TUESDAY, 28 May, 2018 - w/ notes for Sunday, 5/26
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

A male Prothonotary Warbler was found (I believe by Adrian Burke), around the 
area where the Gill (a small stream flowing west thru Central Park’s Ramble 
area) flows out to the Lake (the portion of the lake shore on the west edge of 
the Ramble) & has been seen was & photographed by others, as well, into Tuesday 

There have been additional Mourning Warblers in Central (& also Riverside) 
Park, and the final tally just for 1 park on 1 day was not yet known, but the 
‘big’ day for this species may either have arrived, or is soon impending. 

A further reminder to any birders in all areas - and any states - if migrant 
Mourning Warblers are encountered vocalizing, & it is possible to record them 
(including with a smartphone), please send the sound-files along (or a link to 
where to find them online) to Dr. Jay Pitocchelli - Professor, Biology 
Department, Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH 03102 or to his email - 
jpitocch -AT- anselm.edu

Also, normally a ‘top-billing’ bird for anywhere in N.Y. City, a very likely 
Bicknell’s Thrush was observed in Central Park on Tuesday & if there are any 
recordings that were made of its song, this may confirm the species presence, 
already strongly suspected. Thanks to A. Collerton in particular for a good 
heads-up in a report.

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The Yellow-breasted Chat found in the Central Park Ramble was the ‘rarest’ of 
the species found in Central Park, & perhaps all of Manhattan, on Sunday, 5/26; 
thanks to E. Gaillard for the initial report on the day.  It is entirely 
possible this could have been the same individual seen some days earlier at the 
west edge of the Ramble in Central, and it is further possible with this 
species that it is furtively lingering in the area.  A less-rare, but somewhat 
rarely fully-identified species in Manhattan was a singing Alder Flyctacher 
seen & heard by many in Central Park on Sunday 5/26, this in addition to other 
Empidonax [genus] flycatchers in Central & elsewhere on that day.

"Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding 
that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The 
birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be 
celebrated.” - Terry Tempest Williams (contemporary activist, and author of 
many books)

good late May birding,

Tom Fiore


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