Thursday, 2nd May, 2019 -
Manhattan, N.Y. City and New York County, including Central Park & other parks

A Kentucky Warbler was found in the north end of Central Park - please NOTE - 
any & all amplified sounds without a valid permit, anywhere in this park, are 
prohibited by law - signage is posted. Give this, and all migrants a chance to 
feed and rest as they require. The Kentucky Warbler has been photographed & is 
sure to attract more birders' attention in the area.

An adult male SUMMER Tanager is continuing at the Clinton Community Garden on 
West 48th Street in Manhattan, located between Ninth & Tenth Avenues; this 
tanager was seen very early & rather easily even thru a fence (locked up at 
sunrise hour), & may be sought in trees near the beehive boxes at the west edge 
of this nice garden space.

An adult male BLUE Grosbeak was found in Central Park on Thursday.  Central 
Park alone has had at least 29 Warbler species on the day, with fairly good 
numbers of some expected species. A singing male GOLDEN-WINGED Warbler was 
continuing in the Ramble, and also seen there were YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, 
with a possible 2nd of that species also being reported.

Other warbler species just from Central Park include these: Blue-winged 
Warbler, Tennessee Warbler (multiple), Nashville Warbler (multiple), Northern 
Parula (many), Yellow Warbler (many) Chestnut-sided Warbler (multiple), 
Magnolia Warbler (multiple), Cape May Warbler (multiple; i.e. more than 3 
locations & more than 6 individuals), Black-throated Blue Warbler (multiple) 
Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warbler (many), Black-throated Green Warbler (multiple), 
Blackburnian Warbler (multiple), Pine Warbler (few, as would be expected by 
now), Prairie Warbler (multiple), Palm Warbler (relatively few but in 
double-digits), Blackpoll Warbler (at least several, not unusual in such a big 
push of migrants in early May), Black-and-white Warbler (many). American 
Redstart (multiple, but still not many), Worm-eating Warbler (mutiple; in more 
than 3 locations), Ovenbird (many), Northern Waterthrush (multiple, but still 
not that many), Louisiana Waterthrush (at least several, not yet that ‘late’ 
here), Common Yellowthroat (multiple), Hooded Warbler (at least several, & now 
including females), Wilson's Warbler (at least several), & Canada Warbler 
(still in low no’s.) - & there are as-yet unconfirmed reports of at least one 
or 2 additional spp. of Warblers in Manhattan, one of those being poss. 

At least a few PINE SISKINS continued in Central Park, with sightings in 
Strawberry Fields; also more of Purple Finch, in multiple locations.

Other migrant species increasing included Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Empidonax 
[genus] Flycatchers (so far, Least being the 1 confirmed to species), swallows, 
5 Vireo species with Blue-headed & Warbling Vireos still the most common, 
Catharus thrushes with many more Veery, & still good numbers of Hermit, plus 
some Wood & Swainson’s Thrushes, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, & many many others. 
It’s notable that already, a number of females of some species (Scarlet 
Tanager, just one example) are arriving. 

I checked out Governors Island (in New York harbor just south of Manhattan 
island, & politically a part of New York County) for just 90 minutes in late 
morning & it was busy mostly at the Nolan Park section (not far from the 
free-ferry landing - ferries are daily, once an hour on weekdays, every 30 
minutes on weekends) with examples of migration such as 8 (eight) male 
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in a single large tree, & many Veery, Hermit Thrush, 14 
spp. of Warblers, multiple Indigo Buntings, & etc., but NOT an 
island-smothering fallout. There were also some nice migrants at Battery Park, 
& at least a few along the Hudson River greenway, in some spots.

Many migrants were being found in a lot of other sections of Manhattan from the 
north end of the island to the east & west edges, south to the southern tip. 
While hardly an historic fall-out, it’s a welcome arrival of numbers of many 
species.  More is likely to be found in the next few days…

good May birding,

Tom Fiore

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