* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Feb. 17, 2017
- Birds Mentioned
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Greater White-Fronted Goose
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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, February 17,
2017 at 6:00 pm.
The highlights of today=E2=80=99s tape are BLACK GUILLEMOT, THICK-BILLED MU=
TOWNSEND=E2=80=99S SOLITAIRE, SANDHILL CRANE, PINK-FOOTED and ROSS=E2=80=99=
BARROW=E2=80=99S GOLDENEYE, KING EIDER and HARLEQUIN DUCK, LITTLE and BLACK=
GULLS, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and more.
Last Sunday morning an immature BLACK GUILLEMOT was found just inside the
Montauk harbor inlet and it was still there today, diving actively near the
Coast Guard Station on Star Island.
Also in the Montauk area an adult winter LITTLE GULL was spotted moving by
the Point Tuesday morning with a few BONAPARTE=E2=80=99S GULLS and was off =
Hero today. A female KING EIDER was still off the restaurant both Saturday
and Tuesday mornings, some RAZORBILLS continue off the Point and an ICELAND
GULL remains around the Montauk harbor inlet. On Thursday and Friday a
BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen with BONAPARTE=E2=80=99S at the south end of Lak=
Another nice alcid was a THICK-BILLED MURRE seen briefly Saturday before it
dove and disappeared off Rocky Point Marsh in Queens. This area is
directly across Rockaway Inlet from Plumb Beach, Brooklyn, west of the
Marine Parkway Bridge.
The north fork TOWNSEND=E2=80=99S SOLITAIRE was still visiting the cedars a=
North Sea Drive in Southold at least to Wednesday =E2=80=93 look especially=
vicinity of the blue house #1625 North Sea Drive.
On the south fork the SANDHILL CRANE was again feeding in the fields along
Wainscott Hollow Road last Sunday. If not there, check around Wainscott
Pond off Wainscott Main Street.
Two TUNDRA SWANS were still on Lake Ronkonkoma Wednesday.
The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE in Valley Stream was still at Hendrickson Park today,
and a 2nd revisited Elda Lake in North Babylon last Saturday.
A ROSS=E2=80=99S GOOSE was reported today from Narrow River Road in Orient.
Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were on the private golf course east of
Wellwood Avenue near the often productive cemeteries in the Farmingdale
area, these west of Belmont Lake State Park, a presumed overnight roosting
area for most of these geese. Another WHITE-FRONTED was back on Playland
Lake in Rye Wednesday to today, usually flying out early in the morning.
A drake BARROW=E2=80=99S GOLDENEYE continues with COMMON GOLDENEYES around =
Point just a little northwest of the Sands Point Preserve. Usually you
would need to walk out along the beach to view the GOLDENEYES.
Drake EURASIAN WIGEON were seen this week at Brooklyn=E2=80=99s Salt Marsh =
Center section of Marine Park, at Mill Creek on Staten Island, and on Fresh
Pond in Fort Salonga.
Birds at Shinnecock Tuesday included 3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, AMERICAN BITTERN,
and ICELAND GULL.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL was noted again at Cammanns Pond off Merrick Road last
Saturday, and another appeared off Orient Point, seen from the New London
Single GLAUCOUS GULLS were noted in Bellport Saturday and on Roosevelt
Island in Manhattan Thursday. A few ICELAND GULLS continue along the
Brooklyn shoreline, with one also still visiting Prospect Park Lake to
A RAZORBILL was seen off Coney Island Beach and Breezy Point last Sunday,
with another off Staten Island the day before.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was spotted at Gilgo Saturday, a WILSON=E2=80=99S SNIPE=
Lake in East Patchogue Wednesday.
This week lingering RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were noted in Central Park just
west of East 68th Street, at Hendrickson Park and Caumsett State Park and
at the Makamah Preserve in Fort Salonga, and another was found in Dix Hills
Certainly unexpected among the landbirds were a BALTIMORE ORIOLE in
Brooklyn Monday and, especially, a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH at Southards Pond
Park in Babylon last Saturday.
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.
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