Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17 - Central Park

Radar last night indicated a huge flight of birds through our area. Based on this morning's walk in Central Park, the important word in the previous sentence is "through". While there were indeed birds around, it was no where near as impressive or diverse as yesterday morning. We found fourteen warblers this morning, which was nice, but it seemed so much less than yesterday's nineteen and the numbers of individuals seen as down also. However, flycatcher diversity doubled, including the first Olive-sided Flycatcher of the year, plus an unidentified Empidonax on the south side of Turtle Pond. The full list of 43 species is below.

Canada Goose
Double-crested Cormorant
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (2, overhead)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1, heard)
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (1, heard)
Olive-sided Flycatcher (1, north of the Gill)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (1, west of park drive, 77th Street, calling)
Empidonax sp.? (1, south side Turtle Pond)
Great Crested Flycatcher (1, south side Maintenance Meadow)
Eastern Kingbird (1, path to Belvedere)
Blue-headed Vireo (1)
Warbling Vireo (2)
Red-eyed Vireo (4)
Blue Jay
Swainson's Thrush (1)
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling (begging young all over)
young European Starling - 05/17/2017 - Central Park
Cedar Waxwing (8)
Ovenbird (2)
Northern Waterthrush (2)
Black-and-white Warbler (4)
Common Yellowthroat (3)
American Redstart (4)
Northern Parula (4)
Magnolia Warbler (4)
Blackburnian Warbler (1, female, south side Turtle Pond)
Yellow Warbler (1, Belvedere)
Blackpoll Warbler (2)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (1, heard)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (2, Belvedere)
Canada Warbler (1, south side Turtle Pond)
Wilson's Warbler (3)
Scarlet Tanager (2)
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
House Sparrow

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