* New York
* New York City, Long Island, Westchester County
* Jan. 13, 2017
- Birds Mentioned
(+ Details requested by NYSARC)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Northern Saw-whet Owl
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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
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Greetings! This is the New York Rare Bird Alert for Friday, January 13,
2017 at 6:00 pm.
The highlights of today=E2=80=99s tape are TOWNSEND=E2=80=99S SOLITAIRE, PA=
SANDHILL CRANE, PINK-FOOTED, BARNACLE, ROSS=E2=80=99S and GREATER WHITE-FRO=
GEESE, TUNDRA SWAN, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BLACK-HEADED and GLAUCOUS GULLS,
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, RED CROSSBILL, and EVENING GROSBEAK.
With most of this week=E2=80=99s rarities holdovers from earlier, one that =
was a male PAINTED BUNTING appearing briefly at a Yonkers feeder last
Sunday morning, its visit presumably prompted by the weekend=E2=80=99s stor=
today a female PAINTED BUNTING was spotted on Staten Island at the end of
Arden Avenue, which is in Annadale, reached from Hylan Boulevard.
The TOWNSEND=E2=80=99S SOLITAIRE, first spotted on the north fork last Frid=
still feeding in the cedars along North Sea Drive northwest of Southold as
of today. Look for the bird around the cedars usually on the Long Island
Sound side of the road in the vicinity of a blue house #1625 N. Sea Drive =
it does range along the road and occasionally to the other side and can sit
quietly, sometimes hidden, for awhile. Please park carefully; this is a
A SANDHILL CRANE has been present on Wainscott Pond recently, at least
through Wednesday, and is best viewed from Wainscott Main Road at the north
end of the pond. Three other SANDHILLS were noted flying southwest over
Hillview Reservoir in Yonkers late Monday morning, these likely the three
moving north over Fort Tryon Park back on the 5th.
For the GEESE, the PINK-FOOTED was still frequenting Hendrickson Park in
Valley Stream yesterday, and the BARNACLE has been most regularly seen in
the morning at Belmont Lake State Park before the geese fly out towards the
Pinelawn and St. Charles cemeteries and adjacent golf course west of
Belmont Lake. ROSS=E2=80=99S GEESE continue to pop up in the area, with 1 =
Hendrickson Park, 3 visiting Elda Lake off Phelps Lane in north Babylon and
another flying over Aquabogue, all last Sunday, with 4 off Alvah=E2=80=99s =
Cutchogue Thursday and noted flying by there today.
Among the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE reports were singles at Southard=E2=
Pond Saturday and nearby Elda Lake Monday, 1 at Georgica Pond in East
Hampton Monday, 1 on Agawam Lake in Southampton, and 1 back on Playland
Lake in Rye at least Monday and Tuesday, this bird flying out early.
CACKLING GEESE are sometimes found in the local CANADA flocks, and the 2
TUNDRA SWANS were still on Lake Ronkonkoma today.
A drake EURASION WIGEON was still visiting the Salt Marsh Nature Center at
Marine Park Brooklyn to Tuesday, with 1 on Pepperidge Lake in Eastport
Wednesday, 1 still on Staten Island, off Arthur Kill Road Thursday, and 1
near Fresh Pond in Northport today.
Look for HARLEQUIN DUCKS along the Jones inlet and Shinnecock inlet jetties=
Adult BLACK-HEADED GULLS continue on Cammans Pond in Merrick and at Five
Islands Park in New Rochelle.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted at Bush Terminal Piers Park, Brooklyn,
Wednesday, another continues at Shinnecock Inlet, and a couple remain in
Bellport, often on ponds in the Atlantic Point Apartments complex in North
Bellport, where up to 4 ICELAND GULLS have also been reported. Another
ICELAND visited Prospect Park Lake Monday and 1 or more have been along the
Brooklyn waterfront between Bush Terminal Piers Park and the Brooklyn Army
Terminal Pier 4.
The arrival of wintering SNOWY, NORTHERN SAW-WHET, LONG-EARED and
SHORT-EARED OWLS in our area once again prompts us to remind birders to
please keep a respectful distance from roosting OWLS =E2=80=93 do not in an=
hinder their ability to survive with irresponsible disturbances.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS have recently been in Central and Hendrickson Parks
and at the Makamah Preserve in Fort Salonga.
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were along the fisherman=E2=
road at Jones Beach West End this week, with other ORANGE-CROWNEDS also
Last Saturday on Staten Island the female RED CROSSBILL was still at
Midland Beach and an EVENING GROSBEAK was reported flying over Wolf=E2=80=
The provenance of a TRUMPETER SWAN recently off Nyack Beach State Park in
Rockland County has not been determined, its origin possibly questionable.
To phone in reports call Tom Burke at (212) 372-1483 on weekdays.
This service is sponsored by the Linnaean Society of New York and the
National Audubon Society. Thank you for calling.
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