You can also send reports and digital image files via email to
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
Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
Transcriber: Gail Benson
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Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, March 30, 2018
at 8:00 pm.
The highlights of today’s tape are BLACK-HEADED, ICELAND and LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON,
RED-NECKED GREBE, SNOWY OWL, RAZORBILL, AMERICAN BITTERN and a few more
This week’s highlight was perhaps no nor’easter to deal with, providing
opportunities for a few more spring migrants to arrive, but winter birds
still dominate locally. A few sightings of BLACK-HEADED GULL include an
adult coming into breeding plumage seen as recently as Thursday near Coney
Island Creek as viewed from Calvert Vaux Park. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
was also present there.
An immature BLACK-HEADED GULL has also been visiting Gravesend Bay, seen at
the middle parking lot off the eastbound Belt Parkway up to Thursday, this
perhaps the same BLACK-HEADED spotted at the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature
Center Saturday and Wednesday.
An ICELAND GULL has also been in the Gravesend Bay/Coney Island Creek area
up to today, and among other scattered LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were three
at Robert Moses State Park and two at Calvert Vaux Park today.
Among the lingering waterfowl, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was still on
Tung Ting Pond in Centerport last Saturday, and a pair of Eurasian Wigeon
was noted at Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4 today, with a drake still at the
Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center last weekend.
A number of RED-NECKED GREBES about have included one still at the
Restoration Pond at Alley Pond Park today, one at the Salt Marsh Nature
Center Wednesday and Thursday, one off Floyd Bennett Field Wednesday, and
two in Gravesend Bay today.
After a slow winter except at Montauk Point, RAZORBILLS made a move
Wednesday morning when 31 were counted off Robert Moses State Park, mostly
With a few still around, lingering SNOWY OWLS this week were noted within
the New York City limits at Breezy Point, Floyd Bennett Field and the
A nice find today was an AMERICAN BITTERN perched in a Tupelo at Tupelo
Field in Central Park, while rather odd for Central Park has been a
female-type BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE apparently lingering in the southeastern
section of the park with a COMMON GRACKLE flock.
Among the newer arrivals this week, these noted today, were some GLOSSY
IBIS along the south shore of Long Island, including 48 at Timber Point, a
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW at Randalls Island, and single Brooklyn
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES in Prospect Park and Greenwood Cemetery. Increases
this week were noted for GREAT EGRET, YELLOW-CROWNED and BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERONS, OSPREY, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, WILSON’S
SNIPE, LAUGHING GULL, EASTERN PHOEBE, PINE and PALM WARBLERS, and CHIPPING
To phone in reports, on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734 4126 or
call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922 and leave a message.
This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the
National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.