Manhattan island & New York County (all part of N.Y. City):

A good showing of raptors & vultures for Manhattan & N.Y. County on Wed., April 1st included at least 2 Black Vultures (possibly lingering in the area) , & 22 or more Turkey Vultures, at least 6 Ospreys, 4 or more Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 Cooper’s Hawk, and at least 5 Bald Eagles on the move. This was not at all surprising on the weather that day brought to the area - northwest winds in spring can be quite good for raptor movement thru the N.Y. City area, although a number of conditions must be right besides only wind-direction. It helps that it’s also the peak period for some of the species moving lately, as can be seen simply by looking at recent HMANA hawk-watch reports.

Another Horned Grebe, this again in breeding-plumage, showed nicely on the Central Park reservoir, especially for any local birders who missed an earlier two of this species there last month in a 1-day drop-in then - this showing up on Thurs., 4/2.  (And note: a Pied-billed Grebe also was lingering as it has for months, on the Central Park reservoir.)

The first photo-documented Black-and-White Warbler of the season arrived to Central Park on Thursday, 4/2 & was seen by a modest number of observers at varying times. It was still on the early side for the species by well over a week, but there is precedent for slightly earlier dates in Central Park as well as many other locations in the region (& a few much earlier as well). Thanks to J. Roberts who first reported this 4/2 sighting via eBird. Other warbler species seen include Pine & Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warbler, the latter in very scant numbers, in New York County.

Migration has in fact continued daily with slight movement about every night recently. Larger pushes of migrant birds  are on their way from the south.

Birders I have seen, from respectful distances, & others at far distances seem to be maintaining safe space & other protocols in local birding.  This is good & necessary as we all are in this fight together.

Spring continues to bloom (literally) throughout the area, with many flowering trees now at peak blossom, and others soon to follow, as well as modest leaf-budding now visible (or more than, for some trees such as some willows.)

Good & safe birding,

Tom Fiore

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