A lovely, crisp morning for the Friday morning AMNH Central Park bird walk group. There were not large numbers of birds around, but nevertheless we did well. Easily the star of the morning was an Orange-crowned Warbler seen well by everyone, first on the east side of the Evodia Field, north of the feeders and then working its way westward towards the source of the Gill above the Azalea Pond. It spent a fair amount of time evidently picking insects out of some curled dead leaves still clinging to some bushes. I alerted Junko Suzuki, who we ran into near the feeders and she quickly got the word out on the text alert system. The other good bird of the morning was Purple Finch with four seen in the tree over the steps by the Belvedere Castle. The complete list follows.
Tufted Titmouse (numbers in all this week)
Cedar Waxwing (east of the Maintenance Building, near the east park drive; present all week)
Orange-crowned Warbler (1, Evodia Field and vicinity; see above)
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Purple Finch (4, Belvedere)