Friday, 16th August, 2019 Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City - A bright (apparent male) Prothonotary Warbler has been found (& photographed, by J. Suzuki) at The Pond, in Central Park’s southeast quadrant & corner. The sighting at least as first-discovered was around the waterfall feature, which is at the Pond’s west edge, nearer to the Sixth Ave. entrance to the park, north of Central Park South. This, to my knowledge, is the first of this species reported with documentation for the fall (2nd half of year) migration in New York County (for 2019). Be aware that with this species & at that location, it is possible an individual Prothonotary might move all about the waters’ edges, or interior woods nearby, & could at times be feeding or moving in fairly inaccessible areas; however, much of the Pond and its’ perimeter is visible from encircling paths, along with the usual many park-users of that area.
In addition, at least 14 (perhaps more) species of other American warblers have been found in Central Park, thru all of the park for Friday 8/16. There are also some Empidonax flyctachers, all or most of which appear to be, or are (if heard) Willow, or “Willow-Alder-type, sometimes called Traill’s” Flyctachers, these, esp. Willow, being still the likeliest of migrant Empidonax for this mid-Aug. time-frame in this area. There’s a report of an Olive-sided Flycatcher as well, and many have been finding E. Kingbirds on the move, some in locations not adjacent to where they nested - including parts of Manhattan & the outlying isles & on watches for diurnal migrants, as that latter species often is. Various additional migrants have shown up & the migration movement region-wide over the past few days & nights has been good, whatever the local winds, rain-storms, etc. have brought in weather. Many, many migrants have been & still are moving steadily southbound, which means both departure of some - & fresh arrivals of ‘new’ birds in the region. Thanks to J. Suzuki for the special report, & to all who quietly observe & discover in our parks & greenspaces. Good birding, Tom Fiore manhattan - & elsewhere -- 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://email@example.com/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/ --