I went up to Riverside Park today and had a very enjoyable time watching a sometimes cooperative and sometimes not so cooperative male Evening Grosbeak. Common further upstate, this is a rare bird for Manhattan, but one I got to see a few weeks ago in Central Park. I love watching any grosbeak eat. They separate the food from the seeds or with grains the chafe.
I'd also like to thank the many birders who came up to me and thanked me for bring up some of the ethical issues we're having in Manhattan. It made me feel reassured that as a community we can minimize the impact we have on birds, and keep our generous sharing of information and images from being co-opted for the personal gain of others. Birding is a lot of fun, and no one should get in the way of that joy.