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Saturday, December 11, 2021

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, December 10, 2021:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Dec. 10, 2021
* NYNY2112.10


- Birds mentioned
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE+
GRAY KINGBIRD+
LECONTE'S SPARROW+
WESTERN TANAGER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
EURASIAN WIGEON
KING EIDER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
NORTHERN SHRIKE
Wood Thrush
HENSLOW'S SPARROW
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
Ovenbird
Orange-crowned Warbler
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, December 10th 2021* at 10pm. The highlights of today's tape are GRAY KINGBIRD, HENSLOW'S SPARROW, LECONTE'S SPARROW, WESTERN TANAGER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, DICKCISSEL and more.

The GRAY KINGBIRD found November 29th at Great Kills Park on Staten Island and staying generally just north of Moonbeam Marina until Tuesday was relocated Wednesday farther south along the white trail out to Crooke's Point but unfortunately has not been reported since though it could still be in the area. A drake KING EIDER at Great Kills does continue to visit the mudflat area there.

A HENSLOW'S SPARROW located in Brooklyn's Green-wood Cemetery last Sunday has remained in the same general area through today. The bird frequents low grasses near the intersection of Central and Oak Leaf Avenues. It's uncharacteristic behavior is probably the result of its being compromised in some manner. Please give this bird sufficient space to subsist in and also respect the sanctity of the cemetery. Two LECONTE'S SPARROWS, first noted at Croton Point Park on December 2nd, were still present Wednesday but unlike the HENSLOW'S are very elusive with one or both only glimpsed very occasionally on top of the landfill and usually missed altogether.

A WESTERN TANAGER continues to visit the feeder area at Manhattan's Carl Schurz Park. The feeder is located just off East End Avenue adjacent to about 86th Street.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was still being seen at least to Tuesday at the North Fork Preserve, the bird occasionally perching prominently in the preserve located north of Sound Avenue in Northville.

A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE on Short's Pond off Scuttlehole Road in Bridgehampton on Monday may be the same one reported Thursday on the Wainscott pond. Remember, these areas are private so remain on the roadways.

Single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE recently include one still roosting at the Rye Brook Pond off Bowman Avenue in southern Westchester and one at Rockland Lake State Park. Single drake EURASIAN WIGEON continue on the West Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and on the Mill Pond in Oyster Bay and a pair of HARLEQUIN DUCKS have been along the jetties at Point Lookout recently.

A GLAUCOUS GULL has been roosting recently in the Point Lookout Town Park parking lot and today immatures were also spotted on Randall's Island and at Wolfe's Pond Park on Staten Island. Immature ICELAND GULLS recently have been reported on Prospect Park Lake yesterday, in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn all week and also just north of the Brooklyn Navy Yard yesterday.

Recent shorebird reports featured a WESTERN SANDPIPER on the beach at Point Lookout and 6 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS at the traditional site on Santapogue Creek in West Babylon.

The YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen Wednesday and today along the Hudson River Greenway along West Street just south of Watts Street and another also on Manhattan at Bella Abzug Park along with a WOOD THRUSH and an OVENBIRD this park off West 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. Two DICKCISSELS have been visiting the feeders lately at the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area with another still at Inwood Hill Park last Sunday.

At least 8 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were spotted recently and other lingering warblers and various other passerines hopefully will still be around for the Christmas Counts.

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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