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#ABArare – Northern Lapwing – New York (and an update from Massachusetts) UPDATED

Another day and another report of Northern Lapwings (Code 4): Jorn Ake found two on the horse pasture at Deep Hollow Ranch, east of Montauk on Nov 10. This location is at the eastern end of Long Island and about 100 miles west of Nantucket where two lapwings had been reported previously. The Nantucket lapwings had been missing since Nov 5, but they also were seen on Nov 10 by Vern Laux (the original finder) and Trish Pastuzak.

Getting back to the New York lapwings, after the initial sighting, they flew off to the north, but they were refound on the Montauk Airport runway, visible from East Lake Drive, by Peter Polshek. (Map of the airport location available here.)

In a message to NYSbirds-L, Angus Wilson said that there are at least five previous records from New York state, including a bird from nearby Mecox in 1995 [which just happend to be the lifer for yours truly] and one at Deep Hollow in 1966. Wilson also mentions that a lapwing was photographed at Robert Moses State Park (located on the western half of Long Island) on Nov 8 by someone involved in the Hurricane Sandy clean-up effort. (The lapwing in New Jersey was also seen on Nov 8.)

Back to Nantucket: That pair of birds was refound at the Bartlett Farm fields. They then moved to Hummock Pond and were preening and resting on the pond’s western edge.

If all the recent reports represent different individuals, there may be as many as nine Northern Lapwings in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Keep looking!

UPDATE: Both pairs of lapwings have been seen again on Nov 11 and another individual was found in Middleboro, MA, giving an absolute minimum of five individuals in the Northeast. If all reports including those from Newfoundland, Maine, and New Jersey as well as Massachusetts and New York represent different individuals, there are at least ten in the U.S.

Here’s the latest directions to the New York pair from Angus Wilson: “Jim Ash, Frank Quevedo and Barb Rubinstein refound the NORTHERN LAPWINGS in the northern section of Deep Hollow, near some wet spots.

“This is private land but can be viewed from the Paumanok/Parkway Trail (white markings) that follows the ridge top above the Theodore  Roosevelt County Park (entrance on N side of Rt 27) just before the Deep Hollow ‘Dude’ Ranch. Park at the park buildings and then walk up to the gate (be sure to shut it if shut already) then follow the fence along the ridge and down into the depression. Thanks to Peter Polshek for relaying the news.”

Andrew Baksh then wrote that they wre moving between the above-mentioned spot and the area south of the road [presumably Rt 27].

Back at Nantucket, Jeremiah Trimble reports that the lapwings are still at Hummock Pond.

And now news on the new report from Middleboro, MA: It was first found by Judd Carlisle on the Cumberland Farm Fields on Fuller Street, south of the intersection with Wood and Cedar streets. It was first found at 9:45 AM and was still present as of 11:30 AM. Middleboro is approximately 30 miles south of Boston.

The actual location is not marked on this map, but it’s not too far north of the point marked “A”.

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John Puschock

John Puschock

John Puschock reports ABA rare bird alerts and manages #ABArare for the American Birding Association. John is a frequent participant in rare bird forums around the web and has knack for gathering details necessary to relocate birds. He has been a birder since 1984 and now leads tours for Bird Treks, as well as for his own company Zugunruhe Birding Tours. He has led tours to locations across North America, from Newfoundland to New Mexico and from Costa Rica to Alaska. He specializes in leading tours to Adak in the Aleutian Islands.
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