Many birders all around the country have taken note (& some have seen) the 
remarkable influx northwards of Brown Booby - in this year so far, this species 
has shown up in waters of, or offshore from - North Carolina, New Jersey, New 
York, Maine, and the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, among 
others. Brown Booby has also been recorded this year at inland sites in 
Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, & Alabama, & perhaps elsewhere inland.  Worth keeping 
an eye out just about anywhere for this and other unexpected birds.

At least 2 Marbled Godwits have been found at Plumb Beach, in Brooklyn (Kings 
County), N.Y. City as of Friday, 8/9; these were photographed & were placed in 

A Swallow-tailed Kite was seen at the Braddock Bay ‘fall’ hawk-watch, Monroe 
County, NY by David Tetlow, on 6th August; some others of this species have 
been seen & photographed well north of their typical or expected range in the 
past 10+ days.  Always worth having “an eye to the sky” for any such finds...

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More migrants have been coming through at Manhattan & N.Y. County; a further & 
more detailed summary will be offered in coming days.
Manhattan (& New York County), N.Y. City - Friday, 9th of August, 2019 -

A highlight of the season so far for New York County was the discovery of a 
White-rumped Sandpiper, found Friday, Aug. 9th by Nadir Sourgi, photographed & 
also seen by others on the day, at “Muscota marsh" & the Spuyten Duyvil creek 
area, off West 218th Street, the northern end of Manhattan island, west of 
Broadway. This area has been producing nice numbers of some of the more typical 
& expected migrant waders (as called by most birders around the globe; known to 
Americans as ‘shorebirds’) - and the find of a White-rumped for Manhattan is 
particularly notable.  

Also a very nice find on Thursday, Aug. 8th, at the Swindler Cove / Sherman 
Creek site, which has mudflats at appropriate times as well, of a Semiplamated 
Plover, photograped by Tom Gray at that location, & also a generally very 
uncommon find for Manhattan island or its immediately adjacent estuary-sites. 
These areas are also in northern Manahttan, east of the eastern end of Dyckman 

In warblers, & at Central Park in Manhattan, a female-plumaged Hooded Warbler 
was reported by Tod Winston on Friday Aug. 9th, & also seen by others at the 
park’s west side; this among a modest fresh arrival with many more of various 
warblers & other ‘land’ birds coming along, some now - and many more soon 
enroute, southbound.  (Note, among the many species that can be & are moving 
diurnally, esp. if watched & listened-for in morning flight, are various 
flycatchers, esp. & increasingly Eastern Kingbirds, as well as members of the 
Icteridae, blackbirds & related species, such as Bobolinks, & Orioles. And 
there are many other species that can be found moving in part during daylight 
hours, the more so as August continues along.)

In the past week since Sunday, at least the following warblers, 15 or more 
species with the above-noted Hooded, were seen (& none of those listed below 
are first-of-fall sightings; additionally none are at all unexpected now within 
the 2nd week of this month.) Six or more of these species have been seen in 
numbers, and a few have been fairly numerous on a county-wide basis.

Blue-winged Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Canada Warbler

Additional species include the following seen in New York County in this past 
week since the first Sunday of the month.

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Black Vulture (seen from Inwood Hill Park, & also from other northern Manhattan 
lookouts to the Hudson river & vicinity)
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
American Woodcock (one report)
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
[American] Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Tern
['feral'] Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
MONK Parakeet (photographed, at least several observers, on Governors Island, 
New York County, on 8/8)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Screech-owl (resident)
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Empidonx [genus] Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch (first of season, from reports, as of 8/8)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Butterflies found in the past week in New York County include (but are not 
limited to) the species below.
Black Swallowtail,  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail,  Spicebush Swallowtail,  Cabbage 
White,  Orange Sulphur.  Cloudless Sulphur (has been seen at least several 
times, including from Manhattan island),  Gray Hairstreak,  Eastern 
Tailed-Blue,  Summer Azure,  American Snout,  Variegated Fritillary (most 
likely & seen multiple times on Governors Island, a part of New York County),  
Pearl Crescent,  Question Mark,  Eastern Comma,  American Lady,  Painted Lady,  
Red Admiral,  Common Buckeye (enjoying an ongoing big year in the northeast & 
generally), Red-spotted Purple (same comment as for Common Buckeye),  Hackberry 
Emperor,  Monarch (in numbers),  Silver-spotted Skipper,  Wild Indigo 
Duskywing,  Peck's Skipper,  Sachem,  Zabulon Skipper.

Many many other insects, in an array of familiies, are also being seen in very 
good to modest numbers at all sorts of locations in New York County.

"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 -& quiet- enjoying nature,

Tom Fiore,
manhattan -
& elsewhere


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