Date: 10/18/19 9:09 pm From: Gail Benson <gbensonny...> Subject: [nysbirds-l] NYC Area RBA: 18 October 2019
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Oct. 18, 2019
- Birds Mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
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
[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]
Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, October 18,
2019 at 9:00 pm.
The highlights of today’s tape are VARIED THRUSH, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN
WHITE PELICAN, WESTERN KINGBIRD, POMARINE JAEGER, AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED
GODWIT, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, CLAY-COLORED and LARK SPARROWS, BLUE
GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL and more.
Another week of less than ideal conditions did today provide a nice
surprise when a male VARIED THRUSH was spotted at the Alley Pond
Environmental Center in Queens. The bird, feeding with American Robins,
was seen briefly but disappeared along the trail that goes south from the
parking lot along the boardwalk that leads to the observation platform.
The entrance to APEC is off Northern Boulevard just east of the Cross
An interesting incursion of BROWN PELICANS last Sunday included 15 seen
moving east past Staten Island’s Huguenot Avenue Beach in the afternoon,
after 3 were seen earlier off Franklin D. Roosevelt Beach in Ocean Breeze.
Other Sunday sightings featured 1 off Fort Tilden, 3 off Brooklyn’s Coney
Island Beach and 1 going west by Jones Beach West End. Monday provided 1
further east off Dune Road east of Triton Lane followed Tuesday by 1 moving
by Mecox Bay.
There was also a report of an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN visiting Jamaica Bay
Wildlife Refuge’s West Pond for a while on Wednesday.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD found last Sunday at West Meadow Beach in Stony Brook
was not reported there after Tuesday.
A sea watch off Riis Park last Wednesday recorded a POMARINE JAEGER along
with 2 PARASITIC and 2 unidentified JAEGERS as well as an immature
The 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS on Jamaica Bay’s East Pond recently were down to 2
by Thursday, when 4 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were also reported there; STILT
and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were also noted there last weekend.
Three or four MARBLED GODWITS continue to be seen on the island off the
Coast Guard Station at Jones Beach West End through today, and a couple of
CASPIAN TERNS visited there in mid-week.
A female KING EIDER was still around Orient Point last Saturday, when an
AMERICAN BITTERN was spotted at the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area.
At Jones Beach West End a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was around the hedgerow by
the Coast Guard Station from Monday through today, when a second was also
The Prospect Park LARK SPARROW was last reported last Saturday, when
another was seen at an East Hampton farm.
A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found in Central Park today at the Oven, and a
VESPER SPARROW was located Tuesday at the recently opened Shirley Chisholm
State Park, the former landfill reached from the southern end of
Pennsylvania Avenue in Brooklyn. The extensive grasslands there could prove
to be very interesting.
NELSON’S SPARROWS are now very widespread in salt marshes locally,
including such locations as Plumb Beach, the Oceanside Marine Nature Study
Area and Pelham Bay Park.
YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS were noted at Prospect Park Sunday, Montauk Point
Monday, and Robert Moses State Park today.
Among the decreasing variety of WARBLERS was a CONNECTICUT identified
during the morning flight at Robert Moses State Park last Sunday, and a
HOODED male was at Battery Park on Tuesday. Now is a decent time to look
for ORANGE CROWNED WARBLERS.
BLUE GROSBEAKS this week included singles at Captree State Park Sunday,
Jones Beach West End Tuesday, and Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn today.
A few DICKCISSELS included Sunday sightings from Fort Tilden to Robert
Moses State Park and Montauk Point and up to Croton Point, with another at
Jones Beach West End Monday.
Large numbers of Brant began arriving today
To phone in reports please call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922 and leave a
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