Thursday, May 5, 2016

May 5 - Central Park - gray again

Another gray, overcast morning in Central Park for my Thursday AMNH bird walk group. With a damp, cool northerly breeze, it felt colder than the actual air temperature. Mostly quiet, but we did have some luck once we got to the Point. We ended with 43 species found; total list below.

Canada Goose
Gadwall (pair, Turtle Pond)
Double-crested Cormorant (2, the Lake)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (north of Hernshead on shore)
Spotted Sandpiper (1, Lake shore, by Hernshead)
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Blue-headed Vireo (calling bird, southwest of Azalea Pond)
Warbling Vireo (singing bird, Maintenance Meadow)
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren (singing near Upper Lobe)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2, Upper Lobe, the Point)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (the Point)
Veery (1)
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush (stream entering Azalea Pond; also several calling)
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Ovenbird (several heard singing)
Northern Waterthrush (Triplets Bridge, Upper Lobe, Azalea Pond)
Blue-winged Warbler (male, the Point)
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat (singing male, Triplets Bridge)
Cape May Warbler (female, Willow Rock)
Northern Parula (the Point and Balcony Bridge)
Palm Warbler (the Point)
Prairie Warbler (the Point)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee (heard, Evodia fields)
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male, singing, the Point)
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow

On the way out of the Ramble, after passing through the archway east of the Upper Lobe we encountered the large, attractive mushroom below, growing from a tree stump.

unidentified mushroom 05-05-2016 Central Park

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