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):


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
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[bounce-122919809-11143...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Thomas Fiore 
Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2018 8:36 PM
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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’.  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”.)

good autumnal birding with the equinox,

Tom Fiore

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