The Pink-footed Goose in Clinton County, just reported to NNY Birds list adds 
that species to the other geese having been reported around the state, which 
include Ross’s Goose on 9/22 in Essex Co., Gr. White-fronted Geese in at least 
2 counties incl. Niagara, Cackling Geese in Monroe & Nassau Co’s., and reports 
of Atlantic Brant, Snow Goose to round out some of the recent geese arrivals.

I have not seen any other note to this list for Say’s Phoebe seen by over 3 
dozen observers on 9/22 at Braddock Bay’s east spit, Monroe County. 

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Manhattan, N.Y. City

Sunday, 9/23 - A few of the highlights among migrants that were found in 
Central Park included: Connecticut Warbler (first-fall bird, found & nicely 
photo’d by T. Zahner at the glade, w. side of the Great Hill later in the day, 
mult. obs. also later), Clay-colored Sparrow (w/photos, mult. observers, e. 
side of park’s W. Drive, near approx. W. 83 St.), Philadelphia Vireo (at the 
Point, in the Ramble, also many obs. & photos) … a general arrival included 
more sparrows (incl. a few more of E. Towhee, Chipping and Savannah Sparrows, 
Dark-eyed Junco); it seems that that evening, some, possibly many of these 
moved on & in particular the above-noted (first two) rarest, but now-annual 
species.  At least several Marsh Wrens have been seen, in at least 3 
widely-separated locations in Central. These continued to the next day & at 
least one, at the Meer, stayed on thru 9/25 there.  At Inwood Hill Park, in 
northern Manhattan, a single Monk Parakeet was found by Ricki Ravitts, this 
possibly the first of that species in a while to be reported on the island of 
Manhattan. This is not too far north from where a small group were found not 
many years ago and then seemed to have quit a known nest-site by the Hudson 
River. The species has also been occasional in the nearby (to Inwood) 
neighborhood of Spuyten Duyvil, in the s. part of western Bronx County.

Monday, 9/24 - perhaps most-notable among at least the warblers in smaller 
Manhattan parks seen (& photo’d nicely by another birder) was a lingering 
Worm-eating Warbler at Washington Square Park’s NE sector, this getting fairly 
late for the species.  Various other parks in mid and lower Manhattan also had 
modest numbers & variety for migrants; I visited 7 of these from the Battery, 
which seemed not that active, on up through Bryant Park, on my way back into 
Central Park. The small parks & green-spaces can hold any number of surprises, 
& occasionally will have a real rarity, an obvious example the (winter / Jan. 
2008) Scott’s Oriole in Union Square in Manhattan. The overall sense on Monday 
was of some departure of the weekend’s migrants.

Tuesday, 9/25 - Heavy rain & easterly winds; but the previous night did not 
feature rain to the north, & rain not pushing in from the S-W until well past 
midnight. Large numbers (80+) of Chimney Swifts were still about & clearly able 
to feed through the intermittent drizzles and showers. A good many migrants 
clearly were able to depart; still some scattered around Central Park and 
featuring a couple of lingering Red-breasted Nuthatches, Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] 
Warblers & at least ten other warbler species, with Magnolia, Black-throated 
Blue of both sexes, N. Waterthrush, Black-and-white, Black-throated Green, 
Palms in the multiple, Blackpoll, American Redstart, Ovenbird and Common 
Yellowthroat; likely some others still in various locations; I had a rainy but 
not flooded walk to look, in part, for any puddle-inhabiting birds, but while 
puddles-a-plenty were found (a few large enough to have supported a raft of 
dabbling ducks or such), no migrants were seen having dropped-in to those 
temporary puddles. A very modest no. & variety of other species, with some 
Swainson’s Thrush, a lone Veery in the Ramble, a few White-throated, Swamp. & 
Chipping Sparrows, & plenty of Yellow-shafted Flickers (esp. fond of the 
several Sourgum, or Tupelo trees that are now ripening their prolific fruits), 
and Gray Catbirds contiuning to linger; Brown Thrasher in lesser no’s. & the 
same for Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Red-eyed Vireos, & House Wrens. The busiest 
area may have been the Ramble, but also even in moderate rain, parts of the 
north end. The reservoir & other waterbodies seemed to have very little, 
excepting 2 ongoing drake Wood Ducks at The Pond in the park’s s.-e. corner.  
The rather few E. Phoebes noticed did not seem thrilled by all the rain, but 
N.Y. County was likely much luckier than some areas nearby, where 
flash-flooding may have been serious. 

A note - there is a major event taking place on the Great Lawn this coming 
Sat., 9/29; barricades are (have been) going up; access to a few birding areas 
may be restricted at and near the Great Lawn. That part of the park will become 
very crowded, by later that day.
For the record, a rather rarer-in-fall (in Manhattan) Yellow-throated Warbler 
was e-Birded by Adela Ruffatti for Sept. 18th, near the East River at 34th St.

good birding,

Tom Fiore

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