Saturday, April 22, 2017

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, April 21, 2017

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Apr. 21, 2017
* NYNY1704.21

- Birds mentioned
RUFF+
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

CATTLE EGRET
Green Heron
Rough-legged Hawk
SANDHILL CRANE
Razorbill
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Black Skimmer
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Ovenbird
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Blue-winged Warbler
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
KENTUCKY WARBLER
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
Lincoln's Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
BLUE GROSBEAK
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

- 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, April 21st 2017 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, RUFF, SANDHILL CRANE, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK, CATTLE EGRET and Spring migrants.

Certainly spectacular was an adult SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER found midday last Sunday at Drier-Offerman Park in Brooklyn. This nicely plumaged individual moving around the fence line there before disappearing in the late afternoon not to be seen again.

Also exceptional was a breeding plumaged RUFF spotted Thursday morning in the marsh around the East Marina at Timber Point. Sporting a black ruff this individual was not relocated after flying northward that afternoon but then reappeared at the same location this morning.

Also notable was the SANDHILL CRANE still at Wainscott Pond today as viewed from Wainscott Main Street.

Among the more unusual Spring warblers a PROTHONOTARY found back on the 12th was at the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center at least to Saturday and a second also found Saturday was still present today at the Lido Beach Passive Nature Area located on the north side of Lido Boulevard west of the loop causeway. This preserve also produced an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER last weekend and another ORANGE-CROWNED was seen around the Ramble in Central Park up to Thursday. The YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was spotted Sunday morning at Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn and a KENTUCKY WARBLER was reported on the Bronx Zoo property Tuesday. Other arriving warblers this week included OVENBIRD and WORM-EATING from Saturday, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH Monday and BLUE-WINGED, NASHVILLE, YELLOW and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT Thursday.

Other passerines appearing locally this week featured EASTERN KINGBIRD Tuesday, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO Saturday, ORCHARD ORIOLE Tuesday and BALTIMORE ORIOLE Wednesday, LINCOLN'S SPARROW Tuesday, SCARLET TANAGER Monday and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK Thursday. A BLUE GROSBEAK was seen again Monday and Wednesday at Jones Beach West End.

A CATTLE EGRET from last week was still present today in lower Manhattan in grassy areas on the north side of 28th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. A second CATTLE EGRET appeared at the Mecox dairy in Bridgehampton last Saturday and was still in that area today in the pastures along Mecox Road and Halsey Lane.

Single CASPIAN TERNS this week were seen at Croton Point Monday, Mecox Bay Thursday and today at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn where 2 BLACK SKIMMERS appeared Monday.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was at Brighton Beach Brooklyn Sunday and ICELAND GULLS in Brooklyn featured one around the Hudson Piers Monday and Thursday and one at Plumb Beach Sunday.

Other arrivals include a GREEN HERON last Saturday and COMMON TERN out east on Long Island Tuesday. Late was a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK noted along the loop causeway last Saturday. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS this week included one continuing in Central Park just west of East 68th Street, one at Sunken Meadow State Park to Wednesday and 2 at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island.

A boat trip last Saturday to the continental shelf south of Shinnecock counted about 66 RAZORBILLS.

To phone in reports 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.

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