Hi Tom and all, Thanks for the information and your interpretive notes regarding the more unusual records.
The thing that stood out most to me was the Hermit Thrush, which seems very early in my experience. I've never recorded the species during September in Suffolk County, despite a lot of record-keeping over 23 years (my earliest date here is 5 October). Checking eBird, there are no photos of Hermit Thrush during September from Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Richmond, or Bronx Counties, and just one photo each for Kings (29 Sep 17) and New York (24 Sep 17): https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S39460747 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S39363435 Maybe it's just an early arrival, or maybe it's part of a broader pattern of birds pulling out of the North Woods early and in numbers this year (e.g, Blue Jays, RB Nuts, Purple Finches, etc.). Shai Mitra Bay Shore ________________________________________ From: bounce-122919809-11143...@list.cornell.edu [bounce-122919809-11143...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Thomas Fiore [tom...@earthlink.net] Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2018 8:36 PM To: nysbirds-L@cornell.edu Subject: [nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 9/22 Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City - Saturday, 22 September, 2018 (last day of summer) A (confirmed with photos) CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW in the Ramble was the top highlight, in a quite bird-filled day. At least 24 American Warbler species were found, a male Cerulean by far the least-expected (for fall, especially) here. There was a modest (but fairly good for Central Park) raptor flight, and a very strong Blue Jay migration all thru the day - these flights also seen from a variety of viewpoints around Manhattan. The numbers of Yellow-billed Cuckoo were higher than a typical fall day, & Black-billed Cuckoo were also found in the multiple, if just somewhat fewer than the former species. Typical of this part of the month of September, a few species not so expected by now were seen, as well as the start of later-fall migrants. Common Loon (several high fly-overs) Double-crested Cormorant (many fly-overs) Great Blue Heron Great Egret (few) Green Heron Black-crowned Night-Heron Canada Goose Wood Duck (continuing) Gadwall (continuing) American Black Duck Mallard (common) Osprey (many fly-overs, all thru the day) Bald Eagle (multiple fly-overs, various ages) Northern Harrier (at least 2, a.m. fly-overs) Sharp-shinned Hawk (multiple fly-overs) Cooper's Hawk (at least several fly-overs) Broad-winged Hawk (40+, but some observers may have seen more - an excellent near-coastal flight of this species in SE NY state & the vicinity is reported from multiple hawk-watch sites) Red-tailed Hawk (residents) Ring-billed Gull (fair numbers moving) [American] Herring Gull Great Black-backed Gull ['feral'] Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove American Kestrel (migrants as well as local birds) Merlin (at least several fly-overs) Peregrine Falcon (residents, and poss. a few migrants in the day's flights) Black-billed Cuckoo (minimum of 4, park-wide) Yellow-billed Cuckoo (minimum of 8, park-wide) Common Nighthawk (early a.m. - but not recorded by me in the eve.) Chuck-will's-widow (as noted, 1 in the Ramble, seen by many with some photos taken in difficult light) Chimney Swift (multiple fly-overs) Ruby-throated Hummingbird (multiple migrants, and at least a few feeding in the park’s flowered areas) Belted Kingfisher (at least 2) Red-bellied Woodpecker Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 continued at north end) Downy Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker Yellow-shafted Flicker (multiple, but no strong flight noted in a.m.) Eastern Wood-Pewee (fewer) Empidonax [genus] Flycatcher (at least several, poss. of several species, including Least) Eastern Phoebe (multiple) Great Crested Flycatcher (at least 2) Blue-headed Vireo (multiple) Warbling Vireo (becoming scarcer) Red-eyed Vireo (still fairly common) Blue Jay (total for day, in diurnal flight, easily 3,000+ - many seen still moving at 4-5 p.m. & later) American Crow (some apparent movement) Tree Swallow (a few small flocks, early a.m., & high, as is rather typical in Central, when seen in the fall) Black-capped Chickadee (very few) Tufted Titmouse (very few) Red-breasted Nuthatch (good influx, perhaps 40+ in all of the park; also a couple noted in greenspaces) White-breasted Nuthatch (present, & poss. a few also on the move) Carolina Wren (few) House Wren (multiple, but not that many) Winter Wren (several; & still slightly early) Marsh Wren (several; still on the early side) Ruby-crowned Kinglet (few) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (at least 1, Ramble) Veery (multiple, but far fewer now) Gray-cheeked / Bicknell’s Thrush (a few of this type, calls not heard nor closely-studied for plumage detail) Swainson's Thrush (many) Hermit Thrush (1 definitive, still quite early; giving a diagnostic call as well as typical tail-raising behavior) Wood Thrush (multiple, but not that many) American Robin (not especially numerous) Gray Catbird (still common) Northern Mockingbird Brown Thrasher (fair numbers, some in small groups in early a.m.) European Starling Cedar Waxwing (multiple, but no big flights noticed) Scarlet Tanager (multiple) Eastern Towhee (few, and still rather early) Chipping Sparrow (very few noted) Song Sparrow (few) Lincoln's Sparrow (1, Great Hill, w. edge) Swamp Sparrow (at least 2) White-throated Sparrow (multiple, but not very many) - Tennessee Warbler (at least several, esp. at Great Hill, a.m.) Nashville Warbler (multiple, but not many) Northern Parula (multiple) Yellow Warbler (multiple, but not many) Chestnut-sided Warbler (multiple, but not that many) Magnolia Warbler (multiple) Cape May Warbler (multiple!) Black-throated Blue Warbler (multiple) Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warbler (still uncommon here, but an uptick came in) Black-throated Green Warbler Pine Warbler (multiple, but not that many) Prairie Warbler (at least several) Palm Warbler (multiple, but not that many; both forms, most are “eastern” still) Bay-breasted Warbler (multiple! - more than 3) Blackpoll Warbler (multiple, but not that many) CERULEAN Warbler (male, perhaps / prob. same individual seen previously) Black-and-white Warbler American Redstart (multiple, but far fewer than in previous weeks) Worm-eating Warbler (at least 2, n. end & Strawberry Fields area) Ovenbird (multiple, but not that many) Northern Waterthrush (few) Common Yellowthroat (fairly common) Wilson's Warbler (several) Canada Warbler (1, n. end) - Northern Cardinal (residents) Rose-breasted Grosbeak (fairly common) Indigo Bunting (at least several) Bobolink (at least 2 fly-overs, seen & heard calling, early a.m.) Red-winged Blackbird (not many) Common Grackle (not that many) Brown-headed Cowbird (several) Baltimore Oriole (few, compared with previous weeks) Purple Finch (multiple calling fly-thru, a few or more feeding in various areas) House Finch (residents) American Goldfinch (scarce so far) House Sparrow (ubiquitous) A modest number of Monarch butterflies also on the move, thru much of the day. — — — "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’. 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