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Saturday, January 08, 2022

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, January 7, 2022:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jan. 7, 2022
* NYNY2201.07

- Birds mentioned
FRANKLIN'S GULL+ (extralimital)
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Cackling Goose
Common Gallinule
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
American Woodcock
Wilson's Snipe
Black-legged Kittiwake
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
American Bittern
Red Crossbill
Vesper Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Baltimore Oriole
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine 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, January 7th 2022* at 11pm. The highlights of today's tape are ROSS'S GOOSE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN TANAGER, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BLACK-HEADED GULL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, DICKCISSEL, Christmas Count results, extralimital FRANKLIN'S GULL and more.

The lackluster accumulation of waterfowl regionally so far this season has shown some signs of improving recently. For instance the discovery yesterday of 2 ROSS'S GEESE on the Eastport pond off Route 27 on the east side of town. However the 2 geese did soon take off together and have not been seen since. Fitting this pattern too were 4 TUNDRA SWANS photographed flying over Croton Point Park in Westchester last Sunday. Among other notable waterfowl have been single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE with one seen again last Sunday at Dix Hills High School West and another still roosting on the Bowman Avenue pond in Rye Brook yesterday while the pond's icing over might be a problem. Drake EURASIAN WIGEON continue to be seen on the Mill Pond in Oyster Bay on Patchogue Lake and a drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE has recently returned to Crab Meadow Beach in Fort Salonga generally seen in the offshore Common Goldeneye flock. A drake KING EIDER remains at Great Kills Park on Staten Island and a young male was spotted at Shinnecock Inlet Monday.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was still present in Brooklyn's Owl's Head Park today seen along the northeast side of the hill and 2 WESTERN TANAGERS continue in Manhattan, one at Carl Schurz Park off East End Avenue around 86th Street and the other near private Clinton Community Garden around West 48th Street east of 10th Avenue but this one does move around a bit.

An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL continues at Jones Beach West End often around the bar off the Coast Guard Station but also moving well out into the channel to feed. ICELAND GULLS this week have been seen on Central Park's Reservoir, at Randall's Island and at Plumb Beach and around Sheepshead Bay.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE continues to be seen at the North Fork Preserve reported yesterday in this park located north of Sound Avenue out in Northville. Four VESPER SPARROWS were uncovered yesterday at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center off Yaphank Avenue. A RED CROSSBILL was spotted early in the week at Jones Beach West End and a DICKCISSEL was still visiting the Prospect Park feeders Tuesday.

The quite successful Southern Nassau Christmas Count last Sunday recorded 139 species among its highlights were CACKLING GOOSE, 3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS continuing at Point Lookout, a COMMON GALLINULE at Mill Pond Park in Bellmore, single SEMIPALMATED and PIPING PLOVERS, WESTERN SANDPIPER, a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at Jones Beach West End, 7 AMERICAN WOODCOCK and a WILSON'S SNIPE, the BLACK-HEADED GULL and 7 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS, NELSON'S, 2 SALTMARSH and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, 2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES and 5 ORANGE-CROWNED, 3 PALM and 2 PINE and single NASHVILLE and CAPE MAY WARBLERS.

A little to our north in Orange and Dutchess Counties an immature FRANKLIN'S GULL remains mostly along the Hudson River in Newburgh but also crossing over occasionally to the Beacon Waterfront where an immature BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was also seen offshore last Tuesday.

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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