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, May 4, 2018 at
The highlights of today’s tape are CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW, WESTERN TANAGER, a
good selection of WARBLERS including PROTHONOTARY, YELLOW-THROATED,
KENTUCKY, CERULEAN, ORANGE-CROWNED, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, BLUE GROSBEAK,
SUMMER TANAGER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and much more
Our continuing unusual series of weather events has not had a really
negative impact on spring migration, as a good variety of northbound birds
seems to be arriving relatively on time.
A standout this week was the CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW found in Central Park’s
ramble today, always a treat to get in the city parks.
Also very notable was a male WESTERN TANAGER visiting a suet feeder in
Brookhaven to Wednesday.
The WARBLER species total has exceeded thirty during the last couple of
days, with many arrivals, though not necessarily in large numbers.
Highlights among them include a couple of PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS in Central
Park today, with one in the Ramble, another at the north end. Prospect
Park produced a PROTHONOTARY at the Peninsula Thursday, following one from
Tuesday, a male PROTHONOTARY found at Hempstead Lake State Park last
Saturday was still present Thursday, and another was reported from Frank
Melville Park in Setauket last Saturday.
A decent number of YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS included one lingering at
Hempstead Lake State Park to Tuesday, one or two in Central Park Wednesday
and Thursday, and another at Fuchs Pond Preserve in Fort Salonga Tuesday.
Prospect Park produced a KENTUCKY WARBLER last Saturday, with another at
Central Park’s north end yesterday and today. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT also
appeared in Central Park today.
Other more unusual warblers included CERULEAN in Central Park Wednesday and
in Prospect Park today, and single ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS in Brooklyn’s
Greenwood Cemetery last Saturday, in Queens’s Crocheron Park Sunday,
another still at Southard’s Pond Park in Babylon Sunday, and one in Central
Also included in the list of this week’s WARBLERS were WORM-EATING,
TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, HOODED, AMERICAN REDSTART, CAPE
MAY, MAGNOLIA, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACKPOLL,
BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, PRAIRIE, CANADA and WILSON’S.
Recent BLUE GROSBEAKS this week were noted at Robert Moses State Park
Wednesday and Thursday, at Crocheron Park today, and at Southaven County
Park to today.
One or more SUMMER TANAGERS have been in Central Park mid-week and a nice
find in Central was a SORA at the north end of the lake today.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was also in Central Park today, following a couple
out at Jones Beach West End, with one still there today.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at Robert Moses State Park Thursday, and a
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was reported from Alley Pond Park Sunday.
For winter birds, a drake HARLEQUIN DUCK was still at Orient Point
Thursday, a SNOWY OWL visited Great Gull Island last weekend, and an
ICELAND GULL was still at Staten Island Saturday.
Two CATTLE EGRETS were at Midland Beach on Staten Island Thursday, and two
CASPIAN TERNS continued at Southaven County Park to last Sunday.
Among the other arrivals this week have been both BLACK-BILLED and
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, LEAST TERN, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE,
GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, WHITE-EYED VIREO, CLIFF
SWALLOW, BOBOLINK, and WHITE-CROWNED and LINCOLN’S SPARROWS.
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.