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Saturday, July 15, 2017

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, July 14, 2017:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 14, 2017
* NYNY1707.14

- Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Surf Scoter
Wild Turkey
Black Vulture
American Oystercatcher
Short-billed Dowitcher
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Royal Tern

- 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

Compiler: Tom Burke
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace


(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 14th 2017 at 10:30pm. The highlights of today's tape are HARLEQUIN DUCK, shearwaters, BROWN PELICAN, GULL-BILLED TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was found at Montauk last Saturday. Also at Montauk today a flock of about 40 shearwaters was noted with one identified as CORY'S and the balance thought to be GREAT SHEARWATERS.

An interesting flight of BROWN PELICANS occurred this week with reports extending from the Fire Island Inlet to Cupsogue County Park. The sightings are as follows: 3 on Monday at Captree State Park, 1 at Cupsogue County Park on Tuesday, 3 at the Old Inlet at Bellport on Thursday, 3 at Captree and also at Fire Island Inlet on Thursday. We of course are uncertain about duplication of these records.

Two GULL-BILLED TERNS were seen yesterday at Goethal's Bridge Pond on Staten Island.

A family of two adult and two young RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were discovered on Monday at Connetquot River State Park in Oakdale. Also in Oakdale last Saturday a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found at Bayard Cutting Arboretum.

Other interesting birds seen through the week are as follows: the injured SNOW GOOSE continues at Ocean Marine Preserve. Another SNOW GOOSE was found at Sound Avenue farm Riverhead last Saturday, a SURF SCOTER was at Great Kills Park Staten Island last Saturday and a BUFFLEHEAD was at the same location all week, a WILD TURKEY with two young was at the unusual location of Cupsogue County Park on Tuesday.

The shorebird season begins to heat up with 200 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS at Cupsogue on Tuesday and two AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at Randall's Island off Manhattan on Tuesday.

Five LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and two ROYAL TERNS were at Cupsogue on Tuesday and finally a BLACK VULTURE was seen Tuesday at the North Fork Preserve in Riverhead.

Tom Burke will be away next week please call in reports to Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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