Wednesday, 14 September, 2016 (& some prior days)
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

While migrant diversity dropped off considerably in the past several  
days, there have been some ongoing nice birds around; some highlights  
both current & slightly belated:

An adult Red-headed Woodpecker, first found on Monday 9/12 in the  
Ramble by Steven Chang, & seen soon afterwards that day by David  
Barrett with S.C. [personal comm. w/both observers] - & seen  
subsequently by additional observers, has lingered thru at least Wed.,  
9/14 - & was again being seen in the same areas in the heart of the  
Ramble, including some forays by the Red-headed into a for-now-closed- 
to-public (Ramble) work area, where it may be spending some of its  
visit to the park; this bird can sometimes be quite high in the trees,  
& has been vocal at times - easy to listen for & birders will want to  
confirm it visually in this park.

A Marsh Wren was a nice (annual in Central, but easy to miss) find on  
Friday (9/9) when a Virginia Rail was first being observed by the lake/ 
edge of Ramble, with at least several observers.

An apparent Orchard Oriole (closely-observed by several birders) was  
found in the Ramble Saturday (9/10) and is getting quite late for this  
species, often on its way south even in late July (& in August) from  
our region, with fewer reports after this time of the season.

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A slew of new arrivals for these next several days will prompt many  
fresh reports!  And if anyone is not aware, the great Broad-winged  
Hawk migration is underway in the region with watch sites in central  
New England now finding more than 500 Broad-wings per day at some  
sites, the peak flights for them will be somewhere in the next 7-10  
days around southern NY & adjacent areas. (get thee to a ridge or  
other site to see some of this while it is possible!)

In a fewer number of (other, various) locations, some within 100 miles  
or so of Manhattan, there have been both Red & White-winged Crossbills  
(mostly Red) and Evening Grosbeak, & there are some Purple Finches  
showing in the NYC parks here & there just lately, while the Red- 
breasted Nuthatches continue to pour through in near-unprecedented  
numbers at some locations (morning-flight surveys by experienced  
observers at the famous dike-watch in Cape May, N.J. have had single- 
day (a.m.) flights of this nuthatch species in the 70+(numbers) range  
on some days, & it is near-impossible now to count accurately within  
most (non-shore) city parks unless there is a (large) team present to  
make the count simultaneously as these visitors can be very mobile  
seeking food now; in any event, the species continues to be nearly- 
abundant in some areas in Central Park as in some other city parks-  
and they may still be coming on.

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"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 quiet- observations to all, & thanks to the many who observe  
with courtesy & respect to all the birds & their fellow birders,

Tom Fiore


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