Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City
Sunday, 16 October, 2016

Duckage is continuing to indicate movement, with now 133+ (probably  
slightly more) Ruddy Ducks in at least several rafts on the reservoir;  
Buffleheads also continuing there, & Wood Ducks in several locations  
with the brightest plumage found in the long-staying drake at The Pond  
(se corner of the park) - where an American Coot has likely taken up a  
long-term visitation as well (these birds all seen & photographed  
again this Sunday morning). On the reservoir, just one non-adult/ 
female-type Hooded Merganser was noticed watching from the east shore  
but a few others may be present again today. A rough (under-) count of  
the gulls on the reservoir found more than 350 present at 9 a.m.  
Sunday morning, this not including those stlll flying in to visit for  
part of the day. At least 4 species were present, with Laughing Gull  
(2 or perhaps more) and the other very-regular three species, Ring- 
billed, (American) Herring, & Great Black-backed Gulls - each in good  
numbers. (A very careful scan, with scope, might reveal even another  
gull species among the many on the reservoir.)

Even a relatively quick (less than 1 hour) look around the Pinetum  
areas (east & west) revealed multiple Cape May Warblers there again,  
as well as a minimum of 7 additional warbler species, obviously headed  
by Myrtle Warbler, now & just lately the (by far) most numerous  
warbler species in the park entire, as well as in the Pinetum area.

Thanks, to Jordan Spindel for pointing out a (somewhat late-ish) Blue- 
gray Gnatcatcher observed today at the Upper Lobe area (northwestern- 
most part of the Lake & immediate vicinity), as well as other species  
of interest to many birders in the Ramble area - and for caring  
greatly about the welfare of every individual bird, as witnessed in  
person by many of us - a great example to all of us - as are so many  
of the newest generation of birders & naturalists that we are lucky to  
have amongst us in New York.
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On Saturday (10/15), at the wildflower meadow & vicinity, some Warbler  
species closely observed included Magnolia (lingering there in the  
meadow & eastern borders), Northern Parula, Black-throated Green,  
Black-throated Blue, Common Yellowthroat, Palm, Myrtle, and American  
Redstart and perhaps a few others; a Nashville Warbler was at the  
south side of the Meer on a slope, and in the north woods, an Ovenbird  
- these observations all in afternoon hours, and some with several  
other observers as well, including the first 5 and latter 2 species  

The Black-capped Chickadee movements some observers are noting will be  
interesting to keep an eye on to see if the numbers get to a point  
where another chickadee species might be sought amongst the flow of  
Black-cappeds coming out of the northern realms; that other species  
has of course occurred in NYC, and in Central Park in this century &  
late in the prior one.

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PINK is THE color of the day and this weekend in and around Central  
Park, & many other locations - a color indicating here & now the fight  
against, & seeking cures for, cancer including in particular breast  
cancer - and PINK also is significant in representing tolerance,  
equality, kindness, and by extension, an end to hateful and intolerant  
speech, and to NO tolerance of bullies, or bullying behavior.  Give  
respect, get respect - and think on PINK.
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"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.
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good birding,
Tom Fiore


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