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Saturday, October 09, 2021

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, October 8, 2021:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Oct. 8, 2021
* NYNY2110.08


- Birds mentioned
BROWN BOOBY+
VARIED THRUSH+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

KING EIDER
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER
Whimbrel
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
MARBLED GODWIT
Baird's Sandpiper
Parasitic Jaeger
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
GREAT BLUE HERON (white morph "Great White Heron")
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
LARK SPARROW
Vesper Sparrow
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
Orange-crowned Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
BLUE GROSBEAK
DICKCISSEL

- Transcript

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 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

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for *Friday, October 8th 2021* at 11pm. The highlights of today's tape are VARIED THRUSH, BROWN BOOBY, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, white morph of GREAT BLUE HERON, KING EIDER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, BLUE GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL and more.

Certainly a surprise was the appearance of a VARIED THRUSH last Tuesday at the Sands Point Preserve. A bird decently photographed before it disappeared during a day when the park was closed.

A seawatch off Robert Moses State Park Tuesday morning produced an immature BROWN BOOBY moving west followed by a PARASITIC JAEGER doing the same. Twenty-two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also counted on the beach at Moses that morning.

An elusive YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD usually seen mostly with cowbirds and starlings around Nickerson Beach including last Sunday, Monday and yesterday. It was also reported Tuesday near the Point Lookout Town Park at the end of Lido Boulevard thus expanding the search range.

A white morph of GREAT BLUE HERON, also referred to as GREAT WHITE HERON, remains in Rye at Marshlands Conservancy through today. At high tide the heron has been roosting by an island in the middle section of the marsh moving south 200 yards at lower tides to feed in the cove off Murray's Neck.

The KING EIDER was still around Midland Beach on Staten Island Monday and another immature male was off Napeague State Park Tuesday and Wednesday.

Immature AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen at Plumb Beach Wednesday, at Floyd Bennett Field Wednesday through today and also at Heckscher State Park today.

A couple of MARBLED GODWITS have been visiting the bar off the Coast Guard Station at Jones Beach West End at least to yesterday while an HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen again on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge last Saturday. Continuing WHIMBREL have included 5 on Fire Island Wednesday and up to 6 at Smith Point County Park in Shirley and 3 still at Fort Tilden yesterday and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was spotted at Plumb Beach last Sunday.

Some CASPIAN TERNS peaked Thursday with 5 at Mecox and 6 in Gardiners Bay in East Hampton.

A LARK SPARROW visited Plumb Beach Monday and another was seen again today near the Fire Island hawkwatch. Among the few CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were singles in Prospect Park and Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn last Saturday, at Plumb Beach Tuesday and at Jones Beach West End today.

Both GRASSHOPPER and VESPER SPARROWS were found at Randall's Island last Saturday and on Governors Island Sunday with another GRASSHOPPER at Pelham Bay Park Sunday. YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and BLUE GROSBEAK were also on Governors Island Saturday with other BLUE GROSBEAKS at Central Park's north end Wednesday and in Orient today. DICKCISSELS include singles at Marshlands Conservancy and in Mattituck yesterday and at Central Park's north end to today along with Friday birds also at Governors Island and Heckscher State Park.

Warblers this week have featured ORANGE-CROWNED, CONNECTICUT, MOURNING, HOODED, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED and several other species.

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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