Another brief update to some migrant birds in Manhattan - Please note, there is 
a widespread program in N.Y. City now to distribute FREE face-masks to anyone 
who requests, and this is happening around (among other areas) larger parks of 
the city, with the N.Y.P.D., Urban Parks Rangers, & others present to assist 
this effort. At some parks’ entrances, this may be very apparent.

GROSBEAK have all shown in the morning hours at Central Park’s mid-west sector 
- the Clay-colored Sparrow on the west side of a path west of the Great Lawn 
oval - it may be mobile in that fairly large area; the Prothonotary Warbler was 
around the shoreline of Turtle Pond, which is adjacent to Belvedere Castle & 
lies immediately south of the Great Lawn, & a Blue Grosbeak appeared at 
Strawberry Fields area earlier in the day. 

More Cape May, Bay-breasted, Worm-eating, Blackburnian, & so forth are among 
the American warbler species seen in Manhattan on 5/3, including in Central 
Park as well as other parks.

And of course there are many many other migrants all through the island of 
Manhattan - & far beyond.  Some of the later-migrating and regular-annual 
sparrows also have come in, such as Lincoln’s and White-crowned Sparrows, & 
perhaps some other new arrivals amongst the sparrow tribe.  Some of these, 
including the 2 aforementioned, are showing in other parks of Manhattan away 
from Central Park.  The 2 most-regular shorebird species for Manhattan parks in 
May, Spotted & Solitary Sandpipers are both showing in some locations as of 

These birds are already on-record in eBird for the day, I am not broadcasting 
news of these rarer species not already widely & publicly shared.  Please use 
commonsense while birding, and if a particular location appears to be crowded, 
try to move on once any desired bird is viewed. And also consider trying for 
such species in other locations, as there may well be multiples in the area, 
county, region.

A RED-HEADED WODPECKER was still present & photogrpahed Sunday morning in 
Central Park, location as it’s been for over 6 months: not far from both West 
97th & West 100th St. park entrances, east of the West Drive (park roadway).  I 
briefly visited Bryant Park (in midtown Manhattan) and in a very brief time saw 
& heard both Baltimore & Orchard Oriole, & Rose-breasted Grosbeak, as well as 
seeing a few thrushes, a couple of warblers, & at least 1 Blue-headed Vireo; 
however I did not have an impression of ‘fallout’ at that park in my quick tour.

More reports in a day or two.

good birding and safe spatial-distancing,

Tom Fiore

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