Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Migration Heats Up

Tom Fiore reports on Tuesday, 21 April, 2015

Central Park (Manhattan, N.Y. City) had a nice arrival - some of the birds may have actually filtered in on Monday, but clearly more showed up overnight. At least 11 species of warbler were noted in the park (and it's possible a few additionals were), although pride of place will still go to Prospect Park in Brooklyn with their ongoing Prothonotary and Yellow-throated Warblers as well as at least 10 other warbler spp. there...

Swamp Sparrow -- Central Park -- photo by Lloyd Spitalnik - 5/8/09

For Central, among 
the migrants noted this day were:

Green Heron
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Chimney Swift
Eastern Kingbird
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird

Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
[Myrtle] Yellow-rumped Warbler (building no's.)
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat

Scarlet Tanager (early)
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

The above list leaves out a lot of species, including some that have been around a while, & perhaps a few much more recent arrivals. Plenty of birders out & about and there will be more to seek, as this latest arrival generally, city & region-wide has brought a nice variety as well as some of the rarer species as mentioned in rapid posts. Also a good time to do local "patch" birding, of any smaller neighborhood parks or green-spaces, as a "goodie" could be hiding in plain view almost anywhere now, with not all too many leaves on the trees & shrubs, although that also is changing fairly rapidly after our 1 summer-strength very warm day.

good birding,

Tom Fiore