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, June 1, 2018 at
The highlights of today’s tape are MISSISSIPPI KITE, PACIFIC LOON,
WHITE-WINGED DOVE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, EURASIAN WIGEON, WHIMBREL, CATTLE
EGRET, PROTHONOTARY and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE
GROSBEAK and more.
Marking pretty much the end of spring migration, punctuated by an estimated
720,000 warblers moving past a Quebec site along the St. Lawrence Seaway
Monday, this week did produce some interesting sightings locally.
Two local MISSISSIPPI KITES involved one flying over Northwest Harbor in
the town of East Hampton last Saturday afternoon and a sub-adult soaring
over Hempstead Lake State Park Monday morning. Watch for them almost
Also on Monday morning, among a few RED-THROATED and COMMON LOONS well out
in the Atlantic off Nickerson Beach was a Loon studied with difficulty due
to the distance and conditions that was judged to be a PACIFIC LOON in
changing plumage. It unfortunately soon disappeared, but Nickerson also
provided some other nice birds around the Tern and BLACK SKIMMER colonies
on Monday, including single CASPIAN and ROSEATE and two GULL-BILLED TERNS,
plus two COMMON EIDER and two SOOTY SHEARWATERS offshore. At the Lido
Preserve near Nickerson on Monday, among a flock of ATLANTIC BRANT was a
dark individual mostly showing the characteristics of a “BLACK” BRANT.
On Wednesday at Cupsogue County Park in Westhampton Dunes a WHITE-WINGED
DOVE was photographed sitting on a snow fence in mid-afternoon. This park
in particular and along Dune Road have produced past sightings of this
species as well.
A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE along the bayside at Breezy Point last Saturday was
a nice find.
A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was spotted Monday on the West Pond at Jamaica Bay
Three WHIMBREL in the swale at Jones Beach West End Sunday were also noted
around the West End before and after that date, apparently hanging around.
A large number of seasonal shorebirds has been present recently along south
shore gathering sites.
A CATTLE EGRET was at Oakwood Beach on State Island, just northeast of
Great Kills Park, at least from Monday to Wednesday.
Single ICELAND GULLS were present early in the week at Cedar Beach in
Southold and at Robert Moses State Park, and decent numbers of LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS continue at sites like Moses Park. Four SOOTY
SHEARWATERS were off Moses Park Monday, and the activity of offshore
pelagics should increase this month.
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were still at Connetquot River State Park
The Forest Park water hole was still producing some nice passerines this
week, with a SUMMER TANAGER and a MOURNING WARBLER there last Saturday and
a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH on Tuesday.
ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS at Prospect Park to Monday and Greenwood Cemetery in
Brooklyn last Saturday are potential nesters around those areas and should
be monitored as such. Breeding birds such as the YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
at Bayard Cutting Arboretum and BLUE GROSBEAK at Calverton, while being
enjoyed, should not be disturbed in these activities in any way. This also
pertains to the HENSLOW’S SPARROW back now at the Shawangunk Grasslands
National Wildlife Refuge in Ulster County.
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.