Monday, 17 April, 2017 -

A Western Cattle Egret is continuing at the north side of West 28th Street, 
between Eighth & Ninth Avenues in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Central Park (Manhattan, N.Y. City) -

Some of the migration movement in & (far) beyond the park, beyond the city, as 
well as NE into New England & to (or perhaps into) eastern Canada’s border; 
certain migrant species that we aree just barely seeing ones or threes of in 
the NYC area have made it, albeit usually in single or small numbers to various 
sites to to the N/NE… but for some of those spp., a good many in total have 
passed thru - not the bulk of a species migration onward, but more than in 
single, “overshoot” mode in only minor fashion.  Of course that surge of very 
warm air that pushed in on Saturday & especially Sunday helped.

The far-north end of the park has been a decent place from which to guage some 
of the movement, but a variety of species have occurred park-wide, with however 
the southern-most end seeming the quietest of any defined sector in the park.  
There has also been at least some flyover in the first hour of daylight, among 
birds which mainly migrate at night.

A list of some of the species seen in Central today (4/17) & on Sunday, 16 

Common Loon (1, reservoir thru noon Monday)
Pied-billed Grebe (reservoir)
Red-necked Grebe (sadly, still on reservoir & it will soon be presumed not in 
prime condition, if it remains thru this month…)
Double-crested Cormorant (very many fly-overs, often seen from n. end of park, 
esp. on Sunday, plus multiple withiun the park)
Great Blue Heron (4 were observed on Sunday, with 1 of the 4 seen south of 96th 
St. - all in flight in early morning)
Great Egret (25++ fly-overs on Sunday, mainly on usual east-west pathway across 
the n. end of park, plus several in the park & cont. into today)
Snowy Egret (minimum of 2 fly-overs, as above these mainly seen as regular 
fly-overs if paying close attention to the n. end / east-west sky-path)
Green Heron (undisclosed location in park, although this was perhaps just a 
migrant passing thru - on Sunday)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (not that many except in late evening-dusk, when more 
come to visit & some may linger & rest the subsequent day[s])
Turkey Vulture (several; one of these observed with Brenda Inskeep from the far 
north end of the park, Sunday p.m.)
Canada Goose (modest numbers, some on nests)
Brant (a few fly-overs, these get more common as fly-overs in the next 2-4 
weeks, if looking up a lot…)
Wood Duck (minimum of 12 fly-overs, circling the Meer near first-light Monday, 
not stopping in there)
Gadwall (rather few)
Northern Shoveler (very modest numbers, still on several water-bodies)
Green-winged Teal (1 hen (female) on the Lake, Monday early a.m.)
Bufflehead (20+ in total were continuing in the park into Monday a.m.)
Ruddy Duck (few remained as of Monday)
Osprey (not noted by me in past 2 days, but have been seen a few times in past 
week, as fly-overs & one investigating the reservoir briefly)
Red-tailed Hawk (not uncommon if sought in & near Central Park at any time of 
American Kestrel (not that uncommon if sought in & near Central Park at any 
time of year, esp. evident in spring thru fall)
Merlin (at least 2 have been irregularly seen into today & are presumed the 
same 2 lingerers; they are not a pair)
Peregrine Falcon (occasional to frequently-seen, according in part to amount of 
observers & their attempts to see Manhattan resident birds)
American Coot (at least 2 continued today, this is a drop-off in numbers of 80% 
from earlier in April)
Solitary Sandpiper (1, Meer [north end of park], but as too-often seen, flushed 
off by an unleashed large dog & then not re-found; west edge.)
Laughing Gull (several visited sporadically on more than a few days in the past 
10+ days, seems less likely very early or very late in day; reservoir)
Ring-billed Gull (mostly modest numbers)
Great Black-backed Gull (fair numbers at times)
['feral'] Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (one, over Great Lawn Monday a.m., & seen moving south-southwest 
somewhat steadily as a weather front approached w/darkewr clouds)
Red-headed Woodpecker (1 continues in bright plumage in the area just west of 
East 68th Street, but for how much longer - perhaps all this month, or…?)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (modest numbers; many have passed thru in this month 
relatively unnoticed; more yet to come…)
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker (a regular sighting in the north woods, but can be unobtrusive 
when not calling a lot, nor very active)
Yellow-shafted Flicker (many, including at least modest early morning diurnal 
flight, much more evidennt in north end in earliest hours of the day)
Eastern Phoebe (very few - great numbers have passed thru, but more will be yet 
to come as other migrants also do)
White-eyed Vireo (one, N. Woods, Monday after mid-day)
Blue-headed Vireo (multiple and still many more to come, but this is one of the 
species that is already in e. Canada as of now)
Blue Jay (decent numbers)
American Crow (modest numbers)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (irregular over several water-bodies: Meer, 
Reservoir, Turtle Pond, Lake, & scarce over lawn areas)
Barn Swallow (irregular over several water-bodies: Meer, Reservoir, Turtle 
Pond, Lake, & scarce over lawn areas)
Black-capped Chickadee (decent movement of these delighful sprites, esp. as 
observed moving north in treetops from park’s n. end)
Tufted Titmouse (also moving, not quite synchronous with the above species, but 
in same more-general time-frame & diurnal habits as pertains to migrants)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (several, at least one very active in pines at Pinetum 
West both Sunday-Monday, & some reliable reports from others not noted to this 
White-breasted Nuthatch (multiple areas)
Brown Creeper (very few, 1 noted Sunday)
Carolina Wren (few, potential nester)
House Wren (multiple & widely overlooked now that the first few have moved in / 
Winter Wren (several, most easily noticed in the quieter n. end woods)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (fair numbers but many more are still expected)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (8+ Sunday, 6+ Monday, park-wide)
American Robin (nearly ubiquitous)
Gray Catbird (1, but I suspect a wintered bird - at a known winter site)
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher (multiple, with several pairs setting up a nest territory - any 
disturbance whatsover to these will be subject to punishment under all 
applicable laws, including at the federal level.  Leave them be to attempt 
their nesting in peace! - Thanks for your caring for all of the breeding birds)
European Starling

Orange-crowned Warbler (ongoing at The Point, & seen low at times, somewhat 
high at other times)

Myrtle [a.k.a. Yellow-rumped] Warbler (75+ on Sunday, perhaps half that early 
Monday, with modest diurnal ongoing flight)

Black-throated Green Warbler (1 seen singing near the Summerhouse rustic wooden 
roofed shelter in Ramble, very early a.m. & this bird then moved into the 
still-fenced constructioin zone that is blocking visitor access to the upper 
Gill area, the small stream in the Ramble that is often a good area for smaller 
passerine migrants - work there has picked up at least slightly in last few 
days - hopefully re-opened very soon.)

Pine Warbler (minimum of 4 on Sunday. 3 of them in far n. woods; 1 female noted 
there Monday)

[Eastern, or “yellow” form] Palm Warbler (60+ on Sunday - thru all of the park 
but more numerous in north end, many “treed” thanks to massive visitor influx 
later in the day Sunday; perhaps half this number Monday, again park-wide.)

Black-and-white Warbler (3, perhaps 4 or more Sunday & Monday; 1 in an “odd” 
area of park as well as the more typical areas to find)

Northern Waterthrush (found, observed, enjoyed by a highly-ethical birder, 
using zero noise or sound to be able to observe this shy species - simple 
patience & observational skills work wonders…  N.B. there were a few 
perhaps-newer birders who were initially seeing this one individual at the 
Loch, but naming it as “Louisiana” - the video, photos, and discssuions brought 
all present & patient with the bird to know the true ID, the first Northern of 
this spring in Central. MANY appreciated the discussion and the QUIET of all 
fellow-observers for this bird.)

Eastern Towhee (fair numbers, noted here & there thru the entire park on both 
Chipping Sparrow (best ongoing or passage-movement numbers in NW part of the 
park, near-common)
Field Sparrow (several locations & one or more site with more than 1 individual)
Savannah Sparrow (more Sunday, but still present on Monday, and photographed)
[Red] Fox Sparrow (1 still present to Sunday, sought in same areas on Monday 
w/o success by me)
Song Sparrow (multiple)
Lincoln's Sparrow (one report from Wildflower Meadow: Tom Perlman; this is a 
modestly early date)
Swamp Sparrow (many all this week and still in modest numbers if sought in 
ideal habitat)
White-throated Sparrow (many, many hundreds; these also in various 
outside-the-park areas as passage-visitors)
Dark-eyed Junco (rather modest numbers, but still 25+ to today 4/17)
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird (still another bird which many observers enjoyed in PEACE at 
the Loch, with no one playing or making noise designed to harrass hungry birds, 
or to harrass quiet and peaceful visitors in bird-y habitats in this urban 
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird (modest numbers, on the move)
Purple Finch (fair numbers by today, after some over the past 2+ weeks; perhaps 
15+ park-wide today)
House Finch
American Goldfinch (becoming a bit more common, as the migration instinct 
starts to kick in for these)
House Sparrow 

good birding, & thanks to those who offer respect to the birds & all of their 

Tom Fiore


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