Saturday, 9 June thru Friday, 15 June, 2018 Central Park, with occasional visits to other Manhattan (N.Y. City) parks & greenspaces.
* 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 species) 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 River) 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. woods) 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 Manhattan. - - - - - "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”.) 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