Friday, May 9, 2014

Central Park - May 9 - Birds in the mist.

Well, it actually wasn't very misty, though it was a low gray overcast all day. I filled in for Paul Sweet on his Friday morning Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. bird walk since Paul had a family commitment.Half a dozen or so of Paul's regulars braved the somewhat daunting weather forecast and were rewarded with a very nice morning of birding. The weather was actually perfect for a classic fallout with south winds to our south and a storm system over New York that knocked the migrants down when they got here. We recorded a total of 51 species.

Canada Goose
Northern Shoveler - pair still on the Upper Lobe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret 1, Turtle Pond
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Least Flycatcher - 1, Hernshead
Eastern Kingbird - 1, seen from Hernshead on the west side of the Lake
Warbling Vireo - singing as usual at Hernshead; others heard around the Ramble
Red-eyed Vireo - on way to Belvedere and heard in other spots
Blue Jay
Brown Creeper - south side of Turtle Pond
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - south side of Turtle Pond
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Ovenbird - singing all over the Ramble
Northern Waterthrush - singing all over the Ramble
Blue-winged Warbler - 1, west of Azalea Pond
Black-and-white Warbler - all over
Nashville Warbler - on the way up to Belvedere
Common Yellowthroat - scattered individuals
American Redstart - all over
Northern Parula - all over
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler - 1, west of Azalea Pond
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Wilson's Warbler - 1, Hernshead
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow - 1, near the feeders (I am not sure anyone else got on this bird before it disappeared)
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow - 1, Hernshead (this was my 200th species for the year in New York)
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - pair, on the way up to Belvedere
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Orchard Oriole - 1, female, south side of Turtle Pond
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow

I also heard a Worm-eating Warbler sing once on the south side of Turtle Pond and saw a Black-crowned Night-Heron by the Lower Lobe on my way to a doctor's appointment after the walk was over so I did not include them in the group's total.

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