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Saturday, August 17, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, August 16, 2019:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Aug. 16, 2019
* NYNY1908.16

- Birds mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Short-billed Dowitcher
Pectoral Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Red-headed Woodpecker
Eastern Kingbird
Purple Martin
Cliff Swallow
Bank Swallow

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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, August 16th 2019 at 8pm. The highlights of today's tape are WHITE-WINGED DOVE, a probable SAY'S PHOEBE, BRIDLED TERN, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, MARBLED GODWIT, CASPIAN TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, BLACK TERN, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, DICKCISSEL, BLUE GROSBEAK and more.

Some decent early Fall like flight conditions occurring during the week produced a few very interesting birds. Watches last Saturday and Sunday mornings at Coney Island Creek in Brooklyn uncovered a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER seen on Saturday followed Sunday by a WHITE-WINGED DOVE photographed as it circled over Seagate before disappearing and out at Robert Moses State Park a flycatcher flying west passed two observers Saturday morning was by plumage thought to probably be a SAY'S PHOEBE. Unfortunately it moved by too quickly to be photographed. Also at Moses a DICKCISSEL was heard overhead both Saturday and Sunday and a BLUE GROSBEAK was recorded Saturday. Between these two sites a good variety of early Fall migrants included EASTERN KINGBIRD, PURPLE MARTIN, CLIFF and BANK SWALLOWS and a seasonal selection of warblers plus the occasional BOBOLINK and the like.

Out on Great Gull Island the adult BRIDLED TERN was spotted again Tuesday on the north side of the island. An immature BLACK TERN also appeared. The numbers of Common and Roseate Terns are now dropping quickly there so the BRIDLED'S continued stay may be limited.

In Central Park certainly the week's highlight was a male PROTHONOTARY WARBLER found today in the southeastern corner of the park at The Pond by the Hallett Sanctuary.

In the Bronx Jerome Reservoir was recently drained for repairs and the low water conditions have attracted a nice variety of shorebirds including 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES spotted Wednesday and still present today. Also present since Wednesday have been a WHITE-RUMPED and 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, some BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS plus GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, mostly the latter, SOLITARY SANDPIPER and some SEMIPALMATED and LEAST SANDPIPERS. Unfortunately these conditions will be short lived as the refilling of the reservoir is imminent. A good place to park to view the reservoir is near the intersection of Webb Avenue and Reservoir Avenue.

Three MARBLED GODWITS were still noted at Cupsogue County Park in West Hampton Dunes yesterday and a WHIMBREL was out in Jamaica Bay last Saturday.

A GULL-BILLED TERN visited Brooklyn's Plumb Beach last Sunday and on Thursday 2 CASPIAN TERNS flying by Floyd Bennett Field were likely the 2 seen a little later at Plumb Beach.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was spotted Monday at Rockefeller State Park in central Westchester County and a BLUE GROSBEAK was seen again around the Calverton Grasslands on Monday.

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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