Date: 7/1/18 5:00 pm
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2...>
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Manhattan, NYC 6/23 - 7/1
Canada Jay is the ‘new' common English name of that boreal bird (as proscribed by the American Ornithological Society, A.O.S., recently), no longer "Gray Jay" as this had been for some time. Canada Day, the national holiday of that neighbor-nation, falls each year on the first day of July.

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Saturday, 23 June, thru Sunday, 1st of July (Canada Day), 2018
Manhattan, N.Y. City, including Central & Riverside Parks, plus many smaller parks on that island. I’ve put in approx. 60 hours of field-time in the noted period & locations, these past 9 days. (additional time in parks in The Bronx, which may yield a separate report at some point this summer)

an annotated list for 6/23 - 7/1-

Double-crested Cormorant (common as fly-overs, many also visiting Central Park)
Great Egret (common flyovers over the island, almost all in west-east & east-west direction & most fly-overs between ‘latitudes’ of about 100th to about 130th Streets; also visiting several locations to feed at times)
Snowy Egret (as above but less-common, and now rare seen feeding)
Green Heron (nesting, multiple locations)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (regular esp. in a few locations in Central Park; up to one dozen on some very early mornings in that park, also occasionally elsewhere with water-bodies, & some seen flying in & out to their feeding areas, or their non-Manhattan nesting sites)
Turkey Vulture (several sightings)
Canada Goose (regular, common nester in multiple locations)
Wood Duck (2 drakes continue, Central Park; lately in ‘eclipse’ - a rather female-like plumage term used mainly for waterfowl & to avoid confusion; see: any manual of ornithology for more)
Gadwall (several, poss. just summering; Hudson river)
American Black Duck (several, poss. summering but could be nesting in some inconspicuous areas; Hudson river)
Mallard (common, nester)
Osprey (multiple sightings, esp. from both n. end of Central Park, south & central Harlem locations, & off each of Manhattan’s river-estuaries)
Bald Eagle (adult, seen from Inwood Hill Park, 6/30)
Red-tailed Hawk (common, many succesful nestings, around Manhattan & in various parks as well as on buldings)
Greater Yellowlegs (Friday, 6/29, at least 4 fly-bys, a.m. - seen calling - from lower Manhattan/E. River)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Friday, 6/29, at least 2 fly-bys, a.m. - seen calling - from lower Manhattan/E. River)
Short-billed Dowitcher (Friday, 6/29, at least 7 fly-bys, a.m. - seen calling - from lower Manhattan/E. River)
Laughing Gull (not rare off southerly points in Manhattan; a few as fly-bys farther north from the latitudes of Central, Riverside & farther north parks)
Ring-billed Gull (rather scarce now, but some seen in one’s & two’s at multiple locations and as fly-bys)
[American] Herring Gull (regular, all year in Manhattan)
Great Black-backed Gull (uncommon but still regular in summer in Manhattan)
Common Tern (few, from The Battery and adjacent viewpoints)
Forster's Tern (2, as above)
Black Skimmer (as above)
['feral'] Rock Pigeon (ubiquitous, nesting)
Mourning Dove (common nester)
American Kestrel (fairly common, many succesful fledges from multiple locations all around Manhattan)
Peregrine Falcon (uncommon, multiple nesting locations in Manhattan, with succesful fledgings)
Black-billed Cuckoo (at least to Friday, 6/29, Central Park)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Saturday, 6/30, Inwood Hill Park - s. woods area, not far from Isham St. entrance)
Chimney Swift (multiple, but not that many)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (my first male seen in Manhattan this summer, 6/28, Riverside Park flower garden area)
Belted Kingfisher (Wed., 6/27 at The Pond, Central Park [south end of park] - a male, quite “early” or poss. non-breeder returning)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (fairly common, nesting & fledglings seen)
Downy Woodpecker (fairly common, nesting in multiple parks also)
Hairy Woodpecker (rather scarce nester,but in several n. Manhattan parks)
Yellow-shafted Flicker (uncommon nester, some fledglings seen)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (uncommon but regular-annual nester, in multiple n. Manhattan parks)
Acadian Flycatcher (heard & seen, but so far just one in two widely separated parks: Central Park, & Highbridge Park in upper Manhattan)
Great Crested Flycatcher (uncommon but annual nester, in at least several parks, including Central Park)
Eastern Kingbird (nesting, multiple fledges seen in past 10+ days in multiple parks)
Warbling Vireo (uncommon but in Central Park alone, 8 or poss. 9 active nests, all with fledglings; also 1 storm-related nest-failure; additional many more nesting in other larger parks)
Red-eyed Vireo (very uncommon nester; several pairs in Central Park, at least 2 pairs with young in nests, & also found in other larger parks)
Blue Jay (fairly common nester - & a well-known nest-robber as they will take eggs or fledglings opportunistically)
American Crow (uncommon nester - well-known nest-robber as they will take eggs or fledglings opportunistically)
Tree Swallow (multiple fly-bys in period of Monday, 6/25 thru at least Thurs., 6/28, mostly headed south or generally south)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (few, including a location where poss. nesting but not in Central Park, as current nesters)
Barn Swallow (many, including those nesting & also lingering at Central Park’s reservoir, where fledges have been observed)
Black-capped Chickadee (scarce now as a nester, but a few pairs, including at least one pair in Central Park with young out)
Tufted Titmouse (as above, but somewhat less-scarce)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (beginning Sat., 6/23 and from then to Friday, 6/29, present in a number of locations in Manhattan - most notably, in Madison Square Park & Union Square Park on 6/29; total of at least 8 separate individuals for a high count, which came on Wed., 6/27)
White-breasted Nuthatch (uncommon but regular nester, now with young out in several locations including Central Park, & in several other n. Manhatan parks; present also at Madison Square Park, status there unknown this summer)
Carolina Wren (recently quiet, but present in at least several larger parks and have had young out for some time: Central, Riverside, Highbridge, Fort Tryon, Inwood Hill Parks, etc. etc.)
House Wren (as above, more common & much more vocal, as is typical)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2 active nests, at least one with young out; locations are undisclosed; one is in Central Park away from high-visitor-use areas; another at Highbridge Park)
Veery (very uncommon early summer appearance; Wed., 6/27, at the Loch)
Swainson's Thrush (last seen 6/23, Central Park, a poss. non-breeder or ill / partially injured individual)
Wood Thrush (uncommon nester, at least 2 active nests in Central, at least 2 in Riverside, at least 2 in Highbridge Park, & etc.)
American Robin (nearly ubiquitous nester, with many on 3rd-of-year nest attempts; fledges galore)
Gray Catbird (fairly common nester, many fledglings out in multiple parks)
Northern Mockingbird (fairly common nester & plenty of young one about)
Brown Thrasher (scarce nester, has young out - locations undisclosed -N.B., anyone found intentionally harassing any native nesting bird will be prosecuted for breaking multiple laws)
European Starling (ubiquitous and often pestiferous, chasing native nesting birds from nest sites and from some nests)
Cedar Waxwing (uncommon but regular-annual nester, multiple locations in multiple parks; about 30 sites with some fledgelings, others with nestlings, and many adults not yet with young)
Northern Parula (ongoing to Sunday, 1st of July, Central Park - a lingering non-breeding male, moving about somewhat over many weeks now)
Yellow Warbler (modest numbers - breeding in n. Manhattan locations, with young observed; also some lingering thru the period in Central Park, where no nesting observed this summer so far)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (1, rare for start of summer; location undisclosed, & far from heavily-used part of the park it is in)
Magnolia Warbler (lingering male, Central Park, all through this period)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (lingering female, Central Park, n. woods)
Blackburnian Warbler (Sunday, 1st of July - Tanner’s Spring; possibly a lingerer / summering non-breeder, also just poss. a very early migrant on the prior weeks’ low-density migratory movements)
Pine Warbler (extremely uncommon in early summer in Manhattan; will be further observed if it remains - northern Manhattan location)
Black-and-white Warbler (lingering female, Central Park Ramble area, has been present continuously this period)
American Redstart (at least 3, poss. 4; no evidence of nesting, but this species is the one warbler aside from Yellow Warbler & Common Yellowthroat [both of which nest annually in Manhattan, mainly in n. Manhattan] which might be nesting on the island, if scant and obviously overlooked as such)
Ovenbird (lingering, prob. summering, Central Park, all thru period & all of June)
Northern Waterthrush (1, to Saturday, 6/30, Central Park, at the Loch - silent bird)
Common Yellowthroat (multiple locations; at least several pairs nesting in northern Manhattan; also a few elsewhere as poss. failed-nesters or non-breeders, incl. 2 males in Central Park)
Scarlet Tanager (male, seen singing, Inwood Hill Park, exact location undisclosed)
Eastern Towhee (nested in a few Manhattan locations, luckily unharrassed for this year’s nesting & fledglings)
Chipping Sparrow (nested in Central & other parks, streaky young observed just out of several nests, including in more than one Central Park location recently)
Song Sparrow (moderately common nester in Manhattan, multiple fledges & young observed, including all the larger parks)
Swamp Sparrow (a summering non-breeding bird continues, Central Park)
White-throated Sparrow (small no’s. of summering non-breeding birds in groups of two, three, four, several locations)
Northern Cardinal (very comon nester, many young out & about; all larger, and some smaller parks)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (succesful nesting in n. Manhattan, which is a regular occurence, but scarce in general)
Indigo Bunting (male, n. Manhattan - will be watched to see if any further activity or birds are noticed)
Bobolink (several rather early south-bound returns, Wed. 6/27, seen & heard from the south part of Central Park)
Red-winged Blackbird (multiple males, Wed., 6/27, presumably going south or to some gathering-place for ongoing summer-feeding, these in addition to the low-density nesters around several parks)
Common Grackle (common nesters and prob. multiple non-breeders as well, various many parks)
Brown-headed Cowbird (scarce at this time of year; a few noted in various locations in this period)
Orchard Oriole (several nesting, also a few noted which could be, including in Central Park as well as other larger parks in n. Manhattan; additionally this can be a very early migrant in the summer period)
Baltimore Oriole (fairly common nester, in multiple parks, now with fledgelings & nestlings, also a number of non-breeding ‘helpers’ seen, attending & around some of the active nests)
Purple Finch (extremely unusual so early, either highly anomalous, or poss. part of some finch movements; male, Wed. 6/27, south part of Central Park)
House Finch (scattered thru the parks & some non-park areas in Manhattan, & nesting here & there in many locations)
American Goldfinch (scarce, but nestiing in at least a few locations)
House Sparrow (ubiquitous, & pestiferous)

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. . . .
good -and ethical- birding; with thanks to those who have quietly found birds all this season & continue to do so with respect for wildlife and for other observers & users of public spaces. Please note that the playing of any amplified sounds without special permit anywhere in Central Park, N.Y. City at any and all times is a violation of the laws of New York City and may be prosecuted as such.

Tom Fiore


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