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Saturday, September 19, 2020

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, September 18, 2020:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Sep. 18, 2020
* NYNY2009.18

- Birds mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Caspian Tern
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Long-billed Dowitcher
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Red-headed Woodpecker
Purple Finch
White-throated Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Philadelphia Vireo
Worm-eating 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 18th 2020 at 10pm. The highlights of today's tape are RED PHALAROPE, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, EURASIAN WIGEON, MARBLED GODWIT, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, GOLDEN-WINGED, CONNECTICUT and other warblers, BLUE GROSBEAK and more.

Last Saturday a RED PHALAROPE was found feeding in the East River at Stuyvesant Cove Park around 20th Street in lower Manhattan where enjoyed by many before it moved on overnight.

Even more accommodating has been an adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD in fresh fall plumage but with ragged wings and tail that has stayed put for the most part since being spotted Wednesday along the east shore of Meadow Lake at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Still present this afternoon the blackbird is usually seen feeding along an open stretch of shoreline about one to two hundred yards south of the boathouse just before a long dense stretch of phragmites. The parking lot by the boathouse is easily accessed from the park exit off the southbound Van Wyck Expressway.

A EURASIAN WIGEON in eclipse plumage has been frequenting the south end of the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at least since Monday usually with a few American Wigeon. Currently now better suited for waterfowl than shorebirds the number of ducks there is impressive with good numbers especially of BLUE-WINGED and GREEN-WINGED TEAL and NORTHERN SHOVELERS. The shorebirds have been mostly peeps and both yellowlegs highlights including a WILSON'S PHALAROPE at the south end last Saturday, a MARBLED GODWIT on Wednesday and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER photographed at the south end today. A WHIMBREL was noted from the West Pond last Saturday while other East Pond highlights have featured SORA and CASPIAN TERN. Another BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was spotted at Montauk Point last Saturday and 4 - 5 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS have been noted at Santapogue Creek off Venetian Boulevard in West Babylon during the week. Other CASPIAN TERNS this week included one at Shirley Chisholm State Park, two at Mecox, one at Sagg Pond and one at Orient Point.

An EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL visited Central Park's Ramble Saturday. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER appeared at Marshlands Conservancy in Rye last Sunday and 4 continue along the Paumanok Trail by Jones Pond in Manorville. One or two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS and a LARK SPARROW were present in Central Park's north end at the composting area late in the week with one of each there today. Another LARK SPARROW was at Jones Beach West End last Monday.

At least 6 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were reported this week including one at night at the 9/11 Tribute in Light in lower Manhattan with other locations including Central, Bryant and Prospect Parks and Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER found at Muttontown Preserve last Sunday was followed by another in Green-wood Cemetery yesterday.

A BLUE GROSBEAK was still at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center Wednesday.

Other migrants this week included both YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, several PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, PURPLE FINCH, LINCOLN'S and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and roughly 30 species of warblers including WORM-EATING, MOURNING and HOODED WARBLER.

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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