Definitely a great bird for Long Island.  A number of birders, including 
Barbara Connolly, Corey Finger, Dave Klauber, Mary Normandia, Bobby Rossetti, 
and myself, saw a Pileated Woodpecker in Matinecock, Nassau County on 
12/31/2011.  My report to the New York State Avian Records Committee (NYSARC) 
included the following:

"This report is being submitted because of the status of Pileated Woodpecker as 
a rare visitant in the coastal lowlands of New York State (Bull’s Birds of New 
York State, 1998, E. Levine, ed.).  Pileated Woodpecker is common and 
increasing across most of New York State, due primarily to reforestation.  
However it remains extremely rare in the coastal plain and even more so on Long 
Island, where the last documented sightings may be during the early 1980s.  The 
species was not recorded in the coastal plain in the 2000-2005 Breeding Bird 
Atlas (Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State, 2008, K. McGowan and 
K. Corwin, eds.).  However, it was recorded in the First Atlas (1980-1985) as a 
probable breeder based on a female bird present in Mill Neck, Nassau County in 
the spring and summer of 1983.  Another female was present in Forest Park, 
Queens County and Garvies Point, Nassau County from December 1981 to spring 
1982.  Interestingly, Mill Neck and Garvies Point are within 2.5 and 3.33 
miles, respectively, of [Matinecock].  Prior to the early 1980s, the species 
had not been recorded on Long Island since 1947.  For further details on the 
above, see the discussion in Bull’s (1998) and the Second Atlas.”  

Since then, I am aware of at least two other sightings on Long Island, in 
addition to the current report: Oakland Lake, Queens and Valley Stream State 
Park, Nassau, both in early May 2014.  There have been several reports from 
Inwood Hill in upper Manhattan and they have been present in small numbers on 
Staten Island for the past five years or so.

Seth Ausubel
> On Oct 4, 2017, at 2:02 PM, Pat Palladino <> wrote:
> An ebird report has been posted indicating that a Pileated Woodpecker 
> (photographs of the bird were also posted) was observed yesterday afternoon 
> in the "Jayne's Hill Woods." Jayne's Hill is the highest point on Long Island 
> and sits on the east side of Sweet Hollow Road across from West Hills Park in 
> Huntington, Suffolk County (not too far from the Walt Whitman Mall). For 
> those reading this post upstate, while this bird is fairly common in a large 
> part of New York, it is non-existent (except for maybe this one) on Long 
> Island.  
> Pat Palladino
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