* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Dec. 23, 2016
- Birds Mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Northern Saw-whet Owl
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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
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, December 23,
2016 at 7:00 pm. Highlights include PAINTED BUNTING, BLACK-HEADED GULL,
PINK-FOOTED, BARNACLE, ROSS=E2=80=99S and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, NORT=
SHRIKE, and Christmas Count results including WESTERN TANAGER plus more.
In an interesting week, a few nice rarities not associated with Christmas
Counts included a female PAINTED BUNTING nicely photographed Wednesday
during its short appearance at a private feeder in Mastic.
In Westchester, an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL has returned to Five Islands
Park in New Rochelle, accessed by Le Fevres Lane off Route 1; look
especially around the water treatment facility. Late today at low tide it
was at Premium Mill Pond in Larchmont. Another BLACK-HEADED GULL has been
seen since Monday at Cammann=E2=80=99s Pond off Merrick Road in Merrick, Lo=
And of course there are the Geese, two of which frustrated Counts by not
showing up on Count Day. The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE at Arthur J. Hendrickson
Park in Valley Stream took count day off but has been present most days,
joined recently by a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.
On Thursday, a 2nd PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was spotted in a large CANADA GOOSE
flock on the parade grounds at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx and visited
there again today along with single CACKLING and SNOW GEESE.
The BARNACLE GOOSE often roosting overnight on the lake at Belmont Lake
State Park unfortunately took the Count day off.
Similarly for the Greenwich Stamford Count, a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE departed
just before the Count, while a ROSS=E2=80=99S GOOSE appeared just after Cou=
On Tuesday, two ROSS=E2=80=99S GEESE showed up by the water tower at Robert=
State Park, and they were still being seen there today.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE appeared for the Captree Count Sunday,
another was spotted on Town Lane in Amagansett Sunday, an adult returning
to Playland Lake in Rye was still there today, and a 4th WHITE-FRONTED was
at Southards Pond Park in Babylon Wednesday.
The Christmas Counts held last weekend had to endure some rotten weather,
with snow, rain, fog and high winds all in the mix.
On Saturday the Montauk Count record 118 species, highlights including 2
AMERICAN BITTERNS, 3 VIRGINIA RAILS, 34 RAZORBILLS, SNOWY and NORTHERN
SAW-WHET OWLS, EASTERN PHOEBE, a COMMON RAVEN as a new Count addition, and
Also on Saturday, Northern Nassau recorded 100 species, including
RED-NECKED GREBE, BALD EAGLE, MERLIN, OSPREY, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, 4
COMMON RAVENS, and a YELLOW-BREASED CHAT at the Plandome railroad station.
On slightly better Sunday, the Kings County Count netted 119 species,
featuring 5 WOOD DUCKS and 5 COMMON EIDER, a SPOTTED SANDPIPER new for the
count, 5 LAUGING GULLS, 3 BLACK SKIMMERS, SNOWY and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS,
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, EASTERN PHOEBE and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.
The Queens Count came in with 118 species including CACKLING GOOSE,
EURASIAN WIGEON, BALD EAGLE, BARN OWL, 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, a WESTERN
TANAGER identified at Cedar Grove Cemetery, HOUSE and 2 MARSH WRENS,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CHIPPING SPARROW and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.
Captree Sunday came in with 113 species featuring GREATER WHITE-FRONTED and
CACKLING GEESE, BALD EAGLE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, EASTERN PHOEBE, 2
MARSH WRENS, 4 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 3 CHIPPING SPARROWS, a LAPLAND
LONGSPUR, and 42 BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES.
Greenwich Stamford Sunday recorded 112 species including 2 TUNDRA SWANS,
EURASIAN WIGEON, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 3 RED-NECKED GREBES, RAZORBILL, an
immature BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE on Long Island Sound, NORTHERN SAW-WHET
OWL, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.
The Manhattan section of the Lower Hudson Count Sunday added ICELAND GULL,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, LINCOLN=E2=80=99S SPARROW, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.
Among the Rockland Count=E2=80=99s 88 species Sunday were MERLIN and 2 EVEN=
A fish kill on the beach at Triton Lane off Dune Road last Friday had
attracted GLAUCOUS, 2 ICELAND, and 6 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and others
of each were noted during the week.
Two HARLEQUIN DUCKS were at Shinnecock Inlet last Friday, with 3 at the
Jones Beach West End jetty on the 14th.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE has been in Lewisboro in northern Westchester this week.
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. Have a Happy Holiday!
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