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Friday, June 18, 2021

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, June 18, 2021:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jun. 18, 2021
* NYNY2106.18

- Birds mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Green-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
Eastern Whip-poor-will
Sandhill Crane
Red Knot
Stilt Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Roseate Tern
Royal Tern
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Cory's Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Northern Gannet
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Blue-headed Vireo
Brown Creeper
Grasshopper Sparrow
Hooded Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Canada 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, June 18th 2021* at 11pm. The highlights of today's tape are WHITE-FACED IBIS, ARCTIC TERN, MANX SHEARWATER, PARASITIC JAEGER and other pelagics, GLAUCOUS GULL, CASPIAN TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, EVENING GROSBEAK, BLUE GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL and more.

At Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in an effort to restore the East Pond to the productivity levels it has enjoyed in the past is well underway and has already provided one dividend when last Sunday an adult WHITE-FACED IBIS was spotted at the pond's south end. This bird has been seen daily since then in the company of some Glossy Ibis but there is a caveat. This group of ibis does seem to be easily scared off causing rather short stays so if visiting the area try to remain somewhat concealed and quiet for best results.

The Captree June Bird Count held last Saturday tallied a record 138 species with several great finds. At Robert Moses State Park 2 ARCTIC TERNS were found and photographed while seawatching at various points along the shore netted 1 MANX, 1 GREAT, 16 CORY'S and 17 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 15 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, 3 PARASITIC JAEGERS and 62 NORTHERN GANNETS. Other town highlights included 1 each of GREEN-WINGED TEAL and HOODED MERGANSER, some EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS in Connetquot River State Park, 16 species of shorebirds including RED KNOT, STILT and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 41 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 11 ROSEATE TERNS and among the landbirds a HOODED WARBLER on territory, and providing both good and bad news a pair of YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum unfortunately feeding a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was photographed at Nickerson Beach on Tuesday and 2 CASPIAN TERNS visited Sagg Pond in Bridgehampton last Sunday when a ROYAL TERN was seen in Moriches Bay.

Three WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were among the shorebirds at Cupsogue County Park last Sunday and out on eastern Long Island last week a LEAST BITTERN was spotted along Narrow River Road in Orient Saturday and an AMERICAN BITTERN appeared at Sammy's Beach in East Hampton Sunday.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was still present yesterday at Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Westchester County and an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was still singing in Prospect Park Tuesday.

Very interesting was a male EVENING GROSBEAK visiting feeders at Fire Island Pines on central Fire Island from last Friday at least to Tuesday.

A BLUE GROSBEAK was singing at the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center Sunday and others remain out in the Calverton Grasslands.

A DICKCISSEL visited the restricted access Edgemere Landfill in Queens back on Thursday the 10th and at least 2 males continue to display on the Croton Point Park landfill. At Croton please remain on the main path over the landfill and do not use any audio devices.

The Greenwich-Stamford Summer Bird Count which includes parts of eastern Westchester County last weekend recorded 124 species including a record number of YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, ALDER and ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, BROWN CREEPER, 1 CANADA and 2 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW plus a SANDHILL CRANE over northwestern Greenwich in count period.

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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