Starr Saphir Gets Two Unusual Birds

Starr called me today with some good news. On Wednesday, October 31, she walked from her residence to the Hudson near Dyckman and she had her first Manhattan Forster’s Tern of the year! Normally you do not get Forster’s Terns in upper Manhattan at this time of year, but Hurricane Sandy has driven many birds more commonly seen off the south shore of Long Island to the north and west.

Then Starr told me she had an even better bird the same day: an American Pipit (not a hurricane bird, but a regular fall migrant), seen around the Columbia University athletics complex (Baker Field). There are no eBird reports in New York County of the Pipit this year — it is an rare and excellent find.