Manhattan, N.Y. City 
on Sunday, May 2nd

Thus far and it was still early when this started to be discovered, there is a 
near 'mini-fallout' of Cerulean Warbler (even two of this species, in one park 
here in migration, is nowadays a good number, and more than that is unusual) - 
in Manhattan with a ***minimum (so far)*** of 4 singing males in 4 separate 
locations & in at least 3 parks - Central, Riverside, & yet one other local 
park.  This follows the find of a (apparenty 1st-spring) female of the species 
at Prospect Park Brooklyn (Kings Co., NYC) as seen by many on 5/1 (& found 
there by R. Paine), an uncommon plumage to spot and to identify in the 
migration north. There was a fairly good migration overnight in the region, 
Sat. night into Sunday 5/2.  There are also “possible" female Cerulean[s] in 
Manhattan on 5/2, big-tree-high & in-foliage-foraging.

One (of the several male) Cerulean Warblers on 5/2 was just south of the Met. 
Museum of Art’s south edge, *in* Central Park, near E. 79th St. - a pedestrian 
entry at the n.w. side of the Fifth Ave. crossing, & a sometimes busy one. It’s 
possible this bird wlll stay in that general area, and the trees just south of 
the museum - & both sides of walkway. (There had already been 30-50+ observers 
coming to that area as of ~ 10 a.m.). Use care in distinguishing the Cerulean 
from other warblers such as female (or less-brightly plumaged) 
Myrtle/Yellow-rumped Warblers (also in all areas) just now. Song also will 
help, & so far all of these discoveries were of singing male birds! Look for 
the birders and photographers, in that area. Thanks to a woman with a good ear 
for song on the “Three Bears” early find of Cerulean near Fifth. (there is a 
bronze statue of 3 bears in the vicinity of the latter location-sighting.)

and yep, that made for warbler-species no. 32 (at least) now for N.Y. County, 
for the year - & for the spring of 2021.  There are also still Evening 
Grosbeaks in Manhattan, including at Central Park, on Sunday, 5/2 as well as 
elsewhere in the county, and elsewhere in N.Y. City as of May 2nd. Again, 
listening for calls may be helpful for finding them.
NYC (& other) observers also might be *on-watch* for Prothonotary Warblers, as 
there have been more showing in a number of places including more as of 
Saturday 5/1, within N.Y. City.  And Kentucky-kapers can continue too, by songs 
but female birds only by calls or sightings. At least several more have been 
detected in southeast NY in recent days, and to 5/2 in some locations.

Those who are persistent and have the time & energy may be able to locate a 
whole lot of migrant warblers in the county (N.Y. County), as such early-moving 
spp. as Pine & Palm, and even Louisiana Waterthrush were still present to 
Sunday, while a lot of mid-May (typically) species have also been found, and 
some further early-birds just might yet be.   More than 75 species of birds in 
3 parks in Manhattan as of 11 a.m. - and far more migrants will be revealed.  
At least 25 warbler species for Central Park alone by noon-hour Sunday, with 
more being sought out.

An excellent early-morning migration movement of Loons, perhaps all Common, 
starting as early as the light allowed. There was also a good a.m. flight of 
passerines that (as is expected) included many Yellow-rumped Warblers 
continuing onward, along with plenty of other songbird species. 
Swallow-movement also not too shabby. Some early flight was observed along the 
Hudson river (from Manhattan). Indigo Buntings in a lot of locations - also a 
good indicator for other neotropical-wintering migrants having been moving & 

As a further note, there were a **lot** of migrants singing & active in many 
street-trees in Manhattan as early as 4:45 a.m. and onward, & much singing in a 
lot of the parks all morning as well. It’s also possible that ‘hatch-outs’ (of 
flying & crawling insects) will occur which can attract a lot of migrants & in 
which instances the birds may be briefly-brave about taking advantage of the 
feast, and somewhat ignore their human admirers. The warm & slightly more humid 
weather is a part of that phenomenon, which we see each spring to some extent. 
Some 'hatch-outs' were already seen locally in late April & on Sat. May 1st in 
Manhattan parks. Late-day hours (&/or warmth) may produce the phenomena, but 
days that start off with humidity & warmth can see this happen at almost any 

good real-bird-sounds-listening to all,

Tom Fiore

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