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Sunday, July 25, 2021

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, July 23, 2021:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jul. 23, 2021
* NYNY2107.23

- Birds mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Stilt Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Red-headed Woodpecker

- 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 23rd 2021* at 11pm. The highlights of today's tape are BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, SANDHILL CRANE, WHITE-FACED IBIS, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET and other shorebirds, BLUE GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL and more.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge's single BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK continues on the East Pond where it has been seen usually in the Cove roosting with other waterfowl on the southwest side of the pond as viewed from the south end. Be careful as you navigate the edges of the pond especially if venturing up to the Raunt or beyond. WHITE-FACED IBIS has, at least through Wednesday, been mostly now up at the north end of the pond. The big numbers and variety of shorebirds, though, are generally well dispersed along the pond's edges. These recently included 1 or 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 31 STILT SANDPIPERS, a WESTERN and up to 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and decent totals for the more expected species. Also noted on the East Pond this week were up to 3 GULL-BILLED TERNS and a CASPIAN TERN last Sunday.

The SANDHILL CRANE present on the Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn on the 15th was likely the one also seen out at the tip of Breezy Point early last Saturday.

A BROWN PELICAN was spotted off Miller Field Beach on Staten Island last Sunday.

AMERICAN AVOCET, found at Nickerson Beach last Sunday, was still present today in the rain pools west of the main tern colony. Remember there is a fee to enter Nickerson if you arrive after the booths open up.

A WHIMBREL was at Breezy Point Tuesday and Wednesday where this week's high count of 59 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS took place today and a CASPIAN TERN appeared at Plumb Beach Monday.

A few WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS have been seen from shore along the coast recently but pelagics have been sparse.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was still at Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Westchester last Saturday and please remember to use utmost caution so as not to disturb such sensitive species as the BLUE GROSBEAKS using the wonderful Calverton Grasslands or the DICKCISSELS attempting to nest on the Croton Point Park landfill.

There were sightings of single ROSEATE SPOONBILLS in the Orange County Black Dirt Region at Liberty Loop on the 14th and yesterday to early this morning at Wappinger's Falls in Dutchess County and hopefully it will be soon that one appears in the NYC region.

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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