- RBA
* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* May. 22, 2020
* NYNY2005.22

- Birds mentioned
ARCTIC TERN+
BICKNELL'S THRUSH+
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)

ICELAND GULL
GULL-BILLED TERN
CASPIAN TERN
Roseate Tern
KING EIDER
LEAST BITTERN
CATTLE EGRET
Virginia Rail
Red Knot
Red-headed Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Grasshopper Sparrow
BLUE GROSBEAK
DICKCISSEL
SUMMER TANAGER
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
Cape May Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
KENTUCKY WARBLER
Mourning Warbler
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
Gray-cheeked Thrush

- 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

Compiler: Tom Burke
Coverage: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County

Transcriber: Ben Cacace

BEGIN TAPE

Greetings. This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, May 22nd 2020
at 11pm. The highlights of today's tape are ARCTIC TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN,
CASPIAN TERN, LEAST BITTERN, CATTLE EGRET, KING EIDER, ICELAND GULL,
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER and other warblers, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK and DICKCISSEL
plus much more.

Odd weather continues and so does migration though not necessarily as hoped
for.

The season's first ARCTIC TERN sightings occurred this week both on eastern
Long Island with one Tuesday on the Mecox flats and one Wednesday at
Cupsogue County Park the latter now open only to Suffolk County residents.
A GULL-BILLED TERN was reported off Robert Moses State Park last Saturday
and a couple have been seen this week around the Common Tern and Black
Skimmer colonies at Nickerson Beach which also provided a couple of ROSEATE
TERNS today. A CASPIAN TERN visited the River Road marsh on Staten Island
Saturday.

A LEAST BITTERN was a surprise visitor to the Upper Pool in Prospect Park
Wednesday and Thursday and another was seen Thursday at the West Pond at
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge where the bay itself is now hosting a nice
gathering of shorebirds including many RED KNOTS.

A flyby CATTLE EGRET off Robert Moses State Park Saturday was followed by
one at Miller Field on Staten Island Tuesday.

For a little winter flavor a female KING EIDER was seen last Saturday at
Orient Point with single ICELAND GULLS reported at Riis Park Wednesday,
Plumb Beach Thursday and at Shinnecock Inlet today.

A VIRGINIA RAIL appeared at the Upper Pool in Prospect Park today and a
pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS has been present along the Paumanok Trail
off Schultz Road in Manorville.

A reasonable week for passerines included a few SUMMER TANAGERS with 3 in
Central Park last weekend and one lingering today as well as singles in
Riverside and Forest Parks and one in Battery Park today. Several BLUE
GROSBEAKS continue around the very productive grasslands surrounding the
former Grumman airport in Calverton this area worthy of protection just for
its colony of GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS alone.

In an early morning flight of migrants moving over Brooklyn's Coney Island
Creek Park last Saturday were 2 DICKCISSELS identified by their unique call
usually associated with the Bronx.

In Central Park a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT continuing in the Ramble to Thursday
was joined by one in the north end Thursday and today with another on
Randall's Island Wednesday. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER visited Jamaica Bay
Tuesday and Wednesday. A nice influx of KENTUCKY WARBLERS featured up to 3
in Central Park last weekend, one at Riverside Park Monday and one at
Hunter's Garden southwest of Riverhead late in the week. Other warbler
highlights included a GOLDEN-WINGED in Central Park last Sunday, a few
MOURNINGS and good numbers of CAPE MAY and BAY-BREASTED.

Other arrivals this week featured OLIVE-SIDED, ALDER, ACADIAN and
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, more GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES and a BICKNELL'S
THRUSH singing in Prospect Park last Saturday.

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.

- End transcript

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