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

      Pink-footed Goose 1 2016 Van Cortlandt Park

      Greater White-fronted Goose
 
 
 
 

1
1
CW
CW
1

1981
2011
2014
2016
2017

Harrison
Van Cortlandt Park
Edith G Read Preserve
Edith G Read Preserve
Westchester Country Club

      Blue Goose
 
 
 
 
 

1
1
1
1
CW
4

1950
1966
1970
1975
2014
2015

Kingbird 1951 V 2 im at Pelham Bay believed to be the 1st wintering record for NY
 
 
 
 
3 in East Bronx, 1 in Scarsdale in flocks passing along the sound

      Cackling Goose
 
CW
1
2
2014
2016
2017
Van Cortlandt Park and Edith G Read Preserve
Van Cortlandt Park
Westchester Country Club and Van Cortlandt Park
      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
 
 
Harbor Island 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

     American White Pelican 1 2017 Edith G. Read Sanctuary

      Great Egret
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

2
3
2
3
1
1
1
1
9
4
1
1
  CW

1992
1994
1996
2001
2004
2007
2008
2010
2011
2012
2014
2015
2017

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
Pelham Bay Park
Rye
Rye

      Snowy Egret
  
 
 
 
 
 

1
1
1
1
2
1
1

1977
1984
1987
1999
2001
2008
2014

Edith G. Read Sanctuary

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

      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
4
CW
2
    

2003
2009
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
    

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
 
 
Yonkers
Now almost yearly

      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, Sands Point
 

      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 Bay Park 
 Larchmont, Edgewater flats
 Pelham Bay Park

      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
1
1

1965
1973
 
 
1985
2000
2016
2017

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
Five Island Park, New Rochelle
Five Island Park, New Rochelle

      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
5

1941
2003
2007
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

  
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
Now seen yearly

      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

      Black-and-white Warbler
 

1
1

2015
2017

Five Islands Park, also CW in Botanical Gardens
Five Islands Park

      Tennessee Warbler

1

1990

Scarsdale

      Orange-crowned Warbler
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CW
1
3
1
1
1
2
1
2
3
1

1935
1982
1984
1996
2002
2003
2006
2011
2012
2015
2017

 
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
City Island (2) and College of Mt St Vincent
Botanical Gardens

      Nashville Warbler
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1
2
2
1
3
1
CW
1
1

1985
1987
1994
1998
2001
2006
2012
2015
2016

  
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
Woodlawn
Cemetery, plus CW in Botanical Gardens
Twin Lakes Park, Eastchester

      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
2

1950
1972
2000
2004
2009
2017

Pelham Bay Park
 
Riverdale feeder
Bronx Botanical Gardens
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

1

1959
1963
1982
1987

2014

 

  
male Bronx Park 1-21 Dec
Bronx Botanical Gardens

female Bronx Zoo

      Black-headed Grosbeak

1

1971

Hastings-on-Hudson 

      Indigo Bunting
 
 

 

1
1
1

1

1975
2006
2007

2014

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

Marchlands Conservancy

      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