A very nice turn-out on Saturday afternoon (10/8) for a memorial service & bird-walk remembering Geoffrey Nulle, esteemed Riverside Park (in Manhattan) & New York birder - who left us too soon, organized with much care by one of his brothers: Greg, and attended by many, with a good number continuing on for the bird-walk in a light drizzle, including stops at the "drip", a water-feature that Jeff made a part of migration-watching in that park, and for some of us, into the sanctuary, a large grove of older trees and understory, which Jeff and many of his friends helped to restore and keep watch over and perhaps the single best birding area in all of that extensive linear park, which borders on the Hudson river at Manhattan's west edge; some of us who continued on were able to spot a few typical migrants of the season, such as Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Creeper, Hermit Thrush, Northern Parula, multiple Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and White-throated Sparrows, as well as other birds - Jeff was surely there in spirit for all of it, and his brother was visibly moved by the turn-out, and the kind eulogies offered; a funeral for Geoffrey Nulle will soon take place in Ithaca, N.Y.
- - - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City A SUMMER Tanager was found & photographed by Jorge SepuIveda in the north woods, on Sunday, 10/9. A note on the sightings mentioned here & to this list for the above park - my reports herein are based on having walked the length & breadth of the park, perimeter to perimeter, & covering periods of 8-9 hours; in addition, there are sightings shared with a multitude of other birders at various times & in various parts of the park as I have made these rounds, walking distances of up to 8-10 miles in total, per day, & this includes being out on days with wind & rain. - - - - - - - - - - -- A further note & reminder: the playing of any ampIified sounds, or making of any overly-loud noises or sounds in the Strawberry Fields section (and in certain various other sections) of Central Park is prohibited. This is posted on signage at such locations, and can be found on official informational material, both on-line and from the offices of the City of New York, Dept. of Parks, and is enforcable under law, the N.Y.P.D. being the agency which can and will respond to violation of this &/or other NYC Parks regulations or other city laws. Monday, 10th October, 2016 - in Central Park: A young-of-the-year Red-headed Woodpecker has been present in the Ramble for 3 days in a row now; this follows sightings of an adult Red- headed two days prior and sightings of non-adult Red-headeds both 2 days & the day before, in that area as well as north to nearly the 86th St. Transverse; if found again photos of the younger birds will be good to obtain as these can be nice to find comparison to each other, distinguishing marks being often visible in the species when not in full adult plumage. Also somewhat notable were the passage of at least a dozen Rusty Blackbirds, in the morning, in very low flight & giving diagnostic calls; a few or more of these may have settled in the park for a rest and might be sought in coming days - the bulk of these (9) passed together & were moving SW past the North Meadow. (this is a rather high number for this park!) An Orange-crowned Warbler, presumed of the easterly-breeding form, was found in the Conservatory Garden, in the park's north end, specifically within the "south" or English garden area there, & was moving with a few other warblers & sparrows in the hedgerows very late in the morning. Besides this there were a minimum of 20 additional warbler species found, a few of them getting to be just slightly late in the season for their species. At least one Black Vulture was noted going past the park today (a species once very rare as a Manhattan fly-over just 20 years ago - how well some of us can recall the excitement generated back then when Paul Sweet, of the American Museum of Natural History, spotted one, & came right up to the original (& only full-time, 4-months-a-year with 500+ hours per season) hawk-watch, as founded, compiled and run then as a serious study by Sharon Freedman of NYC - and further on the final day of that year's watch, which was in mid-December; ), as well as (for this Monday 10/10) - multiple Turkey Vultures, & other sightings of interest for Monday including 6 Bald Eagles, a number of Ospreys, accipiters of the 2 smaller & typical species, and a few Red- shouldered Hawks, as well as the resident NYC raptors American Kestrel, Peregrine, and Red-tailed Hawk, among raptors. This day brought by far the largest flight of Myrtle WarbIer through every part of CentraI Park this season; there were easiIy 500+ of this species present aII day in the park entire, and in the first hour of dayIight there was a far greater flight that was especially obvious from the northern 6-8 bIocks (of "Iatitude") in the park, but there was some of this evidenced in even the southernmost parts of the park, with 100+ of this species observed in the areas from the Sheep Meadow & south to the southern perimeter of the park in morning hours - aIso found in vastIy increased numbers from even 1 day prior were sparrows of many of the typicaI species seen here in migration, & above aII, White-throated Sparrow, of which more than 350 were present in the RambIe aIone in morning, & more than 1,000 in the park entire through the day (this is not even sIightIy cIose to a daiIy maximum number for this species within CentraI Park, as there have been 1-day fIights & numbers in the park of ten or more times that number, in recent times - the same can be said for the MyrtIe WarbIer, but that species is even more prone to massive morning fIight wherein not so many "stick" to feed & rest, as compared with White-throated Sparrow - again, the Iatter being often the most-numerous wintering native songbird in this park & in Manhattan, generaIIy, at the winter season, which is of course not yet upon us. After the Myrtle, the Palm Warbler was today by far the (2nd) most numerous of warbler species - a vast majority appearing to be of the "eastern" or "yellow" form, and the 3rd-most numerous warbler within Central Park may have been Common Yellowthroat, although several additional warbler species made strong showings, including Nashville, Black-throated Blue, and Ovenbird; at Summit Rock in the 8:30-9 am period, I found 6 Nashville in a group just at the upper portion of the eastern side of the hill, and at the north end of the park much later, in less-busy areas of the woods, there were a good concentration of Ovenbirds waiking about the understory & feeding. The eastern quadrant of the Ramble had multiple Black-throated Blue Warblers, a few among them in adult male plumage. It may be of interest to some that not just the elms in & near the Pinetum area are attracting migrants; there are elms also atop the Great Hill, in a few areas around the North Meadow perimeters, & at the best-known of elm groves in the park, near the Mall area - all of these having migrants, some individual trees in these locations also hosting many migrants of interest - at the Mall, it was trees well east of there, & scattered to the west of the park's East Drive, which were quite active in the morning. Other migrants in good numbers & reinforced by fresh arrivals included: Ruddy Duck (minimum of 65 on the reservoir), E. Phoebe (scores & scores, particularly noted at the edges of many lawn areas, park-wide and all day), Brown Creeper (having been increasing the last several days, but this day bringing easily 50+ into the park entire, with a few locations such as the Pinetum-east having 8+ in view at once in the morning hours), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (in virtually any odd corner of the park, and also noted in a number of street trees and plantings in the vicinity of the park), Hermit Thrush (numbers, as often is so, at their greatest density in the far northwest part of the park, where the least human activity - relatively! - takes place - this was the largest push thus far this fall of this thrush here), Dark-eyed Junco (300+ in the park entire, with swaths of some of the north end's wooded & semi-open area well-littered with this flocking migrant) - & just some the many other species found this very active migration day (one which was good, but hardly unexpected nor especially strong on numbers, perhaps merely rather typical of the time of year & the surrounding weather conditions): Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Canada Goose, Wood Duck (brilliant male regular at the Pond, often with the mallards & sometimes asleep in a quiet shaded spot, as found this morning there), Gadwall, American Wigeon (ongoing female on the Meer), American Black Duck, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal (at least one female lingering at the Meer), American Woodcock (Ramble), Ring- billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Red-headed Woodpecker (noted in full above), Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (many), Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Yellow-shafted Flicker, Eastern Wood-Pewee (1), Eastern Phoebe (common), Blue-headed Vireo (multiple), Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay (many), American Crow, Black- capped Chickadee (very modest movement), Tufted Titmouse, Red- breasted Nuthatch (many vocal; a further new movement), White- breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swainson's Thrush (few), Hermit Thrush (many), Wood Thrush, American Robin (abundant), Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Tennessee Warbler Orange-crowned Warbler (as noted above) Nashville Warbler Northern Parula Yellow Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler Magnolia Warbler Cape May Warbler Black-throated Blue Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler Blackburnian Warbler Pine Warbler Prairie Warbler (to at least Sunday 10/9) Palm Warbler Bay-breasted Warbler Blackpoll Warbler Black-and-white Warbler American Redstart Ovenbird Northern Waterthrush Common Yellowthroat Summer Tanager (as noted at top) Scarlet Tanager (few) Eastern Towhee Chipping Sparrow Field Sparrow Savannah Sparrow Song Sparrow Lincoln's Sparrow Swamp Sparrow White-throated Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Northern Cardinal Rose-breasted Grosbeak Indigo Bunting Red-winged Blackbird Eastern Meadowlark Rusty Blackbird (12, as noted above) Common Grackle Brown-headed Cowbird Baltimore Oriole Purple Finch House Finch Pine Siskin (heard) American Goldfinch House Sparrow - - - Sunday, 9th October, 2016 - Despite rain more than haIf of the day, nice birds were to be found & among them the Summer Tanager found & photographed by Jorge SepuIveda in the north woods; Red-headed Woodpeckers, seen by a few observers; some other migrants noted included at least 10 species of warblers including numbers of Pine, Blackpoll, Palm, & Myrtle as well as others, and fair numbers of sparrows, espcially Chipping & White- throated; it was also very apparent that many migrants had managed to move on from Saturday & prior days. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - for those up a bit late and listening, Sunday night: [last stanza] I've got to go home - But, baby, you'll freeze out there Say, lend me your coat - It's up to your knees out there You've really been grand - I'm thrilled when you touch my hand But don't you see - How can you do this thing to me? There's bound to be talk tomorrow - Think of my life long sorrow At least there will be plenty implied - If you caught pneumonia and died I really can't stay - Get over that hold out Ohhh, baby it's cold outside SONGWRITER - FRANK LOESSER - - - - - - - - - good coId-front birding, in actual autumn, Tom Fiore Manhattan -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/NYSB.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --