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Saturday, August 29, 2020

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, August 28, 2020:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Aug. 28, 2020
* NYNY2008.28


- Birds Mentioned

SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

UPLAND SANDPIPER
WHIMBREL
MARBLED GODWIT
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
LITTLE GULL
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
BROWN PELICAN
Eastern Kingbird
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
LARK SPARROW
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
SUMMER TANAGER
DICKCISSEL

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 nysarc44nybirdsorg

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, August 28, 2020 at 10:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, BROWN PELICAN, LITTLE GULL, BUFF-BREASTED, BAIRD’S and UPLAND SANDPIPERS, MARBLED GODWIT and WHIMBREL, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, LARK SPARROW, SUMMER TANAGER, DICKCISSEL and more.

Birders getting out early in the morning along coastal sites to enjoy the dawn flight experienced a few very productive days this week, with the biggest surprise perhaps coming last Sunday at Conference House Park at the southern tip of Staten Island – there a steady flight of over 1,000 EASTERN KINGIRDS also provided an accompanying adult SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, watched as it continued on towards New Jersey.

Single BROWN PELICANS this week were noted off Cedar Grove Beach on Staten Island last Sunday and then on Wednesday passing over the Robert Moses Causeway bridge by Fire Island.

Fire Island Inlet also provided some excitement Thursday when a juvenile LITTLE GULL was spotted in a congregation of gulls and terns off Oak Beach, viewable from the fishing pier. It could not be relocated today, but a MARBLED GODWIT appeared on the offshore sand bar.

Another MARBLED GODWIT was seen last Sunday by boat in Jamaica Bay, where up to five WHIMBRELS were noted last weekend.

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER found last Sunday at Heckscher State Park increased to two on Wednesday, when two more visited Sagg Pond in Bridgehampton, one continuing through today.

The BAIRD’S SANDPIPER lingering at Duck Pond Road in Cutchogue at least to Sunday was followed by one at Flushing Meadow Corona Park Thursday and another at Cupsogue County Park in Westhampton Dunes today.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was reported moving past Lemon Creek Pier on Staten Island Monday.

Over fifty ROYAL TERNS were in Lot 7 at Heckscher State Park last Sunday, and a CASPIAN TERN visited Forest Hills Thursday.

Among this week’s FLYCATCHERS were a few OLIVE-SIDED, their locations including Central and Prospect Parks, Greenwood Cemetery, Coney Island Creek, Floyd Bennett Field and Sunken Meadow State Park, among others.

Various Empidonax including YELLOW-BELLIED were also present this week.

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT reports came from Brooklyn Bridge Park and Central Park’s north end, followed by one in Prospect Park today.

Two LARK SPARROWS were spotted Wednesday, one at Fort Tilden and another at Jones Beach West End.

During Tuesday’s dawn flight a young male SUMMER TANAGER touched down very briefly at Coney Island Creek Park.

These morning flights also produced at least eight DICKCISSELS, locations including Fort Tilden, Hillview Reservoir in Yonkers, Moses Park, Sunken Meadow Park, Crab Meadow Park, Croton Point Park and Sagg Pond.

And of course there were the WARBLERS, with over twenty-five species noted this week – these included more unusual or later moving species such as WORM-EATING, TENNESSEE, MOURNING, HOODED, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKPOLL and WILSON’S as well as rather large numbers of AMERICAN REDSTART, BLACK-AND-WHITE, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and CANADA, with more to come.

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.

- End transcript

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