This is odd as we’ve been seeing floods of indigo and cape mays here in 
Brooklyn. In Greenwood Cemetery two days ago/ it felt like five or more in 
every other tree. This morning had indigo buntings in cadman plaza, which is in 
downtown Brooklyn.


Please excuse my brevity.  Sent from my iPhone

> On May 12, 2020, at 7:52 PM, David Nicosia <> wrote:
> All, 
> This spring season is the slowest evolving migration season that I can 
> remember in a long time in Broome Co. (20 years at least). I basically am 
> seeing the same warbler species that I had May 2-3: Black-throated blues, 
> greens, blackburnian, ovenbird, nashville, northern and louisiana 
> waterthrush, black and white, palm, prairie, yellow-rumped, blue-winged, 
> yellow, chestnut-sided, northern parula and american redstarts.  These 
> species arrived between May 1-5 and are still around and in most cases really 
> good numbers I am happy to say. Many of them are on their breeding grounds 
> now too.  Yesterday, May 11th, I had 102 species of birds in  Broome County 
> with no new neotropical migrants which is crazy! I also had 102 species on 
> May 3rd many of the same species!
> Still lacking (or very scarce) in Broome Co. are: cape may, bay-breasted, 
> tennessee, hooded, magnolia, canada, wilson's, mourning and of course 
> blackpoll warblers. I still am not seeing very many indigo buntings yet, just 
> a few here and there. I have yet to get a scarlet tanager although there are 
> a few reports here and there in Broome co. Also lacking or very scarce are 
> red-eyed vireos. I have yet to get one with a few reports trickling in 
> sporadically from others. On the other hand, blue-headed vireos are very 
> common this year in Broome Co. Is it because they are not be drowned out by 
> the red-eyed vireo's incessant singing? 
> I have been off since May 2nd on my annual birding vacation and its like the 
> "groundhog day" of birding: same species different day. But it has been a lot 
> of fun with such great species that we have! I have seen and really enjoyed 
> blackburnian, black-throated blues and greens, prairie and others numerous 
> times with great views. I can't complain about that! Today I had a close 
> encounter with a blackburnian warbler. The bird was foraging fairly low in a 
> norway spruce tree at Greenwood Park in Broome co. I was very still and the 
> bird came within about 6 feet of me. It was neat watching the warbler, naked 
> eye, forage and finding small insects to eat on a windy and bitter cold day. 
> It was 38F with winds gusting to 25 mph at least. The bird was also singing 
> occasionally and didn't seem to care about the brutally cold conditions. With 
> the lack of leaves on the trees, I have gotten spectacular views of many of 
> these warbler species which often is not the case as leaves unfold fast in 
> more normal Mays. 
> After today May 12th, conditions in upstate NY are going to change. Warmer 
> weather is on the way and yes we are going to see southerly winds especially 
> Wednesday night and Thursday night and a few days next week. I think migrants 
> are going to arrive fast and furious so expect a very active period from May 
> 14-21 and even beyond for our beloved neotropical migrants. I have noticed 
> that our shorebird species are arriving pretty much on-time and not really 
> affected by the cold May. In any event, the next week to 10 days, I predict 
> is going to be a lot of fun. I hope you can get out and enjoy the finest time 
> of the year!!
> Best,
> Dave Nicosia 
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