Am I wrong or are there more migrant warblers hanging around this summer than 
most years? Or is it just more observers afield?


Rick Cech


[] On Behalf Of Thomas Fiore
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2017 8:53 PM
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Manhattan migrants / lingerers


Tuesday-Friday, 27-30th June, 2017 -


Unusual in New York City for very late June, a singing male Blackpoll Warbler, 
noted by Steve Chang on Monday (6/26) was still present the next day at the 
Riverbank State Park off Riverside Drive in west Harlem, Manhattan, N.Y. City 
(entrances near W. 145th & W. 137th Streets).   It seems rather unlikely this 
would be a southbound bird yet there was a very modest perceived movement of 
some sort, perhaps more local ‘displacement’ of some warbler species that nest 
within 20+ miles of N.Y. City, those found in Central Park in Manhattan on 
Sunday including Worm-eating Warbler, and Louisiana Waterthrush.  Worm-eating 
Warblers have persisted thru the week, including in the Ramble area.  Other 
warbler species also present in Central Park included particular individuals 
which seem to have been lingering, perhaps since early June or even earlier in 
the season.  A Kentucky Warbler had also continued into Tuesday in the Ramble, 
in Central Park, and was near the same area it had been in last weekend. Also 
to Tues. were Northern Parula, Magnolia, Black-and-white & Yellow Warbler[s], & 
American Redstart, as well as Common Yellowthroats in 3 locations, & Ovenbird.  
It’s possible that some of these were around for much of - or even all of - 


At Riverside Park, also in Manhattan, a few warblers have also appeared, most 
notably American Redstart, as well as Yellow, & in one odd location, Common 
Yellowthroat, all of these except for the Yellowthroat in the northern parts of 
that park (n. of W. 96th St.). All of these were present today, and the male 
yellowthroat has been in one area all week. 


There were a few N. Rough-winged Swallows in the area of the west Harlem piers, 
& to the north of Riverbank State Park today; regularly seen have been Barn 
Swallows as well as Chimney Swifts, in small numbers.  


Many nesting birds have young now; with the occasional rains & warmer weather, 
there have also been a good variety of insect prey items for many of these 
hungry parent birds & their young.


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"Have we fallen into a mesmerized state that makes us accept as inevitable that 
which is inferior or detrimental, as though having lost the will or the vision 
to demand that which is good?”   - Rachel Carson (1907-1964; marine biologist, 
conservationist, author whose books include ‘Silent Spring’.  Sir David 
Attenborough has remarked that that book may have had an effect on science 
second only to Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species”.)



good -and ethical- birding,


Tom Fiore






















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