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Saturday, November 20, 2021

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, November 19, 2021:

-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Nov 19, 2021
* NYNY2111.19



ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
HARLEQUIN DUCK
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER
Red Knot
Long-billed Dowitcher
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Northern Gannet
American Bittern
GOLDEN EAGLE
Bald Eagle
Pine Siskin
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Vesper Sparrow
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Northern Parula
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
DICKCISSEL

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, November 19, 2021 at 10:00 pm.

The highlights of today's tape are ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, HARLEQUIN DUCK, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, GOLDEN EAGLE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, CLAY-COLORED and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, DICKCISSEL and more.

This somewhat less spectacular week than we’d been enjoying recently was highlighted by the discovery today of an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER at Bayswater Park in Queens. This is the third record of this species in the last few years for this park, the entrance to which is located near the intersection of Bay 32nd Street and Dwight Avenue.

Another good find from today during a strong westward flight of gulls off Fort Tilden was an immature BLACK-HEADED GULL spotted moving down the coast.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continuing in the Rye area of lower Westchester is most frequently seen on a pond off Bowman Avenue just behind the Rye Ridge shopping center. The geese roost on this pond often during mid-day before flying off to feed on one of several local golf courses.

Single drake EURASIAN WIGEON have been continuing recently both on the West Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and on Mill Pond in Oyster Bay, while another recurring individual was back as of today on West Lake in Patchogue.

A young male HARLEQUIN DUCK has been present around the Point Lookout jetties since Wednesday.

An immature AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was still around the pilings off Floyd Bennett Field last Saturday, this spot also attracting a decent number of RED KNOTS recently. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was still along Santapogue Creek in West Babylon last Saturday.

Smaller numbers of LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS still remain along Long Island’s south shore, along with some continuing ROYAL TERNS, and three BLACK SKIMMERS were hanging on at Jones Beach West End Wednesday.

Depending on wind and weather conditions, some large concentrations and movement of NORTHERN GANNETS have been taking place recently, mostly along Long Island’s south shore but with smaller numbers also occurring in western Long Island Sound. More unusual, though, was an immature GANNET spotted early Tuesday morning moving south on the Hudson River past Beacon in Dutchess County, a quick shout out on the internet enabling birders to later watch it fly by Inwood Hill Park in northern Manhattan.

Recent strong winds also brought a GOLDEN EAGLE over northern Manhattan today, while 11 BALD EAGLES were counted over Shirley Chisholm State Park in Brooklyn Tuesday.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was photographed at the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center in Brooklyn Tuesday.

A calling LAPLAND LONGSPUR flew over Fort Tilden Sunday, while unusual SPARROWS this week included a CLAY-COLORED at Wolfe's Pond Park on Staten Island Sunday, preceded by a VESPER SPARROW in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx Saturday; two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS on Long Island featured one Saturday at the East Farm Preserve in Head of the Harbor near Stony Brook and one further east on private property in Mattituck Wednesday.

A lingering ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER continued in Central Park on the west side of the Reservoir at least to yesterday, and among other late warblers were OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACKPOLL and BLACK-THROATED BLUE plus a WILSON'S in Prospect Park up to Thursday.

A PINE SISKIN was in Central Park Tuesday, and a DICKCISSEL continued in Inwood Hill Park to last Saturday

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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