In the just-past full month of August, the following American warbler species 
were reliably found & reported in Manhattan (New York County), with nearly all 
having been observed in that county’s Central Park - as well as many in various 
other parks & green-spaces, both on Manhattan island itself &/or (some) on the 
smaller outlying islands that are politically within the same county-borders, 
such as Randall’s & Governor’s islands, to name two.  It appears that 2 warbler 
species may possibly have been represented by just single individuals, so far 
this season (Golden-winged, & Chat - so long as Chat is allowed ‘warbler’ 
status).

August 2018 - in N.Y. County -
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Worm-eating Warbler
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat

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Among the more notable migrants on Friday, 8/31, within the political 
boundaries of New York County was a first-fall Lark Sparrow on Randall’s Island 
in the East River (just east of Manhattan island), the find from Jacob Drucker 
& Nadir Sourgi, with photos taken.  Also found were Saltmarsh Sparrow, & some 
other more-expected migrants.  

That Lark Sparrow was still present for Saturday 9/1, in & around a native 
plant garden east of the “Little Hell Gate” marsh section of Randall’s Island - 
and, later the same day (9/1) -another Lark Sparrow - “#2 in a row” for New 
York County was found on Governor’s Island by at least 4 observers, & 
photographed, as shown in eBird sightings, as well as being seen again by 
others later the same day - just as for the Randall’s Island bird. It’s 
possible these are each ‘firsts’, as recorded for each island; I suspect 
someone else will chime in about that…  Nice work by some of the younger 
birders of N.Y.!  (The Governor’s Island Lark Sparrow was found by Brent 
Bonkamp, Brendan Fogarty, and Benjamin Van Doren.)

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Migrants for Friday & Saturday 8/31, & September 1st, in Central Park 
(Manhattan, N.Y. City) were a little modest in overall numbers, but for 
variety, showing fairly well & with promise of what will be coming as the next 
fronts roll through the region; there were good, widespread overnight 
migrations preceding each day, with plenty of fly-over heading well beyond 
Manhattan.  An added note:  a lot of these migrants have so far been in small 
flocks or singly, and very dispersed relative to the “old” days and with more 
serious cold fronts. It will remain to be seen what the birds, & the weather, 
deliver as September rolls onward.  Total time afield on both days combined, 
17+ hours.

Double-crested Cormorant (many fly-overs, some decidely moving south)
Great Blue Heron (9 high southbound fly-overs, 8/31, all before 7:30 a.m.)
Great Egret (multiple fly-overs, most seen from n. end of park)
Snowy Egret (small no. of fly-overs, all seen from n. end of park)
Green Heron (2 locations)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (most seen pre-dawn)
Canada Goose
Wood Duck (drake is ongoing at The Pond)
Gadwall (ongoing)
Mallard
Osprey (15 counted moving generally southerly, 8/31 in morning hours, 
increasingly high as morning went on)
Bald Eagle (one adult, high, moving SE, late a.m., 8/31)
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel (regulars)
Merlin (n. end near Meer - seems a bit early, 9/1)
Peregrine Falcon (several sightings, all fly-overs)
Solitary Sandpiper (9/1, one fresh-juv.-plumage at the compost puddles, & 
flushed up by a loose dog, early a.m.)
Spotted Sandpiper (2 sightings, 9/1 - Meer, & later at the Reservoir’s e. 
shoreline)
Ring-billed Gull (relatively few)
[American] Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
['feral'] Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Great Hill, west edge, early a.m., 9/1)
Common Nighthawk (North Meadow, ~ 6:20 a.m., 8/31 - headed generally WSW)
Chimney Swift (110+ in one counted group, early a.m. 8/31;  65+ in one counted 
group, early a.m. 9/1 - both of these groups appeared to be migrating, drifting 
somewhat slowly WSW)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (8 counted in migration, 8/31 - 9-10 a.m.; 2 also 
noted feeding separately from the migrants moving in straight-line flight;  3 
migrants in total on 9/1 in a 45-minute watch)
Belted Kingfisher (8/31, one noted at The Pond, p.m.)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Yellow-shafted Flicker (modest movements both days, slightly more Sat. 9/1, 
with at least 14 in north end for first 30 minutes of visible flight)
Olive-sided Flycatcher (8/31, Great Hill & then near W. Drive of park)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (not many noted: 6 total on 9/1)
Empidonax Flycatcher (few, not noted calling; by bill-shapes, poss. “Traill’s” 
types)
Great Crested Flycatcher (8, Friday 8/31, and 7 Saturday 9/1)
Eastern Kingbird (9 in SW-bound flight during hummer-watch, 8/31, & just 2 
noted on 9/1)
White-eyed Vireo (calling & seen near Meer; 9/1; there have also been a few 
other recent sightings in Central Park)
Warbling Vireo (9, 8/31 & just two noted 9/1)
Red-eyed Vireo (40+++ on 8/31; 15+ on 9/1)
Blue Jay (some possibly moving on both days, but scant no’s. for the species, 
which usually moves south a bit later)
American Crow (few, scattered)
Barn Swallow (scant)
Black-capped Chickadee (4 on 8/31; one found 9/1)
Tufted Titmouse (scant)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (9 discrete individuals 8/31, & at least 5 discrete 
individuals 9/1; & some others may be lingering in the park for periods; this 
species has been ‘irrupting’ mostly in modest numbers across most of N. America 
for the past 8+ weeks, which may or may not signify anything beyond that 
species’ movements)
White-breasted Nuthatch (scant as for sightings, 6 heard-only)
Carolina Wren (2, seen singing)
House Wren (5, not very vocal)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (11 on 8/31, just 2 noted 9/1)
Veery (15+ in just the Ramble on 8/31, plus another ~6 or more; somewhat lesser 
total no’s. noted starting in n. end 9/1)
Swainson's Thrush (3 in n. woods, 9/1 and 4 more in scattered locations 
elsewhere; at least 1 on 8/31)
Wood Thrush (8+ on 9/1, slightly fewer noted 8/31)
American Robin (aplenty)
Gray Catbird (very slightly fewer noted on 9/1; and many more are expected to 
move in coming weeks)
Northern Mockingbird (regular & in fairly good no’s. incl. first-years)
Brown Thrasher (two)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (scant, in few locations each day)
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Tennessee Warbler (2, 8/31; 4, 9/1 - all in north end on the latter day)
Nashville Warbler (1, Great Hill’s east edge, early, 9/1)
Northern Parula (few)
Yellow Warbler (slightly more on 8/31, with ~12 total)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (few)
Magnolia Warbler (1 on 8/31 in Ramble; poss. still a lingering individual, wear 
on a few feathers & not as shy as other nearby migrants)
Cape May Warbler (9/1, SW corner N. Meadow tall oaks; adult female; this 
species has occurred in New York County previously, past week)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (4, 8/31; 7 on 9/1)
Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warbler (1, near Blockhouse, 9/1, bit early for Central 
Park)
Black-throated Green Warbler (2, 9/1 in n. woods)
Prairie Warbler (3, Ramble, 2 in north end 8/31; and several again 9/1, incl. 
one at Hallett Sanctuary)
Bay-breasted Warbler (one definite, poss. one or 2 add’l. on 8/31, Great Hill, 
& high in trees at Ramble’s “Tupelo meadow”)
Blackpoll Warbler (several, 9/1, N. Woods, and one in Pinetum later on)
Black-and-white Warbler (few)
Worm-eating Warbler (3, 8/31, & at least 2, plus another reported, 9/1, in 3 
separate locations, n. end / Ramble / The Pond)
American Redstart (fairly wodespread, 25+ on 8/31, all thru park, & 15+ 9/1, 
more widely scattered and in multiple locations)
Ovenbird (2, 8/31; 4 on 9/1)
Northern Waterthrush (just 3 noted on 8/31; & only two in same areas, n. end & 
by Lake, 9/1)
Common Yellowthroat (fairly widespread - minimum of 20 on 8/31;  far fewer 
males seen 9/1)
Hooded Warbler (first-fall or female, swampy-place in Ramble, 8/31; not found 
on 9/1)
Wilson's Warbler (8/31 at the “oven” area in Ramble; 9/1 at The Pond / Hallett 
Sanctuary)
Canada Warbler (few)
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Scarlet Tanager (2 on 8/31; 6 on 9/1)
Eastern Towhee (1, female, perhaps a bird that was present all summer)
Chipping Sparrow (4, poss. local breeders)
Song Sparrow (few)
White-throated Sparrow (2, Ramble, 8/31; likely birds that summered, as is f. 
regular for a few)
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2 seen, & poss. 1 or 2 more heard in N. woods., 8/31 & 
2 again 9/1)
Indigo Bunting (2, north end, 8/31)
Bobolink (few fly-overs noted, 8/31)
Red-winged Blackbird (scant)
Common Grackle (usual numbers as seen thru the summer)
Brown-headed Cowbird (1 female, 8/31)
Orchard Oriole (Ramble, 8/31 and 9/1, starting to get nearly “late”)
Baltimore Oriole (8+ on 8/31; similar number on 9/1, but w/more males on 8/31)
Purple Finch (1 seen calling, 9/1 - at the n. end; a very few of this species 
were also being seen in likely migrant situations elsewhere in the region; 
signifying not-much, as of yet)
House Finch (regular)
American Goldfinch (2, 8/31, & again on 9/1 so not an obvious movement for them 
here… so early)
House Sparrow (overabundant)

Monarch butterflies have been showing in fairly good numbers. Dragonflies have 
been swarming & moving as well, in greater numbers; Wandering Gliders, Common 
Green Darners, in Central… probably others too.
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There have been reports on the summer’s lack of breeding success in some areas 
of the nearctic for certain species; this from Scientific American was among 
the semi-popular articles on the subject:  
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/late-snowpack-signals-a-lost-summer-for-greenlands-shorebirds/
 
<https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/late-snowpack-signals-a-lost-summer-for-greenlands-shorebirds/>
   There were also reports coming from the scientists working at James Bay in 
eastern arctic Canada this summer indicating a very late snow-pack which likely 
prevented breeding of some species.

In a very different way & yet possibly indicating changes afoot in the way 
birds are reacting to larger-scale patterns in world-regional climate, a first 
state record for 2 northern states, Minnesota (first), and then Maine 
(including currently) of Roseate Spoonbill[s], which also were seen in some 
other states to the north (of the more-expected limits of that species’ 
post-breeding dispersals & out-of-range occurrences before this summer of 2018.)

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R.I.P. to 2 souls who represented some greatness of the diversity that is the 
best of America’s ideals:
Aretha Franklin -and-
Senator John McCain

good & ethical September birding,
Tom Fiore
manhattan














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