Worth noting that the Nassau County, NY Black-necked Stilt was continuing at 
the Lido Beach Passive Nature Area on Friday, 3 May, along with other, 
more-expected species there.

Manhattan (& other New York County sites), N.Y. City

Friday, 3 May, 2019 -

Multiple male CERULEAN Warblers have been found in Central Park, and at least 
one male Cerulean was also at Riverside Park’s “forever wild” sanctuary.  For 
the Central Park northwest woods area sightings, thanks go in part[icular] to 
Professor Sara Kross PhD, & Patrick McKenzie, Vijay Ramesh, & Shailee Shah & 
others of The Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, & Environmental Biology (E3B) at 
Columbia University, and to Ursula Mitra, Malcolm Morris & John Wittenberg, and 
others on-scene for the discoveries & getting word out on the north woods 
(Central Park) Cerulean[s], as seen later by others. 

Also, at least one male Cerulean was near the Azalea Pond of Central Park’s 
Ramble. There is a possibility that still more have been spotted in some other 
Manhattan locations; I also found a singing Cerulean contemporaneously in the 
north edge of the Riverside Park sanctuary, this near West 119th St. just west 
of Riverside Drive; this bird had been singing but seemed to take a break in 
its song repetitions by about 11 a.m., & I thank Kyu Lee for getting me to bird 
this area in Riverside a bit more thoroughly.  There are at least 25 Warbler 
species for Manhattan so far on Friday, and more might still be discovered & 

It’s worth noting that Cerulean Warblers also were being seen in at least 3 
other boroughs (counties) in N.Y. City, and hopefully, the Bronx (county) will 
be able to make it a perfect "5 for 5".

Multiple PINE SISKINS are being seen in Manhattan; reports include some in 
several areas in Central Park; I found one feeding in the Riverside Park 
sanctuary area (high, but offering better views than the singing Cerulean 
Warbler there had).  Purple Finches also continue to Friday.

Thursday, 2 May -

The below is a very small sample of many areas in Manhattan where a wide 
variety migrants were found.

The lingering adult male Summer Tanager at Clinton Community Garden on West 
48th Street (between Ninth & Tenth Avenues - same tanager still present to 
Friday, 5/3) also had Lincoln’s and White-crowned Sparrows along with multiple 
White-throated Sparrows; thanks to NYC Audubon guide Gabriel Willow for the 
report & sparrow photos from Thursday p.m. and to others for prior & further 
reports from that garden space.

Chelsea Piers Park (north of West 24th St. along the Hudson river) was busy 
with migrants on Thursday, among finds there were 6 warbler species including 
Prairie & Palm Warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, Baltimore Orioles, Wood Thrush, 
Swamp, Field, Chipping & White-throated Sparrows and more; thanks to Linda 
LaBella (who visits that site often) for the report (which included 33 species 
in all for a rather linear and well-planted riverfront park). On Friday 5/3, L. 
LaBella reports Red-breasted Nuthatch and Cape May Warbler there, among 27 
species in all for an under-one-hour visit.

Tompkins Square Park in the East Village area of lower Manhattan was good for a 
wide variety of migrants on Thursday, including Great Crested Flycatcher, 
Blue-headed Vireo, at least 3 species of Catharus [genus] thrushes, Blue-gray 
Gnatcatcher, multiple Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Indigo Bunting, Baltimore 
Oriole, & at least 8 species of Warblers including Chestnut-sided, 
Black-throated Blue, & multiples of the other warbler spp.; thanks to NYC 
Audubon guide Jeffrey Ward for the report (which included 32 species in all for 
this neighborhood park) & to others for prior reports from there.

Inwood Hill Park (in northern Manhattan) had at least 19 reported warbler 
species on Thursday (including Worm-eating, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, 
Blackburnian, Nashville, Pine, Palm, Prairie, & other Warblers), & many other 
migrants in addition to Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. Thanks to Danny Karlson, 
Nathan O’Reilly, and Hilary Russ for individual reports from that large & 
diverse park, which contains among the oldest and tallest trees on Manhattan 

good May birding,

Tom Fiore


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