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Saturday, December 10, 2022

New York City Rare Bird Alert

Below is the New York City Rare Bird Alert for the week ending Friday, December 9, 2022:

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Dec. 9, 2022
* NYNY2212.09

- Birds mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Cackling Goose
Harlequin Duck
Common Gallinule
Piping Plover
Long-billed Dowitcher
Lesser Black-backed Gull
American Bittern
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler

- 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, December 9th 2022* at 11pm. The highlights of today's tape are PAINTED BUNTING, PINK-FOOTED and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, EURASIAN WIGEON, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BLACK-HEADED GULL, MARBLED GODWIT, RED CROSSBILL, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and more.

A fairly bright female plumaged PAINTED BUNTING showed up Thursday at the feeders at the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area and was still being seen there today. The park entrance is at the end of Slice Drive and Oceanside.

Out in Northport on Long Island the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, first seen at the Northport High School back on November 27th, was still present last weekend but it and the accompanying Canada Goose flock do range considerably around that area. The PINK-FOOTED has also been seen southwest of there at Greenlawn Memorial Park and over on Tung Ting Pond in Centerport. So the flocks, which also include single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED and CACKLING GEESE, can require some effort to track them down. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE also continues to visit and roost on a small pond off Bowman Avenue in Rye Brook, Westchester County by the Rye Bridge shopping center. A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was still on a Mill Pond east of Lake Avenue in Oyster Bay Sunday and a HARLEQUIN DUCK has been seen recently at Point Lookout where 2 PIPING PLOVERS were still around on Wednesday.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was reported out at the tip of Breezy Point last Sunday along with 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS a few of the latter still lingering around.

Five MARBLED GODWITS remain in Jones Inlet often seen on the bar off the West End Coast Guard Station. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was also reported there Tuesday and up to 9 RED CROSSBILLS have been feeding in the West End pines all week. Other LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS continue at Santapogue Creek in West Babylon.

A decent number of RAZORBILLS were seen today out at Orient Point by passengers on the Orient to New London Ferry. A COMMON GALLINULE has been present recently on the Mill Pond north of Merrick Road in Wantagh and AMERICAN BITTERNS have returned to the marshes along Dune Road.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was reported at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday and besides several lingering ORANGE-CROWNEDS some other warblers noted this week included OVENBIRD, NASHVILLE, AMERICAN REDSTART in Prospect Park, a CAPE MAY in Union Square Park, a YELLOW at Calvert Vaux Park and BLACK-THROATED BLUE.

As Christmas Count season is about to begin please call in count results for inclusion here.

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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