It has been an exciting, interesting week or so for those doing Christmas Bird 
Counts, & their scouting as well as pre / post birding in that manner (effort!) 
and among the latest of wonderful discoveries - Thank You, John Gluth for 
getting word out for your find of a TOWNSEND'S Warbler for the S. Nassua 
County, NY CBC, seen by many after John’s find, & also still present (& tip ‘o’ 
the hat to A.Gilbert), also notifying NYS Birds list-readers here, of this 
ongoing rarity from the American west-&-Mexico-onwards- where many of that 
species typically may winter. We might yet see a few more such unexpeced 
visitors esp. with CBC-style effort being made!

A BROWN PELICAN as reported in part here on this list, had continued around the 
N.Y. (City) harbor area into the period noted; it may have also wandered again 
into N.Y. County waters in this time-frame. It is also very possible that more 
than one individual of the species was involved in the last several sightings 
which include the ones from Staten Island, N.Y. City and nearby in N.J. coastal 
waters not far from N.Y. City.

In Manhattan, we have had the lingering first-winter RED-HEADED Woodpecker in 
Central Park, observed by many hundreds of people by now, staying in its 
preferred area near W. 97th St. & between the west (SW) edges of the N. Meadow 
ballfield fences & the bridle path which is a smaller cindred trail adjacent 
the West Park Drive (road, in the park) all this not far at all from Central 
Park West.  This woodpecker, long-lingering & likely to remain thru the winter, 
has been stashing its’ acorn supplies as normally done by this species, and in 
recent days almost all done in typical fashion, in trees around it’s small 
‘territory’ & roosting place. It has gained a bit of color, easiest to see on 
sunnier days, or with the use of a camera or higher-powered optics. It has been 
vocalizing at times, & knowing the calls may lead one to spot it more readily; 
as winter continues, watch for this, and any young Red-headed, to gain more & 
more adult coloration as fresh molt occurs.

We have been treated to some nice gulls in the past week+ with multiple 
sightings of both ICELAND (in several age & cycle plumages, including at least 
one, possibly two, at the Central Parkj reservoir, intermittently from Dec. 
24th if not before, thru Sunday, 12/29 at least) and also some Lesser 
Black-bacaked Gulls (also in several plumage cycles) for a number of locations 
& days, including at least one adult previously found at the Central Park 
reservoir - & both these gull spp. at waters east as well as south of Manhattan 
island, and within New York County.  It’s worth a check of any gull-gatherings 
now, for what may be more than the ‘usual’ three of the local area’s 
gull-species mix… Other gull species, less-common for New York County in 
winter, are nonetheless possible & several of these have been recorded in the 
last decade or so, some of them more than once.

Somewhat notable have been lingering warblers, esp. of a couple of species that 
are less-common for winter in this region, this far into December, in 
particular - yet see the lists of such species being found in a good many 
regional CBC’s, & elsewhen & where, thru this month, as indicators of definite 
lingering by some of these & other usually well-south-dispersed and long-gone 
species which are migratory & only very rarely fully winter in this state or 
even this region (all of which is subject to change, and is likely to based on 
climate-modeling and by actual observed events of recent years!)  At least 6 
American Warbler species were still around in New York County in the past week 
& some were seen as of Sat., Dec. 28th at various locations.

SOME of the other highlights of the past week or so in New York County, 
including Manahattan & Central Park, N.Y. City have been:

Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Black Vulture, 
Turkey Vulture, Snow Goose,Wood Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneyes, Bald 
Eagles, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, American 
Woodcock, Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Monk Parakeet, multiple Owl 
Species, Belted Kingfishers, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, 
Yellow-shafted Flickers, Brown Creepers, Carolina Wrens, Winter Wrens, 
Golden-crowned & Ruby-crowned Kinglets, E. Bluebirds, Hermit Thrushes, Gray 
Catbirds, Br. Thrashers, Orange-crowned, Nashville, Pine Warblers, Ovenbird, 
Common Yellowthroat, E. Towhees, Chipping Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrow, Rusty 

Thanks to the many ethical birders who responsibly found, watched, photographed 
& reported a good many of these & other birds in the county. And thanks also to 
'M.R. & company' for maintaining a means of ethically-based reporting of local 
specialty species & others.  Members of NYC & Nat’l. Audubon, the Linnaean 
Society of New York, & multiple other non-profit org’s. which do great things 
also are thanked for a lot tremendous works.

A further list of some of what has been found by serious, observant birders on 
New York County ground, sky, & waters since Dec. 24th thru 29th:

Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Brown Pelican
Great Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Snow Goose
[Greater] Canada Goose
[Atlantic] Brant
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk (several sightings, & photo’d in multiple locations this 
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot
American Woodcock
[American] Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
['feral'] Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Monk Parakeet (Harlem, Manhattan - a 2nd observation in past 2 weeks)
Great Horned Owl
Long-eared Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
E. Screech-owl (resident, native, breeds on Manhattan)
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker (as noted at top)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Common Raven (several sightings & a few add’l. reports)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird (at least 2 thru Dec. 24th, Central Park, n. end)
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
[Red] Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow (LATE, Bella Abzug Park, Manhattan - to 12/28 at least, in 
northwest sector)
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warbler
Pine Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
[nb, a report of Pine Siskin in Central Park was eyebrow-raising but lacked any 
details whatsoever]
House Sparrow
-  -  -  -
“I Don’t Have a Short Temper I Just Have a Quick Reaction to ‘BullSweat!’ “ 
[expletive, family-friendlied]
- Dame Elizabeth Taylor, DBE [1932-2011, actress-activist, devoting her last 25 
years to HIV-AIDS awareness / research / funding]

Good birding to all & thanks to all making CBC efforts as well as in-general 
keeping a tradition of working for the good of the birds!
Happy 2020,

Tom Fiore
manhattan, and points far beyond.


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