NYC Area RBA: 9 December 2016

Lucifer Hummingbird,©David Sibley

* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Dec. 9, 2016
* NYNY1612.09

- Birds mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Red-necked Grebe
Rough-legged Hawk
Black-legged Kittiwake
Snowy Owl
Long-eared Owl
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Lapland Longspur
Orange-crowned Warbler
Pine Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Lincoln's Sparrow
Baltimore Oriole
Red Crossbill

Other taxa mentioned:
Selasphorus hummingbird
Empidonax flycatcher

- Transcript

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electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at

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

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 NYS Rare Bird alert for Friday, December 9th 2016.

The highlights of today's tape include PACIFIC LOON, CAVE SWALLOW,
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN TANAGER, and a very unseasonal Empidonax

An Empidonax flycatcher found and photographed at Inwood Hill Park on Dec 8
was seen again this morning. Its identity has not been confirmed, but
debate has centered on Yellow-bellied and "Western" Flycatchers, the latter
comprising the sibling taxa, Pacific-slope and Cordilleran. Field
impressions of shape and posture could help to determine the ID, as would
additional photos and any information about vocalizations.

This season's run of ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS continued this week. The
individual at Lido West Park persisted at least through Dec 4, and another
Ash-throated was found at Marine Park, Brooklyn on Dec 5 and was seen to at
least Dec 7. In the vicinity of the former was a late BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and
of the latter were an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a very late BLACK-THROATED
GREEN WARBLER, both seen at least through Dec 6.

On eastern Long Island, a basic plumaged PACIFIC LOON flew east past Camp
Hero bluffs in Montauk on Dec 4, and a RED-NECKED GREBE, originally found
Nov 23, continued on nearby Fort Pond to at least Dec 4. A dark morph
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was found hovering over the sand islands north of
Cupsogue County Park Dec 4, and a Selasphorus hummingbird was still coming
to a private Aquebogue feeder on Dec 5, now apparently accompanied by a
second, unidentified hummingbird.

A CAVE SWALLOW at Point Lookout Fireman's Park was discovered Dec 3,
spending some time along sandy path south of ball field during the day but
not reported again afterwards.

The WESTERN TANAGER at City Hall Park was still present as of Dec 8, and
the YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT there was still present at least to Dec 3. The
Trinity Church Chat was present to at least Dec 4. Other seasonally unusual
birds included a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER at Randall's Island, found Nov 28
and seen again Dec 4, as well as a late LINCOLN'S SPARROW at the much
scarified Bryant Park Dec 3.

Highlights among the more regular winter species reported this week
included a first-year BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE photographed from the base of
the ferry terminal at Staten Island Dec 3, flying toward Bayonne, NJ;
continuing with the Horned Lark flocks at Jones Beach West End, last
reported Dec 2; and another flock of four RED CROSSBILLS, suggestive of at
least a minor irruption this season. This flock flew into the pines at
Midland Beach on Staten Island at the terminus of Father Capodanno Blvd on
7 Dec. In this same area were a DICKCISSEL and a PINE WARBLER.

The compilers for this week's RBA were Shaibal Mitra and Patricia Lindsay.

Tom Burke has returned from his trip to the Southern Ocean and would
appreciate reports for next week. To phone in reports on weekdays call Tom
Burke at (212) 372-1483.

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