Birds arrived by Tuesday May 22 are in great part new & fresh arrivals… this 
could easily be determined in post-dusk radar imagery at around 9 - 10 PM EDT 
Monday night, around N.Y. City, the departure of many, many birds being obvious 
as the darkness settled in.  Also evident, & ongoing, a tremendous flight of 
[Atlantic] Brant, seen from the sea near N.Y. City & as reported from points 
far to the north on Monday & to some extent in prior recent days.  Keep an eye 
& ear to the skies, good advice anyhow in this season.

Sunday & Monday, 20-21 May, 2018
Central Park, & selected other Manhattan parks, N.Y. City

Some additional migration, with much of that going past Manhattan while some 
migrants in place may have stayed on thru this 2-day period reported on below.  
Central Park was one of a number of parks with good variety & numbers of 
individual migrants seen.  The early morning flight was most evident on Sunday 
when it continued to some extent thru much of the first part of the morning, & 
was still detectable to around noon over Manhattan.  On Monday with clearer 
skies, this was a lot tougher to discern, although there was a great Waxwing 
(Cedars as could be determined!) flight that was esp. strong in the first hour 
or so of light, amounting to thousands of individuals in total, & as many as 
400 at once at one location in the north end of Central Park, before 6 a.m. 
EDT. (also as noted by others, albeit with lesser no’s.; there also were very 
good no’s. of Cedar Waxwings IN the local parks as Monday went along, but 
hardly these in the big numbers that visibly went by, early.)   Additionally & 
particularly on Monday, songs given by scores of species of migrant songbirds 
(& some nesting migrants and of course some residents) were as loud as they’d 
been all this spring, those sounds already quite loud by first-light.

A lightly-annotated list of all species in the 2-day period, with as an example 
of the ongoing very good diversity, a minimum of 28 Warbler species were still 
being found in 2 days, and at least 25 of those available on Monday in Central 
Park alone.  Some of the “later-lingering” birds may well have been holdovers 
from preceding days, a situation which could well be different after Monday 
night’s immense departure flight from the NYC region, moving off northward.

I put in about 45 miles of bicycling & 15+ miles of walking, in the 2-day 
period of this report. Many, many other observers also made hundreds of 
sightings, & reports via word-of-mouth as well as the imperfect social-media 
that is ultra-common now in all birding areas in the city.  Special thanks to 
all who maintain a code of ethical conduct and always think of any bird’s 
welfare first when in the parks, fields, forests and anywhere seeking to 
observe birds quietly and courteously. 

Central (& also Riverside, Bryant, Union Sqare, Madison Square, Seward, Carl 
Shultz, Ft. Tryon, Inwood Hill, & Highbridge) Park[s] of Manhattan, N.Y. City 
on Sun.-Mon., May 20 & 21:

Red-throated Loon (Sunday, NYC harbor & a few up-river from there)
Common Loon (v. good flight, Sunday, also a few still early Mon. - all straight 
north or NE)
Double-crested Cormorant (plenty)
Great Blue Heron (Sunday, “late”, fly-over)
Great Egret (esp. Sunday, incl. a few moving south-to-north, most going 
east-west in a.m.)
Snowy Egret (esp. Sunday, all in a.m. seen moving east to west)
Green Heron (multiple, and a few are nesting now)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (plenty in first 1/2 hr. & last 1/2 hrs. of day)
Turkey Vulture (few, fly-bys)
Canada Goose (multiple, but not many, & usual nesting few here-there)
[Atlantic] Brant (flight totaling 1,000+ on Sunday, also many on Monday)
Wood Duck (Central, in usual spot)
Gadwall (scarce)
American Black Duck (very scarce)
Mallard (common, some w/ young)
Ruddy Duck (very late, still 1 Sun. at Central Park reservoir)
Osprey (Sunday fly-overs)
Red-tailed Hawk
Wild Turkey (ongoing & undisclosed location in Manhattan)
American Coot (prob. unwell single long-lingering to Monday, CP reservoir)
Lesser Yellowlegs (several calling fly-overs, Sunday)
Solitary Sandpiper (Sunday, in odd location, downtown river-front non-park)
Spotted Sandpiper (few on Sunday & 1 noted Monday at CP reservoir, a.m.)
Laughing Gull (2, Sunday, East River lower Manhattan)
Ring-billed Gull (rather uncommon now)
[American] Herring Gull (regular in & over Manhattan)
Great Black-backed Gull (modest no’s., scattered locations)
['feral'] Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Monk Parakeet (report from Central Park on Sunday, reliable for THIS species)
Black-billed Cuckoo (few, continued into Monday in Central Park)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (multiple locations into Monday of this NYC-breeding sp.)
Common Nighthawk (regular for weeks in Central Park, w/ multiple observers)
Chimney Swift (plenty)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (multiples in many places, all of Manhattan’s parks 
that contain flowers)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (still in few midtown Manhattan parks to Sunday, very 
very late by this date)
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker (n. Manhattan)
Yellow-shafted Flicker (multiple, & some nesting)
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Olive-sided Flycatcher (into Sunday w/ calling individuals, also still into 
Monday)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (very good no’s. including in many locations thru Manhattan)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (ongoing in several or more parks)
Acadian Flycatcher (singing & calling birds seen in several parks, Sunday & 
Monday)
Alder Flycatcher (uncommonly singing birds in at least several locations & 
parks, not always detected in Manhattan in the past)
Willow Flycatcher (multiple, singing or more-often calling birds seen Sun. & 
Monday)
Least Flycatcher (still around, but poss. in diminshed numbers by Monday)
Great Crested Flycatcher (common, & a just-modestly uncommon nester in NYC)
Eastern Kingbird (common, & a fairly common nester in NYC)
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White-eyed Vireo (several locations in Manhattan, Sun. - Mon.)
Blue-headed Vireo (few remaining but still in the multiple to Mon.)
Yellow-throated Vireo (very few, a species that nests in NYC, but  a bit 
sparsely)
Warbling Vireo (common, & is a common nester thru all of NYC's greenspaces)
Philadelphia Vireo (rare to have any stay or be seen by so many; a good spring)
Red-eyed Vireo (common, & a fairly common nester in many larger, quieter parks)
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Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (late individual in n. Manhattan, Sunday)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (uncommon to rare nester in NYC, a few in Manhattan)
Veery (uncommon by Monday)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (very common, poss. the most-common thrush by Monday, BUT 
much shyer & less-observable than any of the other common migrant thrushes of 
NYC)
Bicknell's Thrush (a few likely individuals that were heard, &/or reported 
heard singing; calls as well which are subtler to properly interpret to species 
from Gray-cheeked; Sun. & Monday)
Swainson's Thrush (many ongoing, some singing in many locations esp. in rains 
or at dawn & dusk)
Hermit Thrush (no really definite ID’s made by me in the 2-days period, but 
still possible so late into May)
Wood Thrush (uncommon nester in Manhattan, more-commoh in all of the other 4 
NYC boroughs / counties)
American Robin (near-ubiquitous)
Gray Catbird (common & nesting)
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher (few, nesting now, N.B. any intentional disturbance to nesting 
native species is federal crime)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (many locations, & massive / normal-timing flight on Monday)
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Blue-winged Warbler (scant now)
Tennessee Warbler (multiple, & great singing from some of the males present)
Nashville Warbler (fewer, but still in the multiple)
Northern Parula (many ongoing into Monday)
Yellow Warbler (common, & a scant nester in Manhattan, more regular in each of 
the other 4 boroughs of NYC)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (still common into Monday)
Magnolia Warbler (very common now)
Cape May Warbler (still multiples incl. males, into Monday, a BIG banner-spring 
here for the species)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (many)
Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warbler (still in numbers w/ majority now females)
Black-throated Green Warbler (less-common by Monday)
Blackburnian Warbler (a very good spring for this species)
Prairie Warbler (few, but still 1 or 2 males & more of females moving thru)
Bay-breasted Warbler (an extraordinary spring for this species, now with many 
females as well as still males)
Blackpoll Warbler (getting to be common, many locations, and increasing no’s. 
of females)
Cerulean Warbler (at least to Sunday with 1 of each sex in 2 parks, one of them 
in Riverside Park near W. 84 St. on Sunday a.m.)
Black-and-white Warbler (still many, & esp. females)
American Redstart (fairly common, many locations)
Prothonotary Warbler (again in Central Park being overly-approached by too many 
at one point on Monday, also present Sunday)
Worm-eating Warbler (few, still around into Monday)
Ovenbird (common & many likely females not giving songs)
Northern Waterthrush (now less-common as of Monday, & some females presumed w/ 
no singing)
Kentucky Warbler (n. end of Central Park, location not precisely given - for 
the best of the individual bird in it’s Monday location)
Mourning Warbler (multiple in at least 5 parks in Manhattan on Sunday, & 
several in several locations to Monday, also heard-only in some places)
Common Yellowthroat (extremely common w/ increasing females seen)
Hooded Warbler (few lingering including in several parks in Manhattan)
Wilson's Warbler (not common but widespread to Monday)
Canada Warbler (multiple in multiple parks as of Sunday)
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Summer Tanager (to Monday in Central Park,&  other parks on Sunday)
Scarlet Tanager (many locations, still w/ multiple males in many areas)
Eastern Towhee (few, nesting now, N.B. any intentional disturbance to nesting 
native species is federal crime; video-surveiled in one location now)
Chipping Sparrow (uncommon nester in Manhattan & a few may still be passing 
thru)
Field Sparrow (scarce by Sunday)
Savannah Sparrow (scarce Sunday)
Song Sparrow (multiple nesting locations)
Lincoln's Sparrow (now rather sparse but still in the multiple)
Swamp Sparrow (2 noted on Sunday)
White-throated Sparrow (few, can linger in low no’s. to summer w/ no evidence 
of breeding in Manhattan)
White-crowned Sparrow (few noted now)
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (less common by Monday)
Indigo Bunting (still in numbers, but less common by Monday)
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole (an uncommon nester in Manhattan; N.B. any intentional 
disturbance to nesting native species is federal crime)
Baltimore Oriole (common nesting species in all of N.Y. City)
House Finch
American Goldfinch (still rather common & very overlooked by mid-May)
House Sparrow 

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"Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you 
haven't done a thing. You are just talking.” 
- Wangari Muta Mathaii (1940-2011; activist, author, planter of trees, member 
of Parliament in Kenya, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the first 
environmentalist in the world and first African woman to receive that honor)

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Better & often-quieter birding (the birds will provide the soundscape) to all,

Tom Fiore
manhattan


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