Thursday, May 14, 2015

May 14 - Central Park - beautiful morning and birds

Beautiful morning in Central Park Ramble for my Thursday AMNH bird walk group. It was perhaps even cooler at the start than yesterday, but a lot less windy. At least I was dressed warmer today! We had a total of fifty species, including sixteen warblers. There were several standout birds - on the way to the Belvedere Castle another birder told us about a male Bay-breasted Warbler singing on the hill south of the weather station. The bird was often difficult to get a look at, but most of the group had reasonable views. While there we found a singing Yellow-throated Vireo -  I suspect it may have been the same bird my Wednesday group had up by Belvedere yesterday. Later we heard about a male Cape May Warbler by Captain's Bench - we joined a number of other birders looking for the bird there. We were successful and were further rewarded with a female Summer Tanager in the same trees which brought a return to the spot of a number of birders who had left after seeing the Cape May. Also there were male and female Scarlet Tanagers and male and female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. The full list is below.

Canada Goose
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Spotted Sandpiper (1-2; Hernshead and Balcony Bridge)
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (one low on the Lake and others overhead as usual)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Kingbird (1; heard at Hernshead)
Yellow-throated Vireo (1; see above)
Warbling Vireo (various places)
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee (1)
Tufted Titmouse (1)
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Ovenbird (several in various places)
Northern Waterthrush (heard; Hernshead and the Point)
Black-and-white Warbler (several)
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart (several)
Cape May Warbler (1; see above)
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler (2; male by weather station; female by Azalea Pond)
Yellow Warbler (male heard and female seen on the Point)
Blackpoll Warbler (male seen by Azalea; others heard)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (2-3)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (2; s. side Turtle Pond)
Black-throated Green Warbler (Bank Rock Bridge, Upper Lobe)
Canada Warbler (Turtle Pond and the Point)
Wilson's Warbler (female; s. side Turtle Pond)
Song Sparrow (male singing by NBelvedere)
Summer Tanager (female; see above)
Scarlet Tanager (see above)
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (see above)
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird (heard)
Baltimore Oriole (heard all around Ramble; seen at Captain's Bench)
House Sparrow

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