Manhattan, N.Y. City - Friday, Oct. 5th, 2018 

A strong migration arrival even with so many birds that had taken a more 
western path early the previous night, and with many birds having passed by, 
contiuing southward through the night. A lot of drop-in may have occurred well 
before first-light, but there was also a moderate a.m. flight, including a bit 
of the local-reverse (northbound) movement that can happen in Manhattan (and 
especially as seen in Central Park), in autumn migrations. Some of that flight, 
as expected, was of Yellow-rumped Warbler, as well as warbler “species” not 
identified, and of course, American Robins, plus some C. Waxwings & blackbirds. 
 Raptor flight later seemed a bit limited, but at least 1 Broad-winged Hawk 
passed low over the w. side of Central, and there were some more expected 
Sharp-shinned & Cooper’s Hawks, & a few Turkey Vultures also.  Chimney Swifts 
were on the move too, some small groups passing high & very early.  Early 
flight was observed at first-light from atop the Great Hill in the park’s n. 
end, then shortly afterward from all points along the west side of the park, 
and into the 8-9 a.m. hour, though slacking off a lot by 7:30 or so. Blue Jay 
movements continued thru the day, but perhaps a little reduced, although that 
might’ve been only by a change in their flight-path, and some were seen also 
from Riverside Park much later, in a short visit.

Among the most obvious of fresh arrivals were sparrows, with White-throated in 
large numbers as well as Chipping, but also a selection of others in their 
tribe - with E. Towhee, Song, Savannah, Field, Lincoln’s, Swamp, & (several) 
White-crowned Sparrows, plus Slate-colored Juncos also found. Numbers of 
Golden-crowned Kinglets arrived, with some mini-flockettes having 7-8 birds; & 
some additional Winter Wrens as well as Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. A 
female-plumaged Dickcissel was found on the north side of the Great Lawn’s 
expanse, close to the (south side) edge of the C.P. Police precinct building, 
or a bit east of the Pinetum’s northern edge. (Dickcissels have been having 
quite a run throughout the region, so far this season.)

Warblers also have continued, with as expected the bulk now being found of a 
half-dozen or so species, esp. Palms, & Yellow-rumped [Myrtle], although still 
not seeming a massive arrival of the latter. Other warblers included: Pine, N. 
Parula, Magnolia, Blackpoll, & lower numbers or singletons of Cape May 
(including 2 at the Pinetum elms early), Tennessee, Black-and-white, 
Black-throated Blue, Wilson’s, Yellow, Prairie (1), Chestnut-sided (1), plus 
Ovenbird, American Redstart, & Common Yellowthroat, and there well could be a 
couple of other species that have been found in this big push.  Flycatchers 
included (mostly) E. Phoebe, with some E. Wood-Pewees remaining, & a couple of 
Empidonax [genus] that were likely Least Flycatchers. Thrushes did not seem to 
be in great no’s. but at least a smattering of the now more-expected start of 
Hermit Thrush arrival & still fair no’s. of Swainson’s, as well as at least a 
few Gray-cheeked, & a couple of reports of Veery, which now would be rather 
late. Icterids have continued to include mainly Common Grackles, including a 
modest no. of fly-overs in early a.m. - as well as the ongoing Blue Jay 
movements in daytime, & also in the Icteridae, Rusty Blackbird in a few sites 
in Central Park, at least. One Baltimore Oriole was all I saw, that in early 
morning at Summit Rock. Finches included the first serious movement here of 
American Goldfinch, while by comparison, Purple Finch seemed scant. A Solitary 
Sandpiper was at the compost area in Central. A Spotted Sandpiper was reported 
from Governor’s Island, as well as a single Broad-winged Hawk passing there.  
In Central Park & apparently elsewhere in & around Manhattan, any waterfowl 
movement was mainly confined to just that - fly-overs & not arrivals. Central 
still had a few N. Shovelers, the 2 drake Wood Ducks at The Pond, & at least 1 
Ruddy Duck, but little more besides the most-expected or resident duckage. A 
Great Blue Heron has been visiting the Meer at times, & was there again late on 

As expected, some small, even very small, parks & greenspaces have migrants on 
such a strong arrival, & yet also at least one example of a lingerer, a 
Worm-eating Warbler staying on at Washington Square Park, with also fresh 
migrants there, including uncommon-there Golden-crowned Kinglet in an eBirded 
list for the location.  Various other small parks & greenspaces also held 
lingering birds, as well as some new arrivals, including sparrows, 
White-throated in particular - the latter also a regularly-wintering bird in 
N.Y. City and many of these in small areas as well as larger patches of 
habitat.  A small number of other warbler species have been noted from parks 
around Manhattan in addition to the larger ones, and I found a few also in a 
rather short trip to Riverside Park, in mid-afternoon - Blackpoll, 
Yellow-rumped, Palm, & Common Yellowthroat, all from near W. 79th to near W. 
91st Sts. in that park.

A reminder for Central Park: any & all amplified sound in Central Park is 
prohibited at all times & in all sections of the park, without a permit. This 
is posted on signage throughout the park - and is the law.

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"I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation 
as is cooperation with good."
― Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

good birding,

Tom Fiore


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