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Saturday, June 19, 2010

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, June 18, 2010:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jun. 18, 2010
* NYNY1006.18

- Birds mentioned

MISSISSIPPI KITE+ (Montgomery County, NY)
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Snow Goose
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
King Eider
Common Eider
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Northern Gannet
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
American Oystercatcher
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope
Royal Tern
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
Acadian Flycatcher
Blue-headed Vireo
Common Raven
Cliff Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Hermit Thrush
Nashville Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Mourning 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 nysarc3 AT

If electronic submission is not possible, hardcopy reports and photos or sketches are welcome. Hardcopy documentation should be mailed to:

Jeanne Skelly - Secretary
NYS Avian Records Committee (NYSARC)
420 Chili-Scottsville Rd.
Churchville, NY 14428

Hotline: New York City Area Rare Bird Alert
Number: (212) 979-3070

To report sightings call:
Tom Burke (212) 372-1483 (weekdays, during the day)
Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 (Long Island)

Compiler: Tom Burke, Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace


Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, June 18th 2010 at 9pm. The highlights of today's tape are MANX SHEARWATER, CORY'S SHEARWATER, PARASITIC JAEGER, GLAUCOUS GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and Summer count results.

Sea watching continues to produce some interesting birds numbers have not been high but should be on the increase for shearwaters and Wilson's Storm-petrels at least.

At Robert Moses State Park 17 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS and a ROYAL TERN appeared Monday morning following 4 Wilson's off Tobay the day before. Two immature LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS have also been at Democrat Point on the western tip of Fire Island last Friday afternoon.

Moving east at Cupsogue County Park in West Hampton Dunes a PARASITIC JAEGER appeared offshore last Saturday followed by a MANX SHEARWATER on Sunday. The weekend produced 5 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS there Saturday and 12 on Sunday. Twelve WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were on the Cupsogue flats on Sunday while at adjacent Pike's Beach the gulls gathered there on Sunday featured an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL along with 2 immatures. The Sunday morning watch off Amagansett produced 6 CORY'S SHEARWATERS along with 8 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, 4 COMMON LOONS, 53 NORTHERN GANNETS and another ROYAL TERN. That day a BALD EAGLE was also seen at Napeague. On Saturday another LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Montauk Harbor inlet and 9 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were feeding in Gardiner's Bay. Four WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were also noted Monday by a passenger on the Orient to New London Ferry and on the previous Saturday an immature GLAUCOUS GULL was present around the Orient Ferry terminal.

Last Sunday a WILSON'S PHALAROPE was seen again at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge the bird feeding around matted algae on the East Pond just below the Raunt as viewed from the west side pond overlook at the end of the trail past Big John's Pond. The continuing presence of WILSON'S PHALAROPE at the bay raises interesting suspicions of possible nesting.

Although one might feel land bird migration is over this is a good time to find not only late migrants but also regional floaters and lost vagrants. Falling probably into the late migrant category this week were a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO at Riverside Park in northern Manhattan Tuesday and a female MOURNING WARBLER found Wednesday in Bryant Park in mid-Manhattan and still present there this morning.

The Greenwich-Stanford summer bird count encompassing much of eastern Westchester was held last weekend and recorded about 133 species though all results are not in. An interesting variety of waterfowl included 2 SNOW GEESE, RING-NECKED DUCK, drake GREATER SCAUP & LESSER SCAUP and a female COMMON EIDER the latter 3 all on Playland Lake in Rye. An immature male KING EIDER off Playland that stayed onto last Friday, LONG-TAILED DUCK and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Shorebirds featured BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, many AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, 2 WILLETS, 18 RED KNOT during the count period and 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 4 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS. An immature GLAUCOUS GULL in Greenwich was new to the count. Fourteen BARRED OWLS were tallied. Featured land birds included ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, 4 COMMON RAVENS, some CLIFF SWALLOWS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, BROWN CREEPERS, a HERMIT THRUSH at the Mianus River Gorge, a NASHVILLE WARBLER in Armonk, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and BOBOLINK.

The MISSISSIPPI KITES continue to put in their regular appearances in the Town of Root, Montgomery County.

To phone in reports on Long Island, call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126, or weekdays call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

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