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Saturday, October 03, 2020

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, October 2, 2020:

RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Oct. 2, 2020
* NYNY2010.02


- Birds Mentioned
SWAINSON’S HAWK+
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

EURASIAN WIGEON
AMERICAN AVOCET
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER
Whimbrel
Stilt Sandpiper
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
Pectoral Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Parasitic Jaeger
Caspian Tern
Red-headed Woodpecker
WESTERN KINGBIRD
Philadelphia Vireo
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Vesper Sparrow
LARK SPARROW
Grasshopper Sparrow
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
Worm-eating Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
Mourning Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
BLUE GROSBEAK
DICKCISSEL

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 nysarc44nybirdsorg

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: Gail Benson

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, October 2, 2020 at 11 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are SWAINSON’S HAWK, AMERICAN AVOCET, WESTERN KINGBIRD, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, EURASIAN WIGEON, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, LARK and CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, CONNECTICUT and other WARBLERS, BLUE GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL and more.

In a quite good week for birds, easily the best was the immature SWAINSON’S HAWK spotted last Saturday on Governor’s Island. A couple of good photos were taken of this fairly dark juvenile before it moved off, not to be seen again despite some searching. However, combing the grounds on Governor’s Island that day did also produce a WESTERN KINGBIRD, which also did not linger.

An AMERICAN AVOCET was discovered at the north end of the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge last Monday and was still being seen there Thursday, though not today. Conditions at the north end, especially, remain treacherous due to the high water, and the limited number of shorebirds there Tuesday did feature STILT and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Waterfowl numbers on the East Pond are impressive and did include the EURASIAN WIGEON at the south end at least to Monday.

The male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD at Flushing Meadow Corona Park, staying along Meadow Lake just south of the Boathouse, was last reported last Sunday.

Scattered reports of AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER from last Saturday included two at Mecox and singles at Jones Beach West End, Floyd Bennett Field and Crab Meadow Beach, with another today at Robert Moses State Park. A BAIRD’S SANDPIPER visited Mecox Saturday, and a WHIMBREL was at Shinnecock Monday.

A PARASITIC JAEGER off Shinnecock last Saturday was followed by one in Long Island Sound off Rye Playland for a while on Sunday before moving east into Connecticut.

Recent CASPIAN TERNS were noted at Plumb Beach Thursday and at the Salt Marsh Nature Center and out at Mecox today, while single immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were spotted at Croton Point in Westchester yesterday and at Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery today.

Still moving through were several PHILADELPHIA VIREOS this week, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was spotted at Cupsogue County Park last Saturday.

With SPARROWS now increasing both in numbers and variety, highlights this week featured a LARK SPARROW still at the compost area in Central Park’s north end today, single CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS in Greenwood Cemetery and at Pelham Bay Park today, two VESPER SPARROWS in Kissena Park in Queens Wednesday, with one seen there Thursday, and another at Inwood Hill Park in northern Manhattan today, and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Robert Moses State Park today.

Single YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS were noted in Central Park’s Ramble Thursday and at the Hoyt Farm Town Park in Commack Tuesday.

A decent number of CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were reported this week from both city parks and several Long Island sites, though certainly not approaching the maximum mentioned in John Bull’s “Birds of New York” of 57 striking the Fire Island Lighthouse on September 23, 1883. Other WARBLERS this week included WORM-EATING, ORANGE-CROWNED, BAY-BREASTED, MOURNING, WILSON’S and HOODED.

A BLUE GROSBEAK was still in Central Park’s north end today, and a few DICKCISSELS included singles at Moses Park and Hillview Reservoir in Yonkers today.

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.

- End transcript

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