* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* July 20, 2018
* LINY 1807.20
- BIRDS Mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)
Greetings, this is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 20th, at 9:00
The highlights of this week's tape are Black-bellied Whistling-Duck,
White-faced Ibis, an incursion of Brown Pelicans, Leach's Storm-Petrel,
Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers, and the ongoing shorebird migration.
The Black-bellied Whistling-Duck at Nissequogue River SP was last reported on
Saturday the 14th but may very well still be present. Reports would be welcome,
as we try to determine whether the second bird that has gone missing might be
Brown Pelican reports continue from all along the outer coast, including 2 at
Old Inlet on several dates; 3 at Robert Moses SP on Saturday, plus singles
there on Sunday, Tuesday, and today; and 8 at
Breezy Point on Monday.
An adult White-faced Ibis in fading breeding plumage was seen at Captree Island
on Saturday but has not been reported since. A Tricolored Heron was seen there
Seawatching has been generally slow with a few Cory's Shearwaters being
regularly reported, as well as a few Great and Sooty Shearwaters. A three-hour
effort at Robert Moses State Park today produced 16 Cory's and one Sooty
Shearwater, as well as a Parasitic Jaeger.
Other reports from Robert Moses include a single Wilson's Storm-Petrel on
Sunday, very scarce from land this summer.
A trip offshore on Saturday yielded Leach's Storm-Petrel and Pomarine and
Southbound shorebird migration is underway, with adults of all the regular
early species being seen in many places. Whimbrels were widely reported in
small numbers all along the outer coast during rainy weather on Sunday morning,
as was a breeding-plumaged Black Tern, at Cupsogue County Park. A count of 12
Stilt Sandpipers at Jamaica Bay on Tuesday was lower than last week but still
notable. Further east, at Heckscher State Park 3 Pectoral and 3 Stilt
Sandpipers dropped in after Tuesday's heavy rainfall, along with the more
numerous Lesser Yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers.
Passerine migration has commenced, with a nice swallow flight on Wednesday,
following a cold front, and Red-breasted Nuthatches appearing early at several
sites, perhaps portending a good fall flight.
To send in reports this week, while Tom Burke is away, email Shai Mitra or call
him at 631-666-7624.
This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the National
Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.
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