Manhattan, N.Y. City - Wednesday, 5 June and Thursday, 6 June, 2019

Migration, although now much reduced for songbirds & various other migrants, 
continued at reasonable pace for the first week in June in Manhattan.  A modest 
number of species also were still being seen which typically start to clear out 
of N.Y. City around this time of year while of course many species are now 
nesting or setting up to do so.  

The finding of multiple Mourning Warblers was less of a surprise for the dates, 
with the overall numbers dropping-in locally simply help to illustrate that 
this is not an especially uncommon species when sought in migration within its 
expected migration period; and this spring, as with some other migrants, 
probably also extending just a bit later into the season at least locally.  
There were at least 2 Mournings in Bryant Park (in mid-town Manhattan) on Wed. 
6/5, and others were found from the south to north ends of the island as well, 
on Wed., at least 4 of them in Central Park. One of the Mournings in Bryant 
Park was a sometimes-singing male, the other a female which have been 
increasing in the last week among that species on Manhattan.

Other warbler species still being seen (& some heard) for this week on 
Manhattan island included:  Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler (multiple; the 
species also nests -sparsely- in Manhattan), Chestnut-sided Warbler (multiple), 
Magnolia Warbler (few, but still including some adult males), Yellow-rumped 
[Myrtle] Warbler (at least 2 individuals, both singing males at Central Park, 
‘late' but not unprecedented for early June), Black-throated Green Warbler 
(female, late but not unprecedented for early June; Riverside Park on 6/4), 
Blackburnian Warbler (female, Central Park, also not unprecedented for early 
June there), Blackpoll Warbler (small numbers continuing, some singing males, 
more females), Black-and-white Warbler (fairly regular each June as a 
‘straggler’), American Redstart (multiple; this species breeds & attempts to 
breed in N.Y. City at least in modest numbers in most years), Northern 
Waterthrush (at least several), Common Yellowthroat (multiple; this species has 
built nests and laid eggs in Manhattan & in Central Park in the past decade and 
prior to that, & at least attempts to nest annually in Manhattan), & Canada 
Warbler.  That’s at least 14 warbler species (including Mourning) in the first 
week in June, which is a bit higher diversity than might be expected, yet not 
too surprising with some of the delayed migrations seen in eastern N. America 
this spring right through to now.  A lot of other migrants were still seen as 
well but in much-reduced numbers from just the week prior. 

It’s also been interesting to see the numbers of White-throated Sparrow (not a 
Manhattan breeder) that have lingered on into June; there are typically at 
least a few that summer in Manhattan, & it remains to be seen how many of them 
stay on for the duration; some are in the larger parks but they also were 
hanging in at some of the smaller green-spaces where a fair number winter or 
pass through in migration.  Areas visited this week ranged from the southern 
tip to near the north end of Manhattan, and reliable reports also came through 
from many parks & greenspaces.

A Ruddy Duck had lingered on at the Central Park reservoir to at least 
Thursday, 6 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 birding,

Tom Fiore

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