Wednesday & Thursday, 29 & 30 May, 2019
Manhattan, N.Y. City -

A lingering male PROTHONOTARY Warbler which I reported on previously continued 
2 more days & nights into Thursday 5/30 in Central Park, at & along the Lake 
shore on the west side of the Ramble. It has moved around along that shore and 
at times was along southern edges of the Ramble, but was trending farther north 
too, & it could be found on really any stretch of the Lake’s shoreline areas, & 
(even if just 1 individual) may move to a different water-body at some point in 
its’ stay in Central Park.  It would be interesting to know if this was the 
same individual male staying on in Central Park for perhaps some time, & moving 
about a lot. Equally possible however that it was simply another more-recent 
arrival - and - while seeming a little less-likely, there is a chance that more 
than 1 individual is currently in Central; in any event, at least one 
Prothonotary has also been continuing to sing occasionally, and sometimes 
regularly. As of mid-a.m. Thursday it had not been established that more than 1 
of this species was present concurrently.

A singing BICKNELL's Thrush which I reported on previously also has continued 2 
more days & nights to Thursday 5/30 in Central Park, again in the heart of the 
Ramble & mostly north of the Azalea Pond; while not at all common in Central, 
this species is certainly annual, & has been found to sing at times most years 
in late May migration.  The lingering individual has been seen & heard from the 
path near the falling waters at the source of the Gill, the very narrow stream 
in the Ramble. Multiple observers have now seen & heard this bird, one of those 
on Thursday early morning being Roger Pasquier, a long-time observer of Central 
Park’s birds.

There are also Gray-cheeked Thrushes in all of the larger parks, some of them 
also singing at times. In additon, Veery has still been seen & heard, & Wood 
Thrush (the latter attempting to breed in some parks in Manhattan) continue, 
with Swainson’s Thrush still around and also (some) singing at times.

Also as previously noted: ongoing multiple Mourning Warblers 
(possibly-potentially record numbers in Central Park alone with others in some 
other parks), various Empidonax [genus] flycatchers (including singing & 
calling Alder, Acadian, Willow, and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers), as well as 
Olive-sided Flycatcher, E. Wood-Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher, and E. 
Kingbird (the latter three of which all breed in Manhattan as well as being 
common migrants; & there is a possibility for breeding Acadian Flycatcher in 
any of the 5 boroughs [counties] of N.Y. City.)

A single Pine Siskin had continued at least to Wednesday, 5/29, that in the 
Ramble of Central Park. A few White-throated Sparrows are still about, and it 
is possible a few may stay the summer, although the species is not currently 
known to breed in Manhattan.  Smaller parks & greenspaces are still getting, or 
holding on to, some migrants: although diversity of species has fallen since 
the middle of May some surprises are still very possible!

Wednesday may have been even better than the prior days for Mourning Warblers, 
with up to 6 individuals on Manhattan and almost certainly more in various 
under-birded locations. There were still up to 15 warbler species on Wednesday, 
with some in modest numbers such as American Redstart, Magnolia, Common 
Yellowthroat & unsurprisngly now, Blackpoll Warblers. The warblers also include 
some of the species more associated with (arrivals) a month or more earlier, 
such as Black-throated Green, & Worm-eating, and Blue-winged Warbler[s].  There 
are a variety of other migrants as well, & also of course many nesting birds 
all about now. Please keep any potential disturbances to an absolute minimum & 
give nesting birds the space they require for a good outcome which we all wish 
to see.

Thursday, after a somewhat similar night prior, with locally strong to severe 
t-storms arriving from the west & also some winds from the southeast 
(marine-influenced), may still have allowed some migrants to both depart, & 
others arrive, during breaks as rains pushed off east - and out to the 
Atlantic. Yet more of this sort of weather ‘battle' may play out and could lead 
to an additional day of lingering migrants in the city parks. Migration, as it 
always does, will continue on into June...

"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 end-of-May birds,

Tom Fiore


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