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. - - - - - - - - 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 manhattan -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --