Wed., Sept. 19, 2018 
Manhattan, N.Y. City, including esp. Central Park, & Ft. Tryon Park later in 

Various species arriving or moving, some in numbers, as of Wed. 9/19 included 
(not all spp. listed) -

Double-crested Cormorant (many fly-overs, southbound)
Osprey (28++; likely many more actually moving, thru the day; many seen from 
Ft. Tryon Park, p.m.)
Bald Eagle (several, various ages, seen from Central Park as well as Hudson 
River viewpoint)
Northern Harrier (1, from Ft. Tryon Park, 4-5 pm hour)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (40+, fly-overs from several viewpoints; & a few seen 
hunting in Central Park)
Cooper's Hawk (several including 2 seen hunting)
Broad-winged Hawk (250+ migrating and mostly seen from Ft. Tryon Park, mid-late 
p.m. - likely more had passed over the full day)
Ring-billed Gull (modest no. on the move)
American Kestrel (28 counted in mid-late p.m.; also seen at Central Park)
Merlin (several, migrating & also 1 in Central Park)
Peregrine Falcon (several; perhaps all local birds)
Black-billed Cuckoo (seen by many in the Ramble)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (several, n. end & Ramble of Central Park)
Chimney Swift (modest no’s. moving, some groups of 35+)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (small number seen migrating, also at least a few in 
Central & Fort Tryon Parks)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2, Central Park)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (reduced numbers)
Eastern Phoebe (increased numbers, but not yet really common)
Great Crested Flycatcher (few, Central Park)
Blue-headed Vireo (at least several, Central Park, n. end & Ramble)
Philadelphia Vireo (reported; in Ramble and n. end of Central Park)
Red-eyed Vireo (multiple but slightly reduced no’s.)
Blue Jay (many in active diurnal flight, also around in all of the parks)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (7++ in Central Park; at least 1 noted at Ft. Tryon Park)
House Wren (multiple)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (still scarce, but several or more in Central Park)
Veery (less common; still scattered in Central Park)
Swainson's Thrush (slight uptick in numbers)
Hermit Thrush (one or two reported, Central Park)
Wood Thrush (few)
Gray Catbird (fairly common in several parks)
Brown Thrasher (modest arrival, 6-8+ in Central Park)
Cedar Waxwing (modest flocks migrating; 150+ in total in a.m.; fewer noted by 
Yellow-breasted Chat (as previously noted in n. woods, early a.m. sighting by 
Tom Perlman)
Scarlet Tanager (modest numbers, reduced from prev. week)
Eastern Towhee (several)
Savannah Sparrow (2 on highest field, Ft. Tryon Park)
White-throated Sparrow (still sparse but increased no.)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (widespread, multiple parks)
Bobolink (at least a few fly-overs first-light, Central Park, from Great Hill)
Red-winged Blackbird (few migrants)
Common Grackle (small no. of migrants)
Baltimore Oriole (sparse; fewer than previous week)
Purple Finch (several on the move in early a.m.)
Tennessee Warbler (few)
Nashville Warbler (slight uptick in no’s.)
Northern Parula (faurly common)
Yellow Warbler (scattered, 6 or 7)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (multiple)
Magnolia Warbler (large increase; 20++ in just Central Park)
Cape May Warbler (multiple, some in groups of 2 or 3, Central Park)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (multiple)
Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warbler (at least a few; possibly more that moved thru 
at first light)
Black-throated Green Warbler (multiple)
Pine Warbler (still modest no’s. but some increase now)
Prairie Warbler (6+ in Central Park, also at least 1 at Ft. Tryon Park)
Palm Warbler [mostly “eastern” or “yellow” form; few “western” form]
Bay-breasted Warbler (several or more, Central Park)
Blackpoll Warbler (modest no. in Central Park)
Black-and-white Warbler (fewer now, Central Park but still in multiple)
American Redstart (far fewer but not at all scarce yet)
Ovenbird (modest no., reduced no’s. from previous week)
Northern Waterthrush (few now)
Common Yellowthroat (continuing in no’s.)
Wilson's Warbler (at least 1, Central Park)

"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”.)

Tom Fiore,


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