Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 16 - Central Park (lunchtime)

Today, I was back in Central Park in the Ramble at lunchtime, filling in again for Paul Sweet on his mid-day AMNH bird walk. It was not as busy as this morning, but there were still a fair number of birds around. Even before we entered the park we were looking down at an American Robin nest with young just off Central Park West.

American Robin with young in nest (lower left) - 05/16/2017 - Central Park
There were far more people in the park on this beautiful, sunny spring day than there had been around in the morning. That made the birding harder, but we still managed to find 36 species, including 12 warblers. The full list is below.

Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (at least 10 overhead; mainly over the southeast side of Turtle Pond)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1, heard)
Downy Woodpecker
Warbling Vireo (2)
Red-eyed Vireo (2, heard)
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee (1, heard)
Veery (1)
Swainson's Thrush (1)
American Robin
Gray Catbird (5)
bathing Gray Catbird (in a rain puddle) - 05/16/2017 - Central Park
European Starling
Ovenbird (4)
Northern Waterthrush (3)
Black-and-white Warbler (4)
Common Yellowthroat (2)
American Redstart (5, including 1st year male)
Northern Parula (4)
Magnolia Warbler (5)
Magnolia Warbler - 05/16/2017 -Central Park
Chestnut-sided Warbler (1)
Blackpoll Warbler (2)
Blackpoll Warbler - 05/16/2017 - Central Park
Black-throated Blue Warbler (1)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (2)
Black-throated Green Warbler (1)
Canada Warbler (1)
Canada Warbler - 05/16/2017 - Central Park
White-throated Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

My total count for the day, combining the morning and lunchtime walks was 51 species.

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