Date: 7/7/18 4:40 am From: Gail Benson <gbensonny...> Subject: [nysbirds-l] NYC Area RBA: 6 July 2018
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* July 6, 2018
- BIRDS Mentioned
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Lesser Black-backed Gull
Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 6, 2018 at
The highlights of today's tape are BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, BROWN
PELICAN, SANDWICH TERN, SNOWY OWL, KING EIDER, MANX SHEARWATER,
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK and more.
A BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK reappeared last Saturday at Nissequogue
River State Park in Kings Park, though without its mate, last noted on
Thursday June 28. The duck was still feeding on the pond yesterday. The
park entrance is off Johnland Road on the continuation of Kings Park
Boulevard, and the pond is on the left by a small parking lot just before
the administration building circle.
This week's BROWN PELICANS featured two moving east off Fire Island last
Saturday and four the next morning headed west off Robert Moses State Park
A SANDWICH TERN was seen very briefly last Saturday afternoon at Cupsogue
County Park in Westhampton Dunes. Other terns at Cupsogue included three
Royal Terns Saturday and one Thursday along with a BLACK TERN, and the
beginnings of the southbound shorebird migration have also been in evidence
there, with appearances of some SHORT BILLED DOWITCHERS, both GREATER and
LESSER YELLOWLEGS, three WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS last Saturday and a
PECTORAL SANDPIPER Thursday, LEAST SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, four
“WESTERN” WILLETS, and three WHIMBRELS Thursday. Other WHIMBRELS were
noted Friday at Jones Beach West End and off Robert Moses State Park field
Pelagic species have also produced some decent numbers late this week off
Long Island’s south shore - at Cupsogue Thursday combined counts netted 3
MANX, 140 CORY’S, 9 GREAT and 3 SOOTY SHEARWATERS and a dozen WILSON’S
STORM-PETRELS, while totals off Moses Park field 2 Friday included about
190 CORY’S, 3 GREAT and 4 SOOTY SHEARWATERS plus 8 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS
and a PARASITIC JAEGER.
A few LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS this week included five at Jones Beach West
End Friday, and GULL-BILLED TERNS featured one at Brooklyn’s Plumb Beach
last Saturday and four at Nickerson Beach today. Two BLACK TERNS were at
Moses Park Tuesday.
Very odd and unexpected was a SNOWY OWL found Sunday on Rikers Island. The
emaciated bird was turned over to rehabilitators for assistance.
At Shinnecock two male KING EIDERS continue with some COMMON EIDER, the
flock usually seen along rocks on the east side of the inlet.
A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER continues singing on territory at the Bayard
Cutting Arboretum in Great River, and a male BLUE GROSBEAK was still
present Thursday around the Calverton Grasslands in the Preston Ponds
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were continuing at Connetquot River State Park
as of last Sunday, with another still at Muscoot Farm in Westchester County
Some presumably non-breeding floaters recently have included YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOO and a few species of mostly regionally breeding warblers, including
The RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH incursion also continues.
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.
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National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.