Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September 16 - Central Park - Beautiful morning with birds

A nice morning in Central Park for my Wednesday morning AMNH bird walk group - blue skies, pleasant temperatures and birds to see. It was not a major flight of migrants, but there were birds around if you hunted for them. The best areas were the Maintenance Meadow and immediately south of it and along the Gill southwest of the Azalea Pond. The total list of 40 species is below.

Canada Goose (2, the Lake)
Gadwall (Turtle Pond)
Osprey (1, flying south over the Lake early)
American Coot (1, Turtle Pond - a surprise, they are usually on the Reservoir in the winter)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1, s. end of Maintenance Meadow)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee (2, Lenore heard one at Belvedere; everyone saw one s of Maintenance Meadow)
Great Crested Flycatcher (1, spotted high in a tree by Lenore Swenson sw of Azalea Pond)
Red-eyed Vireo (along the Gill)
Blue Jay
American Crow (group of a dozen or more flew over)
Black-capped Chickadee (1, heard by Belvedere Castle)
White-breasted Nuthatch (1, heard)
House Wren (1, Hernshead)
Swainson's Thrush (various places)
American Robin (everywhere)
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (small flocks flying over)
Ovenbird (1, path at s end of Maintenance Meadow)
Blue-winged Warbler (1, found by Chuck McAlexander s end of Maintenance Meadow)
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula (1, along the Gill)
Magnolia Warbler (1, along the Gill)
Bay-breasted Warbler (1, briefly at the Belvedere)
Yellow Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler (1, along the Gill)
Prairie Warbler (1, along the Gill)
Scarlet Tanager (1, along the Gill)
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (there have been individuals all around the Ramble for the last week)
Common Grackle
House Sparrow

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