Am I wrong or are there more migrant warblers hanging around this summer than
most years? Or is it just more observers afield?
[mailto:bounce-121633781-3714...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Thomas Fiore
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2017 8:53 PM
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Manhattan migrants / lingerers
Tuesday-Friday, 27-30th June, 2017 -
Unusual in New York City for very late June, a singing male Blackpoll Warbler,
noted by Steve Chang on Monday (6/26) was still present the next day at the
Riverbank State Park off Riverside Drive in west Harlem, Manhattan, N.Y. City
(entrances near W. 145th & W. 137th Streets). It seems rather unlikely this
would be a southbound bird yet there was a very modest perceived movement of
some sort, perhaps more local ‘displacement’ of some warbler species that nest
within 20+ miles of N.Y. City, those found in Central Park in Manhattan on
Sunday including Worm-eating Warbler, and Louisiana Waterthrush. Worm-eating
Warblers have persisted thru the week, including in the Ramble area. Other
warbler species also present in Central Park included particular individuals
which seem to have been lingering, perhaps since early June or even earlier in
the season. A Kentucky Warbler had also continued into Tuesday in the Ramble,
in Central Park, and was near the same area it had been in last weekend. Also
to Tues. were Northern Parula, Magnolia, Black-and-white & Yellow Warbler[s], &
American Redstart, as well as Common Yellowthroats in 3 locations, & Ovenbird.
It’s possible that some of these were around for much of - or even all of -
At Riverside Park, also in Manhattan, a few warblers have also appeared, most
notably American Redstart, as well as Yellow, & in one odd location, Common
Yellowthroat, all of these except for the Yellowthroat in the northern parts of
that park (n. of W. 96th St.). All of these were present today, and the male
yellowthroat has been in one area all week.
There were a few N. Rough-winged Swallows in the area of the west Harlem piers,
& to the north of Riverbank State Park today; regularly seen have been Barn
Swallows as well as Chimney Swifts, in small numbers.
Many nesting birds have young now; with the occasional rains & warmer weather,
there have also been a good variety of insect prey items for many of these
hungry parent birds & their young.
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