You can also send reports and digital image files via email to
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, July 31,
2020 at 9:00 pm.
The highlights of today’s tape are BROWN PELICAN, WHIMBREL and other
shorebirds, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and CASPIAN TERN, ACADIAN
FLYCATCHER, BLUE GROSBEAK and more.
Going through a seemingly relatively slow period recently, last
Saturday at least did provide BROWN PELICAN reports, with two off the
Avalon Avenue beach on Staten Island and another seen again on the
ocean off mid-Fire Island. Seabirding, though, has generally been
unproductive this week.
Shorebirds do continue to move through, and today in Brooklyn four
WHIMBREL were spotted as they flew over Floyd Bennett Field, this
followed a short time later by five moving by Plumb Beach.
Among other more unusual shorebirds were a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at
Plumb Beach Monday, that day also providing a PECTORAL SANDPIPER at
Mecox, with three PECTORALS at Heckscher State Park today. Other
shorebirds also moving through now include SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY
TURNSTONE, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and
LEAST and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS.
Unfortunately, the region’s premier shorebirding site, the East Pond
at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, continues to be unsuitable for both
shorebirds and birders, despite efforts to get the outflow working
properly and the water level down. Stay tuned for word on hopeful
Four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were at Mecox Monday, with others
scattered along the coast, and some ROYAL TERNS at various coastal
sites were supplemented by reports of single CASPIAN TERNS at Robert
Moses State Park Sunday and on Staten Island today.
A family group of ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS, including two recently fledged
young, has been a highlight in Prospect Park recently, and BLUE
GROSBEAKS with young remain around the very productive grasslands in
Among a very modest movement of early landbird migrants recently have
been a few LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES plus a WORM-EATING WARBLER spotted
Tuesday in Brooklyn. Various SWALLOWS, including CLIFF, BANK and
PURPLE MARTIN, have also been gathering in certain areas.
To phone in reports 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.