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Saturday, October 16, 2021

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, October 15, 2021:

- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Oct. 15, 2021
* NYNY2110.15


- Birds mentioned
BROWN BOOBY+
SAY'S PHOEBE+
GRAY KINGBIRD+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

EARED GREBE
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
MARBLED GODWIT
Baird's Sandpiper
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
Parasitic Jaeger
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
Caspian Tern
Cory's Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
GREAT BLUE HERON
SEDGE WREN
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Vesper Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
Orange-crowned Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
BLUE GROSBEAK
DICKCISSEL

- Transcript

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 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

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for *Friday, October 15th 2021* at 11pm. The highlights of today's tape are GRAY KINGBIRD, SAY'S PHOEBE, BROWN BOOBY, EARED GREBE, SEDGE WREN, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, white morph of GREAT BLUE HERON, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL and more.

A GRAY KINGBIRD was spotted Wednesday morning during a field trip to the Fire Island Lighthouse, but after being photographed the bird quickly disappeared. The searches there and at adjacent Robert Moses State Park were unsuccessful in relocating it. Another flycatcher though has been more accommodating. This a SAY'S PHOEBE found Thursday at Caumsett State Park. This somewhat dull immature was still around a corral area near the parking lots today often near an Eastern Phoebe for comparison.

Saturday morning a seawatch off Robert Moses State Park field 2 produced a BROWN BOOBY moving east well offshore. This was followed Wednesday morning by a BROWN BOOBY spotted heading west leading to a suggestion that these and the westbound bird back on October 5th may involve the same individual. The Saturday watch also produced 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS with one on Wednesday.

An EARED GREBE was photographed Wednesday in Shinnecock Bay near the Ponquogue Bridge. A SEDGE WREN was a surprise find on top of the landfill at Croton Point Park Wednesday morning but has not been relocated there since. In contrast a female type YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD continues to be seen by persistent searchers around Nickerson Beach west of Point Lookout usually with a flock of Cowbirds and Starlings.

A GREAT WHITE HERON continues at Marshlands Conservancy in Rye normally roosting during high tide around the central island in the marsh moving to feed at lower tides in the cove west of the causeway out to Marie's Neck.

Among the shorebirds an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was still reported today among the flock lingering at Floyd Bennett Field and a MARBLED GODWIT was still visiting the bar off the Coast Guard Station at Jones Beach West End today. An HUDSONIAN GODWIT appeared in Watermill last Sunday with one also at Mecox Bay Sunday and Monday and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was at Plumb Beach to Monday while a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was a highlight on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge last weekend.

A few CASPIAN TERNS continue along the coast.

Birds seen off Montauk Point last Saturday featured 2 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, a PARASITIC JAEGER and 1 MANX, 1 GREAT and 37 CORY'S SHEARWATERS while Sunday produced a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS and 20 CORY'S.

Among the sparrows this week were a CLAY-COLORED at the Lido Beach Passive Area Sunday and Monday, a VESPER at Floyd Bennett Field Monday and some NELSON'S of both the coastal and inland races at various coastal locations.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen near the GRAY KINGBIRD on Fire Island Wednesday while warblers included CONNECTICUTS on Staten Island Monday and Manhattan's TriBeCa area to Wednesday and in Prospect Park Thursday though a few ORANGE-CROWNEDS and other lingering species also noted.

Continued sightings of BLUE GROSBEAKS include one on Randall's Island on Saturday and one on Governors Island today while late week DICKCISSELS were at Moses Park yesterday and moving over mid-Manhattan this morning.

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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