* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* July 27, 2018
* LINY 1807.27

- BIRDS Mentioned

ANHINGA+ [extralimital]
ROSEATE SPOONBILL+ [extralimital]

(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Cory's Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Cattle Egret
Western Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Parasitic Jaeger
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow Warbler

Greetings, this is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 27th, at 4:00 

The highlights of today’s tape are Leach’s Storm-Petrels, Cattle Egret, Brown 
Pelicans, Ruff, belated highlights from an offshore trip to Hudson Canyon last 
week including White-faced Storm-Petrel, South Polar Skua, and Bridled Tern, 
and extralimital Anhinga and Roseate Spoonbill.

The nearby Hudson Valley hosted two mega-rarities last week, an Anhinga studied 
closely and photographed during a brief visit to Morningside Park, in 
Fallsburg, Sullivan County, and a long-staying Roseate Spoonbill at the Walkill 
River NWR, just across the border in New Jersey.

An offshore survey conducted from July 14th to 21st by researchers from Stony 
Brook University encountered thousands of shearwaters of the four expected 
species, as well as 1700 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels. Extremely noteworthy were two 
sightings of White-faced Storm-Petrels, on the early dates of July 17th and 
19th, and single South Polar Skua and Bridled Tern.

>From Saturday through Wednesday, our area experienced an unusually 
>long-sustained period of southeasterly winds, associated with productive 
>seawatching along the ocean coast. Traditional sites such as Atlantic Avenue 
>in Amagansett and Robert Moses SP produced many excellent counts, and locally 
>noteworthy records were achieved in the extreme eastern Long Island Sound, 
>near Great Gull Island, and as far west as Breezy Point, in part owing to 
>increased coverage there this summer. 

The most numerous pelagic species has been Cory’s Shearwater, with counts of 
hundreds at several sites. Significant numbers of Great and Sooty Shearwaters 
have also been observed, as well as smaller numbers of Manx Shearwater, 
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, and Parasitic Jaeger. Most unusual in this regard have 
been Leach’s Storm-Petrels, including a distressed individual picked up in a 
puddle in Amityville and another photographed and videotaped within feet of a 
boat inside Moriches Bay, both on Wednesday, and a sight report from Amagansett 
on Sunday. This species is exceptionally rare from land on Long Island and 
every effort should be made to document reports.

Brown Pelican reports have slowed down since last week, but one or two birds 
have been seen at Cupsogue County Park and Robert Moses, both on Saturday, 
Breezy Point on Thursday, and at Jones Beach West End and at the West Bank 
Lighthouse in Raritan Bay today. A Cattle Egret was seen at Miller Field, 
Staten Island, on Wednesday.

Shorebird migration is well underway, headlined by a Ruff that made a brief 
appearance at Heckscher State Park on Sunday. The first Western Sandpipers of 
the season were found at Cupsogue last weekend, and Jamaica Bay’s East Pond has 
attracted a nice variety of birds, including counts of 18 Stilt Sandpipers on 
Tuesday, and 78 today. 

Reports of landbirds have been few, in this lull period between fledging and 
the onset of heavy migration. One Red-headed Woodpecker was still present at 
Connequot River State Park Preserve on Saturday, a Blue Grosbeak was seen near 
Preston Pond, Calverton, also on Saturday, and a Summer Tanager at Hidden Ponds 
Preserve in East Hampton today. A Magnolia Warbler at Central Park on Sunday 
and Yellow Warblers overhead at Robert Moses on Thursday are indicative of the 
impending southbound passerine migration.

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.


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