Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Central Park - Apr 2 - Red-necked Grebe continues

This morning was the first of my spring bird walks in Central Park for the American Museum of Natural History.  I lead them every Wednesday and Thursday mornings in April and May. Normally, we bird the Ramble primarily, but this morning we only skirted the Ramble in order to go north to the Reservoir to look for the Red-necked Grebe that has been present for about three weeks. We were successful! Following is the entire trip list of 40 species.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck - 7 on the Lake
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler - at least 60 between the Lake, Turtle Pond and the Reservoir
Bufflehead - about a dozen on the same three bodies of water
Red-breasted Merganser - pair on Reservoir
Ruddy Duck - 1 on Reservoir
Red-necked Grebe - 1 on Reservoir - showing good color on neck
Double-crested Cormorant - 4 on Lake and Reservoir
Great Blue Heron - 1 flying over Castle
Great Egret - 1 south side Turtle Pond
Red-tailed Hawk - pair building nest on the San Remo on Central Park West
American Coot - 2 on Reservoir
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
American Kestrel - south side of the Reservoir
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1 by Shakespear Garden
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Brown Creeper - island in Turtle Pond
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 4 south of the Castle and west of Great Lawn
Hermit Thrush - 1 south of the Castle
American Robin
European Starling
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow - 1 near Shakespeare Garden
White-throated Sparrow - singing all over
Dark-eyed Junco - 2
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Sparrow

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