Date: 10/25/19 9:03 pm From: Gail Benson <gbensonny...> Subject: [nysbirds-l] NYC Area RBA: 25 October 2019
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Oct. 25, 2019
- Birds Mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
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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 25,
2019 at 9:00 pm.
The highlights of today’s tape are both BROWN and AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS,
a good Saturday flight day, including a report of a SAY’S PHOEBE, EURASIAN
WIGEON and HARLEQUIN DUCK, AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED and HUDSONIAN GODWITS,
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, LARK and CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, YELLOW-BREASTED
CHAT, DICKCISSEL, BLUE GROSBEAK and much more.
Both PELICANS seen locally again this week featured a BROWN PELICAN
photographed last Saturday on the west jetty at the entrance to Montauk
Harbor and an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN visiting the East Pond at Jamaica Bay
Wildlife Refuge from Monday through today, appearing near the Raunt today
off the Big John’s Pond overlook after spending most of the week on the
pond’s north end.
A strong coastal flight last Saturday, dominated by YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS,
did produce good numbers of incoming sparrows and a variety of mostly
departing species plus an intriguing report of a fly-by flycatcher at Jones
Beach West End that was thought by the observer to be a SAY’S PHOEBE –
unfortunately, rather than lingering to be photographed, the bird
apparently just continued west.
As waterfowl numbers and variety continue to build, a drake HARLEQUIN DUCK
appeared Monday out at Orient Point and a EURASIAN WIGEON was still being
seen on Jamaica Bay’s East Pond at least to Tuesday. Also on the East
Pond, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS were present today, with 1 there most of the
week. Other shorebirds included 5 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS on the East Pond
and, out in Jamaica Bay, an HUDSONIAN GODWIT photographed as it flew by
south of the West Pond, both on Sunday.
Today on Staten Island 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS were spotted later in the
afternoon at Miller Field.
Four MARBLED GODWITS were still hanging out with over 200 AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHERS and other shorebirds at Jones Beach West End on the Coast
Guard island yesterday, and 7 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were counted today at
their roost on Santapogue Creek in West Babylon. A “WESTERN” WILLET, a RED
KNOT and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were among the shorebirds on the Point
Lookout wharf at the West Marina boat basin Sunday.
Two CASPIAN TERNS were still at Jones Beach West End last weekend, while
the continuing ROYAL TERNS featured 42 on the beach at Jones Beach Field 6
last Sunday; these were part of a large gathering of gulls and terns both
off Field 6 and off Robert Moses State Park on Sunday, providing a nice
opportunity for marauding PARASITIC JAEGERS, with at least 15 noted off
Moses Park and at least 7 off Jones Field 6.
Single RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were spotted at Floyd Bennet Field Saturday
and in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn Wednesday.
An adult LARK SPARROW at Nickerson Beach Sunday was followed by 1 in
Central Park’s north end on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW was east of the entrance booth to Jones Beach West End Saturday.
A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen in Greenwood Cemetery Saturday and Thursday,
and a SALTMARSH SPARROW in Manhattan’s Union Square Park today was joined
by a MOURNING WARBLER.
A DICKCISSEL was at Jones Beach West End Saturday, while a BLUE GROSBEAK
visited Greenwood Cemetery Sunday to Wednesday.
A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at Central Park’s north end Sunday followed 1 at
Montauk Point last Saturday.
Other notable migrants during the week included YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO,
VIRGINIA RAIL, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, AMERICAN BITTERN, AMERICAN PIPIT, VESPER
SPARROW, with 2 in Prospect Park to today, NELSON’S SPARROW, BOBOLINK and
Single ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were noted Saturday on Long Island at Robert
Moses State Park and on the North Fork.
A decent variety of late WARBLERS this week did include1 or more each of
OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE, TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE,
NORTHERN PARULA, BLACK-THROATEDS BLUE and GREEN, CAPE MAY, CHESTNUT-SIDED,
PRAIRIE and others.
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