-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Sept. 7, 2018
* NYNY1809.07

- Birds Mentioned

EURASIAN WIGEON
King Eider
Common Eider
Cory’s Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
MANX SHEARWATER
Least Bittern
Sora
American Golden-Plover
Whimbrel
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
MARBLED GODWIT
Stilt Sandpiper
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER
White-rumped Sandpiper
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
POMARINE JAEGER
Parasitic Jaeger
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Nighthawk
Red-headed Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
WESTERN KINGBIRD
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Winter Wren
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
Hooded Warbler
Cape May Warbler
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
LARK SPARROW

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, September 7,
2018 at 9 pm.

The highlights of today's tape are WESTERN KINGBIRD, MARBLED and HUDSONIAN
GODWITS, BUFF-BREASTED and BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, EURASIAN
WIGEON, POMARINE JAEGER, MANX SHEARWATER, LARK SPARROW, CONNECTICUT and
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.

Though shorebirds continue to garner much of the birding attention locally,
the inevitable shift is on its way, as exemplified by a WESTERN KINGBIRD
that was photographed at the Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area last
Saturday morning.

At Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, despite continuing high water on the East
Pond, birders were treated this week to a MARBLED GODWIT at the south end
and two HUDSONIAN GODWITS and a WILSON’S PHALAROPE at the north end through
the holiday weekend, including Monday.  Other shorebirds included a
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER spotted on Monday as well as a decent number of STILT
and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, a few WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and an occasional
PECTORAL SANDPIPER; other highlights featured a SORA at the north end
Thursday, up to three CASPIAN TERNS mostly at the north end, especially
early in the week, and among a good and increasing variety of waterfowl, a
drake EURASIAN WIGEON in transitional plumage spotted Tuesday on the East
Pond.  Three WHIMBREL were out on Yellow Bar Hassock in Jamaica Bay on
Monday.

Out on the sod fields along the east side of Doctors Path north of
Riverhead a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER showed up last Sunday, and one was
still there today, but a single BAIRD’S SANDPIPER found there was
apparently only seen Monday.

An adult AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER continued on the Route 51 sod farm in
Centerport, just east of Route 111, at least to Sunday; more should be
arriving soon.

Finishing the shorebirds, two MARBLED GODWITS were still at Cupsogue County
Park in Westhampton Dunes last Saturday, when a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER was also
seen near the open Mecox inlet, and an HUDSONIAN GODWIT visited Mecox
yesterday.

Notably, the Eastern Long Island sites, at least early in the week, were
most productive for seabirds.  At Mecox Saturday an ocean watch produced a
modest 25 CORY’S SHEARWATERS compared to the estimated 300 off there Sunday
morning along with a late SOOTY SHEARWATER, but Saturday provided the
better JAEGER show with an estimated 10 PARASITICS as well as 1 POMARINE.

Cupsogue had comparable results, with 50 CORY’S SHEARWATERS Saturday and
272 plus a MANX SHEARWATER on Sunday, while the PARASITIC totals were 5
Saturday and 2 Sunday. 6 BLACK TERNS were also offshore Saturday.

Another MANX SHEARWATER was seen sitting off Shinnecock Inlet last Saturday
morning, and 65 CORY’S SHEARWATERS and 8 PARASITIC JAEGERS were counted off
Sagg Pond in Bridgehampton Sunday.

A changing male KING EIDER was still on the east side of Shinnecock Inlet
with COMMON EIDERS as of Tuesday.

A LEAST BITTERN was spotted at Arshamomaque Preserve in Centerport last
Saturday, and two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were still at Connetquot River
State Park Tuesday.

The Randall’s Island LARK SPARROW was still present last Saturday, when
other singles were found on Governor’s Island and at Jones Beach West End,
another visiting Floyd Bennett Field on Monday.

The WARBLER highlight was the CONNECTICUT found today around the south side
of the Lake in Prospect Park, where a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was photographed
last Tuesday. A female-type GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was noted in Central
Park’s Ramble today, perhaps a continuing bird.  Both Central and Prospect
Parks produced HOODED WARBLER this week, with a reasonable selection but
low numbers of other Warblers also moving through.

A Tuesday morning flight witnessed at Coney Island Creek in Brooklyn netted
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 26 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, WINTER WREN and 12
species of WARBLERS including CAPE MAY.

COMMON NIGHTHAWKS continue to gather in the evenings but will be finishing
up soon.

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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