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 27, 2018
at 9:00 pm.
The highlights of today’s tape are a deceased THICK-BILLED MURRE,
PROTHONOTARY and YELLOW THROATED WARBLERS, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK,
GULL-BILLED and CASPIAN TERNS, GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS and spring
Following last week’s great list of rarities, this week settled back into a
more anticipated selection of nice spring birds.
The oddest bird was a freshly deceased THICK-BILLED MURRE still in winter
plumage that washed up on Great Gull Island on Wednesday.
Among the more sought-after spring birds, a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was
photographed Thursday afternoon at Teatown Reservation in Ossining,
Westchester County, but could not be relocated today.
A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found at Hempstead Lake State Park today,
following one in Brooklyn's Greenwood Cemetery yesterday and a couple
amazingly continuing in Prospect Park during the week. The singing male
also continues at Bayard Cutting Arboretum.
At least four ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS featured one at Hempstead Lake State
Park last weekend, one at the New York Botanical Garden last Sunday, one
continuing at Southards Pond Park in Babylon at least to Monday, and
another visiting Greenwood Cemetery today.
Other WARBLERS noted this week have included WORM EATING, BLUE-WINGED,
AMERICAN REDSTART, YELLOW, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and BLACK-THROATED GREEN,
with many more still to come.
Other than an elusive male at Hempstead Lake State Park, Central Park seems
to be attracting most of the SUMMER TANAGERS, with male and female both
currently in mid-park and another male at the north end.
BLUE GROSBEAKS have featured one at Robert Moses State Park last Sunday,
one at Southaven County Park Monday to Thursday, one at Hempstead Lake
State Park Thursday and another continuing at Greenwood Cemetery through
A GULLED-BILLED TERN visited Jones Beach West End last Sunday, and a
CASPIAN TERN at Timber Point Golf Course in Great River Wednesday was
followed by two at Southaven County Park today.
Lingering GULLS have included single GLAUCOUS at Sagg Pond in Bridgehampton
Saturday and at Gravesend Bay, Brooklyn, Wednesday, while an ICELAND GULL
was still at Miller Field in Staten Island Wednesday.
Wednesday found two different LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS in Brooklyn, at
Gravesend Bay and at Coney Island Creek, while on Thursday one visited the
Central Park Reservoir, with another at Robert Moses State Park.
Late AMERICAN BITTERNS last Saturday were at the Oceanside Marine Nature
Study Area and at Mill Pond in Sayville.
Three RED-NECKED GREBES were moving by Playland Park in Rye last Monday
evening, reminiscent of what was historically once a major spring movement
of mostly Scoters gathering in western Long Island Sound on their way
north. About 20 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were also present.
A VESPER SPARROW was at Central Park's north end last Saturday.
A decent list of arrivals included an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL heard singing
in Central Park last Saturday and a COMMON NIGHTHAWK there today, BLACK
SKIMMER yesterday, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER,
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, CLIFF SWALLOW, MARSH WREN, VEERY, BALTIMORE ORIOLE
and LINCOLN’S SPARROW.
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.