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Saturday, July 22, 2017

New York City Rare Bird Alert

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

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 21, 2017
* NYNY1707.21

- Birds mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Northern Bobwhite
Cory's Shearwater
Brown Pelican
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Stilt Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Royal Tern
Cliff Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch

- 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: Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace


Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 21st 2017 at 10:30pm. The highlights of today's tape are WHIMBREL, [BLACK-CAPPED PETREL], SOUTH POLAR SKUA, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK and shorebird migration.

The BLACK-CAPPED PETREL appeared on a pelagic trip to Block Canyon yesterday and another pelagic trip off Montauk last Saturday produced 7 CORY'S SHEARWATERS and a SOUTH POLAR SKUA.

BROWN PELICAN observations last week were 3 at Jones Beach West End on Monday, 2 at Oak Beach on Sunday and 1 at Robert Moses State Park Fire Island on Wednesday.

WHIMBRELS reported for the week were 1 at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn on Saturday, 1 at Cupsogue County Park on Thursday, 1 at Wolfe's Pond Park on Staten Island Thursday and 6 over the sea at Robert Moses State Park Fire Island on Thursday.

A GULL-BILLED TERN was still present at Mecox through Thursday and another bird was at the East Pond Jamaica Bay today. A CASPIAN TERN was seen at Heckscher State Park on Monday and several ROYAL TERNS were reported at Cupsogue on Monday and 11 more ROYAL TERNS were at this site on Thursday.

A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was found today at Prospect Park in Brooklyn and the YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was still at the entrance area at Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale on Monday. Three BLUE GROSBEAKS were present at the Grumman site at Calverton on Monday.

Shorebirds at the East Pond Jamaica Bay today numbered about 300 birds of 8 species highlighted by 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and 21 STILT SANDPIPERS. Seventeen species of shorebirds were noted on Thursday at Cupsogue. Total numbers were reported as not impressive and were highlighted by a WHIMBREL and 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.

Other notable birds for the week were 2 NORTHERN BOBWHITE at a private golf course in Manhasset on Thursday, 1 AMERICAN BITTERN at Gilgo on Thursday, 2 LEAST BITTERNS at Prospect Park Brooklyn at the Wellhouse on Monday, 8 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS at Soundview Park in the Bronx on Sunday, 1 CLIFF SWALLOW at Moriches Bay Inlet on Sunday, 3 more CLIFF SWALLOWS at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx on Monday, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at the cloverleaf on Ocean Parkway and the Meadowbrook Parkway Jones Beach on Monday and a BOBOLINK in Marine Park in Brooklyn last Saturday.

Tom Burke is away. To call in reports please call 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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