Date: 6/26/18 9:40 am
From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc...>
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Red-breasted Nuthatches - Central Park, NYC & NYBG, Bronx
Red-breasted Nuthatches - Central Park, NYC & NYBG, Bronx
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD

Prompted by the discovery of a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the Central
Park Ramble Sunday Morning (June 24) with a photo posted on twitter by
@jian_birdcp (see for details),
Bob found at least three Red-breasted Nuthatches today in the
extensive conifer plantings at the NYBG in the Bronx.
The last time Red-breasted Nuthatches appeared in NYC this early was
in 2016, when we found two on Saturday June 25 at NYBG in the Bronx on
our Saturday morning bird walk. The following day, Sunday June 26,
again on our bird walk, Jeff Ward found one on the east side of the

That same week in June 2016, others had previously reported seeing
early arriving Red-breasted Nuthatches in New Jersey as well as
Connecticut on their respective state lists. Autumn 2016 proved to be
an irruption year for Red-breasted Nuthatches until mid-October when
the numbers of bird reported declined significantly in our area.
Twitter, particularly the different alerts for each NYC borough, has
been invaluable in getting immediate information out to interested
persons - and has helped birders to communicate with each other in
real time. Thank You to David Barrett for setting up these alerts.
There does not appear to be any correlation between irruptions of
Red-breasted Nuthatches and irruptions of winter finches, as this 2005
post from the Delaware list (
points out: .

"Probably the greatest year for winter finches was 1969-1970, which
was also a good year for Red-Breasted Nuthatches. 1977 was another
good winter finch year, but there were almost no RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCHES found. 1982 was a good year for RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, but
there were only PURPLE FINCHES in the area. Despite all efforts, there
doesn't seem to be a correlation between invasion years for
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and winter finches. You can get this
information from looking at Christmas Count Data."
Bob also found fledged Cedar Waxwings this morning at the NYBG.
Deb Allen
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