* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Mar. 10, 2017
- Birds Mentioned
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Lesser Black-backed Gull
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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
Compiler: Tom Burke
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
Transcriber: Gail Benson
[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]
Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, March 10, 2017
at 7:00 pm.
The highlights of today=E2=80=99s tape are TOWNSEND=E2=80=99S SOLITAIRE, SA=
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, EARED GREBE, ROSS=E2=80=99S GULL, BARROW=E2=80=99S=
EIDER, GLAUCOUS GULL, and EVENING GROSBEAK.
Perhaps a familiar ring to this week=E2=80=99s tape as we await more variet=
promised by the upcoming spring, wherever it is.
Two Eastern Long Island rarities were still on territory this week, the
TOWNSEND=E2=80=99S SOLITAIRE continuing to feed and roost near the blue hou=
North Sea Drive in Southold through today, and the SANDHILL CRANE remaining
around the north end of Wainscott Pond or visiting the fields along
Wainscott Hollow Road at least through Wednesday.
On Staten Island the female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was reported again
Monday in a mixed flock around Oakwood Beach, just north of Great Kills
Park, where it had been seen back on the 2nd.
An EARED GREBE appeared on Gravesend Bay in Brooklyn and was enjoyed by
many on Tuesday, this following the Oak Beach bird which was still being
reported around the western end of Fire Island Inlet near the Sore Thumb to
yesterday. This time of year correctly identifying an EARED GREBE becomes
more of a challenge, with good numbers of HORNED GREBES now moving through,
many in transitional plumage, looking more an EARED than their traditional
winter plumage. Of the 51 HORNED GREBES counted off Playland Park in Rye
Monday, several were looking rather dusky, so it is important to rely more
now on structure than plumage =E2=80=93 especially note EARED=E2=80=99s usu=
raised rear end, a good long distance mark.
For the still remaining waterfowl, a ROSS=E2=80=99S GOOSE was spotted again=
Oregon Road in Cutchogue last Sunday, a drake EURASIAN WIGEON was still
present Thursday at the Salt Marsh Nature Center section of Marine Park in
Brooklyn, with another on Eastport Lake again last Saturday, the female
BARROW=E2=80=99S GOLDENEYE was reported again Sunday off Oak Beach, and a f=
KING EIDER remained off Orient Point County Park to Wednesday.
Single GLAUCOUS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were still around Bellport
Bay last Sunday, and an ICELAND GULL was still visiting Prospect Park Lake
Separate immature NORTHERN GOSHAWKS were still being seen Thursday both in
Prospect Park and at Massapequa Preserve.
Three BLACK VULTURES seen over Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn Sunday, plus
a few others locally, indicate these as well as various other raptors are
beginning to move back north.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS this week included one still in Central Park just
west of East 68th Street and one at Blydenburgh County Park in Smithtown
A PIPING PLOVER was back at Oak Beach last Saturday, with a few others
subsequently arriving, and interesting was a report from last Saturday of
two EVENING GROSBEAKS flying west over Jones Beach West End.
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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