-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* June 2, 2017
* NYNY1706.02

- Birds Mentioned

BLACK-NECKED STILT+
WHITE-FACED IBIS+

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Northern Gannet
CATTLE EGRET
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Least Tern
GULL-BILLED TERN
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Black Skimmer
Sooty Shearwater
MANX SHEARWATER
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Gray-cheeked Thrush
BICKNELL’S THRUSH
Swainson’s Thrush
Mourning Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
SUMMER TANAGER
BLUE GROSBEAK

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report
electronically and use the NYSARC online submission form found at
http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to
nysarc44<at>nybirds<dot>org

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

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, June 2, 2017 at
8:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are BLACK-NECKED STILT, WHITE-FACED IBIS,
MANX SHEARWATER, CATTLE EGRET, GULL-BILLED TERN, BICKNELL’S THRUSH,
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER and BLUE GROSBEAK.

Two BLACK-NECKED STILTS last Monday morning were seen briefly in the swale
at Jones Beach West End Field 2 but could not be relocated until Tuesday
morning, when they were seen in flight off the Roosevelt Nature Center a
little to the east.  While a search strategy was being organized, the pair
of STILTS fortunately flew into the swale, using that as their main
location until disappearing unseen in mid-afternoon.  They have not been
noted in that area since.

Examination of photographs taken Tuesday at Cow Meadow Park in Freeport
revealed that one of the IBISES reported at the pond was a WHITE-FACED, our
first local report this year.  It has not been seen since but could easily
still be in the area.  Also at Cow Meadow, a CATTLE EGRET first spotted
Monday was still feeding on the lawns around the picnic area just west of
the parking lot at least to Wednesday.

Coastal sea-watching along Long Island’s south shore has not been hugely
productive so far this season, but late Monday afternoon off Robert Moses
State Park Field 2 there were single MANX and SOOTY SHEARWATERS and about
25 NORTHERN GANNETS, and the next afternoon provided two more SOOTY
SHEARWATERS.  A few LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, continuing but in reduced
numbers along the south shore, were also noted at Moses as well as at Jones
Beach.

An immature GLAUCOUS GULL was at Mecox Inlet Saturday, and again this year
GULL-BILLED TERN can be seen in the COMMON and LEAST TERN and BLACK SKIMMER
nesting colony at Nickerson Beach in Long Beach.  An entrance fee is
charged at Nickerson.

Those scouring the Midwood at Prospect Park last Saturday morning for the
Swainson’s Warbler, unfortunately not seen since last Friday, were however
treated to a wonderful THRUSH chorus, featuring several GRAY-CHEEKED and
SWAINSON’S and at least one BICKNELL’S.  A pair of ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS also
frequented the same area.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER on territory at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum has
been singing near the parking lot and hopefully will have a successful
season there, as it seems the small colony at Connetquot River State Park
the last few years did not stick around in the usual location this year.

Two different SUMMER TANAGERS were noted in Central Park Tuesday and
Thursday, while the one at Laurel Lake on the North Fork last Sunday could
be nesting in that area.  BLUE GROSBEAKS around the Calverton grasslands,
and possibly even the one at the Oceanside landfill today, are likely all
nesting birds, and these, as well as the colonizing YELLOW-THROATED
WARBLERS and SUMMER TANAGERS, should not be interfered with in any way
during this crucial time in their nesting cycle.

Otherwise spring migration has quickly wound down, with a small assortment
of WARBLERS and other late migrants still moving through – among these are
some MOURNING WARBLERS and an assortment of FLYCATCHERS, including
OLIVE-SIDED, YELLOW-BELLIED, ALDER and ACADIAN.

Unusual for Westchester County, a BLACK SKIMMER and a CASPIAN TERN have
recently been around Croton Point at the Hudson and Croton Rivers
confluence by the train station.

To phone in reports, please call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922 and leave a
message.

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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