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
Compiler: Tom Burke
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, September 27,
2019 at 10:00 pm.
The highlights of today’s tape are pelagic trip results including NORTHERN
FULMAR, AUDUBON’S SHEARWATER, POMARINE JAEGER and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE,
EURASIAN WIGEON, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, HUDSONIAN
and MARBLED GODWITS, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, CONNECTICUT
WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED and LARK SPARROWS, DICKCISSEL, BLUE GROSBEAK and more.
Last Sunday a pelagic trip organized by See Life Paulagics aboard the
Brooklyn VI began a pleasant day on the ocean at water depth of over 7,000
feet, later working back through Hudson Canyon, with highlights including
21 NORTHERN FULMARS, 12 CORY’S, 323 GREAT and 23 AUDUBON’S SHEARWATERS, 1
LEACH’S and 222 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, an adult POMARINE JAEGER, 1
NORTHERN GANNET, 7 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 6 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES.
Though the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge still has too high a
water level to attract large numbers of shorebirds, waterfowl numbers
continue to build there, with a EURASIAN WIGEON showing up on the pond last
Saturday. Despite the conditions, a reasonable selection of shorebirds
this week did feature some HUDSONIAN GODWITS, with 5 noted there Monday,
while Tuesday produced both a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and a WILSON’S
PHALAROPE. Among the other shorebirds there have been a few STILT,
PECTORAL, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, with a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER also
identified there last Sunday.
Roughly 4 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS also continue along Santapogue Creek off
Venetian Boulevard in West Babylon.
At Jerome Reservoir in the Bronx, drained for the second time recently,
there were still 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS present Monday, 2 on Tuesday,
and a STILT SANDPIPER visited there today.
Among the shorebirds at Jones Beach West End there were 3 or 4 MARBLED
GODWITS seen on the bar off the Coast Guard Station through Monday, with 1
there Wednesday. A GULL-BILLED TERN also visited the bar from Saturday at
least to Wednesday, and another GULL-BILLED was noted at Jamaica Bay
Wildlife Refuge Wednesday.
Up to 3 CASPIAN TERNS were at Jones Beach West End over last weekend, and
others were reported from Prospect Park Lake last Saturday, Plumb Beach
Monday, Jamaica Bay Tuesday, and Smith Point County Park in Shirley
Tuesday, the latter site on Tuesday also producing 65 ROYAL TERNS along
with 3 PARASITIC JAEGERS offshore.
A nice coastal fall flight took place Wednesday morning, witnessed by
observers at both Coney Island Creek Park in Brooklyn and at Robert Moses
State Park Field 2 on Fire Island. The mix of the most common of the
identified WARBLERS varied slightly, but the flight featured good numbers
of NORTHERN WATERTHUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE, TENNESSEE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT,
AMERICAN REDSTART, CAPE MAY, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA and BLACKPOLL, with
lesser numbers of several other species. A CONNECTICUT was identified at
Moses Park, and 2 WHIMBREL and a DICKCISSEL were among the other highlights
Another DICKCISSEL was spotted at Jamaica BayWildlife Refuge last Saturday.
A few BLUE GROSBEAKS included one at Moses Park Saturday to Tuesday,
another at Hillview Reservoir in Yonkers Tuesday, and 1 at Sunken Meadow
State Park Thursday.
A LARK SPARROW was reported from Midland Beach on Staten Island Wednesday,
and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW featured singles at Moses Park last Saturday, and
on Wednesday at Lido Beach Passive Preserve and Pelham Bay Park.
A few YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS included birds at Moses Park Sunday and
Tuesday, at the Avalon Preserve in Stony Brook Monday, and at the Oceanside
Marine Nature Study Area today.
Migrant RED-HEADED WOODPECKSERS appeared on Staten Island Sunday, in
Prospect Park Tuesday, and on Governors Island today.
Other recent migrants have included a decent number of YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOOS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and LINCOLN’S and
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