Up late, but seeing text alerts from Central Park with Golden-winged and Tennessee Warblers I jumped on the subway and headed North. I couldn't find the warblers, and despite the texts, the park was pretty quiet. Best bird by far was an Eastern Whip-poor-will that has been roosting in the same tree for several days now. Otherwise, there was a scattering of warblers, but nothing too amazing and I resolved to head back downtown at around 10:45am.
When we got to Richard's car he briefly entertained the idea of going back to his apartment to pick up his scope, but given this species' reputation as a short-stayer, we thought better of it and headed straight out there. Forty-five minutes later, we pulled into the parking lot at the Center, walked out onto the boardwalk, and there was the bird. We were offered quick scope views, I fired off a few distant shots, and then .... a Cooper's Hawk swooped in, and the bird vanished. If we'd stopped for the scope we'd have missed it. Phew! Fork-tailed Flycatcher (NYS 2012 #341).
|Fork-tailed Flycatcher (2 shots)|
We stuck around the location for another hour and a half but there was no sign of the bird. Got to talk to a lot of the New York birders and the number of big names that still needed this species as a State Bird was testament to the short-staying nature of the species. Feeling really lucky to get this bird.
Update: the bird was apparently relocated later in the afternoon but on a private golf course nearby. Access may be an issue but perhaps the bird will stick around for many to see. Hope so ...