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Saturday, September 21, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, September 20, 2019:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Sept. 20, 2019
* NYNY1909.20

- Birds Mentioned

Blue-winged Teal
BROWN PELICAN
American Bittern
Sora
AMERICAN AVOCET
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER
Whimbrel
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
MARBLED GODWIT
Stilt Sandpiper
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
GULL-BILLED TERN
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Cory’s Shearwater
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Red-headed Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
WESTERN KINGBIRD
Philadelphia Vireo
Yellow-breasted Chat
Worm-eating Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
Hooded Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
SUMMER TANAGER
DICKCISSEL

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: Tom Burke
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
Transcriber: Gail Benson

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, September 20, 2019 at 9:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are BROWN PELICAN, WESTERN KINGBIRD, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN and MARBLED GODWITS, RED-NECKED and WILSON’S PHALAROPES, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, GULL-BILLED TERN, SUMMER TANAGER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, DICKCISSEL and more.

Two very interesting reports from last Saturday involved a BROWN PELICAN on the beach at Ditch Plains in Montauk and a WESTERN KINGBIRD seen briefly as it flew by Rockaway Beach in Edgemere.

Otherwise, much of this week’s excitement involved shorebirds. An AMERICAN AVOCET was still frequenting Sagg Pond in Bridgehampton on Monday.

At Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge last Saturday 4 HUDSONIAN GODWITS were spotted on the East Pond, moving between the south end and the raunt. By Wednesday on the East Pond 5 HUDSONIANS were present and were joined by an AMERICAN AVOCET, a WILSON’S PHALAROPE, 3 PECTORAL, 19 STILT and single WESTERN and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. A SORA was also reported Sunday from the East Pond, and increasing waterfowl there include a good number of BLUE-WINGED TEAL.

Four MARBLED GODWITS were still present at Cupsogue County Park in Westhampton Dunes last Saturday, while two at Jones Beach West End Monday increased to three by Thursday, and another visited Robert Moses State Park Wednesday.

Jerome Reservoir in the Bronx was drawn down again last week, and shorebirds there Saturday included a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, also seen Sunday, as well as an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and up to 12 PECTORAL SANPIPERS, and 3 GOLDEN-PLOVERS were present there today.

A WHIMBREL was noted at Rockaway Beach last Saturday, and at least 4 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were still at Santapogue Creek off Venetian Boulevard in West Babylon on Sunday.

A fishing boat 30 miles offshore at the Islip weather buoy on Tuesday encountered 3 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES plus 5 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS and a CORY’S SHEARWATER.

Single BLACK TERNS were at Shinnecock Inlet Saturday and off Jones Beach West End Monday, GULL-BILLED TERNS included 3 at Breezy Point Saturday and 1 out in Jamaica Bay Sunday, and CASPIAN TERNS at at least 5 coastal sites during the week included 4 at Jones Beach West End Monday and Tuesday.

An AMERICAN BITTERN visited Central Park Wednesday, preceded by 1 at Cupsogue Saturday, and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues along the Paumanok Trail off Shultz Road in Manorville.

A SUMMER TANAGER was photographed last Sunday at Garvies Point in Glen Cove, and a DICKCISSEL was found at Floyd Bennet Field Tuesday, the same day a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT appeared at Breezy Point.

Another DICKCISSEL visited the Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers Wednesday.

Single CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were seen in Central Park Monday and at the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center in Brooklyn Tuesday. Other WARBLERS include a HOODED in Central Park Wednesday and small numbers of WORM-EATING, TENNESSEE, BAY-BREASTED, CAPE MAY, WILSON’S and the like.

Among the other migrants featured this week were 3 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS in Central Park Monday as well as some YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, various FLYCATCHERS including YELLOW-BELLIED, and at least 5 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS reported from scattered regional parks.

To phone in reports please call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922 and leave a message.

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