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-------- Original message --------From: Ben Cacace <bcac...@gmail.com> Date: 
9/7/19  5:20 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: NYSBIRDS-L <NYSBIRDS-L@cornell.edu> Subject: 
[nysbirds-l] NYC Area RBA: 6 September 2019 
- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Sep. 6, 2019
* NYNY1909.06

- Birds mentioned
LEACH'S STORM-PETREL+
WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL+
BROWN BOOBY+
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Parasitic Jaeger
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Cory's Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Northern Gannet
Blue-winged Teal
CATTLE EGRET
AMERICAN AVOCET
Short-billed Dowitcher
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
Stilt Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
MARBLED GODWIT
Greater Yellowlegs
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
Whimbrel
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER
Common Nighthawk
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
DICKCISSEL
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
Worm-eating Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Mourning Warbler
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
Hooded Warbler

- Transcript

If followed by (+) please submit documentation of your report electronically 
and use the NYSARC online submission form found at 
http://www.nybirds.org/NYSARC/goodreport.htm

You can also send reports and digital image files via email to nysarc44 
(at)nybirds{dot}org.

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: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, September 6th 2019 
at 9pm. The highlights of today's tape are BROWN BOOBY, WHITE-FACED 
STORM-PETREL, AMERICAN AVOCET, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, 
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, CATTLE EGRET, 
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and DICKCISSEL.

But first some terribly sad news. Today we lost a wonderful friend. Rich Kelly 
has finally succumbed to the cancer he had been fighting for awhile now. An 
excellent all round naturalist and a great field companion. Rich's extensive 
knowledge was equally matched by his clever sense of humor and we will miss him 
dearly.

Continuing the recent trend of shore based sightings last Monday morning during 
a seawatch an adult BROWN BOOBY was seen moving east off Robert Moses State 
Park field 2 and was carefully differentiated from the several immature 
NORTHERN GANNETS also going by. On a fishing boat last Tuesday visiting Block 
Canyon on the eastern edge of New York pelagic waters reported one WHITE-FACED, 
2 LEACH'S and 24 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, 3 CORY'S and 5 GREAT SHEARWATERS and a 
PARASITIC JAEGER. From onshore last Monday a WILSON'S STORM-PETREL was reported 
off Rockaway Beach and a GREAT SHEARWATER was seen in Long Island Sound off 
Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai.

Among the shorebirds an AMERICAN AVOCET continued at Mecox Bay at least to 
Wednesday while the first local BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER appeared last Friday at 
Rockaway Beach in Edgemere. Somewhat behind schedule this year an AMERICAN 
GOLDEN-PLOVER visited Heckscher State Park last weekend and another flew over 
Hillview reservoir in Yonkers Wednesday. Another nice visitor to Heckscher was 
a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER frequenting the puddles at field 7 from Saturday to 
Wednesday and Sunday the puddles included our 5 regular peeps side-by-side 
including single WESTERN and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. A WHIMBREL also visited 
Heckscher Sunday and at least 4 MARBLED GODWITS were still at Cupsogue County 
Park in West Hampton Dunes on Wednesday. Last Sunday LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS 
were found at Santapogue Creek off Venetian Boulevard in West Babylon with at 
least 4 very faded adults present there with dozens of GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a 
few juvenile SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS.

A visit to the East Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge last Sunday produced 
multiples of WESTERN SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS but the 
conditions were very difficult due to the much too high water level this 
keeping the overall shorebird numbers to well below desired levels. Please 
express your disapproval of the East Pond's management to Gateway personnel. A 
CASPIAN TERN and numbers of BLUE-WINGED TEAL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL were also 
present.

Other shorebirds of note today featured a lingering STILT SANDPIPER at Miller 
Field on Staten Island, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER at Brooklyn's Plumb Beach and 5 
WESTERN SANDPIPERS at Nickerson Beach. Twenty-six LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS 
were counted at Robert Moses State Park today.

A CATTLE EGRET was at the Marine Park Salt Marsh Nature Center last Saturday. 
COMMON NIGHTHAWK numbers have been peaking recently when evening conditions 
have been suitable.

Among the passerines a good find was a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER in Brooklyn's 
Green-wood Cemetery on Monday while the day before produced at Jones Beach West 
End a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and a DICKCISSEL. Unexpected was a DICKCISSEL 
visiting Great Gull Island Thursday. Among the slowly increasing number of 
warblers were a MOURNING at the Salt Marsh Nature Center Saturday and such 
species as WORM-EATING, BLACKPOLL and HOODED. Flycatchers recently have 
included various Empidonax species to be identified with care this time of year 
but certainly featuring some YELLOW-BELLIED among them.

To phone in reports call Tom Burke at (914) 967-4922.

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

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