Saturday, 25 April - At Central Park (Manhattan, N.Y. City) a Grasshopper Sparrow was again present in same area as on 4/23-24, so-called “sparrow rock”, a set of small lawns with fairly flat bedrock outcrops, immediately east of the park’s West Drive, near W. 83rd to 84th Sts.; this area can be frequented by off-leash dogs, which means that sparrows may flush, however they also continue to feed in that area.
Some of the new arrivals included Warbling Vireo - singing from areas where they have nested in the park over many years, Indigo Bunting (‘new' to at least Central Park) and Orchard Oriole, a first-year male in one area in the north woods, plus other species seen minimally already in Manhattan such as a number of Northern Parulas, Black-throated Green and Black-and-white Warblers, and (a few) Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. The proliferation of Eastern Towhee continues in multiple parks, not least certainly of Central Park, where some sections had a dozen or even more, totaling a rather remarkable supply of this species, the vast majority of which will move on at some point. In many areas of Central Park, migrants & other species were in full song by & even before sunrise, despite a cool start to an otherwise (much-welcomed) sunny & milder day. An interesting observation was that of Brown Thrasher singing some ‘anticipatory mimicking’ phrases, with species being mimicked that have yet to arrive in Manhattan. I looked for but failed to find a Red-headed Woodpecker in ‘usual’ 6-months-long site in Central Park; however some additional looks-attempts will be made. Plenty more migrants & some lingerers, to be detailed in a more thorough report at a later date. Please use proper spatial / social-distancing while this state & its largest city are still in a very serious situation regarding the viral pandemic. Good, spatially-safe birding - Stay the Course. Tom Fiore manhattan -- 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://firstname.lastname@example.org/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/ --