Thursday, October 9, 2014

October 9 - Central Park - nice morning with birds!

A crisp, lovely morning in Central Park for my Thursday AMNH bird walk group. Best of all, the previous night's westerly winds actually produced a good number of migrants. The Maintenance Meadow, with its east facing orientation getting the early sun produced a nice variety of birds. Often we didn't know where to look next. Moving on to the Tupelo Meadow we continued to have good luck. I stayed in for a little extra time after the official end of the walk at 9 am and went to Strawberry Fields with some of the group where we added a few extra species. All told we had 47 species, including a dozen warblers - not matter for nearly the middle of October. The full list follows.

Canada Goose
Gadwall (1, Turtle Pond)
Northern Shoveler (12 on the Lake; 5 on Turtle Pond - these were not around yesterday)
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (still a few around overhead)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe (scattered individuals)
Blue-headed Vireo (1, Strawberry Fields)
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Ovenbird (1)
Black-and-white Warbler (2)
Tennessee Warbler (1, Maintenance Meadow)
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula (2-3, Maintenance and Tupelo meadows)
Magnolia Warbler (Maintenance Meadow and Strawberry Fields)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (1, Maintenance Meadow)
Blackpoll Warbler (2, Maintenance Meadow)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (2, Maintenance Meadow)
Palm Warbler (scattered individuals)
Pine Warbler (2, Strawberry Fields)
Black-throated Green Warbler (2, Maintenance Meadow and Strawberry Fields)
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2, Maintenance Meadow)
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch (2, Maintenance Meadow)
House Sparrow

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