* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Feb. 24, 2017
- Birds mentioned
GREAT GRAY OWL+
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Greater White-fronted Goose
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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
To report sightings call:
Tom Burke (212) 372-1483 (weekdays, during the day)
Tony Lauro at (631) 734-4126 (Long Island)
Compiler: Tom Burke, Tony Lauro
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
Transcriber: Ben Cacace
Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, February 24th
2017 at 4pm. The highlights of today's tape are TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE,
SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK GUILLEMOT, DOVEKIE, EARED GREBE, PINK-FOOTED GOOSE,
ROSS'S GOOSE, BARNACLE GOOSE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, KING EIDER, LITTLE GULL,
BLACK-HEADED GULL and more.
A good week but most birds were holdovers and an even better week for those
able to travel north to see the CLARK'S GREBE in Oswego or the GREAT GRAY
OWL in Massena.
On eastern Long Island the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues in Southold seen
near blue house #1625 North Sea Drive on Thursday when the Wainscott
SANDHILL CRANE was still feeding around the north end of Wainscott Pond or
in fields along Wainscott Hollow Road.
At Montauk the BLACK GUILLEMOT remained around the north end of Lake
Montauk near the inlet at least to Wednesday usually in the vicinity of the
docks off the parking lot at the end of Star Island Road by the Coast Guard
Station on Star Island. At Ditch Plains a BONAPARTE'S GULL flock, even that
a rare sight this winter, did attract the adult LITTLE and BLACK-HEADED
GULLS that had been noted earlier in the area. The LITTLE only on Saturday
and Sunday. The BLACK-HEADED at least to Wednesday. Also at Ditch Plains a
DOVEKIE was spotted just offshore Monday morning but flew off quickly. A
female KING EIDER mingling with a few Common Eider was still around Montauk
Point Monday. A RED-NECKED GREBE was off Camp Hero Saturday and an ICELAND
GULL continues around the west beach at the Montauk Harbor inlet.
Farther west at Fire Island Inlet an EARED GREBE was spotted Saturday and
again Sunday in the cove near the Sore Thumb as viewed from the small
fisherman's parking lot along Oak Beach Road. A female KING EIDER was
viewable from that lot starting with Saturday and on Monday a female
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was also picked out in the duck flocks gathered there
continuing at least to Wednesday. The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was still a
little west of the Sands Point Preserve on Tuesday and 2 female KING EIDERS
were present off Orient Point County Park Sunday.
Regarding the odd geese the PINK-FOOTED was still at Hendrickson Park in
Valley Stream Wednesday, the BARNACLE was seen again Saturday on the
private golf course off Long Island Avenue east of Wellwood Avenue and a
ROSS'S GOOSE visited Marratooka Lake in Mattituck Sunday. A GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE spotted on the lake in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx
Sunday was still there Monday. Another was seen again at Wainscott Pond
Monday and one was in a huge Canada flock on the north side of Cook's Lane
west of Scuttlehole Road in Watermill with one CACKLING and 2 SNOW GEESE
last Saturday. Two TUNDRA SWAN were still on Lake Ronkonkoma today.
Continuing EURASIAN WIGEON were at Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center
Monday, on Eastport Lake north of Montauk Highway last Sunday and on Fresh
Pond in Fort Salonga yesterday.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted on the East River Saturday this off the end of
East 51st Street and an ICELAND GULL was still visiting Prospect Park Lake
as of Wednesday with others continuing in Brooklyn.
One or two RAZORBILLS have been noted around the jetty at Jones Beach West
End recently and 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were near the Roosevelt Nature Center
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were still in Central Park, Henderson Park and
Caumsett State Park this week and a few ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS continue in
the area. AMERICAN WOODCOCK are now displaying in decent numbers at
To phone in reports call Tom Burke weekdays at (212) 372-1483.
This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the
National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.
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