Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 19 - Central Park

Summer seems to have returned, or at least summer temperatures, for my Wednesday morning AMNH bird walk. However, one way we knew it was not summer was the fact that the sun does not rise until about fifteen minutes after our 7 AM start time, so it was still dim when we started and when we could find a bird it was hard to get a good look at it. Nevertheless, we managed to find 32 species, including four warblers.

Canada Goose (10, the Lake)
Wood Duck (4, Turtle Pond)
Mallard
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (20)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Black-throated Blue Warbler (1, male)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Ovenbird (2)
Common Yellowthroat (1, male, Maintenance Meadow)
Eastern Towhee
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
House Sparrow

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October 13 - Central Park

A very pretty morning in the Ramble for my Thursday morning AMNH bird walk group. It would have been an even prettier morning if there had been more birds around! It was the first morning this fall without a single warbler species seen or heard. Perhaps the highlight was a Gray Squirrel in an unusual resting posture.

Gray Squirrel - 10/132016 - Central Park
Canada Goose (7, the Lake)
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant (1, Turtle Pond)
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
House Sparrow

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 12 - Central Park

A lovely, cool morning in Central Park for my Wednesday morning AMNH birdwalk group. However, it was a times frustrating because we could see birds high up in the tree tops, but they often stayed out of sight behind the dense clumps of leaves or were mere silhouettes against the sky. Nevertheless, we had a nice couple of hours with a decent variety of species. One favorable development was that most of the Ramble is finally open again now that he Conservancy has finished the latest repaving project and taken down the fencing that has blocked off large sections this fall. My group had been looking forward to this so that we could check the large patch of Jewelweed that was behind the benches at the main path intersection somewhat north of the lower Gill. We were stunned to discover the Jewelweed had all been removed by the Conservancy. I have no idea why.

Northern Flicker - 10/12/2016 - feeding on ground near Maintenance Meadow
Today's list is below (35 species):

Canada Goose (7, the Lake)
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant (1, Turtle Pond)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (5)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo (2)
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee (6)
Tufted Titmouse (5)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (2, Blevedere)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper (1)
Carolina Wren (1)
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Brown Thrasher (1, Maintenace Meadow)
European Starling
Northern Parula (2)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow (1, near Maintenance Meadow)
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird (5, flyover flock, Maintenance Meadow)
Common Grackle
House Finch
House Sparrow

Thursday morning Central Park walks - Sept 15, 22, and 29 and Oct 6

I haven't had a chance to post my Thursday morning AMNH Central Park bird walk lists this fall. I hope I will be able to keep up with them for the rest of the month, but in the meantime I will post here the bird lists for the walks I have done. For the most part, it has been a surprisingly quiet fall, with the Thursday walks being often quieter than my Wednesday morning ones. Before giving the lists, I want to share two photos from last week's Thursday walk. The first is a picture of the ground fog on the Great Lawn as seen from the Belvedere Castle.

Great Lawn - October 6, 2016
The second photo is of a cooperative Red-tailed Hawk that sat in a tree at the north end of the Maintenance Meadow for a time, while other birds such as a Blue Jay and a Downy Woodpecker came in a scolded at it.

Red-tailed Hawk and Downy Woodpecker - October 6, 2016
September 15 (26 species)
Canada Goose (The Lake)
Mallard
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Northern Flicker
Philadelphia Vireo (2, Maintenance Meadow; easily our best bird of the fall so far)
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Magnolia Warbler
American Redstart
Ovenbird
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager (3)
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Common Grackle
House Sparrow

September 22 (25 species)
Canada Goose
Mallard
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Northern Parula (3)
Pine Warbler (2)
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Scarlet Tanager (2)
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

September 29 (28 species)
Canada Goose
Mallard
Red-tailed Hawk (3)
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
White-breasted Nuthatch
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Northern Parula (2)
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Eastern Towhee
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
House Sparrow

October 6 (28 species)
Canada Goose
Mallard
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Red-breqasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Magnolia Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
House Finch
House Sparrow

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wednesday morning Central Park bird walks - Sept 28 and Oct 5

Unfortunately, I have fallen behind in posting my reports of my AMNH Central Park bird walks. In order to catch up I will post the bird lists for the last two weeks with only very brief comments.

September 28 - (37 species)
Canada Goose (8, the Lake)
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
American Kestrel (1, flyover)
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1, uncooperative bird in Maintenance Meadow and vicinity)
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2, Willow Rock)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler (2)
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-brasted Grosbeak (2, Willow Rock)
Common Grackle
House Sparrow

October 5 - (44 species; our best morning of the fall so far)
Wood Duck (female, the Lake)
Mallard
Cooper's Hawk (1, flyover)
Red-shouldered Hawk (1, flyover - Upper Lobe)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
American Kestrel (1, flyover)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1, Willow Rock)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe (lots; especially at Turtle Pond)
Blue-headed Vireo (1, Belvedere)
Blue Jay
Winter Wren (1)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Black-throated Blue Warbler (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
PineWarbler (1, Hernshead)
Palm Warbler (2, Maintenance Meadow)
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Ovenbird (1, Azalea Pond)
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow (1, Hernshead)
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (1, Maintenance Meadow)
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed junco
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
House Finch
House Sparrow

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September 21 - Central Park

Relatively quiet morning for my Wednesday AMNH bird walk. There were a few highlights: a female Northern Pintail on Turtle Pond was an uncommon find in the Park.

Northern Pintail on Turtle Pond - 9/21/2016
Unfortunately I was the only one in the group to catch a glimpse of a Common Raven as it disappeared to the east over the Great Lawn. However, I think everyone got at least a quick view of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak by the Belvedere Castle. Other finds were a sleeping Raccoon in a tree north of the Maintenance Meadow and an Eastern Tailed Blue butterfly in the Meadow.

sleeping Raccoon - 09/21/2016
Eastern Tailed Blue - 09/21/2016
The full bird list follows. [Below today's list is the list for last Wednesday morning, which I did not get posted last week.]

Canada Goose (The Lake)
Gadwall (eclipse plumage, Turtle Pond)
Mallard
Northern Pintail (female, Turtle Pond)
Red-tailed Hawk (flyover near Upper Lobe)
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (flyover, Maintenance Meadow)
Downy Woodpecker (Hernshead)
Northern Flicker
Red-eyed Vireo (near Belvedere)
Blue Jay
Common Raven (flying east over Great Lawn)
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch (heard, Maintenance Meadow)
White-breasted Nuthatch (heard, west of Azalea Pond)
Carolina Wren (south side of Turtle Pond)
Swainson’s Thrush (Maintenance Meadow)
Wood Thrush (Maintenance Meadow)
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher (Belvedere Castle)
European Starling
Northern Parula (3, on way to Belvedere)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (female, west of Azalea Pond)
Black-and-white Warbler (Belvedere)
American Redstart (Azalea Pond)
Ovenbird (Azalea Pond)
Northern Waterthrush (Azalea Pond)
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Belvedere Castle)
Common Grackle
House Sparrow


Below is the list for Wednesday, Sept. 14. The highlight was the adult Red-headed Woodpecker by the Azalea Pond.

Canada Goose
Mallard
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-headed Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush (Azalea Pond)
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


Saturday, August 13, 2016

August 13 - Bridled Tern on Great Gull Island

This evening, shortly before sunset, Catherine Neal told me she had a very beautiful bird down by the dock out here on Great Gull Island, but she didn't know what it was. I grabbed my camera in case it was something I should get a picture of. At the end of the dock Catherine had a spotting scope set up aimed back at the rocks to the west of the dock. She looked through it and said the strange bird was still there. I looked through the scope and my first thought was "Sooty Tern!", followed immediately by an unprintable exclamation as I realized it was a Bridled Tern! Not only is this new for my New York State list (#420), but it is new for my U.S. list. Everyone got to see the bird and Cathrine went back down the dock to let Helen Hays know. Helen was in the new dock blind observing. When Helen didn't come out onto the dock I headed back to the blind to call up to her. She said she was getting good views of the bird from there. I joined her in the blind and got some nice photos. I will put some on my Facebook page and will add some here when I figure out how to upload here from my iPad.


adult Bridled Tern - August 13, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June 29 - Royal Tern on Great Gull Island

Around mid-day a Royal Tern stopped by Great Gull Island and spent some time sitting on one of the old dock pilings.

Royal Tern (right) and Common Tern - 06/29/2016 - Great Gull Island

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My 2016 Great Gull Island Birdathon report

Last month I did my annual Great Gull Island Birdathon. We tallied 192 species on the weekend. I have finally gotten my report together and placed it and the full bird list as a separate page on the blog. It is here.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Final tallies on Central Park AMNH bird walks.

Though my American Museum of Natural History bird walks in Central Park officially finished last week, I waited until now to compile cumulative lists for the season since I was doing an extra walk this week for each group (Wednesdays and Thursdays). I have now compiled the lists and they are posted as separate pages on the blog. The Wednesday list is here and the Thursday list is here. I also did a combined list for the two groups and it can be found here.