-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jan. 12, 2018
* NYNY1801.12

- Birds Mentioned

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE+
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
ROSS’S GOOSE
Canada Goose
TUNDRA SWAN
EURASIAN WIGEON
KING EIDER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Red-necked Grebe
EARED GREBE
American Bittern
Rough-legged Hawk
Wilson’s Snipe
“Western” Willet
BLACK-HEADED GULL
ICELAND GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
Lapland Longspur
Orange-crowned Warbler
Rusty Blackbird

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

Compilers: Tom Burke and Tony Lauro
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, January 12,
2018 at 9:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE, PINK-FOOTED,
ROSS’S and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, TUNDRA SWAN, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN
DUCK and EURASIAN WIGEON, BLACK-HEADED and ICELAND GULLS, EARED GREBE,
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and more.

The Long Island TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was still present at least through
Wednesday at the Tiffany Creek Preserve east of Oyster Bay.  The Preserve
entrance is along Sandy Hill Road on the west side of the road, where
parking is available.  The field the Townsend’s frequents is on the east
side of Sandy Hill Road a little north of the Preserve entrance just beyond
a private road. Enter the field and check especially the eastern side of
the field, which has a small group of junipers, one of which contains many
berries and thus attracts the Solitaire.

Notable among the variety of waterfowl present this season, the Montauk
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE apparently is still around; first noted November 28th at
Deep Hollow Ranch, it has only been reported twice since, on the Montauk
Christmas Bird Count December 16 and again yesterday, both times on the
Montauk Downs Golf Course with CANADAS.

A ROSS’S GOOSE has recently been at Baisley Pond Park in Queens, either on
the pond at the north end of the park or on one of the many ballfields
extending south of the pond along 150th Street.  Out on Eastern Long Island
2 ROSS’S were seen yesterday and today in East Hampton east of the
intersection of Stephen Hands Path and Route 114, the East Hampton-Sag
Harbor Turnpike.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE has been visiting Alley Pond Park in Queens,
appearing on a pond at least through Wednesday that is near the
intersection of Douglaston Parkway and the Long Island Expressway.  Another
continues to visit Tung Ting Pond in Centerport.

Six TUNDRA SWANS were seen on almost fully frozen Hook Pond in East Hampton
yesterday.

Continuing drake EURASIAN WIGEONS remain on Mill Pond north of the Montauk
Highway in Sayville and on Patchogue Lake, and one was reported flying by
Crab Meadow Beach in Northport Sunday.

A nice collection of ducks around Jones Inlet lately has featured up to
four KING EIDERS, two females, an immature male and an adult male, these
often seen around the jetty at Jones Beach West End, with the adult male
also off the Point Lookout jetties yesterday.  Also at Point Lookout have
been up to seven HARLEQUIN DUCKS, including four drakes.

An EARED GREBE was spotted off Shinnecock Inlet Wednesday, eventually
flying further west, and RED-NECKED GREBE has been noted recently around
Jones Inlet.

An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen on the Brooklyn Army Terminal Pier 4
Wednesday, and one was still around Five Islands Park in New Rochelle last
Saturday.

On the west side of the entrance to Montauk Harbor yesterday there were
four ICELAND GULLS, and two were at Brooklyn Bridge Park Wednesday, with
another at the Floyd Bennett Field boat launch today, and a LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Crab Meadow Beach Sunday.

Among a few reports of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS this week were two at the
Calverton Grasslands and one at Tobay recently, and other interesting
sightings this week have included an AMERICAN BITTERN at Lake Montauk
Thursday, a few WILSON’S SNIPE around, a “WESTERN” WILLET off the Jones
Beach West End Coast Guard Station yesterday, and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
still at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island Wednesday.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was still being seen Wednesday around Field 5 at Robert
Moses State Park, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Kissena Park in Queens
today, and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS are still appearing at various appropriate
locations.

To phone in reports, on Long Island call Tony Lauro at (631) 734 4126 or
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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