Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April 8 - Central Park

Fire up the old "flux capacitor". It was back to the winter this morning. Well, it wasn't as cold as last Wednesday's inaugural American Museum of Natural History spring bird walk series, but it certainly wasn't very spring like. It was overcast and quite raw with temperatures just above forty and a stiff, damp northern breeze. Despite the handicaps we did surprisingly well with 39 species and our first warbler of the season. The list follows.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck (2, males on Turtler Pond)
Northern Shoveler (4, on Turtle Pond)
Double-crested Cormorant
Black-crowned Night-Heron (5, Hernshead)
American Coot (1, the Lake)
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (several)
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper (1, se side of Turtle Pond)
Carolina Wren (1, singing below the Belvedere)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (1)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1)
Hermit Thrush (all over)
American Robin
European Starling
Pine Warbler (1, se side of Turtle Pond)
Eastern Towhee (1, singing below the Belvedere)
Chipping Sparrow (several)
Fox Sparrow (1, the Oven)
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (2-3, the Oven)
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird (1, male, Maintenance Meadow)
American Goldfinch (lots at the feeders)
House Sparrow

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