Friday, 2nd June, 2017 -
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

Taking advantage of excellent overnight conditions for moving on Thursday night 
(6/1), many migrants did just that, leaving Central Park much quieter (as to 
migrants) Friday, than the day prior.  Even with as many as 7 warbler species, 
led (in number) by American Redstart, the park seemed to have lost the far more 
migrants (in number) that had been present just 24 hrs. & less prior.  Still 
present were a few Empidonax flycatchers, with Acadian & Yellow-bellied 
positively identified by voice (song in the 2 Acadians heard), and of course 
the annually-breeding in Central Park Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern 
Wood-Pewee, and Eastern Kingbird (although there seemed fewer of the first 2 
species today, in comparison with Thursday).  There is still the chance for 
further migration, of land-birds, in the next 2 weeks or so, but some birds 
that may appear within this time-frame in a place such as Central could be 
either simply summering (non-breeding) lingerers, or visitors that are 
wandering a bit, & could be far less-likely to breed this year (for various 
possible reasons);  however some land-birds may also still be headed onward 
towards a breeding area.  One species that was a modest surprise, again this 
Fri. morning was a single Purple Finch at (near) the W. 100 St. park entrance, 
which at one point seemed to be out-competing a nearby Warbling Vireo in song, 
although much later on, the vireo was still going. Some American Goldfinch also 
were present in that area near The Pool.

"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty 
of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." - Aldo Leopold  
(1887–1948), U.S. wildlife biologist, conservationist, professor, author, best 
known for his book "A Sand County Almanac" (1949), which has sold more than two 
million copies.

Good -and ethical- birding, 

Tom Fiore

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