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 manhattan -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --