Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tom Fiore reports migrating warblers and a big PS

at left: Chestnut-sided Warbler
bathing in Central Park on 5/3/11


Friday, 30 August, 2013

Manhattan sites, mainly Central Park (N.Y. City)

A modest migration over the past week or so, variety decent but hardly outstanding, and numbers definitely modest on most species noted.  A fair proportion of the birds moving through Manhattan have been warblers, and some of those seen this week have included:

Blue-winged (and a few hybrid 'crosses' of that + Golden-winged)

Northern Parula
Yellow (fair no's)
Magnolia (few)
Black-and-white (fair numbers)
American Redstart (numerous, not abundant)
Worm-eating (just one? - but seen previously)

Ovenbird (esp. in last 2 days)
Northern Waterthrush (only redstart more num.)
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded (incl. a full-plumage male type - n. end)

At least a dozen of the above were noted today.

good & safe holiday birding,

Tom Fiore,


and a BIG P.S. 

Anders Peltomaa  wrote yesterday: A Lawrences Warbler was at the east path along the Upper Lobe in Central Park this morning about 10:30 am. Photos:
I was photographing a Carolina Wren scolding and the Lawrence's came in
behind him.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Free in Central Park

Received yesterday, 8/28, from Murray Head  and a PS:
Hi Marie,

Recently one of Pale Male's three offspring was seriously injured. 

He had flown into a roof-top glass enclosed swimming pool on the upper East Side and suffered head trauma. Young hawks have not yet learned to recognize such obstacles.

Photo of Cathy St. Pierre of WINORR releasing the young red tail
photos by by MURRAY HEAD

He was driven by a dedicated animal rescue worker to WINORR* where he received the care and rehabilitation needed so he could be released back to the park. 

He was released today [8/28] at Cedar Hill in Central Park by WINORR's Bobby Horvath and Cathy St. Pierre

PS  some additional facts from WINORR [sent by Murray Head today]:

Reported from WINORR

"He was treated with medication and hand fed cut up food until he recovered and became a hawk again. Luckily he had no other injuries and was returned to his territory today and flew off nicely. A few hours later it was reported that his father showed up and sat next to him on a branch."


WINORRWildlife In Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation |

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Molting Gadwall

Frequent correspondent ARDITH BONDI writes today [8/26/13] via ebirdsNYC 

For anyone who hasn't had a good view of an extensive summer wing molt in a Gadwall, I happened to capture this in Central Park on the Reservoir last week. I have known about this, but haven't had a duck flap nicely right in front of my camera showing all the pin feathers. Talk about a "sitting duck"

photo of GADWALL at Reservoir

Monday, August 26, 2013

Not to worry

Many people have written me about a story published yesterday in the NY Post (a newspaper not distinguished for accuracy) which referred to "the late Pale Male" . The photo on the left,  taken by photographer Lincoln Karim yesterday, makes it quite clear that our old friend Pale Male continues to thrive in Central Park and environs.

The photo of Pale Male with the Hotel Carlyle in the background, taken yesterday, 8/25/13,  is printed here courtesy of