Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday in the park with Tom

      White-eyed Vireo - photo courtesy of:

Saturday, 26 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

Despite not being any kind of "wave" or even a real "splash" of migration-seeming-sort-of-day, some holdovers, & maybe a new few were seen in the park, as well as a few additions from later in the day on Friday- a duo of Glossy Ibis seen in early evening over the Loch, reported by N. Sourgi, who also noted a White-eyed Vireo today in the Ramble's "oven" (that's just west of The Point);  a Black-throated Green Warbler turned up in the north woods, 1st noted by a young birder, later seen & even heard singing slightly at the Loch's east end - accompanied by a modest flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers... but for most, the n. end was rather slow-going, and yet another nice sighting was a Northern Waterthrush - also spotted by a "n. end" regular & seen by at least several.  A few species were lingering, or, new individuals came in & happened to be in some of the same areas, including Prairie Warblers, & Louisiana Waterthrushes (several), as well as PinePalm (in multiples), Black-and-white, and Myrtle/Yellow-rumped (not yet the "invasion" of them, which may be some days away yet) Warblers.  Also a number of Blue-headed Vireos (and incidentally Warbling Vireos have arrived in a few NYC parks, on breeding territories), Hermit Thrush, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and modest numbers of Sparrows, most being White-throated but a smattering of some of the other regular migrants also.

In 2009, Manhattan had a high temp. of 92 F. on this date... not quite there, this spring.

Tom Fiore,