Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May 6 - Central Park - lots of variety

It was overcast and spitting occasionally for my Wednesday AMNH Central Park bird walk i the Ramble, but luckily it never really rained. Inspite of the weather we had a great morning. In fact we were doing so well that when we were approaching the official ending time of the walk at 9:00 am I told the group I was going to stay in birding for a while. Mist of the group stayed in with me and we continued to have a great morning, birding until a little after 10:00. Our best bird was a male Summer Tanager between the Azalea Pond and the Captain's Bench. Nearby was another good bird, a Worm-eating Warbler. On our way out some of the group had a Cape May Warbler at Triplets Bridge. Near Warbler Rock we tried for but could not find a Bay-breasted Warbler that had been seen there, but had a nice consolation prize, a male Blackburnian Warbler. In all I counted 67 species on our morning's list with 18 warblers. The full list is below. A great morning!

Canada Goose
Gadwall (pair on Turtle Pond)
Double-crested Cormorant
Black-crowned Night-Heron (1, the Lake)
Red-tailed Hawk (2)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Least Flycatcher (1, heard near the base of the Point)
Eastern Kingbird (Turtle Pond)
Blue-headed Vireo (2)
Warbling Vireo (Hernshead and elsewhere)
Red-eyed Vireo (1, heard)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1, Turtle Pond)
Tree Swallow (1, the Point)
Barn Swallow (the Lake)
Black-capped Chickadee (1)
Tufted Titmouse (1)
Carolina Wren (1)
House Wren (2)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3)
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Ovenbird (singing birds)
Worm-eating Warbler (1)
Northern Waterthrush (3; the Point, Upper Lobe, and the Gill)
Black-and-white Warbler (scattered all over)
Common Yellowthroat (3)
American Redstart (adult male; south side Turtle Pond)
Cape May Warbler (1; Triplets Bridge)
Northern Parula (at least 4-5; singing birds)
Magnolia Warbler (2-3)
Blackburnian Warbler (male, Warbler Rock)
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler (male; Warbler Rock)
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler (1, Turtle Pond)
Pine Warbler (1, dull individual, shore of Lake north of Bow Bridge)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (everywhere)
Prairie Warbler (male, south side Turtle Pond)
Black-throated Green Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Summer Tanager (male; between Captain’s Bench and Azalea Pond)
Scarlet Tanager (heard singing near Captain’s Bench)
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch (feeders)
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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