-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* May 31, 2019
* NYNY1905.31

- Birds Mentioned

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK+
PACIFIC LOON+
MISSISSIPPI KITE+
ARCTIC TERN+
SAGE THRASHER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Common Loon
BROWN PELICAN
SANDHILL CRANE
Willet
WHIMBREL
WILSON’S PHALAROPE
Gull-billed Tern
Black Tern
Roseate Tern
Red-headed Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Bicknell’s Thrush
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Mourning Warbler
KENTUCKY WARBLER
Yellow-breasted Chat
Grasshopper Sparrow
SUMMER TANAGER
BLUE GROSBEAK
DICKCISSEL
Pine Siskin


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, May 31, 2019 at
9:00 pm.

The highlights of today's tape are SAGE THRASHER, BLACK-BELLIED
WHISTLING-DUCK, MISSISSIPPI KITE, BROWN PELICAN, SANDHILL CRANE, PACIFIC
LOON, ARCTIC TERN, WILSON’S PHALAROPE and WHIMBREL, PROTHONOTARY and
KENTUCKY WARBLERS, DICKCISSEL, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK and more.

This just in – a SAGE THRASHER was photographed today on Fire Island at
Watch Hill, which is about at the midpoint of Fire Island and accessible by
ferry from Patchogue.  Possibly the same bird present at Jamaica Bay May 17
and 18, the THRASHER was described as being near the easternmost ranger
house east of Davis Park.

Also this afternoon, following last week’s incursion of BLACK-BELLIED
WHISTLING-DUCKS, ten were seen flying into the Oceanside Marine Nature
Study Area and landing in the marsh.  Earlier this week at least two were
still at the Meadowbrook and Ocean Parkway cloverleaf at Jones Beach Monday
and Tuesday, so these ducks are hanging around.

Last Monday an immature MISSISSIPPI KITE was photographed as it flew over
Rockefeller State Park in Westchester County.  Then on Wednesday an
immature was also seen heading south at the State Line Lookout off the
Palisades Parkway in New Jersey just below the New York State line.  Others
are likely around.

A BROWN PELICAN was spotted Monday morning by a fishing boat captain off
Northport in Long Island Sound and then early Tuesday morning was noted
flying fairly high west towards Eaton’s Neck – worth watching for if you
are in that area.

Following a reasonable number of recent SANDHILL CRANE reports a little
north of New York City, one was found Monday out at Napeague on Eastern
Long Island.  It was still present today off of Cranberry Hole Road, often
near the old fish factory before the intersection with Napeague Meadow
Road.

A PACIFIC LOON in breeding plumage was spotted yesterday sitting on the
ocean with COMMON LOONS off Robert Moses State Park field 2 but could not
be relocated today.

Nickerson Beach has hosted a couple of unusual birds this week, starting
with a WILSON’S PHALAROPE last Saturday followed by an adult ARCTIC TERN
found Monday around the tern colony and still present there today.  Also
there have been one or two BLACK and ROSEATE TERNS and a couple of pairs of
GULL-BILLED TERNS.  A “WESTERN” WILLET was photographed there today.

A WHIMBREL visited Breezy Point Sunday.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were noted this week at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx
and off the Paumanok Trail by Jones Pond off Schultz Road in Manorville.

With another week punctuated by some bad weather and migration nearing its
end, it’s nice to see some good passerines hanging around.  A singing
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER found Tuesday in Central Park was still near Oak
Bridge today, and a KENTUCKY WARBLER appeared in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood
Cemetery last Saturday.  A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT visited Central Park
Sunday, and a decent number of MOURNING WARBLERS have been seen this week.

A SUMMER TANAGER on Staten Island Monday was followed by one in Brookville
Park, Queens, yesterday, while a BLUE GROSBEAK was at Calvert Vaux Park
Monday and a pair or two are on territory around the Calverton Grasslands,
where numbers of GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS also breed.

A DICKCISSEL was photographed at Jones Beach West End by the Coast Guard
Station last Saturday.

It has been a good week for FLYCATCHERS, with OLIVE-SIDED, ACADIAN, ALDER
and YELLOW-BELLIED all noted, and a BICKNELL’S THRUSH or two have also been
heard singing in city parks.

Single PINE SISKINS at Breezy Point Sunday and in Central Park to Wednesday
were late.

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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