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Saturday, September 12, 2020

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, September 11, 2020:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Sep. 11, 2020
* NYNY2009.11

- Birds mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Royal Tern
Long-billed Dowitcher
Stilt Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Red-headed Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo
Golden-winged Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Palm Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Hooded Warbler

- 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, September 11th 2020 at 10pm. The highlights of today's tape are WESTERN KINGBIRD, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, MARBLED GODWIT, BUFF-BREASTED and BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, WHIMBREL and other shorebirds, LEAST BITTERN, SORA, CASPIAN TERN, LARK SPARROW, PINE SISKIN, KENTUCKY and other warblers, BLUE GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL and more.

A moderate week for migration did feature a WESTERN KINGBIRD appearing briefly Tuesday morning at Dix Hills Park in Dix Hills before flying off.

A good variety of shorebirds included a WILSON'S PHALAROPE out at Sagg Pond in Bridgehampton Saturday followed by another spotted at the very wet north end of the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Monday. A MARBLED GODWIT was featured on the video cam at Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area as it visited the channels there from Wednesday through today. Single BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were found at Croton Point Park in Westchester Wednesday and at Timber Point Golf Course in Great River Thursday while single BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS this week were noted at Jamaica Bay Monday, at Mecox Monday through Thursday and at Heckscher State Park Wednesday. A WHIMBREL visited Timber Point yesterday and a couple of calling LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS flew around the traditional site at Santapogue Creek in West Babylon last Monday. Other shorebirds seen at multiple locations this week included STILT, WHITE-RUMPED, WESTERN and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS with 17 of the latter counted at Timber Point Thursday.

At Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Monday both the LEAST BITTERN and the SORA appeared around the East Pond while on Tuesday another LEAST BITTERN was spotted at Arshamomaque Preserve in Greenport on the north fork and much more unexpectedly a SORA appeared in Bryant Park in central Manhattan.

During the week single CASPIAN TERNS occurred at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and at Timber Point as well as farther east at Mecox Bay and Sagg Pond while a high count of ROYAL TERNS reached 64 at Timber Point Thursday.

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were still along the Paumanok Trail near Jones Pond on Wednesday this off Schultz Road in Manorville.

Both YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were seen during the week as were a few OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS and various species of empidonax flycatchers.

Still sparse, single PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were noted Saturday in Prospect Park and at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Three LARK SPARROWS this week featured singles at Floyd Bennett Field Tuesday, Jones Beach West End by the Coast Guard Station Wednesday and Thursday and Stony Brook Thursday. A PINE SISKIN was spotted at Teatown Reservation in central Westchester Monday.

A KENTUCKY WARBLER was a surprise at Fort Tilden last Saturday and among other warblers noted this week were GOLDEN-WINGED, MOURNING, HOODED, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED and PALM.

A BLUE GROSBEAK was found at Robert Moses State Park Monday and a DICKCISSEL has been visiting the north end of Central Park since Wednesday.

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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