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, March 17
at 11:00 p.m.
The highlights of today's tape are MOTTLED DUCK, SWAINSON’S HAWK,
WESTERN MEADOWLARK, EARED GREBE, EURASIAN WIGEON, BLACK-HEADED GULL,
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RED CROSSBILL, SUMMER TANAGER and more.
But first, another week with very sad news as our birding community
has lost one of its most enthusiastic members, Arie Gilbert, to lung
cancer. Arie’s active involvement regionally, including as an
organizer and moderator for the Long Island birdfinders app, will
unquestionably be missed. Funeral arrangements have been posted on
the aba.org birding news for New York.
On the birding front, the drake MOTTLED DUCK has returned, spotted
Wednesday afternoon on Avon Lake in Amityville, just a short distance
west from the Ketchum Creek location where it was initially discovered
back in April 2022. Look for the duck on Avon Lake from either East
Lake Drive or West Lake Drive, but please remember this is a private
residential neighborhood and act accordingly. As a note, the duck late
this afternoon did fly a ways south but was relocated south of Route
27A on Amityville Creek as viewed from Riverside Avenue, also a
private residential area.
In Brooklyn the immature SWAINSON'S HAWK remains around the Sims Waste
Recovery Plant located at the end of 29th Street, west of 2nd Avenue,
where it can often be found around the buildings and light structures
as well as scrap piles in that vicinity.
And a little south of there the apparent WESTERN MEADOWLARK continues
at Bush Terminal Piers Park, where the bird often remains hidden
either in the vacant lot on the left as you walk into the park or
along the shoreline, though it will periodically fly up into the bare
trees for nice views. A female EURASIAN WIGEON was also reported at
Bush Terminal Piers Park to last Sunday.
The EARED GREBE at Shirley Chisholm State Park was being seen through
today in Hendrix Creek, usually off Hendrix Street (a walking path)
out near Penn Pier.
Last Saturday an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was spotted at Coney Island
Creek, and a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE plus an ICELAND GULL were reported
off Montauk Point, with another ICELAND GULL Sunday at Conference
House Park on Staten Island.
Four LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen during the week along the edge
of the West Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, with another one or
two still present last weekend at Smith Pond in Rockville Centre.
Also lingering, an AMERICAN BITTERN was still along Dune Road in
Quogue last Sunday, and the immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues
in Marine Park in Brooklyn, often in the Stuart Street and Avenue T
About five RED CROSSBILLS were still along the Paumanok Trail near
Jones Pond last Sunday, this area off Schultz Road in Manorville, and,
as a note of interest, an overwintering SUMMER TANAGER was still
visiting a private Islip feeder Thursday.
GREAT EGRETS and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS are now among the slowly
increasing number of seasonal migrants moving into our area, replacing
the large numbers of waterfowl heading north.
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.