beach Road. A female KING EIDER was viewable from that lot starting with Saturday and on Monday a female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was also picked out in the duck flocks gathered there continuing at least to Wednesday. The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was still a little west of the Sands Point Preserve on Tuesday and 2 female KING EIDERS were present off Orient Point County Park Sunday.

Regarding the odd geese the PINK-FOOTED was still at Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream Wednesday, the BARNACLE was seen again Saturday on the private golf course off Long Island Avenue east of Wellwood Avenue and a ROSS'S GOOSE visited Marratooka Lake in Mattituck Sunday. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE spotted on the lake in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx Sunday was still there Monday. Another was seen again at Wainscott Pond Monday and one was in a huge Canada flock on the north side of Cook's Lane west of Scuttlehole Road in Watermill with one CACKLING and 2 SNOW GEESE last Saturday. Two TUNDRA SWAN were still on Lake Ronkonkoma today. Continuing EURASIAN WIGEON were at Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center Monday, on Eastport Lake north of Montauk Highway last Sunday and on Fresh Pond in Fort Salonga yesterday.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted on the East River Saturday this off the end of East 51st Street and an ICELAND GULL was still visiting Prospect Park Lake as of Wednesday with others continuing in Brooklyn.

One or two RAZORBILLS have been noted around the jetty at Jones Beach West End recently and 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were near the Roosevelt Nature Center there yesterday.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were still in Central Park, Henderson Park and Caumsett State Park this week and a few ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS continue in the area. AMERICAN WOODCOCK are now displaying in decent numbers at suitable locations.

To phone in reports call Tom Burke weekdays 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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