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, April 6, 2018
at 9:00 pm.
The highlights of today’s tape are PAINTED BUNTING, LITTLE and BLACK-HEADED
GULLS, EURASIAN WIGEON, Eurasian form of GREEN-WINGED TEAL, HARLEQUIN DUCK,
KING EIDER and spring arrivals, including YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER.
While still awaiting spring, probably the most exciting sign of seasonal
change was the female PAINTED BUNTING that appeared twice at feeders at a
private home in Elmsford, Westchester County, first noted there last
Saturday and then appearing for a short time on Monday. It has not been
seen since, but good distinctive photos were obtained.
Out on Staten Island last Saturday two nice GULLS were spotted with a large
flock of BONAPARTE’S GULLS on the pond at Wolf’s Pond Park, first an adult
winter-plumaged LITTLE GULL and later an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL. Then
this afternoon two adult LITTLE GULLS appeared on the pond, with one fairly
well advanced towards breeding plumage.
Other GULLS this week featured an ICELAND at Playland Park in Rye this
evening and at least three LESSER BLACK-BACKEDS last Wednesday, with one in
the Coney Island area, one at Heckscher State Park and one at Crab Meadow
Park, with another last Saturday at Playland Park.
A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was still at the Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4
Monday, and a drake EURASIAN form of GREEN-WINGED TEAL has been on the pond
at Willowbrook Park on Staten Island at least to Monday.
Three HARLEQUIN DUCKS, including two drakes, were still at the Point
Lookout jetties yesterday, and two female KING EIDERS were among an
estimated 750 COMMON EIDERS at Shinnecock Inlet last Saturday.
A few RED-NEDCKED GREBES continue in the area, including the one on the
Restoration Pond at Alley Pond Park and two each off Floyd Bennett Field
and on Gravesend Bay in Brooklyn last Saturday, when one was noted at the
Marine Park Saltmarsh Nature Center.
The continuing RAZORBILL flight under proper conditions provided 24 off
Tiana Beach west of Shinnecock Inlet last Saturday and 7 off Robert Moses
State Park Sunday.
A SNOWY OWL was still at Point Lookout Thursday, and the AMERICAN BITTERN
stayed to Saturday in Central Park, where the female BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE
remained at least to Wednesday.
An informal hawk watch last Saturday near the Alley Pond Environmental
Center produced an impressive 186 TURKEY VULTURES and a variety of hawks.
Among a small number of spring arrivals this week was an early
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER noted yesterday at Connetquot River State Park.
This species has bred at Connetquot in past years but last year was poorly
represented there, so remember to avoid disturbing or putting any stress
especially upon these and other sparsely occurring regional breeders,
though of course any disturbances to birds in breeding season should be
Other recent arrivals have included TRICOLORED HERON, a CATTLE EGRET last
Friday at Shinnecock Inlet, BARN SWALLOW, BROWN THRASHER and BLUE-GRAY
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at the Alley Restoration Pond this week and
other arrivals increasing in numbers have included PIPING PLOVER,
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, GLOSSY IBIS, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW,
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and, among the WARBLERS, PALM, PINE and LOUISIANA
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.