Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 12 - Central Park

My Wednesday AMNH bird walk group had another nice morning in the Ramble. Nothing too exciting, but a number of early spring migrants. It was not a bird, but a large Bull Frog, spotted by Dave Barrett on the shore of the Lake at  Hernshead was fun. Also at Hernshead were a number of Palm Wablers and a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers. In the pines west of Belvedere Castle was a bright yellow Pine Warbler with a few more dull individuals along the south side of Turtle Pond. A Brown Thrasher in the Maintenance Meadow was our first of the year and I spotted a lone Rusty Blackbird flying over while we were in the meadow. On the way out a nice male Eastern Towhee provided nice views east of the Upper Lobe. The full list of 40 species follows.

Canada Goose (15)
Northern Shoveler (6, The Lake)
Ruddy Duck (6, the Lake; all males, none in breeding plumage)
Double-crested Cormorant (6)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (1, the Lake)
Red-tailed Hawk (1)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2)
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3)
Hermit Thrush (4)
American Robin
Brown Thrasher (1)
European Starling
Palm Warbler (6)
Pine Warbler (4)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (2)
Eastern Towhee (1, male)
Chipping Sparrow (6)
Song Sparrow (1)
Swamp Sparrow (1)
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (1)
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird (1)
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird (1, Belvedere)
House Finch (2, feeders)
American Goldfinch (8, feeders)
House Sparrow

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