Manhattan, N.Y. City -
Wednesday & Thursday, May 11th & 12th -

The vocal Bicknell’s Thrush was ongoing & rather cooperative for many who came 
to see and hear on through May 12th, at Central Park’s n. end. Excellent 
teamwork by all and in particular the understanding that use of devices to 
“force’ this or other migrants to show themselves, to sing or to call is 
unnecessary in a very public and very populated urban park, and can be both 
detrimental to understanding the complexties of migrant birds’ lives in situ, 
as well as very-often counterproductive in giving all hopefuls (amongst 
observers) an equal, fair chance at ‘unforced’ observation of a wild, free, & 
unrestrained bird (and for multiple other reasons which need not all be 

A male Cerulean Warblers which was video- and audio-recorded was found at Fort 
Tryon Park - in n. Manhattan - early Thursday morning, and the 2nd of the day 
(for Manhattan) of the same species & gender was found at Central Park (near 
the Summit Rock area, off C.P. West & W. 83-84th Streets) with the latter 
having many many observers all day later on Thursday. The early-Thursday Ft. 
Tryon Park Cerulean visually recorded (and archived in the Macaulay Library) by 
M. Waldron.  The Cerulean Warbler for Central Park (which was nicely 
photographed by some of our very experienced photographer-birders, some photos 
also in the Macaulay Library) brought to at least 33 species of confirmed 
American warblers this year for that park all of which seen by many, and all of 
the ‘rarer' species of those seen by some hundreds of observers (per individual 

In addition to the ongoing May 11th (Wed.) Yellow-breasted Chat at Central 
Park’s n. end, an Eastern Meadowlark (rather late for this county & site, and 
uncommon in general for this county) was seen by some who were in that area of 
the park, along with so many other migrants.

Additions to come.

Good birding to all,

Tom Fiore


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