Thursday, April 24, 2014

Central Park - Apr 24 - back to cold, but with some warblers

Cold this morning for my Thursday morning American Museum of Natural History bird walk in Central Park. It was 40° F when we started, about ten degrees colder than yesterday morning. Our comfort was not helped by the northwest breeze that made it feel even colder. However, forgetting the temperature, the skies were a lovely, clear blue. As someone commented, it was a perfect fall day - unfortunately it is late April, not late-October! We still managed to have a good morning's birding with a some nice birds. We did not find yesterday's Cerulean Warbler, but we ran into many birders who were also searching for it - also unsuccessfully, at least through 9:00 am when we left. We did find the male Prairie Warbler in the same spot on the Point as yesterday. We never made it up to Turtle Pond since we made two attempts for the Cerulean by Bow Bridge, but our total of 36 species was a little higher than yesterday's. The full list follows.

Canada Goose
Northern Shoveler - still about 20 on the Lake
Double-crested Cormorant 2, on the Lake and flying over
Great Egret - 1, at the end of the Point
Ring-billed Gull - flyover
Herring Gull - flyover
Great Black-backed Gull - flyover
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker - watched one male apparently clearing out a nest hole
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker - calling in many places, plus seen
Blue-headed Vireo - a fairly cooperative bird was on the Point
Blue Jay
Brown Creeper - 1, west of the Oven
House Wren - 1, on the ground on the Point; my first of the year
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - several
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - scattered around, many males were singing
Hermit Thrush - at least three
American Robin
European Starling
Black-and-white Warbler - 1, on the Point; my first of the year, though I had heard of them being seen
          at least a week ago
Palm Warbler - all over
Pine Warbler - 1, very dull individual on the Point
Yellow-rumped Warbler - many places
Prairie Warbler - male on the Point; did not hear it singing today
Chipping Sparrow - feeders
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow - still singing all over the Ramble, though fewer than in recent weeks
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch - feeders
American Goldfinch - feeders, some adult males now in full color
House Sparrow

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