Tuesday 10/3 early a.m. update; not surprisingly on NE/E winds, a good fresh 
arrival of typical October migrants took place in Central Park, including more 
of Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warblers & various other species.  There seem still 
to be a good diversity of many “August/Sept.” migrants about.  Much more in an 
updated report for Central & Manhattan, likely later in this week.  The spurt 
of warmer air on southerly wind may keep some of what migrants are in this day, 
for a few more days, at least.

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Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City -
Tuesday 26 September & all days since, thru Monday, 2 October, 2017 -

The 27 species of warblers, a few just as singletons, many in fair numbers & 
some still in good numbers, are a possible analogue to the type of 
storm-affected weather that passed all last week, lingering not that far 
off-shore & slowly meandering away. Despite multiple days of local winds from 
the north (& cooling temperatures) some migrants seemed not to be in a “hurry” 
to depart, although many did over this past weekend. There was a fairly good, & 
observable flight thru the morning hours on Friday, Sept. 29th, and some of 
that flight was not difficult to watch from high & open areas in the north end 
of the park; further, a flight was also seen that morning from other points in 
the park, & even by mid-morning at the southern fringe of the park, birds were 
moving a bit. Many were exactly those species which are expected, including 
Chimney Swift, E. Phoebe, Yellow-shafted Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 
Blue-headed Vireo & other lingering Vireo spp., Golden-crowned Kinglet, as well 
as ongoing-migrant Ruby-crowned Kinglets, several spp. of Catharus [genus] 
Thrushes (& some late-movers, incl. well-documented Veery), Gray Catbird, Brown 
Thrasher, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and 
multiple species of Sparrow, esp. White-throated, Swamp, & (to the extent 
noted), Lincoln’s Sparrow[s].  Also seen, & in good numbers for the date[s] 
were Ruby-throated Hummingbirds on the way south, & also a few lingering to 
feed on still-lush flowers in multiple areas of the park.  

Two very uncommon visitors made ‘brief’ appearances, a Sora, which seemed in 
healthy condition & was skulking at the Pond’s mudflats; & a Great Horned Owl, 
a real surprise for the section of the park it landed for at least part of a 
morning in, not far from Columbus Circle (which is a very little-birded part of 
the park). Both of those appear to have moved on, although either could 
potentially linger. Note also that both birds went intentionally unreported, 
while present. Few passers-by showed interest, although at least some seemed to 
realize these were unusual sights in this busy urban park. Most of these 
passers-by were tourists, intent on sights beyond birds.

Thanks to the scores & scores of ethically-minded birders who quietly found 
birds and passed on word of some at the time, during the past week.

Blue-winged Warbler (1 to at least Saturday, 9/30)
Tennessee Warbler (multiple; at least 2 thru 10/2)
Orange-crowned Warbler  (1st report with details, Tues. 9/26; additional 
sightings by multiple observers, 
Nashville Warbler (multiple, several thru 10/2)
Northern Parula (many, multiple into Monday, 10/2)
Yellow Warbler (several, at least 1 to 10/2)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (multiple & several to 10/2)
Magnolia Warbler (many, multiple through Mon. 10/2)
Cape May Warbler (high no’s. continue, minimum of 8 through Monday, 10/2)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (many, then fewer but still multiple through 10/2)
Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warbler (multiple, with obvious if modest flight on 9/29)
Black-throated Green Warbler (modest no’s., still several through 10/2)
Blackburnian Warbler (1 to at least Friday, 9/29, the Ramble; multi. observ's.)
Pine Warbler  (modest no’s., still several through 10/2)
Prairie Warbler (one, 1st-fall female, Friday, 9/29, at Wildflower Meadow, p.m.)
Palm Warbler (many; still modest no’s. into Sunday, 10/1, & diminished by Mon., 
Bay-breasted Warbler (several, at least to Sunday, 10/1 - Ramble & vicinity)
Blackpoll Warbler (multiple, & still present at least to Sunday, 10/1)
Black-and-white Warbler (multiple, smaller no’s. by Sunday, 10/1; few on 
Monday, 10/2)
American Redstart (multiple but now-diminished no’s., & a few lingering to 
Mon., 10/2)
Ovenbird  (many, multiple through Mon. 10/2)
Northern Waterthrush (photographed at The Pond, 10/2; others also present)
Mourning Warbler (photographed on Wed., 9/27, & possibly still present to 
Thurs., 9/28)
Common Yellowthroat (many; still in numbers to Monday, 10/2)
Hooded Warbler (modest no. of continuing birds in Ramble, also in north end, & 
s. end)
Wilson's Warbler (multiple; far fewer by Sunday, 10/1; still present Monday, 
Canada Warbler (present at least to Friday, 9/29, & rather late; not noted 
since Friday?)
Pied-billed Grebe (present at Reservoir for 10+ days in a row, multiple 
observers various days)
Double-crested Cormorant (many fly-overs thru period, & modest no’s. 
visiting-feeding in park)
Great Blue Heron (occasional sightings thru period)
Great Egret (continuing at The Pond to Monday, 10/2, multiple observers & 
frequently photo’d.)
Green Heron (at least 1, found at n. end Friday, 9/29)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (few, & still noted to Monday, 10/2)
Turkey Vulture (multiple fly-overs, thru Monday 10/2; more than 5 in view on 
several recent days)
Canada Goose (common visitor, semi-resident, & smallish no’s. of fly-overs)
Wood Duck (ongoing for months at The Pond, also occasional sightings at 
Reservoir, Meer, Pool)
Gadwall (varying but fairly low no’s. on as many as 4 water-bodies, often 
easiest to see at the Meer)
American Black Duck (small & slightly varying no’s. continue)
Mallard (common & numerous)
Northern Shoveler (multiple, numbers dropped by Sunday 10/1)
Northern Pintail  (Saturday, 9/30 - non-breding male, The Pool)
Hooded Merganser (drake, N.E.-reservoir, Sunday, 10/1, late p.m.) 
Ruddy Duck (present on Meer, & then Reservoir for 8+ days in a row)
Osprey (multiple fly-overs, but not many, & to at least Sunday, 10/1)
Bald Eagle (several fly-over sightings, to at least Friday, 9/29)
Northern Harrier (Friday, 9/29, fly-over)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (modest no’s. of migrants on some days)
Cooper's Hawk (few, multiple sightings/days)
Broad-winged Hawk (few, & seen on multiple days to at least Sunday, 10/1)
Red-tailed Hawk (commonly-seen residents)
American Kestrel (multiple, local residents & some likely migrants this week)
Merlin (at least 1 continuing to hunt in the park thru Sunday, 10/1)
Peregrine Falcon (local city resident, seen somewhat regularly, with efforts)
Sora (1st-year, apparently departed from The Pond’s flats by Sunday, 10/1)
Laughing Gull (thru Monday, 10/2 with at least one adult present, Reservoir)
Ring-billed Gull (numerous, esp. at the Reservoir)
[American] Herring Gull (numerous at the Reservoir)
Great Black-backed Gull (most readily observed at the Reservoir)
['feral'] Rock Pigeon (near ubiquitous)
Mourning Dove (common, & a little-studied migrant, as well as resident birds)
Great Horned Owl (noted in area of park rarely-birded by anyone: SW sector; 
Chimney Swift (up to 80+ thru Saturday, 9/30)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (ongoing, flight of up to 8 in 1 hour, Sunday, 10/1)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (residents)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (multiple thru past 8+ days, 35+ max. per day, 9/30)
Downy Woodpecker  (residents)
Hairy Woodpecker (rare resident &/or visitor)
Yellow-shafted Flicker (many; continuing movements all through period as well)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (few by Sunday, 10/1)
Empidonax [genus] Flycatcher (several, now late for most; Least is the rather 
more-likely of the eastern-breeding spp. by October or later)
Eastern Phoebe (common, many also passed through - but also good no’s. still 
Great Crested Flycatcher (still at least one to Sunday, 10/1, quite late)
Eastern Kingbird (to Friday, 9/29, now quite late, but not unprecedented)
Blue-headed Vireo (fairly common thru the period)
Yellow-throated Vireo (ongoing into Sunday, Oct. 1; this species also showing 
elsewhere in the region near-late dates)
Warbling Vireo (several into at least Sunday, 10/1)
Philadelphia Vireo (to at least Saturday, 9/30, with mult. observers)
Red-eyed Vireo (diminished numbers but still around all thru period)
Blue Jay (common & many seen in diurnal movements on many days)
Common Raven (several sightings of this increasingly-observed, now-urbanized 
American Crow (uncommon but regular, some sightings of a dozen+)
Tree Swallow (small no’s. Fri. 9/29 & Sat. 10/1, all fairly high fly-overs)
Black-capped Chickadee (very moidest no’s. of arrivals over the early part of 
prev. week)
Tufted Titmouse (relatively scant no’s. so far this fall- in comparison w/ 
“big” fall seasons)
White-breasted Nuthatch (relatively few, but regular, scattered locations & 
Brown Creeper (fairly uncommon in latter part of period, with up to 5 in all, 
Sunday 10/1)
Carolina Wren (uncommon and occasional, ongoing semi-resident)
House Wren (scarce by Mon., 10/2 but still a few lingering)
Winter Wren (good fresh arrivals as of Friday, 9/29; some lingering)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (many dozens as of Friday, 9/29, in many locations)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (ongoing & still fairly common throughout the park)
Veery (multiple observers & locations, +photos/good details, to Sunday, 10/1 - 
up to 4 individuals to that date; getting quite late)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (few noted but continuing to Monday, 10/2)
Swainson's Thrush (less-common by end of period; still some to Monday 10/2)
Hermit Thrush (increasing no’s. esp. by Friday, 9/29)
Wood Thrush (scarce by Sat., 9/30, but a few were lingering)
American Robin (common - & some have been moving diurnally as well)
Gray Catbird (many on passage, fewer but still good no’s. to Monday, 10/2)
Northern Mockingbird (uncommon but widespread resident, & low-vol. migrant)
Brown Thrasher (many on passage, some settling in, through Monday, 10/2)
European Starling (common, city resident)
Cedar Waxwing (multiple, including small fly-thru flocks to at least Sunday, 
Scarlet Tanager (multiple, diminished no’s. by Sunday, 10/1)
Northern Cardinal (common resident)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (many, then fewer; still some to Monday 10/2)
Indigo Bunting (multiple, a few still present Mon., 10/2)
Red-winged Blackbird (modest no’s.)
Common Grackle (hundreds present daily in the park)
Brown-headed Cowbird (small no’s., multiple locations)
Baltimore Oriole (multiple; not noted after Sunday, 10/1)
House Finch (typical no’s.)
American Goldfinch (few)
House Sparrow (resident)Eastern Towhee (additional arrivals found as of Friday, 
Chipping Sparrow (multiple, fresh arrivals as of Friday, 9/29)
Field Sparrow (few, present at least to Sat., 9/30)
Savannah Sparrow (multiple; fewer as of Sat. 9/30, still present through Sun., 
Song Sparrow (multiple, at least a few arrivals in addition to summer-breeders)
Lincoln's Sparrow (multiple, still a few at least through Sunday, 10/1)
Swamp Sparrow (multiple & more arriving on Friday, 9/29)
White-throated Sparrow (multiple; obvious fresh arrival on Friday,. 9/29)
White-crowned Sparrow (multiple, very few continuing to Monday, 10/2)
Dark-eyed [Slate-colored] Junco (additional modest arrival, Friday 9/29)

Various butterflies of note, in addition to extraordinary numbers of Painted 
(a.k.a. Cosmopolitan) Ladys (Vannesa cardui) which have “irrupted" in 
uncountable numbers across at least the eastern 3/4 of N. America (reaching as 
far north as Hudson Bay, Canada) over the past several months, and Monarchs 
which appear to be doing well this fall in eastern portions of their North 
American range, have included: White M Hairstreak, & Red-banded Hairstreak, as 
well as the more-typical-in-autumn Gray Hairstreak, & a relatively recent new 
incursion of Fiery Skippers, in addition to (more-typical in fall) incursions 
of Sachem (a skipper species), as well as about ten other fairly typical 
'early-fall' butterfly species; the hairstreaks all were documented with photos 
in Central Park in the last several days.  Many species of bees, wasps, flies, 
some dragonflies & damselflies, moths, beetles, grasshoppers, & multiple other 
genera of insects have been documented in the park in the past 10 days or less; 
some of these, esp. the more uncommon, have been submitted as records to the 
BugGuide website. 

Some who expressed interest in the plight of Caribbean endemic birds & many 
other birds found in Caribbean islands, as well as people & all nature in those 
islands, may be encouraged to hear that, by great recent efforts, the 
single-island endemic Barbuda Warbler is still living; this may hold good hope 
for other rare & endemic species on some of the hardest-hit Caribbean islands 
as well as other places ravaged by recent storms - tiny Barbuda, in the eastern 
Lesser Antilles, is one of the many such islands. A story on this is linked: 

Some birders who have visited Montauk, Suffolk Co. NY recently to observe a 
Brown Booby may also have heard about the Masked Booby found in Massachusetts 
on September 26th; a number of stories in local papers appeared & here is a 
link to one of those:

“Straight Into Darkness”,  “Don’t Come Around Here No More”,  “I Should Have 
Known It”,
“Listen To Her Heart”,  “You Don’t Know How It Feels”,  “Anything That’s Rock & 
Roll”,  “I 
Won’t Back Down” - - - R.I.P. Thomas Earl Petty (of ‘ Tom Petty and the 
Heartbreakers ')

Good birding, 

Tom Fiore


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