Sunday, March 05, 2017

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, March 3, 2017:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Mar. 3, 2017
* NYNY1703.03

- Birds mentioned
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE+
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

ROSS'S GOOSE
KING EIDER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE
EARED GREBE
Osprey
Northern Goshawk
SANDHILL CRANE
American Woodcock
Razorbill
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Iceland Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
LAPLAND LONGSPUR

- 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, March 3rd 2017 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, SANDHILL CRANE, EARED GREBE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, ROSS'S GOOSE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL and LAPLAND LONGSPUR.

New to the area this week were 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS found on Staten Island. Back on Tuesday an adult male was found at Wolfe's Pond Park in a flock of foraging Brown-headed Cowbirds and Red-winged Blackbirds and then on Thursday a female type YELLOW-HEADED was spotted with a similar flock at Great Kills Park. Neither has been reported on subsequent days.

The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was still in Southold today look for it in the area of blue house #1625 North Sea Drive. On the south fork check for the SANDHILL CRANE around the north end of Wainscott Pond or in fields along Wainscott Hollow Road. It was still there at least to Sunday.

The Oak Beach EARED GREBE was spotted last Sunday and Monday around the docks in the northwestern corner of the cove near the Sore Thumb. Among the many ducks there the female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was still in the inlet to Monday though the female KING EIDER went unreported. A female KING EIDER was photographed at Point Lookout last Monday and there were 2 female KINGS off Orient Point yesterday with one seen regularly there before that. Also at Point Lookout 8 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were reported Monday near the jetties and another was at Orient Point on Monday.

Of the unusual geese locally only a ROSS'S was reported this on a field off Oregon Road in Cutchogue last Sunday.

The adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was still off Ditch Plains in Montauk last Sunday and another was noted off Coney Island Creek Park Tuesday. A GLAUCOUS GULL was still around Bellport Bay to Wednesday and another was spotted off Montauk Point Saturday and a 3rd today at Great Kills Park on Staten Island. An ICELAND GULL was still in Brooklyn last Sunday and a RAZORBILL was spotted off Fort Tilden Tuesday.

Two reports of immature NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, both photographed, featured birds in Massapequa Preserve last Sunday and after and in Prospect Park on Tuesday near the feeders.

Local RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS included an immature still in Central Park just west of East 68th Street and one at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. Up to 9 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were counted Saturday around parking field 2 at Jones Beach West End.

Among arrivals reported recently, besides the AMERICAN WOODCOCK now displaying throughout our area, have been OSPREY, EASTERN PHOEBE and TREE SWALLOW.

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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