Sad news has been shared that Irving Cantor has passed at the age of 97; he was 
an inspiration & icon to many, many birders & others in the NYC area & beyond.  
 I’ve tried to find birds in a CBC territory that Irv had handed over to me 
more than a decade ago in the Bronx, & while the area has since produced some 
interesting finds especially with help of other keen observers, no one will be 
likely to do what Irv could in the days when he covered what had then been his 
home area so thoroughly.  With Irv’s passing, we have all lost a direct link to 
the days of the original Bronx County Bird Club - a part of the history of 
American birding.  May he rest in peace.

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Sunday, 11 June, 2017 -
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

A Horned Grebe continues at the reservoir, in early morning seen nearer the SE 
corner; also persisting there was a drake Wood Duck.  

Starting at the north end of the park at daybreak (5 a.m.), then on thru the 
Ramble & vicinity;  some interesting species for June, including Pine, Prairie, 
& Magnolia Warblers, as well as less unusual (in June) lingering Ovenbird, 
Black-and-white & Yellow Warblers, & Common Yellowthroats (all singing males) 
plus American Redstart.   The Prairie Warbler was also noted (first) by Alice 
Deutsch, at Cedar Hill, west of E. 79th St.; the male Pine at the north end, 
the male Magnolia also at the north end.     Some of the other warblers, at 
least as to species, have been found regularly in the past 10 days or less in 
the park.  

Also present in the park’s far north end were at least 2 Gray-cheeked Thrushes, 
one giving a brief burst of song at about sunrise. Various other species in the 
park are on nest-territories, some are nesting now; details on these may be 
given once the nesting & fledging are further along.   Just some of the nesting 
species include Green Herons, Wood Thrushes, E. Wood-Pewees, Great Crested 
Flycatchers, E. Kingbirds, Warbling & Red-eyed Vireos, House & Carolina Wrens, 
Brown Thrashers, Baltimore Orioles, Song & Chipping Sparrows, along with other 
more-common species - & perhaps some addiotional uncommon ones.    N.B., a 
Common Yellowthroat that’s been singing regularly from areas in the north end, 
esp. near the wildflower meadow & also “the knoll” area, seems not to be mated, 
although this is one warbler species that has actually nested (often with no 
success in fledging any young) in this park.     On Saturday, June 10, a male 
Black-throated Blue Warbler was an uncommonly-late sighting here, on the Great 
Hill, at the park’s north end.  

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“The blossoms of the jessamine. ever pleasing, lay steeped in dew, the humming 
bee was collecting her winter’s store from the snowy flowers of the native 
orange, and the little warblers frisked along the twigs of the smilax.  Now, 
amid the tall pines of the forest, the sun’s rays began to force their ways, 
and as the dense mists dissolved in the atmosphere, the bright luminary shone 
through.”   -  John James Audubon  [from Audubon’s journal]

good -and ethical- birding,

Tom Fiore
manhattan
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