Date: 6/29/18 6:42 pm
From: Ben Cacace <bcacace...>
Subject: [nysbirds-l] NYC Area RBA: 29 June 2018
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jun. 29, 2018
* NYNY1806.29

- Birds mentioned
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK+
ARCTIC TERN+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

KING EIDER
Cory's Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
BROWN PELICAN
CATTLE EGRET
Black-bellied Plover
Willet (subspecies "Western Willet")
Ruddy Turnstone
Dunlin
White-rumped Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GULL-BILLED TERN
BLACK TERN
Roseate Tern
Royal Tern
Red-breasted Nuthatch
BLUE GROSBEAK

- Transcript

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report
electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at
http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to
nysarc44(at)nybirds{dot}org.

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: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, June 29th 2018
at 8pm. The highlights of today's tape are BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK,
BROWN PELICAN, ARCTIC, GULL-BILLED and BLACK TERNS, KING EIDER, CATTLE
EGRET and BLUE GROSBEAK.

Birders checking out a Facebook report last Saturday did indeed find a pair
of BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS on a small vegetated pond at Nissequogue
River State Park in King's Park, Suffolk County. The ducks have been
feeding and roosting on this pond at least through Thursday. Located east
of Sunken Meadow State Park on the Sunken Meadow Parkway but the park's
entrance is off St. Johnland Road. The entrance is a continuation of King's
Park Boulevard and leads to the administration building. Just before the
administration building circle there is a parking lot and a pond on the
left where the WHISTLING-DUCKS feed around the duckweed or roost on the
tree limbs surrounding the pond. We see no positive reports yet from today.

The only BROWN PELICAN report we are aware of this week was one flying by
Breezy Point on Wednesday.

The enhanced tern searching this year continues to produce some ARCTIC
TERNS outside of the traditional Cupsogue County Park location. Nickerson
Beach off Lido Boulevard still featured an immature ARCTIC through Monday.
While a thorough search out at Breezy Point last Sunday yielded 4 different
ARCTICS. Two were also present on the Cupsogue flats last Sunday. Besides a
continuing GULL-BILLED TERN or two at Nickerson this week also produced
singles at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn on Wednesday and at Cupsogue last
Saturday. A BLACK TERN visited Tiana Beach off Dune Road Thursday and
another was at Breezy Point Sunday. Decent numbers of ROSEATE TERNS
recently have included at least 15 at Breezy Point last Sunday and 5 at
Nickerson Monday. Increasing numbers of ROYAL TERNS featured 9 on Fire
Island Tuesday and 5 at Tiana Beach Thursday. Increasingly late LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS did include singles at Coney Island Beach Saturday and
at Breezy Point to Tuesday.

A drake KING EIDER was still accompanying a Common Eider flock around
Shinnecock Inlet on Wednesday.

The recent poor showing of pelagics along Long Island's south shore did
include a SOOTY and 26 CORY'S SHEARWATERS off Robert Moses State Park field
2 on Wednesday and a single SOOTY going by Breezy Point the same day.

Among the 9 species of shorebirds at Cupsogue County Park last Sunday were
10 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, single RUDDY TURNSTONE and DUNLIN, 3 WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS, 6 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a "Western" WILLET.

A CATTLE EGRET was reported flying over the Cemetery of the Resurrection on
Staten Island Monday. A male BLUE GROSBEAK was spotted at Caumsett State
Park Monday and a breeding pair also continues around the Calverton
Grasslands.

Interesting has been the appearance of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH in a couple of
city parks recently. This species relatively absent from the region this
year.

To phone in reports on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 or
call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the
National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.

- End transcript

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