Wednesday-Thursday-Friday, 18-19-20 July, 2018 -
Manhattan island sites including (esp.) Central Park (N.Y. City)

Thanks to some dedicated summer observers; this is a part of the season when 
not just waders (a.k.a. shorebirds) are on the move. There was a fair amount of 
widely dispersed southbound migration on the cool front of late Tuesday night 
into Wed. and far more so with Wednesday night’s crisper air delivered on winds 
from the northerly direction…  & still more arrivals, passage, & drop-ins for 
Friday, 7/20… a very chilly night in the far north for Thursday.   

Ten days after the first sightings of a (Louisiana) Waterthrush in Central 
Park, both waterthrush species have appeared and in the multiple, as have 
Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, and Black-and-White Warbler.  One dozen 
species of Warbler have now appeared, which is neither unusual or at all 
surprising for this time period, & given the recent cool front over several 

Some sightings this week also included the same lingering-summering species of 
warblers, such as Magnolia, while some may/do represent freshly arrived 
southbound migrant drop-ins. The latter is so of some of the Swallow species, 
perhaps of (some of) all including greater numbers of Barn. Most unexpected 
migrant, Veery - but that perhaps from a relatively nearby breeding area, &/or 
an individual that did not breed. It is still not widely understod how “early” 
many species (besides waders / shorebirds) return south, and that: it is not in 
fact “early” at all for many, but about the norm. This includes mid-summer 
movements of icterids of several species. A so-far modest (and continent-wide) 
incursion or irruption of Red-breasted Nuthatch continues.

a very lightly-annotated list:

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron (migrants)
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron (nested)
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose (nested)
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard (nested)
Northern Shoveler
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk (nested)
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
[American] Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
['feral'] Rock Pigeon (superabundant city resident-breeder)
Mourning Dove (nested)
American Kestrel (nested)
Peregrine Falcon (nested)
Black-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift (uncommon nester)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker (nested)
Downy Woodpecker (nested)
Hairy Woodpecker (nested)
Yellow-shafted Flicker (nested)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (nested)
Empidonax [genus] Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher (nested)
Eastern Kingbird (nested)
Warbling Vireo (nested)
Red-eyed Vireo (nested)
Blue Jay (nested)
American Crow (nested)
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow (nested)
Black-capped Chickadee (nested)
Tufted Titmouse (nested)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (additional to some that may also be lingering in past 6 
White-breasted Nuthatch (nested)
Carolina Wren (nested)
House Wren (nested)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (nested)
Veery (unusual here in July)
Wood Thrush (nested)
American Robin (nested)
Gray Catbird (nested)
Northern Mockingbird (nested)
Brown Thrasher (nested)
European Starling (superabundant city resident)
Cedar Waxwing (nested)
Blue-winged Warbler (northern Manhattan)
Northern Parula (2 locations)
Yellow Warbler (nested - northern Manhattan, as is typical)
Magnolia Warbler (summering male, Central Park)
Blackburnian Warbler (male)
Prairie Warbler (Thurs., 7/19)
Black-and-white Warbler (several)
American Redstart (multiple)
Worm-eating Warbler (2 locations)
Northern Waterthrush (multiple)
Louisiana Waterthrush (several)
Common Yellowthroat (nested - multiple areas, as is typical)
Eastern Towhee (nested)
Chipping Sparrow (nested, including several pairs in Central Park)
Song Sparrow (nested)
Swamp Sparrow (lingering non-breeding bird at Central Park)
White-throated Sparrow (lingering & non-breeding birds)
Northern Cardinal (nested)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (northern Manhattan - breeding likely)
Bobolink (morning fly-bys)
Red-winged Blackbird (additional to modest no’s. of breeders)
Common Grackle (nested, and likely some that were moving)
Brown-headed Cowbird (prob. parasite activity, multiple areas)
Orchard Oriole (nested)
Baltimore Oriole (nested, and some males probably moving as well)
House Finch (nested)
American Goldfinch (scarce, nested)
House Sparrow (superabundant city resident)

-  -  -  -  -  -
"I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation 
as is cooperation with good."
― Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Good -and ethical, quiet- birding to all,

Tom Fiore
[New York]

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