* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jan. 20, 2017
- Birds Mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)
Greater White-fronted Goose
Lesser Black-backed Gull
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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, January 20,
2017 at 7:00 pm.
The highlights of today=E2=80=99s tape are pelagic trip results including A=
PUFFIN, DOVEKIE, COMMON MURRE and NORTHERN FULMAR, plus TOWNSEND=E2=80=99S
SOLITAIRE, PAINTED BUNTING, SANDHILL CRANE, THICK-BILLED MURRE, EARED
GREBE, PINK-FOOTED, BARNACLE and ROSS=E2=80=99S GEESE, BARROW=E2=80=99S GOL=
EIDER, BLACK-HEADED GULL and more.
The rescheduled See Life Paulagics trip left Sheepshead Bay last Saturday
morning aboard the Brooklyn VI and in moderate seas enjoyed a nice
selection of winter pelagics. Highlights for the trip included 120
RAZORBILLS, 13 COMMON MURRES, 4 ATLANTIC PUFFINS and 165 DOVEKIES, 4
NORTHERN FULMARS, 20 NORTHERN GANNETS, 125 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, and a
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.
The TOWNSEND=E2=80=99S SOLITAIRE was still being seen on Long Island=E2=80=
=99s north fork
as of Wednesday. Look for the SOLITAIRE along North Sea Drive, northwest
of Southold, especially in the vicinity of blue house #1625 North Sea
Drive, where it has been perching on power lines as well as feeding in the
cedars along the roadside.
The female plumaged PAINTED BUTING continued at least to Thursday on Staten
Island in Annadale, usually seen feeding in weeds and grasses at the end of
Arden Avenue near Ocean Drive, this site approached from Hylan Boulevard.
The SANDHILL CRANE has remained in Wainscott on the south fork at least
through Thursday, often around the north end of Wainscott Pond as best
viewed from Wainscott Main Road.
The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE is still visiting Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream
through today, while the BARNACLE GOOSE has recently more often been
located at Pinelawn or St. Charles Cemetery or on the adjacent golf course
rather than on its traditional overnight roost to the east of there on the
lake at Belmont Lake State Park. A ROSS=E2=80=99S GOOSE was also identifie=
d at St.
Charles Cemetery today as well as earlier this week, and a GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was reported from St. Charles on Monday, with 1 also
continuing around Hook Pond in East Hampton and another still in the
Rye-Port Chester area in southern Westchester, moving around with CANADA
A drake BARROW=E2=80=99S GOLDENEYE has returned to Sand=E2=80=99s Point, th=
entirely private area accessed best from Sands Point Preserve, which has a
$10 entrance fee. Park and walk along the beach towards Prospect Point to
the west, scanning the COMMON GOLDENEYE flocks for the BARROW=E2=80=99S.
A female KING EIDER was spotted Wednesday in a COMMON EIDER flock on the
north fork at Orient Point County Park; 3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were also there.
Other HARLEQUINS included 1 off Eaton=E2=80=99s Neck in Valley Grove Saturd=
one or more continuing near the Shinnecock jetties.
Drake EURASIAN WIGEONS include 1 seen again Monday at the Salt Marsh Nature
Center in Marine Park, Brooklyn, 1 at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport
Saturday, and 1 continuing on Pepperidge Lake in Eastport or nearby
Eastport Lake off Montauk Highway.
Two TUNDRA SWANS were still on Lake Ronkonkoma today.
An influx of BLACK-HEADED GULLS this week has featured an adult at Coney
Island Creek, Brooklyn, Sunday and an adult at Little Reed Pond in Montauk
last weekend, as well as the adult at Cammanns Pond in Merrick, this
perhaps also the one feeding Sunday off the Jones Beach West End Coast
Guard bar, and the continuing Westchester bird at Five Islands Park in New
Rochelle or at nearby Premium Mill Pond in Larchmont.
Noteworthy reports from Point Lookout include an EARED GREBE near the
jetties Saturday and a THICK-BILLED MURRE today moving west past the
jetties and later seen off Nickerson Beach.
Check coastal Gull flocks for GLAUCOUS and ICELAND, 2 of the latter of
which were at Bush Terminal Piers Park today.
YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS this week were noted at Dreier-Offerman Park Sunday
to Thursday, at the Salt Marsh Nature Center with 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS
Sunday, and at Jones Beach West End Monday.
Four LAPLAND LONGSPURS were at Jones Beach West End Sunday, with a
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK near the Meadowbrook Parkway.
The RED CROSSBILL was still at Midland Beach Staten Island last Sunday, and
some RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at previously mentioned sites.
To phone in reports call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483 on weekdays.
This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the
National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.
- End transcript
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