-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Nov. 15, 2019
* NYNY1911.15

- Birds Mentioned
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER+
WESTERN MEADOWLARK (possible)+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

Cackling Goose
HARLEQUIN DUCK
BROWN PELICAN
GOLDEN EAGLE
Common Gallinule
MARBLED GODWIT
Long-billed Dowitcher
American Woodcock
Parasitic Jaeger
ICELAND GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Royal Tern
WESTERN KINGBIRD
NORTHERN SHRIKE
Vesper Sparrow
Black-and-white Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
SUMMER TANAGER

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

Compiler: Tom Burke
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, November 15,
2019 at 9:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are BROWN PELICAN, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER,
WESTERN KINGBIRD, NORTHERN SHRIKE, a possible WESTERN MEADOWLARK, GOLDEN
EAGLE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, MARBLED GODWIT, ICELAND GULL, and a late SUMMER
TANAGER.

A BROWN PELICAN seen soaring over Coney Island Creek Park early last
Saturday morning may have been the same one spotted later that day at 2
different locations on Staten Island, while the BROWN PELICAN out in
Montauk was still present yesterday around the inlet to Lake Montauk, often
seen on the west side of the inlet but sometimes venturing in as far as the
Coast Guard Station.

A couple of ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS this week began with one Monday only
at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, followed by one found today out in
Yaphank at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center.  The Yaphank
Flycatcher was frequenting the southern border of the park near the
railroad tracks; this park is located off Yaphank Avenue south of Exit 67
on the Long Island Expressway.

Of the 2 WESTERN KINGBIRDS present last week at Jones Beach West End, both
were noted up to last Sunday, and one was still near the
now-under-construction Roosevelt Nature Center yesterday.

An adult NORTHERN SHRIKE was photographed yesterday morning at Caumsett
State Park, found by the salt marsh near Lloyd Point at the north end of
the park.

Last Saturday morning a birder had a brief but very intriguing encounter
with a Meadowlark at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport, during which the call
note of the Meadowlark was recorded. The lower pitch of the call note
coupled with certain field marks suggested that WESTERN MEADOWLARK was a
possibility, but given the overlap and variability of field marks within
the Meadowlarks and the possibility even of hybrids, this bird’s identity
remains uncertain.

A highlight of any hawk watch, GOLDEN EAGLES appearing locally included 2
last Saturday, 1 at Brookfield Park on Staten Island and another at Laurel
Ridge Setauket Woods Nature Preserve; the latter site also produced 4
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, now fairly widespread in our area.

Local increases in waterfowl featured a female HARLEQUIN DUCK briefly
visiting Coney Island last Sunday before continuing east.  CACKLING GEESE
were reported from 5 Long Island sites this week, including a returning
bird at Hendrickson Park in Valley Stream.

An immature ICELAND GULL appeared last Sunday along the Hudson River near
Croton Point Park.

Two MARBLED GODWITS were still frequenting the bars around the Jones Beach
West End Coast Guard Station at least to Monday, and 4 or more LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHERS continue along Santapogue Creek off Venetian Boulevard in West
Babylon.  A few AMERICAN WOODCOCKS have been noted lately.

Two PARASITIC JAEGERS were spotted off Jones Beach last Sunday, with 6
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 38 ROYAL TERNS also counted there.

A COMMON GALLINULE was at Mill Pond Park in Bellmore early in the week.

Certainly unexpected was the female SUMMER TANAGER reported in Central Park
earlier today, an interesting late date.

Among the SPARROWS, a few VESPERS continue to be seen locally, while late
lingering WARBLERS this week featured BLACK-AND-WHITE, AMERICAN REDSTART,
NORTHERN PARULA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN and WILSON’S.

To phone in reports please 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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