Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City -
Thursday, 16 May, 2019

A SWAINSON'S WARBLER has been reported by Benjamin Van Doren on his personal 
twitter feed, with precisely these comments (quote): “Swainson’s Warbler seen 
and singing just north of Bow Bridge in the Ramble”.   That location is a 
famous bridge which connects the southern edge of the Ramble with paths leading 
east towards Bethesda Fountain, and west towards the s.w. corner of the Lake. 
This is roughly mid-park between east & west sides of the park, and roughly 
near about E. or W. 73rd Street in “latitude”.  The general area can be busy 
with tourists and etc. - please be courteous as many non-birders will be 
present at all times.  It’s not clear exactly how far ‘north’ of Bow Bridge in 
the Ramble this warbler was first found, but obviously, just look for other 
birders, & inquire.

Absolutely no playback, or playing of any recordings or other sound-making 
ought be done in the area of this bird. Additionally, and as posted in the 
park, any playing of amplified sounds without express written permission of the 
City of New York is prohibited by law. Please respect it.  We will be notifying 
the N.Y.P.D. and NYC Parks Enforcement as to the possibility of extra ‘traffic’ 
should this bird be re-found (and even if not, as many will be seeking it). 
Thanks to T. Healy for placing the above report [by B.Van Doren] on this list 
in good time!

In addition to this find, there are thousands of fresh migrants in Central Park 
alone this day, with already more than 25 species of other warblers found, 
including Kentucky (in the north woods), and a report of a Cerulean, etc. - 
many, many more thrushes, vireos, & other migrants have dropped in, ahead of, 
thru, &/or after the rains which fell overnight in the area.

A Philadelphia Vireo was at Hallett Sanctuary in the park’s southeast ‘corner’, 
seen early from outside the n.e. portion of the sanctuary, west of Gapstow 
bridge. All of the park has birds, and in many locations therein, many, many 
migrants.  A lot more in flyctachers, with Olive-sided Flycatcher in at least a 
few locally-known usual sites, and many more Empidonax [genus] flyctachers, 
some of them giving calls and even a few singing.  Both species of cuckoo are 
also present.  Further, EVENING Grosbeak, likely at least two individuals, were 
heard & one glimpsed in the Ramble quite early this morning; be attentive to 
calls, which may or may not be loud, or be from high in trees or in-flight in 
that area.

good birding,

Tom Fiore
manhattan
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