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Saturday, August 22, 2020

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, August 21, 2010:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Aug. 21, 2020
* NYNY2008.21

- Birds mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Black Tern
American Bittern
White-rumped Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Red-headed Woodpecker
Common Nighthawk
Worm-eating Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Hooded Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
American Redstart
Red-breasted Nuthatch

BROWN BOOBY+ (Hamilton County)

- Transcript

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

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

Transcriber: Ben Cacace


Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, August 21st 2020 at 8pm. The highlights of today's tape are BROWN PELICAN, MARBLED GODWIT, WHIMBREL, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, BLUE GROSBEAK and fall landbirds including OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, various warblers featuring MOURNING and CERULEAN, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and more.

This week's only BROWN PELICAN report comes from Breezy Point with one seen twice offshore last Saturday.

Highlights among the shorebirds this week include the MARBLED GODWIT still on the Mecox flats last Saturday and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER frequenting irrigated fields along Duck Pond Road out on the north fork in Cutchogue yesterday and today. This area is north of the Oregon Road / Duck Pond Road intersection. An AMERICAN BITTERN has also been among the birds at Mecox lately and a BLACK TERN was noted there last Saturday. WHIMBRELS out in Jamaica Bay this week included up to 8 noted last weekend and one over the West Pond at the Wildlife Refuge today.

The water level on the East Pond is very slowly lowering now providing some edge at the south end but it has quite a ways to go to reach the desired level to attract large numbers of shorebirds. Among the small numbers now appearing are WHITE-RUMPED and WESTERN SANDPIPERS.

A COMMON GALLINULE was spotted at Sunken Meadow State Park Monday and was present at least to Tuesday west of the entrance bridge pond.

Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were still along the Paumanok Trail near Jones Pond in Manorville today this reached from Schultz Road and COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are now moving overhead in the evening as they've begun their southbound journey.

Noted among the southbound passerines this week were single OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS at Robert Moses State Park Tuesday and in Prospect Park yesterday and a good number of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES have been appearing. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was photographed at Pelham Bay Park Wednesday evening. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was spotted in Central Park Wednesday and a decent variety of warblers this week featured a MOURNING WARBLER in Central Park last Saturday and a CERULEAN WARBLER at Teatown Reservation in Westchester yesterday. Other warblers noted have included OVENBIRD, WORM-EATING, LOUISIANA and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, BLUE-WINGED, NASHVILLE, HOODED, AMERICAN REDSTART, MAGNOLIA, BLACKBURNIAN, YELLOW, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, YELLOW-RUMPED, PRAIRIE, CANADA and WILSON'S.

Last Saturday two BLUE GROSBEAKS were spotted at Shirley Chisholm State Park which is the landfill at the north end of Jamaica Bay just south of the Belt Parkway.

North of us today an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was present on Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County and a BROWN BOOBY continues on Indian Lake up in Hamilton County.

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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