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Saturday, March 23, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, March 22, 2019:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Mar. 22, 2019
* NYNY1903.22

- Birds mentioned
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Laughing Gull
Northern Gannet
GREEN-WINGED TEAL (Eurasian form "Common Teal")
Cackling Goose
Great Egret
Wilson's Snipe
Greater Yellowlegs
Piping Plover
Eastern Phoebe
Evening Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin
Tree Swallow
Pine Warbler
Common Yellowthroat

- 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

Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace


Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, March 22nd 2019 at 9pm. The highlights of today's tape are EURASIAN WIGEON, Eurasian form of GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, RED-NECKED GREBE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SNOWY OWL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, a few winter finches and some spring migrants.

Birding locally still retains a wintry flavor. A taste of spring continued to emerge.

In Brooklyn a EURASIAN WIGEON was still at the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center today while the drake in Westchester County on the Rye coast was last seen Monday. The drake Eurasian form of GREEN-WINGED TEAL was still at Santapogue Creek in West Babylon Sunday. A female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was spotted along the shore south of Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx today and a pair of HARLEQUIN DUCKS have continued in Moriches Inlet west of Smith Point County Park at least to Wednesday. A CACKLING GOOSE was with Canada Geese at Van Cortlandt Park last Sunday. A BLACK-HEADED GULL visited Bush Terminal Piers Park in Brooklyn Tuesday the same day the ICELAND GULL was seen again at Austin Nichol's House. Another ICELAND was reported on the Breezy Point jetty Sunday. Single LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted off Dune Road at Tiana Beach Saturday, in Manhasset Bay Sunday and at Point Lookout Monday. A RED-NECKED GREBE was still on Patchogue Lake Wednesday and two were spotted off Pelham Bay Park Tuesday.

Lingering have been a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at the Grumman Grasslands in Calverton Monday and a SNOWY OWL was still at Breezy Point Wednesday.

Among the few local winter finches a male EVENING GROSBEAK in Manhattan's Riverside Park was still present Monday but has not been reported since and a COMMON REDPOLL visiting Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn also stayed through Monday while in Great Neck a group of up to 7 PINE SISKINS were noted up to Wednesday. A few PURPLE FINCHES have also been in Central Park lately. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was noted again at the Salt Marsh Nature Center Wednesday while another continues to visit a private home in West Babylon and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT remains in Union Square Park in Manhattan.

A reasonable selection of spring arrivals have included PIPING PLOVER, WILSON'S SNIPE, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LAUGHING GULL, GREAT EGRET, OSPREY, EASTERN PHOEBE, TREE SWALLOW and PINE WARBLER and NORTHERN GANNETS have begun moving along Long Island's south shore in increasing numbers.

To phone in reports on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 or call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922.

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

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