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Saturday, August 13, 2016

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, August 12, 2016:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Aug. 12, 2016
* NYNY1608.12

- Birds mentioned

Piping Plover
Stilt Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Royal Tern
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Canada 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

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, August 12th 2016 at 7pm. The highlights of today's tape are BROWN PELICAN, BLACK-HEADED GULL, WHIMBREL and other shorebirds, SORA, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER and other warblers.

Another relatively uninspiring week did provide another BROWN PELICAN report. This a bird flying just off Halsey Neck Beach east of Shinnecock Inlet last Saturday afternoon. Direction was not specified.

A nice find on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge last Sunday afternoon was a subadult BLACK-HEADED GULL roosting with mostly Laughing Gulls on the western pond edge south of Deadman's Cove the gull eventually flying south off the pond. Also on the East Pond a SORA was spotted Monday along the phragmites edge at the north end where a GULL-BILLED TERN was also present Saturday. The continuing high water on the East Pond presumably a contributing factor. The number of shorebirds using the pond, even at high tide, has remained somewhat low. One to three STILT SANDPIPERS have been present this week at the north end and an injured PECTORAL SANDPIPER visited the Raunt Sunday afternoon. A good number of SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS provided the bulk of the shorebirds on Sunday but seemed to move on by Monday. A report from today on the pond did indicate some improving numbers with a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 13 STILT SANDPIPER and 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS among the 16 species of shorebirds there. Hopefully the water level will sufficiently lower for the Shorebird Festival to be held on Saturday the 20th.

Another notable shorebird this week was a WHIMBREL on the flats at Cupsogue County Park in Westhampton Dunes on Monday. The other shorebirds there rather standard.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was in the field 2 parking lot at Jones Beach West End last Saturday and a couple of ROYAL TERNS and one or two PIPING PLOVERS were still at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn on Monday and perhaps later.

A trickle of landbird migrants this week was certainly topped by the YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER reported at the Maintenance Meadow in Central Park last Saturday. Always a good find in the city parks at any season. Also unexpected in Central Park was an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER on Monday. Other warblers during the week featured a MOURNING reported Thursday from Central Park as well as such species as OVENBIRD, LOUISIANA and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, BLUE-WINGED, BLACK-AND-WHITE, AMERICAN REDSTART, YELLOW-RUMPED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA, PALM and CANADA.

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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