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Saturday, August 10, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, August 9, 2019:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Aug. 9, 2019
* NYNY1908.09

- Birds mentioned
BRIDLED TERN+
AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER+
LEACH'S STORM-PETREL+
WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL+
BROWN BOOBY+
BROWN PELICAN+
WHITE-WINGED DOVE+
MISSISSIPPI KITE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Cory's Shearwater
BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Stilt Sandpiper
Red Knot
Pectoral Sandpiper
Sanderling
MARBLED GODWIT
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
Whimbrel
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
Blue Grosbeak
Worm-eating Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Hooded Warbler

- 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, August 9th 2019 at 9pm. The highlights of today's tape are a pelagic trip featuring WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL, BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL, LEACH'S STORM-PETREL, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, BRIDLED TERN, BROWN BOOBY, BROWN PELICAN, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and more.

The Great Gull Island BRIDLED TERN was still around on Monday but not roosting at its usual location and only seen in flight. Another BRIDLED TERN was spotted last Sunday from a private fishing boat about 60 miles or so south of Montauk at a site known as the Claw. Highlights of that trip certainly were the 2 WHITE-FACED STORM-PETRELS seen along with 1 BAND-RUMPED, 13 LEACH'S and 538 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, an AUDUBON'S, 3 GREAT and 4 CORY'S SHEARWATERS.

Last Saturday afternoon an immature BROWN BOOBY landed on the yard arm of the sloop the Clearwater as it sailed south on the Hudson River only leaving and flying north as the boat neared its Cold Spring destination. The BOOBY has not been relocated.

A BROWN PELICAN visited Jones Inlet yesterday initially feeding near and roosting on the tidal sandbar across the bay from the Coast Guard Station but then coming in to rest for awhile on the Coast Guard Station jetty before eventually flying off.

Nice finds but only seen briefly were a WHITE-WINGED DOVE photographed Monday morning as it sat in a dead pine tree along Bay Parkway a little west of Jones Beach field 10 and a MISSISSIPPI KITE identified Sunday as it passed over Hallock State Park Preserve in Northville on the north fork. The KITE heading south.

Shorebird migration continues but frustratingly without one of our regions most spectacular venues, the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, where high water continues to deprive both birds and birders the use of this wonderful resource. Decent numbers of seasonal shorebirds have been gathering at Cupsogue County Park in West Hampton Dunes but a number of MARBLED GODWITS had risen to 5 as of yesterday. At Old Inlet last week's HUDSONIAN GODWIT was joined by a MARBLED GODWIT last weekend and other counts from there from Sunday featured 190 RED KNOTS, roughly 4,000 SANDERLINGS, 29 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 2 CASPIAN and 60 ROYAL TERNS. Two more MARBLED GODWITS were at Brooklyn's Plumb Beach today while some WHIMBREL noted this week included 4 at Old Inlet last Saturday and 17 flying by Jones Beach West End yesterday. Among the shorebirds noted at Jones Beach last Monday were single STILT and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. Three CASPIAN TERNS did visit Jamaica Bay's East Pond last Sunday.

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were still along the Paumanok Trail on the west side of Schultz Road north of Jones Pond in Manorville Monday and BLUE GROSBEAK was still present at the nearby Calverton Grasslands the same day.

Among the small but increasing number of migrating warblers this week were single CERULEAN WARBLERS reported from Central Park and Fort Washington Park and such other regionally breeding species as WORM-EATING, BLUE-WINGED and HOODED.

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.

- End transcript

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