May 15th, 2020 - Friday - a lot of migrants. The ongoing good migration may have become even stronger, with more of the mid-season species of May, & some of the later-season migrants also starting to show. At least 4 (FOUR) RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS moved across from the north side viewpoint of Sheep Meadow at first-light on Friday, & at least one of those went into the Ramble, with others poss. moving on to the north. (The West 98th St. Red-headed may have moved on though). There were at least 29 American Warbler species, plus Yellow-bresated Chat, in Manhattan & N.Y. County seen by as early as noon on Friday; some of the individual birds are new arrivals, while there are also lingerers such as a Kentucky and a Yellow-throated Warbler in Central Park. There are at least 5 vireo species & at least 5 Catharus [genus] Thrush spp. for Manhattan & N.Y. County. An early visit to Randall’s Island (part of N.Y. County) yielded almost 90 species, including an unexpected fly-by CASPIAN TERN, going west & passing through both n.-w. Queens County, & then over Manhattan island in the neighborhood of Harlem. Bobolink (on the deck) was also a nice species at Randall’s for the a.m. visit. At least one male SUMMER TANAGER was in a group of Scarlet Tanagers at the area of Randall’s Island a bit north of the stadium, and west of the golf-center entry area (which is now closed). There were also many warblers of many species on Randall’s Island, with a nice showing of Yellow-rumped [Myrtle] Warblers to work through.
Many smaller parks & greenspaces in Manhattan were providing observers with views of all sorts of migrants, some species in good numbers & also some less-common migrants, plus a few late lingerers as well as such later-moving species as MOURNING & Tennessee Warblers. Bay-breasted Warblers are now well into double-digit no’s. in Manhattan parks. There are at least 4 Manhattan parks OTHER than Central which have had twenty or more warbler species on the Friday/15th. Many, many more highlights - BOTH spp. of Cuckoo, multiple flycatcher species, multiple shorebird species, etc. & etc. - a further set of reports at some point. Thanks to the hundred+ observers out & about in so many locations. masked/ ‘distanced’/ ready to observe birds. 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://email@example.com/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/ --