-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Dec. 13, 2019
* NYNY1912.13

- Birds Mentioned

BARNACLE GOOSE+
THICK-BILLED MURRE+
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER+
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Cackling Goose
HARLEQUIN DUCK
BROWN PELICAN
Common Gallinule
AMERICAN AVOCET
Razorbill
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Black Skimmer
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
Eastern Phoebe
NORTHERN SHRIKE
Wood Thrush
European Starling
American Pipit
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch

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, December 13,
2019 at 9:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are BROWN PELICAN, THICK-BILLED MURRE,
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, NORTHERN SHRIKE, BARNACLE
and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, AMERICAN AVOCET, HARLEQUIN DUCK,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and more.

As Christmas Count season begins, at least one BROWN PELICAN was still in
the area at mid-week, when an immature was spotted Tuesday and again
Wednesday flying off Battery Park in southern Manhattan.

Alcid numbers, too, have begun to increase: a count of 57 RAZORBILLS at
Montauk Point yesterday was followed today by a THICK-BILLED MURRE spotted
drifting east not far off Georgica Beach in East Hampton.

In what has been a good fall locally for this species, an ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER was identified Sunday at Michaelis Bayswater Park in Far
Rockaway, Queens, this the 6th noted locally this season.  This elusive
bird was still present yesterday, roaming the northern and bayside edges of
this recreational park and also ranging into adjacent Bayswater State Park,
these parks accessed from Beach 32nd Street.
Also at the park Sunday were AMERICAN PIPIT, PURPLE FINCH and
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

Out in the Calverton area a female-type YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was first
seen in a large roaming flock of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, BROWN-HEADED
COWBIRDS, COMMON GRACKLES and EUROPEAN STARLING last Sunday morning; this
flock continues in the area, and the YELLOW-HEADED, with patience, has been
spotted on several occasions.  This flock is mostly seen from Sound Avenue
near the Lewin Farm at 812 Sound Avenue – be very careful when stopping
along Sound Avenue.

An adult NORTHERN SHRIKE was found today at Heckscher State Park, the
SHRIKE seen hunting around Fields 7 and 8 and initially east of Field 8.

The BARNACLE GOOSE at Belmont Lake State Park was still being seen last
weekend, and another was spotted last Sunday out in the Riverhead area in
fields on the east side of Doctors Path.  A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was
also seen off Doctors Path last Saturday, while the Westchester
WHITE-FRONTED visited Playland Lake in Rye Wednesday and Thursday, and
another was seen again at Schmidt’s Farm in Melville yesterday.  Several
CACKLING GEESE included three on Tarrytown Lakes in Westchester Wednesday.

A quite late AMERICAN AVOCET was still at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge last
Sunday, seen along the edge of the West Pond.

HARLEQUIN DUCKS have returned to the Point Lookout jetties, and three were
found at Orient Point Thursday.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK continued to be seen this week along Ocean Parkway from
Tobay east to Gilgo, and another was near Triton Lane along Dune Road in
East Quogue last Sunday.

Birds at Coney Island Beach this week featured a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
Sunday and 9 BLACK SKIMMERS still there Tuesday.

A COMMON GALLINULE was still present yesterday at Mill Pond Park in
Bellmore, where a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT continued to Monday.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER remains in Central Park’s north end, and
several interesting late passerines from EASTERN PHOEBE and WOOD THRUSH to
a few species of WARBLERS, including OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE, and
WILSON’S, as well as BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and others
will hopefully linger long enough to make some Christmas Counts – please
call in Count results so we can add them here.

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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