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Saturday, April 20, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, April 19, 2019:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Apr. 19, 2019
* NYNY1904.19

- Birds mentioned
WHITE-FACED IBIS+
WHITE-WINGED DOVE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Red-necked Grebe
Lesser Black-backed Gull
CASPIAN TERN
Forster's Tern
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Tricolored Heron
Green Heron
Clapper Rail
Virginia Rail
Sora
Least Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-necked Grebe
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Orchard Oriole
EVENING GROSBEAK
RED CROSSBILL
Vesper Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Purple Martin
Cliff Swallow
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Black-and-White Warbler
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Blue-winged Warbler
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
HOODED WARBLER
Wilson's Warbler
American Redstart
Gray Catbird
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Wood Thrush
Veery

- 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

Compilers: Tom Burke and 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 19th 2019 at 9pm. The highlights of today's tape are WHITE-WINGED DOVE, WHITE-FACED IBIS, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, CASPIAN TERN, RED CROSSBILL, EVENING GROSBEAK and spring migrants.

A much better migration this week with some exciting highlights. Last Sunday a WHITE-WINGED DOVE visited the feeder area at Evodia Field in Central Park in the later afternoon providing a first record for the park. Unfortunately, as with most of the sporadic appearances of this dove in our area, usually along our Atlantic coast, this one only stayed the one day.

Then on Monday an adult WHITE-FACED IBIS in breeding plumage flew onto the Timber Point Golf Course with 28 Glossy Ibis stayed long enough to be nicely photographed and then moved off with the flock to the east seen once more in flight before disappearing. Carefully checking ibis flocks does pay off.

The warbler situation also improved this week highlighted by the season's first PROTHONOTARY WARBLER found Tuesday in Prospect Park it was still present today being seen in the lower Lullwater below Terrace Bridge near the peninsula. Joining a continuing YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum this week were five other YELLOW-THROATEDS including 2 in Prospect Park Tuesday with at least one still there today. Another YELLOW-THROATED was found Wednesday in Connetquot River State Park, a recent nesting site for the species, and then today singles also appeared in both Central Park and Forest Park in Queens. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen last Saturday in Southard's Pond Park in Babylon and a HOODED WARBLER visited the north end of Central Park last Sunday. Among the other warblers reported this week were OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLUE-WINGED, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN REDSTART, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA and WILSON'S with increasing numbers for LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE and PRAIRIE and even more so for PINE, PALM and YELLOW-RUMPED.

RED CROSSBILLS continue out in Manorville with nesting activities noted along the Paumanok Path off the western side of Schultz Road just north of Jones Pond. Please make sure there is no disturbance of these rare local breeders.

Another winter finch of note was the female EVENING GROSBEAK visiting Prospect Park from Sunday to Wednesday. On Wednesday a VESPER SPARROW was spotted in Prospect Park with 2 more that day at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Last Saturday 2 CASPIAN TERNS visited Croton Point Park in Westchester County and FORSTER'S TERNS arrived in numbers during the week.

Up to 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Heckscher State Park during the week with one also at Floyd Bennett Field today.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was roosting in Central Park's north end Wednesday and a RED-NECKED GREBE was off Orient Point today.

Among the recent arrivals noted this week have been CHIMNEY SWIFT, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, CLAPPER and VIRGINIA RAILS and SORA, LEAST, SPOTTED and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, LEAST BITTERN and TRICOLORED and GREEN HERONS and BROAD-WINGED HAWK with 25 over Hook Mountain Wednesday while among the passerines were WHITE-EYED, YELLOW-THROATED and BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, PURPLE MARTIN and CLIFF SWALLOW, HOUSE and MARSH WRENS, VEERY and WOOD THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, ORCHARD ORIOLE today, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK yesterday and INDIGO BUNTING.

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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