Saturday, October 31, 2015

October 28 - Central Park - overcast and threatening

An overcast and threatening morning for the last Central Park Wednesday morning AMNH bird walk of the fall season. Since we are still on Daylight Savings Time and sunrise wasn't until well after our normal starting time of 7:00 am, I had arranged with the group to start at 7:15. With the morning's heavy overcast, even at 7:15 it was still quite dim. Rather than try to bird by streetlight in the Ramble we headed up to the reservoir to look for ducks first before going back to the Ramble. We picked up a few species of ducks on the reservoir and added two pair of Wood Duck and two Black Ducks on Turtle Pond on the way back. The Ramble itself was fairly quiet with fewer landbirds than in recent weeks. We were lucky with the weather and the rains held off until after the walk ended. The full list is below.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck (4, Turtle Pond)
Gadwall (Reservoir)
American Black Duck (2, Turtle Pond)
Northern Shoveler (Reservoir)
Bufflehead (1 male, Reservoir)
Ruddy Duck (Reservoir)
Double-crested Cormorant (Reservoir)
Ring-billed Gull (Reservoir)
Herring Gull (Reservoir)
Great Black-backed Gull (Reservoir)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Blackpoll Warbler (1)
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

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