Wednesday, May 9, 2018

May 9 - Central Park

A beautiful, blue sky morning for my Wednesday AMNH bird walk group. Unfortunately, many of the birds reported in the park over the last few days (while I was upstate) seemed to have departed on their northbound migrations. We did find a total of 33 species on the 9:00 - 11:00 am walk. One of the highlights was a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (very unusual in Central Park) that seemed to be enjoying the morning sun in the willow at the base of the Point.
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 05/09/2018 - Central Park
The full list of species is below. A list of an additional eight species seen from 7:00 - 9:00 while scouting is at the bottom.

Canada Goose
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (see above)
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (overhead)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male, Azalea Pond)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Kingbird (1, the Point)
Warbling Vireo (a couple heard sining)
Blue Jay
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Black-and-white Warbler (all over)
Common Yellowthroat
Magnolia Warbler (1)
Yellow Warbler (heard on the Point)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting (3, feeding high in the trees by Azalea Pond; another singing near the feeders)
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
House Sparrow

Additional species found before the walk: Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Ring-billed Gull, Blue-headed Vireo, House Wren, Northern Waterthrush, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue Warbler.

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