Rick, all;  

perhaps a combination of a bit of both, and also with migrants still clearly 
moving into mid-June, perhaps a bit more in the way of observers continuing to 
seek them.  On the other hand, there are very often a small batch of lingerers 
or non-breeders or just very slow-to-get-going-on birds that seem to linger in 
such a place as Central, and perhaps a number of other inner-urban parks. 

However we also tend to pay a bit less attention to these “later" birds, once 
the main (May) spring season is done, & for most observers, they have likely 
seen what species they had hopes of.  And of course, some of these species 
really are working their way south by now, such as (some) Worm-eating & (some) 
Yellow Warblers, and some Louisiana Waterthrush, but also a number of others 
whose first southbound movements can have begun, for a part of the masses that 
have been on the move - and either did or did not meet a mate to attempt 
nesting with.  There are also these species, in a place like Central, which is 
exceedingly depauperate in breeding-bird diversity (in comparison with 
similar-sized areas with a similar mix of habitats, including within N.Y. City 
in other boroughs), which may linger & could -potentially- attempt breeding, 
but are much more often than not unsuccessful - even in attracting a mate for 
nesting.  But in Cenral Park, especially, with all of its tens & tens of 
thousands of off-leash dogs, as well as the unnatural concentration of 
potential predators (avian, mammalian), and even that (fortunately ‘rare') 
human who does not respect birds in breeding season & causes harassments, and 
the many activities at almost all hours of the millions of other homo sapiens, 
it’s more of a wonder that the roughly-40 species that can & do nest in a 
Central Park are (for some, just barely) successful, at least some, some of the 

Shorter answer:  first part - maybe, but not necessarily all that many more;  
2nd part, (same answer).  It is the Blackpoll for late June that stands out a 
bit more.

Tom Fiore,
> On Jun 30, 2017, at 9:20 PM, Rick <rc...@nyc.rr.com> wrote:
> 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
> From:  On Behalf Of Thomas Fiore
> Sent: Friday, June 30, 2017 8:53 PM
> To: nysbirds-L@cornell.edu <mailto:nysbirds-L@cornell.edu>
> 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 - June.  
> 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.
> -  -  -  -
> "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
> manhattan


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