-RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Apr. 10, 2020
* NYNY2004.10

- Birds Mentioned

VARIED THRUSH+
PAINTED BUNTING+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

KING EIDER
Common Eider
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Lesser Yellowlegs
ICELAND GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
Forster’s Tern
Northern Gannet
Broad-winged Hawk
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Purple Martin
Bank Swallow
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Chipping Sparrow
VESPER SPARROW
Orchard Oriole
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER



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

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, April 10,
2020 at 9:00 pm.

The highlights of today’s tape are VARIED THRUSH, PAINTED BUNTING,
KING EIDER and HARLEQUIN DUCK, GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS, RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER, YELLOW-THOATED and ORANGE CROWNED WARBLERS, VESPER SPARROW
and more.

With an increasing number of spring arrivals raising anticipation of
migration to come, it is still a few overwintering birds that provide
this week’s rarity highlights.  The VARIED THRUSH in Prospect Park was
spotted on Tuesday near the Upper Pool, its recently most favored
location.  In addition, Brooklyn on Tuesday also produced another
sighting of a PAINTED BUNTING, this at the Marine Park Salt Marsh
Nature Center.

Among the waterfowl, two female KING EIDERS were present in the COMMON
EIDER flock lingering off Orient Point at least to Tuesday, while up
to five HARLEQUIN DUCKS also continuing there were seen through
Wednesday.  The male HARLEQUIN DUCK visiting Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay
was reported again today.

Also in Brooklyn, a GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted at Floyd Bennett Field
Sunday, followed by one at Coney Island Creek Wednesday, both
locations also producing ICELAND GULL sightings Wednesday.  Other
ICELAND GULLS included two at Playland Park in Rye and one at Croton
Point Park last Sunday and one at Miller Field on Staten Island on
Wednesday.  Last Sunday’s large Gull gathering at Playland Park also
included two adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS plus a count of over 650
NORTHERN GANNETS, this species occurring in unusually large numbers
recently in western Long Island Sound.  This total, however, would
never approach Long Island south shore numbers, where over 4,000 were
estimated in Fire Island Inlet yesterday.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS featured one still in Central Park’s north end
today, one in Cunningham Park in Queens to Tuesday, and one at Wolfe’s
Pond Park on Staten Island Monday.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported singing at Connetquot River
State Park , a known breeding site, on Wednesday, and an
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at the Salt Marsh Nature Center Wednesday.

Six reports of VESPER SPARROW included two at Caumsett State Park
Tuesday, and singles on Tuesday at Floyd Bennett Field, Hillview
Reservoir in Yonkers and Nissequogue River State Park in Kings Park,
along Hulse Landing Road Wednesday, and at Lenoir Preserve in Yonkers
last Saturday.

Among the recent migrants have been a few LESSER YELLOWLEGS, some
FORSTER’S TERNS as of Wednesday, and a few BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, mostly
inland.

Various arriving passerines, generally as expected, have included
BLUE-HEADED and WHITE-EYED VIREOS, PURPLE MARTIN and BANK SWALLOW,
HOUSE and MARSH WRENS, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET,
HERMIT THRUSH and CHIPPING SPARROW.  An ORCHARD ORIOLE was reported
singing on Long Island Sunday, and among the WARBLERS joining already
present PINE, PALM and YELLOW-RUMPED have been some LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE and YELLOW, with just one or two of
OVENBIRD, NASHVILLE and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.

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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