Emending the report I gave on this list, for Tues., 8/16 as per below:
A bird initially reported as a Little Blue Heron in Manhattan on Tues., 8/16 
[and passed along to this list by me, afterwards] has had its’ observer change 
the designation (via eBird in that same checklist) to “white egret species”, 
which is a choice that can be made in this county on a checklist for eBird.  
And the ever-hardworking eBird-review team have also made the change, **which 
removes Little Blue Heron from the ‘weekly’ county-level-only R.B.A., which 
eBird also features.** (I’m not affiliated with eBird’s team, nor do I affect 
any operations which they perform.)  As an added note, the observer referred 
to, offering the original report is *always, by choice* listed in reports as 
-Mickey- for a first name, rather than “Michael”. Thanks again to M. Ryan for 
the regular bird reports, often with additional documentations. In addition 
there were further visits to Sherman Creek [n. of Swindler Cove Park, which is 
beyond the eastern terminus of Dykman St. in n. Manhattan] on Wed., 8/17, and 
the observers there found just Great Blue Heron & Black-crowned Night-Herons, 
amongst any Ardeidae species noted. Also present there were Least and Spotted 
Sandipers in the multiple, and above-typical no’s. of Northern Waterthrush, of 
which the latter was also found in good no’s. at other sites around the county.

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Concerning various recent notes from some sources, the most recent eBird-ed 
(and confirmed) report for Sora (in all of New York County) was just-under two 
years ago, in early September of 2020, the rather-well-noted odd one (in an odd 
location, to be sure) at Bryant Park in the thick of midtown Manhattan. And the 
last (most-recent) confirmed and documented report in eBird for a Sora within 
Central Park also in Manhattan, N.Y. City) was that which was photographed & 
seen by many, many observers - having been known to be in a particular area of 
that park, thru May 4th of 2018.

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Up to 7 White Ibis were again noted at the same site in *northern Suffolk 
County (Long Island)*, NY on Wed. 8/17, as reported by at least several 
early-day observers; others arriving later may have seen fewer of that Ibis - 
And n.b., there were no reports in eBird or other fora on White Ibis at the 
shore of Staten Island (Richmond County, N.Y. City) as had been for some days, 
the last definite reports seem to be for that latter [Richmond County] site 
from Tues. 8/16, unless some come thru a bit belatedly. 

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New York County (in N.Y. City), including Manhattan, Randall’s Island, and 
Governors Island
Wed., August 17th -

At least 4 Wood Ducks were around Central Park, a clear uptick in their numbers 
(the species was noted elsewhere in the larger region as migrators pushing on 
as well).  There was at-least modest Chimney Swift activity and early movement 
again, although lighter than the day prior or earlier few days movements.  Also 
noted in modestly greater numbers were Swallows, with Barn as is typical here 
the most frequently noted and also the most-numerous. Red-breasted Nuthatches 
have continued on in a number of locations, with some presumed re-shuffling 
over recent days.  Some other migrant species which showed in modestly-high 
numbers (not especially newly-higher on the day) included: Ring-billed Gull, 
Common Tern (some departures), E. Kingbird (yes, even on a day with only modest 
movement), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Goldfinch (which is somewhat 
interesting, and has been a slight movement of this species already this 
month),  Bobolink (in early a.m. flight),  Red-winged Blackbird (not all that 
many in a.m. flight), and - also, listed individually below, these 17 American 
warbler species were noted in N.Y. County on Wednesday, 8/17 (some certainly 
lingering on) -

Ovenbird,  Worm-eating Warbler,  Louisiana Waterthrush,  Northern Waterthrush,  
Blue-winged Warbler,  Black-and-white Warbler,  Tennessee Warbler,  Mourning 
Warbler,  Common Yellowthroat,  American Redstart,  Northern Parula,  Magnolia 
Warbler,  Cape May Warbler,  Blackburnian Warbler,  Yellow Warbler,  
Chestnut-sided Warbler,  Canada Warbler [all of these warbler species were 
found within Central Park on 8/17, however also many were seen elsewhere, and 
at least ten of the above were seen in the multiple, with as had been 
previously some of the more-numerous &/or widespread being: N. Waterthrush, 
Black-and-White Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, and - still, 
as is expected - Yellow Warbler.  Of these last 5 warblers, Northern 
Waterthrush may have come near to outnumbering American Redstart on the day, 
and in some specific locations, the former species did overtake the quite 
widely-seen Am. Redstarts.  There may have been some other warbler spp. in 
addition which were being seen on Wed., 8/17.  Early morning-flight in the 
southern half of the county may have been rather obscured if there was much at 
all passing there; there can be occasions when one sector of small N.Y. County 
is ‘active’ and another is less; part of the delights in being on the Hudson 
River and other estuaries and of course so relatively-near to all of the 
Atlantic; variables in flights / migrations are likely more-complex than they 
may be commonly held to be. 

… A Blue-winged Teal at Central Park thru Tuesday, 8/16 was also confirmed in 
the eBird report for that date. It’s possible that teal is ongoing there, at 
least within the same park, if not at the same location as seen on prior days. 
The virtually-year-round G.H. Owl in Central Park was photo’d. on a high 
roost-perch as it slept on Tues., 8/16, that photo now in the Macaulay Library. 
 Laughing Gull has been on the wander recently with again some fairly high 
numbers; that species has wandered well up the Hudson River as well, even to at 
least Orange County, NY lately.

- - - - -
backing-up by a few days or more, among a good many butterfly species noted 
recently in the county have been Fiery Skippers, in at least low-multiples in a 
number of locations, these typical of many late-summer to early-fall seasons, 
and varying a bit in numbers one year to the next. They are a far-more common 
species in the southern U.S. & elsewhere. A good variety of other butterfly 
(and many other insect) species, have been found in recent days in the county.

peaceful birding to all,

Tom Fiore
[N.Y. City]


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