-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Oct. 12, 2018
* NYNY1810.12

- Birds Mentioned

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Common Nighthawk
Virginia Rail
American Oystercatcher
American Golden-Plover
MARBLED GODWIT
Stilt Sandpiper
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER
Long-billed Dowitcher
Parasitic Jaeger
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
American Kestrel
Merlin
WESTERN KINGBIRD
Worm-eating Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
Mourning Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Canada Warbler
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Nelson’s Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
BLUE GROSBEAK
DICKCISSEL

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, October 12,
2018 at 9 pm.
The highlights of today’s tape are WESTERN KINGBIRD, MARBLED GODWIT,
BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, BLUE
GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

Another WESTERN KINGBIRD provided this week's rarity highlight, though it
was a bird seen only for a brief time last Monday afternoon at the Salt
Marsh Nature Center section of Marine Park in Brooklyn, searches to
relocate it coming up empty.

Six MARBLED GODWITS have remained around Jones Inlet at least to Thursday,
often seen on the island sandbar just east of the Coast Guard Station at
Jones Beach West End.  Also on the bar Thursday among a nice selection of
shorebirds were an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER plus large gatherings of AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHERS and BLACK SKIMMERS, with 11 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS also
at West End.

A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was still around the tip of Breezy Point Thursday,
along with 4 PARASITIC JAEGERS harassing Gulls and Terns off the tip as
well. Two PARASITIC JAEGERS were also noted off Robert Moses State Park
Thursday, where 9 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also counted.  Other
multiple LESSER BLACK-BACKEDS included 4 at Breezy Point Saturday.

Single LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were identified last Sunday on Jamaica Bay
Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond as well as at Santapogue Creek in West
Babylon.  A STILT SANDPIPER was also still on the East Pond Tuesday.

Several reports of CASPIAN TERNS this week included 4 at Jamaica Bay
Tuesday and 2 each at Mecox Saturday, Plumb Beach and Piermont Pier Sunday
and Floyd Bennett Field Thursday, while ROYAL TERNS remain at various
coastal sites, including up to 4 at Plumb Beach.

Strong northwest winds today provided a decent hawk flight locally, with
about 20 BALD EAGLES, for instance, recorded over Central Park and a few
BROAD-WINGED HAWKS still moving through. At Fort Tilden today the hawk
count included 102 MERLINS and 594 AMERICAN KESTRELS, the latter, however,
overshadowed by over 5,000 KESTRELS counted at Cape May today.

Single BLUE GROSBEAKS last weekend were noted on Saturday at Flushing
Meadows Park and at Croton Point and on Sunday at the Queens Botanical
Garden.

DICKCISSELS during the week included 1 still in Central Park Saturday,
another at Floyd Bennett Field Saturday, and on Monday 2 each at the Salt
Marsh Nature Center and at Robert Moses State Park.

CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS reported this week included 1 at Floyd Bennett Field
during the week, 1 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sunday, and 1 in Kissena
Park, Queens, Sunday to Tuesday. Among the other SPARROWS now arriving are
some NELSON’S in various coastal salt marshes and some LINCOLN’S and
WHITE-CROWNED.

Among the more unusual WARBLERS this week were a CONNECTICUT reported in
Central Park Monday and Tuesday, a MOURNING banded at Tobay Saturday, and
an ORANGE-CROWNED in Gardiner Park in West Bayshore Sunday.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was spotted at Southard’s Pond Park in Babylon last
Sunday.

A small influx of YELLOW WARBLERS this week augmented the list of late
lingering WARBLERS locally, including WORM-EATING, CAPE MAY and CANADA.

A small unfortunate fallout of VIRGINIA RAILS onto the streets of lower
Manhattan Saturday through Monday demonstrates the fragile and uncertain
nature of rail migration and the perils the birds sometimes find themselves
faced with.

On the later side this week have been COMMON NIGHTHAWK and BLACK-BILLED and
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS.

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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