It seems reasonable to place here a note on the reported-photographed 
Magnificent Frigatebird seen on Saturday, April 27th by at least 2 observers, 
at Hamlin Beach state park in Monroe County, NY - see:

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Tuesday, 30 April, 2019 -

Manhattan, N.Y. City -

Just in the morning hours of Tuesday have been fresh finds of a number of 
migrant species, and also continuing birds. Of the latter, 2 of note are the 
continuing adult male SUMMER Tanager at the Clinton Community Garden on West 
48th Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues) which may be visible without a need 
to enter this sometimes locked site; and a female-plumaged BLUE Grosbeak at 
Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan.

Among arrivals of warblers to Manhattan are at least a few firsts of the season 
for the county - a male GOLDEN-WINGED Warbler, found by Tod Winston & the NYC 
Audubon a.m. bird-walk group in Central Park’s Ramble, & seen by multiple 
observers in the morning, & other species which include: Tennessee, Magnolia, 
Blackburnian, Cape May, and Canada Warbler[s], along with other warbler species 
seen previously in Manhattan: Hooded, Blue-winged, Nashville, Northern Parula 
(fairly common in some spots), Yellow, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated 
Green, Yellow-rumped [Myrtle], Pine, Prairie, Palm (no longer common), 
Black-and-white, American Redstart, Worm-eating (at least several - Tues.), 
Wilson’s, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush (fairly common in some locations), & 
Common Yellowthroat (increased overnight).  There were additionally a few 
reports of some other warbler spp. & more may come to light during this week.  
This is a minimum of two dozen warbler species on the day = very active 
migration recently.  Some of the activity has been in the south-most parts of 
Manhattan, while there’ve been good sightings from all around the island and no 
doubts would be on outlying isles of New York County as well.

Other Manhattan sightings include a few Great Crested Flycatchers and Eastern 
Kingbirds, & reports of Empidonax [genus] flycatchers; the sight of more 
Chimney Swifts overhead in several locations over Manhattan also a sure sign of 
increases in arrivals or movements of neotropical-wintering migrants more 
generally.  Due to prevailing winds both locally in the N.Y. City area, & at 
least to some extent regionally for the same area, a lot of migrants have moved 
thru to the west of the Hudson river (i.e., west of Manhattan island) & also 
onward in the night[s] to destinations north of the latitude of N.Y. City, 
including (some) to potential breeding areas. This may also show why (if) some 
land birds in particular are in shorter supply “out east” on NY’s Long Island, 
but there would be other factors as well, including migrants being able to 
reach somewhat more inland sites.

It can also be noted that while some migrant passerines have been increasing, 
many species have thus far been in lower-than-expected numbers in Manhattan (at 
least), so far this spring.

good birding,

Tom Fiore


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