As noted partly below, there is a major migration underway for Saturday,
-by actual birds that are moving and observations of millions of migrants,
through all of the northeast of the North American continent. (radar, too.)

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Friday, 23 August, 2019 -
Manhattan, N.Y. City - including Central, Riverside, & multiple other parks

Modest migration detected both in new / overnight arrivals, and in diurnal 
flight past Manhattan points. Numbers of individuals were good for a small no. 
of rather common-widespread species, most migrants were in small or very small 
no’s., as noted.

A Yellow-breasted CHAT appeared in Central Park’s Strawberry Fields; it was 
still in that area into mid-afternoon, although very elusive most of the time 
BUT many observers have viewed it as of mid-p.m. on Friday.   A male Mourning 
Warbler was seen well at Central Park’s northwest corner, but only in a.m. 
hours, not re-found by mid-afternoon in that area. Arrivals of warbler species 
also include Black-throated Blue in a few locations including in Central Park’s 
Ramble and n. end.    Uncommon for N.Y. County generally, a pair of Blue-winged 
Teal made their way down the East River, from north of E. 108 St, possibly 
headed southeast, in a.m. rain-showers; at the Sherman Creek & Swindler Cove 
Park on the Harlem river off the e. end of Dyckman St., Manhattan, a flock of 
Semipalmated Plovers were again seen, with some of other species that have been 
there recently - and at least 1 Semipalmated Plover also appeared at Inwood’s 
mudflats at the far northern edge of Manhattan. For some of the passerine 
migrants, there was a sense of slow-moving, ongoing movement, thru all the 
showers & drizzles - which went on partially to after noon.

Also, there were more than 50 warbler “sp.”, some of which were likely American 
Redstarts, high in the sky at first-light; however, some also were other 
species of Parulidae, our American warblers. And some sounded as though 
possibly more of the boreal-breeding group that includes Cape May & 
Bay-breasted as well as Blackpoll. One of the preceding was found very late in 
the day in Central Park’s n. end.   The flight from Thursday evening into 
Friday was very likely just a ‘vanguard’ of a somewhat heavier, broader 
migration for the weekend’s cool-to-cold front.

Thanks to the 35-40+ folks who were out on the prowl for migrants & all manner 
of birds to see and to quietly enjoy on a changing-weather day.

Other species; migrants, fly-overs as well as stop-ins, & resident or summering 
birds included (and were hardly limited to these):

Cape May Warbler (brilliant adult male, Central Park - Great Hill, ~ 7 p.m., 
with slight sun on east slope)
Tennessee Warbler (at least several)
Northern Parula (at least several)
Worm-eating Warbler (at least several)
Ovenbird (several)
Northern Waterthrush (multiple; a few far from water in a.m.)
Louisiana Waterthrush (at least 2)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (several)
Black-throated Green Warbler (several)
Blackburnian Warbler (at least 3 in 3 distinct sites)
Prairie Warbler (at least several)
Blue-winged Warbler (at least several, likely more)
Yellow Warbler (multiple, in various parks)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (at least several)
Magnolia Warbler (at least 2, 2 locations)
Black-and-white Warbler (multiple)
American Redstart (numerous in some locations)
Mourning Warbler (male, Central Park’s northwest woods, a.m.-only)
Common Yellowthroat (multiple but not very many)
Hooded Warbler (at least several, in both male & female plumages)
Wilson's Warbler (at least 2)
Canada Warbler (multiple - in multiple parks)
Pied-billed Grebe (early-ish; not at all unprecedented for date/NYC)
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Blue-winged Teal (fly-by pair, as noted above)
Northern Shoveler (also fly-bys at East River)
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk (3 fly-bys mid-afternoon)
Semipalmated Plover (Sherman Creek area, Manhattan, as noted above)
Greater Yellowlegs (fly-bys, a.m.)
Lesser Yellowlegs (fly-bys, calling as were their congeners)
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Common Tern (thank you to all observers of these fine NY County birds)
Laughing Gull (few noted)
Ring-billed Gull
[American] Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
['feral'] Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
American Kestrel
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (several locations; 3 parks)
Chimney Swift (some flocks & some seemed to be moving on; over 50 were counted, 
by ones, in the later afternoon over just Central Park’s NW quadrant)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (increased and some in southbound diurnal migration 
seen from near both the East, & Hudson rivers along Manhattan island)
Belted Kingfisher (several in 2 parks, & likely more are around by now)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Central Park n. woods near Blockhouse, a.m./p.m.)
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher (heard calling and seen doing so)
Empidonax [genus] Flycatcher (at least several, non-vocal & unid. to species)
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird (multiple, including some moving in the morning)
Yellow-throated Vireo (1, Riverside Park’s northern end, iW. 117-18 Sts. area)
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo (multiple)
Blue Jay
Common Raven (several!)
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow (on the move)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (2)
Bank Swallow (on the move)
Barn Swallow (many, some on the move)
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (a single at East River edge park, north of E. 106th)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (multiple)
Veery (at least several locations)
Swainson's Thrush (a singleton in Central Park)
Wood Thrush (multiple, may include a few that are migrators on passage)
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (multiple, but many nested, & have stayed nearby)
Scarlet Tanager (more than a few now)
Chipping Sparrow (these almost certainly from fairly local nestings)
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow (summered & still around in Central Park)
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (multiple, but not many)
Indigo Bunting (2 seen)
Bobolink (a.m. fly-bys)
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole (multiple, including 5 or more early a.m. fly-throughs)
House Finch
Purple Finch (unexpected, but not unprecedented; 1 female-type, Riverside Park, 
n. section)
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Ongoing movements through the day on Friday 8/23, & it should be good to watch 
for Common Nighthawks moving, all through the rest of this month.  Plenty of 
butterflies and other invertebrate life ongoing in the Manhattan parks, 
greenspaces, & urban-refugia, despite some rain and drizzles - indeed, the 
added moisture can get some insect life re-invigorated and did not seem to hold 
back too many birds, either!

_  _  _  _
"We look at science as something very elite, which only a few people can learn. 
That's just not true. You just have to start early and give kids a foundation. 
Kids live up, or down, to expectations.” - Dr. Mae Jemison (first 
African-American woman into space; NASA mission of Sept. 12, 1992)

good birding,

Tom Fiore


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