Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City
Saturday, 15 October, 2016 -

Freshly &/or very recent migrant arrivals include more ducks,  
particularly at the reservoir, but as well on some of the other  
waterbodies in the park - however, a lone American Coot at The Pond  
(SE sector of the park) which has been present daily for a week, & was  
present Friday, was again found in the wide portion of the pond easily  
seen from Gapstow bridge or the path south of that; a drake Wood Duck  
is a daily presence (seen for over a month) & was also there Friday, &  
again this day; it can sometimes be skulking in shadier areas.

At least 2 Hooded Merganser (non-adult) were present on the reservoir  
as of 8 am this Saturday morning.

A minimum of 4 Buffleheads (perhaps more) were among some of the rafts  
of Ruddy Duck at the reservoir, & elsewhere there were at least 3  
additional Buffleheads.

Ruddy Duck numbers have increased just slightly from the 65+ present  
at the reservoir (as of Friday) to 80+ (or more) today, with rafts  
scattered on all sectors of the water there. Few were on other  
waterbodies early in the morning.

Wood Ducks are also present on at least 5 of the park's principal  
water-bodies, with a few at the lake, & others at Pool, Meer, &  
reservoir in addition to the long-staying one at the Pond.  American  
Black Ducks have been increased slightly & were present on multiple  

At least one female-looking Green-winged Teal continues at the Meer,  
seen each day thru today there; an American Wigeon seems not to have  
been 'definitively' seen since Thursday (at the Meer), but may well  
continue in the park - checking all rafts of Northern Shovelers, which  
are ongoing in the park, may lead to noticing a wigeon as it is  
possible they move in concert.

Among "hot-spots" for numbers of migrants, the Siberian Elms & other  
trees at & near the Pinetums (both east & particularly, west) have &  
continue to produce multiple Warbler species, Cape May prominent in  
interest among those, with up to 9 additional warbler species present  
there both Friday & again this day - this including all of the  
plantings & shrubby areas, not just the elm and pine circuits &  
circle.  A variety of sparrows are also being seen daily in these  
areas, with both species of kinglets, both species of nuthatch, Brown  
Creeper, & some additional migrants in the area.  Additional Cape May  
Warblers were present again at Shakespeare Garden and in elms at the  
most-eastern edges of the Mall (but that area was becoming extremely  
busy with an event taking place close by today), as well as locations  
otherwise mentioned in this post.

A wide variety of other migrants are present, with some change-over in  
these days & nights of northerly winds (due to change around to  
southerlies, by later Saturday).

On Friday 10/14, Cape May Warblers were brought to the attention of  
many in the north end of the park by Gabriel Willow, leading a bird- 
walk with & for the NY City Audubon chapter (NYCAS) across the Great  
Hill & elsewhere in the north end.
- - - - - - - - - - - - -
"All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the  
individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. ~

The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to  
include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land. ~

A land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the  
land-community to plain member and citizen of it.   It implies respect  
for his-her fellow-members, and also respect for the community as such."

- 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 ethical- (quiet and respectful of wildlife & of all beings)  

Tom Fiore


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