Of interest is the “orange variant” Scarlet Tanager that we saw in the Pinetum 
on 5/12, practically as brilliant orange as a Flame-colored. It was following 
an adult male Scarlet and perhaps the same pair reported today 5/14 from Cedar 
Hill Cemetery in Hartford, CT.

It was a nice 5 days shared 5/10-14, and much needed away from the new norm of 
COVID-19; also uplifting to hear the support echoing the streets at 7:00p every 
evening honoring those of us working the “frontlines.” As they say, “stay safe” 
- we all know what to do, it’s no time to put aside necessary precautions.

Brenda Inskeep
Stamford, CT

>> On May 14, 2020, at 3:55 PM, Thomas Fiore wrote:

> Manhattan (part of N.Y. County, in N.Y. City) - May 8th through May 13th:
> WARBLER -  as well as many species of migrants that heretofore had been 
> rather sparingly or even just singly.  A few “gray-cheeked” type thrushes 
> were apparent by Monday, 5/11.  The single Bobolink seen by many in Central 
> Park and a ‘lifer’ for some newer birders, was one of a number passing thru 
> recently, which typically are not quite as obliging (or tired of flighting 
> high winds) as the single male seen Saturday in the Ramble. For a bit of 
> diversion, there was also a Yellow-breasted Chat very nearby to that bobolink 
> & also seen by multiple observers, eventually on Sat.
> The amazing (6+ months staying) RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in Central Park stayed 
> on into the 2nd week of May, seen to at least May 13th (many many observers). 
> And there were two, with a 2nd passage-migrant Red-headed arriving for 
> Central on Wed., 5/13.
> - -
> Friday, May 8 - A mix of drizzles, rain, clouds, but a start of the day with 
> 90+ minutes of sun.
> Tremendous day overall for warbler-diversity, in particular. A singing male 
> Kentucky Warbler present all day at Central Park’s Loch was among the 
> highlights along with a (continuing) male Golden-winged Warbler in Riverside 
> Park, a not-so-high Cerulean Warbler at the s. end of Central Park, & a 
> minimum of a dozen Cape May Warblers in various locations around Manhattan 
> (likely many more than that, in all), with a total of at least 29 American 
> warbler species found on the day just in Manhattan alone.  More than 60 
> observers were out & about, finding migrants in many, many locations, all 
> around town.  That Riverside Park warbler was almost certainly the 
> most-visited bird of that park since the long-lingering male Evening Grosbeak 
> that had been a fixture in a prior recent winter into spring, which brought 
> hundreds & hundreds of visitors over its’ long, long stay. The Golden-winged 
> at times received up to 30-40 observers at one time, & far more in total for 
> its full stay - thanks again to A.Drogin for his reporting and his birding a 
> dedicated ‘patch’ around that very nice park.
> A [Red] Fox Sparrow was photographed in Central Park (A.Simmons) & seen by 
> multiple observers; there were a couple of reports of American “tree” sparrow 
> which at such an extraordinary late date for Manhattan should be photo or 
> video documented; note: some spring Chipping Sparrows can have a hint of a 
> central breast-pin, &/or feathers out-of-place in windy conditions.
> --
> Sat., May 9 - Big west winds, with temperature dipping into the 30’s (F.) & 
> not far north of N.Y. City, a bit of snow for this 2nd weekend of May.  Later 
> in the day, temp’s. moderated very slightly into the 40’s.
> An American Bittern, at least the 3rd appearance in New York County this 
> spring, sat in a tree in Central Park for the first in-place showing of the 
> species there for the year.   Yellow-breasted Chat made its appearance, also 
> in Central Park - an annual, but often shy visitor to the city & to 
> Manhattan’s parks & greenspaces. Also annual, usually both spring & late 
> summer-fall, but rather rarely detected, Bobolink made a drop-in-&-stay a 
> while appearance and in the Ramble, where a lot of folks could actually view 
> (a male), in Central Park (as others made it thru and likely did not linger 
> as the one did).  Both of these were photographed, the bittern in particular 
> by dozens & seen by dozens & dozens more, including curious passersby.
> Several Cliff, Bank & the 3 more-typical & commonly-seen swallow species were 
> found over the Central Park reservoir, watching from west & NW edges, 
> throughout the day, esp. afternoon.   The least common of these is actually 
> Bank, in terms of well-described sightings for the location, overall. The few 
> Tree Swallows seen may not have lingered, while Barn were by far most 
> numerous, into the many dozens at all times.   Chimney Swifts were also 
> present in fair numbers over the reservoir (& elsewhere) and on the water 
> there were at least 2 lingering Bufflehead (down from the minimum of 7 of 
> that small diving-duck, from 5/5 at same location, as seen then also by many 
> obs.) The 2 seen on 5/9 were female & male, & together. (It is not at all 
> rare to find various duck species mate or at least act-out mating ritual, 
> well before reaching a breeding-area, even when they may be very far from 
> such an area; this is indeed fairly common, in many duck spp. in our region 
> as winter gives way to spring and duckage is closely-observed.)
> Once again, at least 29 American warbler species were found in Manhattan, 
> plus a Y.-br. Chat which is an unusual species not quite placed in a category 
> with warbler, icterid, nor tanager. (birds with the common English epithet of 
> ‘chat’ are many in the world, and this one, the Yellow-breasted, is unrelated 
> to pretty much most of the rest of the ‘chats’ in other areas; see a list of 
> birds of the world for a bit more, & some of the taxonomic thinking is spread 
> thru many scientific papers, articles, and some relatively recent books in 
> print.)
> -   -   -    -    -   There were again quite decent numbers of some of the 
> more-numerous & more-readily-spotted migrant birds in Manhattan this day, 
> with some species likely reaching either their peak or near-peak passage in 
> this county for the spring. A possible example was Scarlet Tanager, with some 
> individual observers finding 10 or more in a birding-session even in just one 
> park, & multiples of the species being seen in small greenspaces, street 
> trees in many locations, and in general in very good numbers through all of 
> the island of Manhattan - one can readily expect that many hundreds or more 
> were in N.Y. County just on the day. There were a few instances of 5 or more 
> individuals of the species visible at once simultaneously, which is hardly so 
> unusual at peak migration, but also not so commonly-obsevered here. As is 
> often so, some of the best sites to find many of this species were near the 
> Hudson river (parks) and in particular, in northern Manhattan, which still 
> has some very mature old-growth woods.
> --
> Sunday (Mom’s day), May 10 - Winds beginning to quiet (and esp. so for parts 
> of late Sat. night into pre-dawn of Sunday), & temp’s still very much 
> below-normal for the date, although much better-milder than the day prior 
> with a recovery to above 60 (F.) by late-day.
> As previously reported, a male BLUE Grosbeak was found by B.Inskeep at the 
> north end of Central Park, & photographed by she & I in the morning. A bit 
> later, B.I. also spotted the lingering RED-HEADED Woodpecker at its usual 
> area, & we also saw it fly across the park road, then back to its 
> most-regular grove of trees. 
> --
> Monday, May 11 - A west-southwesterly flow of slightly milder air arrived 
> from Sunday night. A further extensive migration occurred - one which 
> propelled some migrants far far north, on into Canadian breeding areas, as 
> well as throughout the northeastern U.S. in many places.
> There were many Great Blue Herons on the move, as well as both Great & Snowy 
> Egrets; the Great Blues seemed far more to be working on getting north, while 
> the egret fly-bys were more so in the east-west / west-east fly-way that 
> exists over Manhattan (which are birds going to & from the N.J. Meadowlands 
> areas to & from the Long Island Sound region, on a daily basis from now into 
> late summer or early-bird ‘autumn’).
> Olive-sided Flycatcher was a new arrival for spring in Manhattan; one seen in 
> Central Park. Least Sandpiper was perhaps new for the county, with at least 5 
> found on the Inwood Hill Park lagoon mudflats by N.Souirgi.  Multiple 
> Gray-cheeked Thrush were recorded, some by Nocturnal Flight Call operations 
> in the night by A.Farnsworth, & others also seen in a few locations; the 
> species-group (with Bicknell’s also possible now) had been reported by at 
> least a few observers for a few days by now.
> Very late were a couple of reports of [Red] Fox Sparrow in Manhattan; these 
> however somewhat in keeping with the overall ‘lateness’ of much of local (& 
> beyond) migration and in particular with some species lingering here & there, 
> which gets an extra measure of attention in heavily-birded areas.
> Male Summer Tanagers were reported from at least a few very widely separated 
> locations in Manhattan, including East River Park (Corlears Hook area) & from 
> Central Park’s north woods, & possibly elsewhere as well.
> It was a tremendous day for Cape May Warbler, with sightings from many 
> locations on Manhatttan, & at least 15 seen by 2 of us birding Central Park 
> for 12 straight hours (+ 1/2 hr. lunch break), 5:25 - 5:55 p.m., & one area 
> having up to 7 individuals including 5 males seen at once with 2 1st-spring 
> drab females.  At Inwood Hill Park in the northern-most end of Manhattan, a 
> minimum of 4 of this species were found, & several more also at Fort Tryon 
> Park. One was noted at Union Square Park much farther south in Manhattan, and 
> at least 2 from E. River Park, farther downtown or south in Manhattan, as 
> well as one noted at Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan; there 
> have been many others of this species recorded in various smaller parks & 
> greenspaces in recent days.  A total tally of more than thirty for Manhattan 
> on the day seems not at all high, & is more likely low.
> A singing male Yellow-throated Warbler was found by J.Spindel in the 
> Strawberry Fields area of Central Park, later having moved a bit north of 
> there; a tough bird to see later due to its’ being mostly high to very high 
> in fairly leafed-out trees, although still vocal at times; multiple obs. & 
> photos - of the yellow-lored subsp./ ‘dominica’ type. 
> A single European Goldinch was seen in Central Park’s Ramble; this species 
> has formed small flocks at times in N.Y. County at Governors Island, & has 
> been semi-regular in few counties of N.Y. City & southeastern N.Y. at times 
> over a long long period, although how extensive these birds have wandered is 
> an open question, & there may still be escapees from private ‘keepers’.
> --
> Tuesday, May 12 - Wind turned from the W/NW by Mon. eve. & night, with colder 
> overnight temp’s. returning - & a cooler day.  Migration may have been light, 
> but it included some exodus locally, particularly for many sparrows.
> A Prothonotary Warbler was seen in the Central Park Ramble / Lake shore area, 
> early a.m., which became harder to find later in the day. Other warbler 
> highlights for many were several Bay-breasted Warblers including 2 that 
> showed very well at times in Central Park on the Great Hill. There were also 
> multiple Hooded Warblers, continuing in several areas. Running late by now, 
> at least one Palm Warbler was seen, again not far from the reservoir in 
> Central, where a late-lingering Bufflehead continued. Cape May Warbler 
> continued to show well for Manhattan with sightings from one end of Manhattan 
> to the other, esp. continuing through in Central in numbers.
> Seen mid-morning or later, a first-year male Blue Grosbeak, in the lawn areas 
> a little north of the W. 77th St. Central Park West entrance to Central & 
> this bird was found by a young woman with camera or taking a phone photo and 
> then B.Inskeep & I both photo’d this bird as well, until an American Robin 
> vigorously chased it to near the park’s perimeter wall a bit to the north of 
> where it had been at first.  An uncommonly-seen ‘orange-variant’ male Scarlet 
> Tanager was seen near the Pinetum of Central Park; this was my own 4th-ever 
> sighting of this color form of the species, this being a first-spring bird; a 
> bit of a shocker whenever I’ve first encountered this. My first-ever was well 
> over 30 years prior, at the wonderful little Greenbrook sanctuary of 
> northeast New Jersey.   There was a very strong diurnal movement of Scarlet 
> Tanager locally, with observers from one end of Manhattan reporting the 
> species, in dozens of locations, and with some reports by individual 
> observers of well past a dozen on the day. At Central Park, some were seen 
> flying above treetop-level going both n. & south thru the morning.
> A visit to the Hallett Sanctuary at the s.-e. corner of Central Park provided 
> views of 11 warbler spp. including male Canada; all seen within the sanctuary 
> itself, in mid-late morning. A Mourning Warbler was reported in Central Park 
> by an experienced observer, without particular comment on the sighting but 
> from the n. end of that park.
> A now quite late [Red] Fox Sparrow was again seen in the Central Park Ramble 
> & photographed (P.Reisfeld).  A Yellow-breasted Chat was reported again, 
> continuing in the Central Park Ramble (B.Yolton) where it had recently been 
> semi-regular, but skulking in the area known as “Tupelo Meadow”.
> ---
> Wednesday, May 13 - Winds which had been gusting from the WNW much of the 
> previous day went far lighter at night, along with (again) low temp’s for 
> mid-May in the 40’s (F.). Some further migration occurred at least locally.
> Some of the migrant species present on prior days were still about in 
> multiple parks. A Yellow-breasted Chat continued in Central Park’s Ramble. In 
> some parks, there was still decent variety of migrant songbirds, but 
> generally not truly great numbers of most species, and some species are still 
> far from a peak flight or passage this spring.  Very slowly, some species 
> were increasing, such as Empidonax [gemus] flycatchers, E. Wood-Pewees, and 
> both regular cuckoo species for the northeast.
> ---
> An attempt to include most of the birds seen in the 4 days of this report is 
> below, but likely excludes at least some species -
> Canada Goose
> [Atlantic] Brant (still present on the rivers around Manhattan, as well as 
> the N.Y. Harbor)
> Mute Swan (along East river)
> Wood Duck (several sightings)
> Gadwall (ongoing, modest no’s.)
> American Black Duck
> Mallard
> Bufflehead (multiple, with at least 3 lingering on the Central Park reservoir 
> thru May 11th; 2 - male & female seen & photo’d on 5/13)
> Common Merganser (1 drake, fly-over as of 5/13, an oddly late sighting for 
> N.Y. County - seen flying west high over Manhattan)
> Red-throated Loon (few fly-overs)
> Common Loon (relatively scant fly-overs)
> Double-crested Cormorant (many)
> American Bittern (Central Park, May 9 - 80+ observers thru all of the day)
> Great Blue Heron (strong northbound migrations on several mornings)
> Great Egret (good numbers, reguilar fly-overs)
> Snowy Egret (most often seen as fly-overs)
> Green Heron
> Black-crowned Night-Heron
> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (one was detected in the vicinity of the East 
> River, nocturnal)
> Black Vulture
> Turkey Vulture
> Osprey
> Bald Eagle
> Red-tailed Hawk
> Killdeer (scarce)
> Greater Yellowlegs (few)
> Solitary Sandpiper (relatively few so far)
> Spotted Sandpiper (still fairly modest no’s.)
> Least Sandpiper (small numbers so far)
> Laughing Gull (modest no’s. esp. on the E. River & in the harbor)
> Ring-billed Gull
> [American] Herring Gull
> Great Black-backed Gull
> ['feral'] Rock Pigeon
> Mourning Dove
> American Kestrel (fairly common city residents)
> Merlin (apparent in photo (E.Goodman) from 5/9, Central Park - low fly-over)
> Peregrine Falcon (city residents)
> Black-billed Cuckoo (multiple but modest no’s., esp. as of 5/11 & afterwards)
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo (multiple, in modest no’s.)
> E. Screech-Owl (resident on Manhattan island)
> Chimney Swift (still mostly modest numbers, some occasional flocks in the 
> 20-30+ range)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (modest no’s. ‘ongoing’ - & passing through)
> Belted Kingfisher (one or two into report period)
> Red-headed Woodpecker (ongoing, at Central Park - with TWO individuals in 2 
> locations as of 5/13 there - one lingering & a 2nd adult-breeding-color bird 
> simultaneously on the Great Hill)
> Red-bellied Woodpecker (rather common)
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (still in the multiple, & in many locations 
> scattered around Manhattan)
> Downy Woodpecker (fairly common)
> Hairy Woodpecker (few)
> Yellow-shafted Flicker (modest numbers)
> Olive-sided Flycatcher (one report, Central Park)
> Eastern Wood-Pewee (very few, all thru the report period)
> Willow Flycatcher (few, some are calling)
> Least Flycatcher (not uncommon by 5/11)
> Great Crested Flycatcher (many, common on passage, & also a rare breeding 
> species here)
> Eastern Kingbird (common passage migrant, and not-rare breeding bird 
> throughout N.Y. City in appropriate habitat)
> White-eyed Vireo (multiple locations, a few just possibly lingering)
> Blue-headed Vireo (ongoing thru the period, but rather fewer than for the 
> week prior)
> Yellow-throated Vireo (ongoing, nice numbers being found thru the report 
> period)
> Warbling Vireo (common passage migrant, and not-rare breeding species in N.Y. 
> City in appropriate habitat)
> Red-eyed Vireo (not that msny sd of 5/13, uncommon to not-rare breeding 
> species in N.Y. City in appropriate habitat)
> Blue Jay (common & widespread and still some evidence of v. light movements 
> some days)
> Common Raven (regular, from multiple locations and observers)
> American Crow (regular breeder in N.Y. City)
> Fish Crow (less-common than above crow species, but does nest in Manhattan)
> Tree Swallow (rather uncommmon)
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow (uncommon now)
> Bank Swallow (at least one over Central Park reservoir, 5/11)
> Barn Swallow (common)
> Cliff Swallow (1 or two at Central Park)
> Black-capped Chickadee (nearly nonexistent now in most of Manhattan)
> Tufted Titmouse (scant)
> White-breasted Nuthatch
> Carolina Wren (multiple)
> House Wren (now nesting as well as some poss. still passing through)
> Winter Wren (several photographed, late lingerers, this report period)
> Marsh Wren (several, including one lingering a bit at Inwood Hill Park)
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet (far fewer than 1 week prior, many females now)
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (ongoing; a rare breeding species in Manhattan)
> Veery (increased greatly in this period)
> Gray-cheeked Thrush (a few of this ‘type’ began to appear in this period)
> Bicknell's Thrush (possible - none yet confirmed, this period)
> Swainson's Thrush (increased in this period, some singing at times)
> Hermit Thrush (late movers still around - a slightly late migration overall)
> Wood Thrush (now very common, some attempt breeding in Manhattan)
> American Robin
> Gray Catbird (many)
> Northern Mockingbird (fairly common)
> Brown Thrasher (scattered locations)
> European Starling
> Cedar Waxwing (flocks of up to 80+ in total on 5/11, in particular)
> Summer Tanager (several, some lingering a day or more, & most seemingly not)
> Scarlet Tanager (common in this period, even almost very common, almost all 
> are passage migrants, but can be watched-for as June comes along)
> Eastern Towhee (still on passage in this period; this is also a rare nesting 
> species in Manhattan, much-declined from long-ago)
> "American Tree” Sparrow (these reports require full vetting, should have 
> photos / video, it is exceedingly late for the species in N.Y. City, where 
> not usualin spring)
> Chipping Sparrow (still in some numbers, some stay and attempt to breed in 
> N.Y. County, & some succeed)
> Clay-colored Sparrow
> Field Sparrow (few remaining)
> Savannah Sparrow (still present in Manhattan to 5/13)
> [Red] Fox Sparrow (extremely late individuals, at least one photographed, to 
> May - - - - - - -)
> Song Sparrow
> Lincoln's Sparrow (many in this period, many locations in multiple parks & 
> greenspaces)
> Swamp Sparrow (common, but fewer than in prior week)
> White-throated Sparrow (still common, but now starting to move out; a very 
> few may summer, a non-breeder in N.Y. City until proven otherwise)
> White-crowned Sparrow (excellent passage of this species, with dozens of 
> individuals in almost 20 different parks & greenspaces, some places with 
> multiples in 1 site)
> Slate-colored Junco (quite late, still a few seen in this period; often 
> almost ‘gone' by May 1st, in Manhattan)
> Northern Cardinal
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak (very common; some may breed in the northern parks; 
> watch for & listen in June there)
> Blue Grosbeak (multiple, with a few female types added to the multiple males 
> of previous week - a very good showing of this once-quite-rare species; 
> breeds in N.Y. City & other parts of N.Y. state in probably-low numbers; one 
> in Central Park as recently as 5/12, a first-spring male - photographed by 3 
> of us)
> Indigo Bunting (common on passage, has nested in Manhattan in the modern-age 
> period)
> Bobolink (several nice sightings for many observers - males in each case in 
> Central Park)
> Red-winged Blackbird
> Common Grackle
> Brown-headed Cowbird
> Orchard Oriole (multiple)
> Baltimore Oriole (many)
> Yellow-breasted Chat (one, very brightly-plumaged, ongoing to 5/13, Central 
> Park, in the Ramble - photos to 5/13)
> -
> Blue-winged Warbler (modest numbers)
> Golden-winged Warbler (an un-banded male continued into the start of this 
> report’s period at Riverside Park, with more than 100 observers in total, 
> since A.Drogin’s initial find of it there)
> Tennessee Warbler (very very scant to 5/13)
> Orange-crowned Warbler (one or more reports that included photos)
> Nashville Warbler (many)
> Northern Parula (very common)
> Yellow Warbler (fairly common, many more females thus of course less singing 
> overall by this species)
> Chestnut-sided Warbler (increasing)
> Magnolia Warbler (increasing)
> Cape May Warbler (excellent no’s. in many plumages, with ongoing adults still 
> fairly regular in multiple locations)
> Black-throated Blue Warbler (common, of both sexes)
> Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warbler (fair numbers, but a truly awesome push of 
> this species had not occurred as of 5/13 in Manhattan)
> Black-throated Green Warbler (many, both sexes)
> Cerulean Warbler (one on 5/8, s. end of Central Park)
> Blackburnian Warbler (good numbers continued)
> Yellow-throated Warbler (1 or 2 still being turned up, to at least 5/11)
> Pine Warbler (still one or two thru the start of this report’s period)
> Prairie Warbler (many)
> Palm Warbler (several sightings, with photos, to at least 5/12 and poss. 
> still on 5/13)
> Bay-breasted Warbler (modest no’s., so far)
> Blackpoll Warbler (modest no’s. so far, many locations)
> Black-and-white Warbler (still rather common)
> American Redstart (increasing thru this report’s period)
> Prothonotary Warbler (one in Central Park on 5/12, multiple observers, 
> photographed)
> Worm-eating Warbler (multiple, and thru the report-period)
> Ovenbird (extremely common)
> Northern Waterthrush (rather common, & as usual on passage, some seen far 
> from obvious water of any kind)
> Mourning Warbler (one, Central Park, 5/11)
> Common Yellowthroat (very common indeed)
> Hooded Warbler (multiple areas and parks, with some females)
> Wilson's Warbler (good numbers, increased within report period)
> Canada Warbler (modest numbers so far)
> -
> Purple Finch
> House Finch
> American Goldfinch
> European Goldfinch (just a note that one of this species was wandering into 
> Central Park recently; I don’t have more details; the species has been seen 
> on Governors Island & elsewhere in N.Y. City over recent times, but may or 
> may not be breeding? And there may be escaped pet birds even now?)
> House Sparrow 
> ------
> This is a link to an article that appeared in the New York Times, as an 
> opinion piece, regarding bird-watching as we also all live through a pandemic 
> and its many repercussions - it’s by David Sibley.  
> https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/08/opinion/sunday/bird-watching-coronavirus-lockdown.html
>   (I have no vested interest, personal or professional, in Mr. Sibley’s work 
> nor that of the N.Y. Times.) I might add, in this short and straightforward 
> list of ‘tips’ and ideas, there is one which has struck me, as a birder for a 
> long time, a very long time. There is a tremendous amount of information 
> available to us as observers of birds if we are watching, in seeing the bill 
> of a bird or birds. And if & when we are also listening, then the information 
> that is available is tremendous. To pay attention, real attention, long and 
> studious attention, to just these two things about many birds, is to learn a 
> great deal. (As an aside; some 22 years ago or more, I had the luck and honor 
> of going into the well-known Ramble of Central Park in manhattan with 2 
> birders: Kenn Kaufmann and David Sibley. After a delightful time in a 
> leisurely walk, we three came out to the edge of the wooded area, and I 
> assumed the walk was about done for us. Maybe they also did. And then, a bird 
> sang. It was a Black-throated Green Warbler, and was neither particularly 
> near nor very far off, for a trio who each had binoculars, and some ability 
> to listen. It was a quiet, cool day in the park. And then, to me rather 
> magically - and very unexpectedly, these two birders whom I barely knew other 
> than by reputation, through their art and works, started to discuss the 
> warbler we were observing - aurally and visually observing. That discussion 
> went on for one full hour and had some of the most nuanced and impassioned 
> private conversation on a single bird, on observing (listening and watching, 
> taking note, paying attention, close attention) and on thinking about the 
> 'nature of nature’, that I have encountered in the ‘field’ - what otherwise 
> had been a casual, friendly, and ‘easy’ walk in the park. The quality of 
> information conveyed between these 2 birder-naturalists was, to put it 
> mildly, stunning, fascinating, mind-opening, and revealing, as well as 
> humbling. Yes, the thought came over me that I wasn’t ‘meant’ to overhear all 
> of this. So what was discussed? How to think about a bird, and what is the 
> real nature of observation - and of understanding and trying to learn. And 
> learning, and trying to understand. Part of that conversation revolved simply 
> on what was happening with just the forward-most parts of that one bird - its 
> bill, its eyes, & its vocal assembly. I’ve never quite watched or listened to 
> any birds anywhere in the world the same way as prior to that day, that hour, 
> since then.) I thought it was in part an illustration in action of what 
> science is, of what art can be, and of what we as humans may be capable of 
> when we simply pay attention.
> -------
> “I am the originator. I am the emancipator. I am the architect.” - from an 
> American original.
> R.I.P. Richard W. Penniman - 'Little Richard’ from Macon GA, to the world - 
> The Rill Thing.
> good birding to all; please continue to practice safe protocols in times of 
> world-wide pandemic.
> Tom Fiore
> manhattan
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