Monday, September 12, 2011

NYC Checklist Updates

The checklist that I've been maintaining at
has been updated to reflect the amazing fallout as a result of Hurricane Irene. What was added was:

Cory's Shearwater (Bronx)
Great Shearwater (East River, Brooklyn)
Audubon's Shearwater (Bronx)
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (Bronx)
White-tailed Tropicbird (Manhattan)
Sooty Tern (several)
Bridled Tern (Staten Island, Brooklyn)

although of course this list could conceivably get modified by virtue of NYSARC rulings.

Other noteworthies such as Leach's Storm-Petrel were already on the list, although remarkable finds in themselves.

Given the conditions I personally didn't see any of these birds - while they were being recorded off Brooklyn and Manhattan (and a similar lot off Cape May) the conditions were simply too hazardous to consider driving that far with high winds and potential flooding. Instead I picked up inland Laughing Gulls (three juveniles over Mercer County Park). The pelagics cleared out fast - I got down to Cape May the following morning but there was pretty much nothing out on the ocean, although Bill Boyle did point out a fly-by Sandwich Tern along the beach which turned out to be a new NJ bird for me.

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