Friday, May 22, 2015

May 21 - Central Park - lots of foliage makes it hard to see migrants

We have reached the time in migration when the trees are mostly leafed out so it is hard to spot the birds in them. Couple that with the fact that as we get into the later portion of migration there are many more females coming through and females don't sing (for the most part) and you have a recipe for at times frustrating birding. Nevertheless my Thursday morning AMNH bird walk group had a very pleasant outing. We found 41 species, including 13 warblers.

Canada Goose
Gadwall (pair on Turtle Pond - a bit frustrating since I missed this species for the first time ever on the                          Birdathon last weekend)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker (1; by the Belvedere)
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (1; I spotted one on the island in Turtle Pond)
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Veery (1)
Swainson's Thrush (1)
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (2; Belvedere)
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler (1; Belvedere)
Mourning Warbler (1; I heard one sing twice near Azalea Pond)
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler (female, plus a heard male singing)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Canada Warbler
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow

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