Bronx-Westchester Christmas Bird Count
History


   

Some information gleamed from the excellent article by John Farrand, Jr. in American Birds, Fall 1991 Volume 45, Number 3 pp 372-381

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Rare Records

      Species

Number

Year

Location

      Greater White-fronted Goose

1
1

1981
2011

Harrison
Van Cortlandt Park

      Blue Goose

 1

1950

Kingbird 1951 vol 2 imm at Pelham Bay believed to be the first wintering record 
for NY area

      Barnacle Goose 1 2012 Van Cortlandt Park

      Tundra Swan

1

1985

Rye, Maple Moore Golf Course 

      Blue-winged Teal





CW
1
1
1
CW
2
1

1938
1946
1960
1965
1969
1971
1985




Bronx Zoo


Mamaroneck

      Green-winged Teal (Eu.)

1

2001

Van Cortlandt Park

      Tufted Duck

CW
1
1

1991
1992
1993

Rye
Edith G. Read Sanctuary
Edith G. Read Sanctuary

      King Eider


1
1
1

1928
1929
1956
2013

Hudson River off Riverdale, imm male
Hudson River off Riverdale

female off Scotch Capp Island in Rye

      Barrow's Goldeneye


1
1
CW
1

1991
1992
2008
2011

Eastchester Bay, Bronx Beach, female
Eastchester Bay, Bronx Beach, female
Edith G Read Preserve in Rye, female
female off City Island

      Pacific Loon

1

1940

Edith G. Read Sanctuary

     Eared Grebe

1

2007

City Island

      Great Egret








2
3
2
3
1
1
1
1
9
4

1992
1994
1996
2001
2004
2007
2008
2010
2011
2012

New Rochelle, Larchmont
East Bronx, two in Rye
Rye, Pelham Bat Park
East Bronx, West Bronx and Scarsdale Territories
Larchmont
Pelham Bay Park, Hunter's Island
Larchmont
Mamaroneck
3 in Pelham Bay Park and a group of 6 together in Larchmont
3 in Pelham Bay Park and 1 at Hampshire Country Club

      Snowy Egret




1
1
1
1
2
1

1977
1984
1987
1999
2001
2008

Edith G. Read Sanctuary

Marshlands Conservancy
Glen Island flying north and was found later at Five Island Park
Pelham Bay Park
Marshlands Conservancy

      Tricolored Heron

1

1988

Pelham Bay Park

      Cattle Egret

1

1976

 

      Green Heron

2
2
1

1974
1986
1991



Pelham Bay Park

      Black Vulture


3
2
7
5

2003
2009
2011
2012

Lenoir Nature Preserve in Yonkers
Ardsley Middle School
6 over Lenoir Nature Preserve, Yonkers and one over New Rochelle
All over Hastings-on-Hudson and Dobbs Ferry area

      Osprey

1

2008

Edith G. Read Sanctuary

      Harris' Hawk

 

1

 

1971

 

Rye area, was probably an escape, although its plumage showed no signs of
captivity, and it was not banded

      Broad-winged Hawk



1
1
1
1
CW

1933
1963
1968
1970
1992


KB14(2): Rye 22 Dec Cornelius Ward, Emanuel Levine


North East Yonkers, excellent details

      Golden Eagle

1
1

1939
1941

immature

      King Rail

1
2
1

1926
1933
1957

Probably Van Cortlandt Park

      Common Moorhen

1

1990

Rye

      Semipalmated Plover

1
1
CW

1989
1998
2013

 Pelham BayPelham Bay Park 
 Larchmont, Edgewater flats

      American Oystercatcher

2
3

1998
2005

Rye
Edgewater Point, Mamaroneck

      Western Sandpiper

1

1962

Cantor Party (former compiler)

      White-rumped Sandpiper

1

1962

 

      Black-headed Gull




CW
1


1
1

1965
1973


1985
2000

KB16(2): Jerome Reservoir
A puzzlingly dark primaried sub-adult, with the beginnings of a brown 
hood, Jerome Res. for the second Bronx record Dec. 23 (PAB, WS). 
It was seen many times after that, until at least Mar. 2

Spuyten Duyvil

      Black-leggedKittiwake

1
3

1927
1956

 
Reported by Dick Herbert (last member of the BCBC on the count)

      Dovkie

CW

1951

Bronxville(according to Am Birds) or Kingbird 1952 vol 1 dead 
oiled bird Dec20 New Rochelle

      Thick-billed Murre


CW
1
1
1

1926
1931
1932
1938

Shot off Throgg's Neck
flying close off Ft. Schuyler
Off Ft. Schuyler
Long Island Sound

      Razorbill

116
7
21

2002
2011
2012

Edith Read Sanctuary, Milton Point and on the shore of Larchmont
1 off City Island and 6 off Rye
1 off Pelham Bay, others in the Sound off the Westchester coast

      alcid, sp.

2

1960

 

      Rose-ringed Parakeet







46


10
6
1
2
1
2

1974


1975
1976
1980
1982
1984
1987

Two flocks Riverdale? NAB28(3) In 1973 12 Riverdale, 12 Bronx Bot Graden, up to 40 roosting at Fordham Hospital
Bronx-Yonkers Area?
Colony near the N.Y. Botanical Gardens



      Black-hooded Parakeet

2

1982

 

      Ruby-throatedHummingbird

1

2001

Lenoir Nature Preserve in Yonkers

      Rufous Hummingbird

1
1

2001
2006

Lenoir Nature Preserve in Yonkers
Lenoir Nature Preserve in Yonkers

      Black-backed Woodpecker

1

1926

Bronx Botanical Garden

      empidinax, sp

CW

1940

 

      Western Kingbird

1

1991

Rye

      Black-billed Magpie

1

1935

Rye (Cruickshank)

      Common Raven





1
1
2
2
2
4
10

1941
2003
2007
2009
2010
2011
2012

   .
Woodland High School in Hartsdale
 Lenoir Nature Preserve in Yonkers
seen in Hastings-on-Hudson then in Yonkers and then a little later in Riverdale, Bronx
Scarsdale
pair in Riverdale and a pair Pelham Bay Park
multiple locations

      Tree Swallow

6
1
1

1933
1956
1957

 
Van Cortlandt Park

     swallow, sp

1

2005

Five Islands Park, New Rochelle

      Sedge Wren






1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1

1930
1931
1933
1948
1951
1957
1961
1999





Pelham Bay Park


Marshlands Conservancy

      Boreal Chickadee

1
2
2

1941
1951
1975

 
Grassy Sprain, Dec. 23 (Bull), Kingbird 1952 vol 1
   

      Gray-cheeked Thrush

1

1962

 

      Swainson's Thrush

1
1
1

1954
1977
1982

Botanical Gardens

Edith Read Sanctuary

      Wood Thrush

1
1
CW

1962
1981
1991

At Feeder
one at the Bronx Botanical Garden to Dec. 27

      Ovenbird

CW
1
1

1935
1998
2004

 
Edith Read Sanctuary
Bronx Zoo

      Northern Waterthrush

1

1994

Scarsdale, Carpenter Pond

      Tennessee Warbler

1

1990

Scarsdale

      Orange-crowned Warbler







CW
1
3
1
1
1
2
1
2

1935
1982
1984
1996
2002
2003
2006
2011
2012


Marshlands Conservancy 
Edith Read Sanctuary plus ?
Yonkers
Orange-crowned Warbler on Vault Hill
College of Mt. Saint Vincent
Pelham Bay Park
Pelham Bay Park
Near Split Rock in Pelham Bay Park and Marshlands Conservancy

      Nashville Warbler





1
2
2
1
3
1
CW

1985
1987
1994
1998
2001
2006
2012

 
both near the landfill in Pelham Bay Park
Riverdale, Bronx and Hommock Park, Larchmont
Mount St. Vincent College
New Croton Aqueduct and Stew Leonard's Drive, (both Yonkers) and at Wave Hill.
Greenburg
Marshlands Conservancy

      American Redstart

1
1

1931
2006

 
Half-Moon Overlook, just above Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx

      Magnolia Warbler 1 2012 Wave Hill
      Western Palm Warbler 1 2012 Pelham Bay Park

      Pine Warbler



1
1
1
6
2

1950
1972
2000
2004
2009

Pelham Bay Park

Riverdale feeder
Bronx Botanical Gardens
Bronx Botanical Gardens

      Prairie Warbler

1
1

1994
2012

Throggs Neck, Ferry Point Park
near Split Rock in Pelham Bay Park 

      Black-throated Green Warbler

1

1943

male

      Wilson's Warbler

1
1

1987
1994

Rye
Rye

      Scarlet Tanager

1

1964

Pelham Bay Park

      Spotted Towhee

 

1

 

1958

 

Collected from Bronx Zoo 12/23/58 Specimen 707778 American Museum of Natural History

       Clay-colored Sparrow 2 2012 Marshlands Conservancy and near the Pelham Bay Park parking toll booths

      Grasshopper Sparrow

1

1988

Pelham Bay Park Police Riding Stables

      Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow

 1

2010 

 Marshlands Conservancy

          _____ (subvirgatus)

1
1

1935
1953

 

          _____ (nelsoni)

1

1935

 

      Seaside Sparrow




1
CW
1
1
1
1

1925
1973
1978
1981
1982
2001

East Bronx




Marshlands Conservancy

      Lincoln's Sparrow


1
1
1
1

1963
1992
1996
2000

Baychester
Bartow-Pell Mansion
Singing, Van Cortlandt Park
Van Cortlandt Park, near Major Deagan Expressway, Croton Woods

      Dark-eyed (Pink-sided) Junco

1

1999

Near Wave Hill in the Bronx

      Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco

1

1961

 

      Rose-breasted Grosbeak


1
CW
1
1

1959
1963
1982
1987

 
male Bronx Park 1-21 Dec
Bronx Botanical Gardens

      Black-headed Grosbeak

1

1971

Hastings-on-Hudson 

      Indigo Bunting

1
1
1

1975
2006
2007

imm. male in the Bronx Botanical Garden Dec. 21 (T. Peszel)
Wave Hill
Ward Acres, New Rochelle

      Dickcissel






CW
1
1
1
2
1
1
1

1960
1962
1963
1966
1969
1981
1991
2008

 

Riverdale
Riverdale


Catskill Aqueduct, Yonkers
Riverdale

      Yellow-headed Blackbird

1

1974

Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, Dec 22 - Jan. 6 (m.ob.).

      Bullock's Oriole

1

1978

female, possible hybrid?  Ed

      Baltimore Oriole













1
1
1
CW
CW
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
4

1948
1955
1959
1963
1967
1969
1976
1984
1999
2001
2002
2004
2006
2007
2009




Mount Vernon




Riverdale
Hastings-on-Hudson along the Rowley's Bridge Trail
Greenburg Nature Center
Bronx Botanical Gardens
Wave Hill
Pelham Bay Park
 Bronx Botanical Gardens

      European Goldfinch

1

1938

Sands Point