Among highlights found & photographed by multiple observers in Central Park 
(Manhattan, N.Y. City) throughout Sunday, February 16 were these birds:

species, many of them lingering.  Also, notable in New York County in N.Y. City 
was a still-lingering YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Randall’s Island. 

A more-complete list of some of the species (including the above-noted ones) as 
seen by 50++ observers thru the day on Sunday, 2/16:

Pied-billed Grebe (ongoing at CP reservoir)
Double-crested Cormorant (ongoing)
Great Blue Heron (minimum of two, wintering/lingering)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (lingering, Pond - well-hidden)
Snow Goose (same 2 birds in the general area for many, many weeks)
Canada Goose (all geese sometimes visit N. Meadow, o/w on res.)
Wood Duck (drake, lingering, lately at the Meer)
Northern Shoveler (hundreds)
American Black Duck
Green-winged Teal (ongoing, female-plumaged)
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser (drake, continuing, CP reservoir)
Ruddy Duck
American Coot (in several locations)
Bald Eagle (flyover, end of day, west)
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Woodcock (n. woods, & late-day)
Ring-billed Gull
[American] Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
['feral'] Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
American Kestrel
Merlin (photos, multiple obs. - also seen & photo’d. in n. Manhattan)
Peregrine Falcon
Red-headed Woodpecker (wintering first-year bird, still w. side CP, e. of 
park’s W. Drive nr. W. 97th St.)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (multiple locations, but not that many)
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Yellow-shafted Flicker (multiple locations, but not that many; some were 
present for 1 month+)
Blue Jay
Common Raven (irregular but not that infrequent, for Manhattan or N.Y. City; 
bit less so in C.P.)
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper (regular - present all this winter)
Carolina Wren (multiple)
Winter Wren (wintering)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (overwintered)
Hermit Thrush (minimum of several have overwintered, CP; with more in Manhattan 
& N.Y. City)
American Robin (widespread, some in v. small groups)
Gray Catbird (several overwintered in C.P., many more locations thru Manhattan, 
& elsewhere in area(
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher (few overwintering, & some very local movements - within 
Manhattan, as well)
European Starling
Eastern Towhee (multiple, with up to 3 in Shakespeare Garden area on Sunday 
2/16, many observers)
Chipping Sparrow (several wintering in C.P. & a few more elsewhere in 
Manhattan, part of broad/well-doc. region-w.pattern this winter)
[Red] Fox Sparrow (multiple)
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (multiple)
White-throated Sparrow (many)
Slate-colored Junco (multiple)
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird (few lingering in park yet, some movement in past week+)
Rusty Blackbird (1, a recent arrival? - Pond area)
Boat-tailed Grackle (1 seen & photo’d. by many - present many weeks now in C.P. 
with a roaming Common Grackle flock)
Common Grackle (many)
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow 

Additionally various other species were noted from elsewhere on Manhattan, its’ 
waters & several islands near to it all part of New York County, N.Y. City. 
Some, or most of these were lingering or regular in the locations where seen on 
Sunday, 2/16.

“Oh! had I the ability, and could reach the nation's ear, I would, to-day, pour 
out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, 
and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the 
gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the 
earthquake." - Frederick Douglass (statesman, orator, publisher, American), 
July 5th, 1852.

Good and ethical birding, with thanks to all those who keep the best interests 
of birds at heart - and in practice!

Tom Fiore


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