New York County (in N.Y. City) including Manhattan, Governors Island & Randall’s Island
Thursday thru Sunday, June 3rd thru 6th:

One of many photos made of the singing male Prothonotary Warbler in Central Park on Sunday, at the Pool (near W. 100-103 Streets) is archived in the Macaulay library (thanks to U. Mitra) & may be viewed here: There were multiple observers present for this bird, which would be especially interesting were it to linger for some time.

A singing male Blackburnian Warbler was found Saturday in Central Park during one of the walks celebrating Black Birders week (globally), with thanks to C. Cooper and enjoyed by many other observers there. Of 2 singing male N. Parulas in Central Park before the weekend, one at the Ramble area there was seen & heard by many on Friday, after having been found there Thursday, & that individual at least continued thru the weekend.

Additional warbler species in the county in the period of this report all with multiple observers have included: Magnolia, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Wilson’s, Canada, Chestnut-sided, Yellow, & Black-and-white Warblers, as well as N. Waterthrush, Ovenbird, American Redstart, and Common Yellowthroat. A Prairie Warbler at Inwood Hill Park (A. Barry) was quite late for the county on Friday. There was still at least one Bay-breasted Warbler lingering to (at least) June 3rd in Manhattan, and with the poss. exception of these last 2 species, all of the rest of the warbler species noted were seen in Central Park, with a good many also elsewhere.

A few Yellow-billed Cuckoos were still passing through Manhattan to Sunday, and some Empidonax [genus] flycatchers still being found included Least, Yellow-bellied, Acadian, & Willow Flycatchers all giving some vocalizations at times.

On Governors Island in particular, Common Terns are being seen regularly and often in excellent numbers; the species is otherwise less regular in (seen from) most of the county. Both Yellow-crowned & Black-crowned Night-Herons have been on Randall’s Island lately, with only the latter species being at all regular elsewhere in the county.

Many birds are now nesting all around, even as some of the last of northbound migrants continue to pass thru, and it is for the good of the birds to use all restraint and common sense near nest sites as well as around fledgling birds.

good birding to all,

Tom Fiore

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