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Saturday, June 25, 2022

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, June 24, 2022:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jun. 24, 2022
* NYNY2206.24

- Birds mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

White-rumped Sandpiper
Iceland Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Roseate Tern
Royal Tern
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Cory's Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Least Bittern
Acadian Flycatcher

- 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, June 24th 2022* at 11pm. The highlights of today's tape are the slightly extralimital NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, SANDWICH TERN, BLACK-HEADED GULL, CASPIAN TERN, MANX and other shearwaters, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK and more.

The adult NEOTROPIC CORMORANT continues along the Hudson River waterfront up in Newburgh, Orange County where it is usually seen on pilings with some Double-crested Cormorants south of the ferry dock often off the private Global Terminal along River Road. Thus, finding suitable locations to search from can be difficult. River Road can be quite busy and the adjacent train tracks are also active so be careful.

The only report this week of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK came from last Tuesday when two were spotted on a private pond in Mattituck on the north fork. These two flying off shortly thereafter.

This afternoon an adult SANDWICH TERN was spotted flying around Breezy Point and other birds out there yesterday featured 3 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, a WESTERN SANDPIPER and ROSEATE TERN.

The immature BLACK-HEADED GULL was still being seen on the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge today, usually around the south end. Among the other species at the bay this week have been a continuing LEAST BITTERN on the East Pond at least to Saturday, a lingering GULL-BILLED TERN and 5 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS still there Sunday.

Seabirds continue to be seen along the south shore of Long Island under proper conditions especially when winds are out of the southeast. Under these conditions Wednesday morning off Robert Moses State Park field 2 the flight featured 27 CORY'S, 1 GREAT, 1 SOOTY and 4 MANX SHEARWATERS, a WILSON'S STORM-PETREL and 3 ROSEATE TERNS. Also spotted was a loon in rather unusual wore plumage that observers thought was possibly a PACIFIC LOON but photos under difficult conditions need to be further examined. A lesser, but similar flight there Thursday shut down as winds shifted to the southwest.

Also noted this week were an ICELAND GULL reported again at Mecox to Monday, a CASPIAN TERN at Croton Point Park in Westchester Wednesday and slowly increasing numbers of ROYAL TERNS.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Westchester and near Jones Pond north of Paumanok Trail located off Schultz Road in Manorville.

An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was still singing in Prospect Park last Saturday and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS remain on territory at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River.

A SUMMER TANAGER and a small contingent of BLUE GROSBEAKS continue to frequent the Calverton Grasslands around the former Grumman airport and to supplement these a young male SUMMER TANAGER was found today in the northern section of Riverside Park around West 122nd Street and additional BLUE GROSBEAKS featured a young male at Croton Point Park last Saturday and a singing male at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton on Monday and Tuesday.

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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