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. - - - - 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.) - - - - - "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 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://email@example.com/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/ --