-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* July 12, 2019
* NYNY1907.12

- Birds Mentioned
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD+
BRIDLED TERN+
MISSISSIPPI KITE+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
SANDHILL CRANE
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Whimbrel
Parasitic Jaeger
Gull-billed Tern
Black Tern
LEACH’S STORM-PETREL
Cory’s Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
MANX SHEARWATER
BROWN PELICAN
Ovenbird
European Goldfinch

+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, Tony Lauro, and Shai Mitra
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Shai Mitra

[~BEGIN RBA TAPE~]

Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, July 12, 2019
at 6:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape include RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, continuing
SANDHILL CRANE and BRIDLED TERN, MISSISSIPPI KITE, LEACH’S STORM-PETREL,
MANX SHEARWATER, BROWN PELICAN, and other seasonal seabirds and shorebirds.

A report of a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD at a feeding station at a private
residence in Stony Brook on Sunday, 7 July was not only very rare, but also
on a very remarkable date.

Also very rare was a MISSISSIPPI KITE soaring over the Cemetery of the
Resurrection on Staten Island, on Monday, 8 July.

Two long-staying rarities that continued into this week were the SANDHILL
CRANE in Napeague and the BRIDLED TERN at Great Gull Island. The latter
site is a sensitive research station that cannot be visited without
permission, but the tern has been viewed from boats positioned off of the
northeastern point of the island.

Four BROWN PELICANS were reported from Smith Point County Park on Thursday,
and another from West Meadow Beach, flying toward Stony Brook on Wednesday.

This point in the summer offers the potential for wandering birds of many
kinds to show up almost anywhere. Some recent examples include a BUFFLEHEAD
at the Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside, Nassau County, on Wednesday,
a RING-NECKED DUCK at Blydenburgh County Park in Suffolk County on Sunday,
an OVENBIRD far from breeding habitat at Baldwin Harbor Park in Nassau
County, on Sunday, and EUROPEAN GOLDFINCHES at two sites in Brooklyn over
the weekend.

The summer shorebird season has commenced, with many reports of
early-migrating species, such as LEAST SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER,
and GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Among the more unusual reports have been
single WHIMBRELS at West Meadow Beach and Shinnecock on Saturday, 6 July.

A boat trip to offshore Suffolk County waters on Wednesday reported a
LEACH’S STORM-PETREL and a MANX SHEARWATER, among other, more expected
species.

Seawatching from shore continues to be slow, but small numbers of GREAT and
CORY’S SHEARWATERS have been widely reported from ocean vantages in Suffolk
County; highlights have included a PARASITIC JAEGER harassing terns at Lake
Montauk Inlet on Wednesday and a SOOTY SHEARWATER and four BLACK TERNS off
Robert Moses State Park on Thursday. More unusual was a report of a
GULL-BILLED TERN at Smith Point County Park on Thursday, well east of
currently known breeding stations.

For next week also, the Rare Bird Alert will be recorded by Shai Mitra.  To
send in reports this next week, email or call Shai Mitra at
shaibal.mi...@csi.cuny.edu or 631-666-7624; or, on Long Island, please call
Tony Lauro at 631-734-4126. Tom Burke will resume recording the RBA on July
26.

This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the
National Audubon Society.  Thank you for calling.

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