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Saturday, October 12, 2019

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, October 11, 2019:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Oct. 11, 2019
* NYNY1910.11

- Birds mentioned
PARASITIC JAEGER
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
KING EIDER
WILSON'S PHALAROPE
AMERICAN AVOCET
Long-billed Dowitcher
Stilt Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
MARBLED GODWIT
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
Whimbrel
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-headed Woodpecker
WESTERN KINGBIRD
LARK SPARROW
White-crowned Sparrow
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Lincoln's Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
BLUE GROSBEAK
DICKCISSEL
Philadelphia Vireo
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Orange-crowned Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Prairie Warbler
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
Hooded Warbler
Canada Warbler
American Pipit
Winter Wren
SEDGE WREN
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

- 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

Compiler: Tom Burke
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, October 11th 2019 at 9pm. The highlights of today's tape are SEDGE WREN, WESTERN KINGBIRD, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, KING EIDER, PARASITIC JAEGER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, DICKCISSEL, BLUE GROSBEAK, LARK SPARROW and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

A nice variety of birds this week, despite the unfavorable weather, was highlighted by a SEDGE WREN found a photographed at Pelham Bay Park last Saturday afternoon. Another unusual migrant found today on Staten Island was a WESTERN KINGBIRD spotted at Brookfield Park which is just north of Arthur Kill Road where it intersects with Brookfield Avenue.

The storm rolling through our area Tuesday into Wednesday provided a nice fallout of HUDSONIAN GODWITS at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with a maximum of 31 counted Wednesday morning at the south end of the East Pond. They were joined by a MARBLED GODWIT as well but unfortunately none of the godwits lingered there beyond Wednesday. However 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS have continued around the north end of the East Pond at least to yesterday and among the other shorebirds reported there this week have been 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES Thursday as well as a small number of LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and PECTORAL, STILT and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. Unfortunately the water level on the pond remains much higher than it should be for optimum shorebirding. A single HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen again at the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area last Saturday and up to 5 MARBLED GODWITS were still around Jones Inlet at least to Tuesday often seen on the island just east of the Coast Guard Station. A WHIMBREL flew by Lemon Creek Pier on Staten Island last Saturday.

A seawatch from Robert Moses State Park field 2 yesterday did produce 4 PARASITIC JAEGERS while today's watch netted 2 CASPIAN and 44 ROYAL TERNS. A couple of CASPIANS were also noted this week at Jones Beach and Mecox Bay.

A female KING EIDER continues off Orient Point while a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was spotted in Central Park Tuesday.

The highlight among the warblers this week was a male PROTHONOTARY WARBLER found Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan's Bryant Park still present Thursday. A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was found at Teatown Lake Reservation in central Westchester last Saturday and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were noted at Caumsett State Park Sunday and in Prospect Park Wednesday and Thursday. Among the diminishing numbers of warblers this week were reports of TENNESSEE, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN, CHESTNUT-SIDED, PRAIRIE, HOODED and CANADA among others. YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS last Saturday in Central Park and at Tobay Sanctuary were followed by one in Manhattan's Herald Square Park on Tuesday while a few PHILADELPHIA VIREOS included sightings in Prospect and Kissena Parks and at Floyd Bennett Field.

DICKCISSELS this week included one in Caumsett State Park Sunday, another at Alley Pond Park Monday and one at the Chandler's Estate in Miller Place yesterday and today and a BLUE GROSBEAK was also found in Alley Pond Park Monday. A LARK SPARROW was present in Prospect Park all week and CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS visited Central Park's north end and Kissena Park Saturday and Caumsett State Park Sunday.

Other migrants recently included both cuckoos, many more YELLOW-BILLED than BLACK-BILLED, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and passerines featuring AMERICAN PIPIT, WINTER WREN, both RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and such sparrows as LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED with a FOX in Central Park Saturday as well as some NELSON'S SPARROWS mostly in coastal saltmarshes but also occasionally inland.

To phone in reports 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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