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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 25, 2018 at
The highlights of today’s tape are RUFF, ARCTIC, GULL-BILLED and BLACK
TERNS, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, WHIMBREL, PROTHONOTARY, YELLOW-THROATED and
KENTUCKY WARBLERS, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL, LARK and
CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and more.
An interesting week, even as spring migration starts to wind down. A great
find Tuesday afternoon was the RUFF spotted around the temporary pools at
Field 7 in Heckscher State Park. Sporting a mostly blackish plumage with
some brownish highlights, the RUFF on Wednesday drifted between Fields 6
and 7, generally with some BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, but seemed to move on
overnight. Another highlight for those watching the RUFF early Wednesday
was a calling DICKCISSEL passing overhead to the west. A CACKLING GOOSE
with a small flock of CANADA GEESE was also very unexpected there Wednesday.
Another good find was an ARCTIC TERN nicely photographed last Saturday on
the flats at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn; it disappeared soon thereafter, but a
ROSEATE TERN there hung around longer. Another adult ARCTIC TERN was
photographed Wednesday near the tern and BLACK SKIMMER colonies at
Nickerson Beach west of Point Lookout. Nickerson also produced three
GULL-BILLED TERNS Tuesday, plus two ROSEATE TERNS Wednesday and a BLACK
TERN Thursday. Other GULL-BILLED TERNS were reported from Robert Moses
State Park last Saturday and Plumb Beach Thursday.
An ICELAND GULL Saturday at Robert Moses State Park was in company with the
week’s largest count of LESSER BLACK- BACKED GULLS, with 38 estimated
between parking lots 2 and 5 and along the ocean beach.
Most notable among the increasing numbers of shorebirds gathering mostly
along the Atlantic inlets were an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER reported from the
marsh off the Lido Passive Sanctuary on the north side of Lido Boulevard
last Sunday and a count of 32 WHIMBRELS flying north past Great Kills Park
on Staten Island Wednesday.
Interesting among the WOODPECKERS, two RED-HEADEDS were seen together
Thursday at Connetquot River State Park and a PILEATED WOODPECKER was
spotted today at Caumsett State Park.
Despite declining WARBLER numbers and species totals, a decent mix
continues, highlighted by a PROTHONOTARY in Central Park to Monday, a
KENTUCKY there Sunday, an increase in the numbers of the later moving
MOURNING, and the continuation of some CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED and the
like. YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER is presumably nesting in Bayard Cutting
Arboretum, so please do nothing that would disturb this very rare breeder
in our area.
That also pertains to such species as SUMMER TANAGER and BLUE GROSBEAK.
Migrant SUMMER TANAGERS featured two in Central Park Tuesday and adult
males found at Breezy Point last Sunday, on Governors Island on Monday, and
in Prospect Park Wednesday. A BLUE GROSBEAK also visited Governors Island
A LARK SPARROW found last Friday at Shore Road Park in Brooklyn was still
being seen there through Sunday, and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was
photographed in Brooklyn’s Green-wood Cemetery on Wednesday.
Interesting this spring have been the frequency of reports of PHILADELPHIA
VIREO, usually sparse as a spring migrant here – Central Park has reported
a few to Tuesday, and one was nicely photographed in Prospect Park on
The THRUSHES have been well represented, with singing BICKNELL’S THRUSHES
reported last Sunday from Central and Forest Parks as well as at Coney
Island Creek Park. GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES have also been widely noted.
All ten species of eastern FLYCATCHERS were recorded this week, including
several OLIVE-SIDED and a few YELLOW-BELLIED, ALDER and ACADIAN.
Both YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS have also been noted in
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.