Friday, May 2, 2014

Central Park - May 2 - More birds

I went into Central Park this morning for a few hours - just birding on my own, not leading a walk, though I, of course, ran into many other birders. Yesterday's flight continued, though this morning started with a lovely, partly cloudy sky instead of the lower than building tops overcast of yesterday. Having heard from Dale Dancis that the Yellow-throated Warbler was seen again in the vicinity of Tavern on the Green, I started down there and spent a frustrating 45 minutes or so searching for lamppost 6461 which was where the Yellow-throated was supposed to be. I encountered about half a dozen other birders also searching for the elusive warbler and the seemingly also elusive lamppost. Finally, finding the lamppost, there was of course no sign of the warbler. Somewhat frustrated, I headed up to the Ramble where I was getting cellphone calls from Dale about lots of birds. The Ramble was indeed busy with birds and birders, though it often seemed the latter were in higher numbers and certainly in greater concentrations in many spots. As I was about to head to the office, Dale got a text message that the Yellow-throated Warbler was being seen again at the ~&?#@%$ lamppost 6461. Grumbling, I headed south again. When I arrived I encountered a couple of frustrated birders leaving the area who had had no luck with the warbler. After another fruitless search, I decided to give up and head for the office. I had only gone about 25 feet when the Yellow-throated Warbler finally decided to sing from a tree top ahead of me. I got one decent look at the bird before it shut-up and disappeared again. Now happy, I went to work. My morning's list follows.

Canada Goose
Double-crested Cormorant
Green Heron - south side of the Lake
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo - scattered birds
Blue Jay
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - individuals all over the Ramble
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Ovenbird - Azalea Pond
Northern Waterthrush - singing birds Upper Lobe and the Oven
Blue-winged Warbler - west of Azalea and the Point
Black-and-white Warbler
Hooded Warbler - west of Azalea, probably more than one
American Redstart - female on the Point
Northern Parula - several
Yellow Warbler - the point
Black-throated Blue Warbler - west of Azalea
Palm Warbler - fewer than recently, but still small numbers around
Yellow-rumped Warbler - all over
Yellow-throated Warbler - the infamous!
Prairie Warbler - Azalea Pond and the Point
Black-throated Green Warbler - several
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Indigo Bunting - on park drive east of Tavern on the Green
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole - various places
House Sparrow

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