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Saturday, July 25, 2020

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, July 24, 2020:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 24, 2020
* NYNY2007.24

- Birds mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Royal Tern

- 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, July 24th 2020 at 11pm. The highlights of today's tape are BROWN PELICAN, fall shorebirds including MARBLED GODWIT, WHIMBREL, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, STILT SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, GULL-BILLED TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER and BLUE GROSBEAK in this vacation shortened edition.

Sightings of BROWN PELICAN this week included singles off Coney Island Beach last Saturday and off Wolfe's Pond Park on Staten Island Sunday and hopefully others will continue to appear off Long Island's south shore.

Shorebird season is ramping up with numbers and varieties still building. This morning a MARBLED GODWIT was seen in flight moving easterly past Brooklyn's Plumb Beach where other featured species included one STILT SANDPIPER and 4 WESTERN SANDPIPERS as well as 2 GULL-BILLED TERNS. A WHIMBREL was present at Breezy Point last Sunday with 2 there Wednesday and Thursday and out at Cupsogue County Park in West Hampton Dunes yesterday, besides a WHIMBREL, other highlights included LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and WESTERN SANDPIPER. Two STILT SANDPIPERS were also at Miller Field on Staten Island yesterday.

A GULL-BILLED TERN was noted at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge last Saturday and ROYAL TERN numbers continue to increase.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER is still present along the Paumanok Trail next to Jones Pond in Manorville the entrance on the west side of Schultz Road.

One or more ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS remain in Prospect Park and BLUE GROSBEAK apparently nested successfully out in the Calverton Grassland again emphasizing why this very valuable resource deserves protection.

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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