Saturday, 9 June thru Friday, 15 June, 2018

Central Park, with occasional visits to other Manhattan (N.Y. City) parks & 

* It should be mentioned, yet again, that the playing of any amplified sounds 
without a permit in Central Park is prohibited at all times and in all areas.  
Signage stating this is posted in various areas of that park and includes 
precisely that language & also shows the logos of the Parks Dept./City of New 
York, and the Central Park Conservancy, who are responsible for day-to-day 
management of that park. *

Over recent weeks in particular, I have been in the park[s] on a regular basis 
at first-light. Some of the nesting birds in particular are heard & thus seen 
to advantage, & of course with no disturbance needed, in observations made.  On 
some days activity was continuing on thru the day, while on others, & certainly 
for most nesting species, that activity was low[er] by later in the morning or 
mid-day.  Most often in Central Park earliest & when also fewer park users, & 
to other parks such as Riverside, Morningside, & several other smaller parks, 
at later hours of various days.  The number or variety of very late migrants, 
or likely some “lingerers” that could end up staying part of the summer season, 
are [or seem] greater in Central, but that also may be a function of time & 
energy devoted, & not a lack of migrants in the other parks. It also is not 
really unusual to have the variety of lingering migrants as seen this past week 
here; perhaps more so after a slightly-delayed & also protracted migration 
north, all through May.  Were there still the same number of keen and energetic 
birders out & about in a park or parks such as Central, there might well be 
many additional finds, even well into the month of June.

Lightly annotated list of species seen or heard in 7 days ending Friday 6/15:

Double-crested Cormorant (regular daily visitors in Central Park, & on the 
Hudson river off Manhattan)
Great Blue Heron (fly-by, Sat., 6/9)
Great Egret (multiple, daily fly-bys, from n. end of Central Park & other 
west-east & east-west sightings)
Snowy Egret (less-common but regular sightings, fly-bys, & seen as per above 
Green Heron (several nesting pairs)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (multiple, esp. evident at first-light or sometimes 
at dusk, visiting Central Park)
Canada Goose (regular now & nests)
Wood Duck (at least 2 drakes continue, Central Park)
American Black Duck (Riverside Park - Hudson River, uncommon for June)
Mallard (common; nests)
Osprey (several fly-overs at Central Park & 1 from Riverside Park, over Hudson 
Red-tailed Hawk (near-common & nesting in many locations around Manhattan, 
including in some parks)
Spotted Sandpiper (“late”, Sat., 6/9, Central Park reservoir, e. edge)
Laughing Gull (3, Hudson River,  Wed., 6/19 - from W. 79 St. boat-basin area, 
Riverside Park)
Ring-billed Gull (scant numbers, occasional now)
[American] Herring Gull (relatively uncommon)
Great Black-backed Gull (uncommon now)
['feral'] Rock Pigeon (ubiquitous)
Mourning Dove (common, nesting)
American Kestrel (many nest sites around N.Y. City, including all of Manhattan)
Peregrine Falcon (multiple nest sites thru Manhattan)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (several; has nested in Manhattan but scarcely these days; 
poss. late migrants; to at least Thurs., 6/14)
Chimney Swift (multiple, but not that many)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1 female, late if a migrant, Central Park, Sat., 6/9)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (multiple, nests)
Downy Woodpecker (multiple, nests)
Hairy Woodpecker (1, Riverside Park, & poss. unmated?)
Yellow-shafted Flicker (multiple but not that many; nesting and struggling as 
always with invasive-pest birds; Eur.Starlings in particular)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (not rare, nesting & not very vocal lately)
Acadian Flycatcher (still singing to Friday, 6/15, in several locations; a 
potential nester in a lot of NYC parks)
Empidopnax [genus] Flycatcher (several, poss. of “Traill’s” type/ migrants)
Great Crested Flycatcher (few, nesting - & poss. at least 1 or 2 un-mated)
Eastern Kingbird (uncommon but regular, nesting in multiple / usual areas)
Warbling Vireo (fairly common, nesting)
Red-eyed Vireo (few, & a few nesting)
Blue Jay (nesting)
American Crow (nesting)
Tree Swallow (few this past week)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (multiple, but not very many)
Barn Swallow (multiple, nesting in Central Park, in usual locations)
Black-capped Chickadee (near-“rare” as nesters, but some still are)
Tufted Titmouse (scarce, nesting)
White-breasted Nuthatch (uncommon, nesting & fairly quiet lately)
Carolina Wren (few, are or just were nesting)
House Wren (multiple, & nesting)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2, location undisclosed)
Gray-cheeked / Bicknell's Thrush (multiple of this species-group, some appeared 
likelier Gray-cheeked; to at least Thurs., 6/14)
Swainson's Thrush (several to at least Wed., 6/13, Central & Riverside Parks)
Wood Thrush (esp. scarce this mid-June, also very quiet recently)
American Robin (a few may be on 3rd cycle of breeding already; common)
Gray Catbird (nesting)
Northern Mockingbird (nesting)
Brown Thrasher (nested)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (multiple, and some nesting)
Northern Parula (several, including 2 singing males, Central & Morningside 
Parks, to Friday, 6/15)
Yellow Warbler (diminished no’s now in southern 3/4 of Manhattan, still a few 
as of Fri., 6/15)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (less-expected species in June; male, Riverside Park, 
Sat., 6/9)
Magnolia Warbler (several, incl. 2 males, Central Park to at least Thurs., 6/14)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (several to at least Wed., 6/13, in 2 parks)
Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warbler (late but not unprecedented in June; Central 
Park, Sun., 6/10)
Blackburnian Warbler (1 first-spring female, Central Park, Friday, 6/15)
Prairie Warbler (less-expected species in June; one female, Morningside Park, 
Sun., 6/10)
Blackpoll Warbler (4, all females, in Central Park Friday 6/15;  also one at 
Morningside Park)
Black-and-white Warbler (minimum of 3 to Friday, 6/15, including one male at 
Riverside Park)
American Redstart (very modest numbers thru Friday, 6/15, in various locations)
Ovenbird (several continuing, various locations, one seen 6/15 in Central’s n. 
Northern Waterthrush (one at least to Mon., 6/11)
Common Yellowthroat (several continuing to Fri. 6/15)
Hooded Warbler (Sat., 6/9, Riverside Park)
Canada Warbler (to at least Sunday, 6/10, Central Park)
Eastern Towhee (2, so far)
Chipping Sparrow (nesting)
Song Sparrow (nesting)
Swamp Sparrow (uncommon summering visitor)
White-throated Sparrow (uncommon summering visitors)
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (probably very late migrant, Mon., 6/11, Riverside Park)
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole (not in Central, location undisclosed)
Baltimore Oriole (many nesting in multiple parks; also ‘helpers’ around some 
nest locations)
House Finch (scattered throughout many areas)
American Goldfinch (few, and surprisingly quiet)
House Sparrow (ubiquitous…)

Butterflies of at least 12 species have been seen in the past week in Central & 
Riverside Parks, none unexpected.  Odonates (damselflies & dragonflies) of at 
least 9 species have been seen in Central Park in the past week.  Many families 
/ genera / species of various other insects have been seen in the past week in 

- - - - -
"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 -& quiet & responsible- birding to all,

Tom Fiore


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