That Purple Gallinule, ongoing sightings at Prospect Park, Brooklyn / Kings 
County, NY thru Wednesday, multi-observers & in previous area.

A few recent Cattle Egret reports across NY state include one from Saratoga 
County on Wed. 10/24.  On the finch-y front, Evening Grosbeak sightings 
continue to expand in New England, & there was at least 1 seen at the Cape May, 
N.J. hawk-watch area Wednesday 10/24; a few others also from sites that are 
more southerly than New England, in addition to a report from Long Island, NY.  
There are also (fewer) reports starting to trickle in of Common Redpolls, 
mostly far-northern, but a few possibly getting south to latitudes shared with 
southern NY state. Purple Finches & Pine Siskins continue to arrive and pass 
through almost all of the region.  American Goldfinch also are increasing & 
should be even more so as November arrives.

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Manhattan, N.Y. City
Wednesday,  24 Oct. -

The Madison Square Park Yellow-breasted Chat, which was found & identified by 
Deborah Alperin there & also seen by Ben Cacace on Tues., 10/23 continued to 
Wednesday the 24th. It may be seen high in trees, but could be coming to ground 
at times as well.

A (2nd, other) Yellow-breasted Chat - in City Hall Park, was seen by a number 
of observers again on Wed. & has been sometimes more-easily found & observed 
than that at Madison Square Park. (this is not the first time that 2 Y.-br. 
Chats have been in the same general area of Manhattan at one time…)  It is very 
possible that each of these Chats has been in Manhattan for some time, and 
simply were not noticed, wherever they had been, such is the ‘nature' of the 
yellow-breasted beastie: “now you see me, now you don’t”.

A couple of sightings of late Broad-winged Hawks were noted over Manhattan; 
still not at all unprecedented for the date, even though well past the typical 
peak flight period; a number of these have been noted from various regional 
hawk-watch sites in the past few days as well. Raptor movement was seen again 
with the gusty NW winds, species included Red-shouldered & Red-tailed (some 
migrants), as well as Sharp-shinned & Cooper’s Hawks, Bald Eagles, & at least a 
few N. Harriers, Am. Kestrels, & perhaps other spp.  Vulture migration also 
continued with fair numbers of Turkey Vulture; I was unaware of any of Black 
Vulture on Wed., but they would be worth watching for & potentially can be seen 
into even December in this area, depending on the season’s weather.

A few reports of late E. Wood-Pewee, in Central Park; while most of the 
flycatchers now being found are certainly E. Phoebes, as expected, there are a 
couple of recent confirmed sightings of late Least Flycatcher, & also E. 
Wood-Pewee, in at least several NYS counties, and of course, the far rarer 
vagrant flycatchers of recent, including a W. Kingbird that was staying in Erie 
County, NY thru at least Wednesday.

Varous other finds on Wed., in Central Park in particular as well as some of 
the other parks of Manhattan island, included: Red-eyed Vireo (1, seen by 
leader & bird-walk group for A.M.N.H. [American Museum of Natural History] in 
the Ramble, Central Park), E. Bluebird (6++, multiple locations (& observers), 
which included in Central and Fort Tryon Parks as well as Riverside Park), 
American Pipit (minimum of 3 landed on Great Lawn, in a.m., also photo'd), 
Baltimore Oriole (several locations, multiple observers), Cape May Warbler 
(minimum of 4, mult. observers), Black-throated Blue (at least 2, including a 
bright adult male), Black-throated Green (2, Central Park n. end & Cedar Hill 
area), N. Parula (3, n. end & Pinetum area), Black-and-white (at least 2, with 
one at City Hall Park) & still modest no’s. of Palm Warbler in some locations, 
while Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warblers were very widely distributed all around 
Central & other Manhattan parks, likely in the many hundreds if not 4-digits in 
all of the island.  It became tougher to see some of these warblers as the 
winds picked up, but many are feeding in elms this time of year, & there are 
plenty of elm trees, many of great age & stature, in a lot of parks both larger 
& smaller in Manhattan. The Mall area of Central had some of these birds, 
particularly in the trees on the eastern edges, where winds were also less of a 
factor; look anywhere for Y.-b. Sapsuckers, and then also for smaller 
insectivores which may be in the same trees, for a start in the elm-wataching 
season of birding locally. Kinglets of both species also have been ongoing in 
numbers.  A brightly-plumaged Nashville Warbler was my first non-Yellow-rumped 
warbler sighting of the day, near W. 96 Street’s entrance to Central Park, not 
esp. early after a visit to the N. Meadow area.  (With Ovenbird & Common 
Yellowthroat still in Manhattan in a number of locations, this totals 10 
warbler species, but there likely were a few others, some of which could be 
lingering a bit if not chased south by the ongoing northerly winds and chill.)

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"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 birding,

Tom Fiore


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