Friday, October 2, 2015

October 2 - Central Park - a bit damp, but a surprising number of birds

Two brave birders from Paul Sweet's Friday morning AMNH bird walk braved the weather to join me as I filled in for Paul. Despite the light rain we ran up a bigger list than my Wednesday and Thursday walks did in the slightly drier weather. There was nothing rare, but there were some firsts of the season for us.

Canada Goose (4, the Lake)
American Black Duck (1, the Lake; first we have seen this fall)
Great Egret (1, flying over Turtle Pond)
Cooper's Hawk (1, Upper Lobe)
Great Black-backed Gull (usually seen on the Reservoir or flying overhead, but one was on the Lake)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (4, over Maintenance Meadow)
Belted Kingfisher (1 or 2, the Lake and Turtle Pond)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1, heard in Maintenance Meadow)
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe (1)
Blue-headed Vireo (1, briefly in Maintenance Meadow)
Red-eyed Vireo (1, Maintenance Meadow)
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse (2)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2)
Swainson's Thrush (several)
Wood Thrush (1)
American Robin
Gray Catbird (many)
Brown Thrasher (4-6)
European Starling
Ovenbird (2)
Black-and-white Warbler (1)
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart (1)
Magnolia Warbler (1)
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (4, first I have seen this fall)
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1, Maintenance Meadow)
House Sparrow

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