One note from the Bronx (county) from Tuesday, 4/23, a Red-headed Woodpecker 
was reported along with more-regular species at Pelham Bay Park in the Hunter 
Island area, by M. Janssen.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2019 - Manhattan, N.Y. City

An uptick locally in the numbers of Gray Catbird is a fairly good indicator 
that more of a variety of neotropical-wintering species has also arrived. 

A fairly good push of new migrants came through, and some have dropped in to 
local parks on Wednesday. Included among these in Manhattan are Yellow-billed 
Cuckoo, at least 4 species of Vireos (Red-eyed, White-eyed, Warbling, and 
Blue-headed) - & won’t be surprised to add a 5th to those; also Eastern 
Kingbird, Great Crested Flyctacher, & poss. Empidonax (if so, likely to be 
Least) Flycatcher, Orchard & Baltimore Oriole[s], & some thrush diversity 
coming along with Veery, Wood, & now Swainson’s as well as (more) Hermit 
Thrushes, & what seems an especially strong push of sparrows, with 
White-throated Sparrow showing a considerable increase in some locations; also 
a good species-diversity in warblers, even if not the really big numbers of 
some that will eventually be expected (such as Yellow-rumped/Myrtle).  There 
also is/was a good amount of diurnal activity, added to the significant 
nocturnal flight that passed over NYC much of the night, & watching the sky 
could be rewarding, thru the day also.

NO sign or report of a Prothonotary Warbler from Tuesday at Central Park, 
despite some seeking. It could still be around, but may also have moved on, 
especially given the strong flight north of many species by Tues. night / early 
Wed.  New York County had a Purple Martin fly-by on Tuesday 4/23 as reported by 
an experienced observer from Manhattan’s eastern side. A male Scarlet Tanager 
appeared along Riverside Drive (near W. 111th St.) late Tuesday, & was not 
re-found early Wed. 4/24.

Among warbler migrants, a good diversity already seen & heard; likely some 
others are also around; those noted so far were: Ovenbird, Northern 
Waterthrush, Louisiana Waterthrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Nashville Warbler, 
Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped 
[Myrtle] Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, 
Palm Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Worm-eating Warbler, 
Common Yellowthroat, & Hooded Warbler.  Only a few of these seemed even 
moderately common, & none appeared to be abundant, yet.  There are some Purple 
Finches in locations where they were not seen in recent days, a likely new 
influx. There were at least a few newly-arrived Red-breasted Nuthatches as 
well, in several parks visited in the a.m.

Good birding,

Tom Fiore


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