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Saturday, September 05, 2020

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, September 4, 2020:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Sept. 04, 2020
* NYNY2009.04

- Birds Mentioned
WILSON’S PLOVER+
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

HUDSONIAN GODWIT
Stilt Sandpiper
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
Caspian Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Purple Martin
Cliff Swallow
SEDGE WREN
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Purple Finch
LARK SPARROW
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
Yellow-breasted Chat
Worm-eating Warbler
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Tennessee Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
BLUE GROSBEAK
DICKCISSEL

Brown Booby (extralimital)
American White Pelican (extralimital)

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, September 4, 2020 at 8:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, WILSON’S PLOVER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BUFF-BREASTED and BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS, SEDGE WREN, PROTHONOTARY and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, LARK and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, BLUE GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL and more.

Just in, an adult BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was found this afternoon at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The bird was seen around the junipers along the West Pond trail near the bat house.

A nice variety of shorebirds this week featured two special finds on the flats at Sagg Pond in Bridgehampton – first a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE early last Saturday, followed by a WILSON’S PLOVER spotted early Sunday morning. A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was also there Sunday. Then today six HUDSONIAN GODWITS dropped in on the flats at Mecox Bay.

Also out on eastern Long Island four BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS plus a BAIRD’s SANDPIPER were noted Monday along Oregon Road between Depot Lane and Alvah’s Lane in Cutchogue, while two BUFF-BREASTEDS and a BAIRD’S appeared Tuesday off Doctor’s Path north of Riverhead. Another BAIRD’S SANDPIPER visited Robert Moses State Park yesterday. Regional mud flats have also lately been producing PECTORAL, WESTERN and STILT SANDPIPERS among a decent assortment of shorebirds.

Single CASPIAN TERNS appeared at Coney Island Creek last Sunday and Mecox today.

A follow-up visit Monday to the currently restricted landfill at Freshkills Park on Staten Island located two nesting pairs of SEDGE WRENS.

Interesting among a good variety of WARBLERS this week were a PROTHONOTARY on Fisher’s Island today and four reports of GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, including from Central Park Monday, Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn Wednesday, at Floyd Bennett Field yesterday and by Flax Pond in Old Field today – photo analysis of a couple of these might indicate signs of hybridization. Other WARBLERS this week included WORM-EATING, TENNESSEE, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED, HOODED and three or more MOURNING, while a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was reported from Central Park Saturday.

Four LARK SPARROWS this week featured one at Jones Beach West End last weekend, one in the southwestern section of Flushing Meadow Park from Sunday on, and singles Thursday at Fort Tilden and Robert Moses State Park.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found at Canarsie Beach Park Monday.

Two BLUE GROSBEAKS were spotted last Sunday at Shirley Chisholm State Park, joined there by two DICKCISSELS. Other BLUE GROSBEAKS included one at Robert Moses State Park Thursday and two at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank Thursday and today. DICKCISSELS had a good week, with up to four noted at Robert Moses State Park, often during early morning flights, and one at Sunken Meadow State Park yesterday.

Also notable among the migrants this week have been both YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, OLIVE-SIDED and various other FLYCATCHERS, CLIFF SWALLOW, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, a few PURPLE FINCHES, and a nice gathering last Saturday of around 275 PURPLE MARTINS at Floyd Bennett Field.

And north of us, both the BROWN BOOBY and the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN were still up on Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County today.

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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