Tuesday, August 26, 2014


#1.  Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

#2  Virgin Tiger Moth

No, I haven't abandoned my website. Just broke my foot [in the park] a week ago [stumbled on the steps at 103 St. ] Consequently, nothing to report for the moment.

As a famous general said long long ago: I shall return.

PS Enjoy the rest of your summer!

PPS The moths aren't from Central Park. They were sent to me by friends, knowing I'm moth-starved.

#1 is from my friend Rebekah Creshkoff. It was found in    Callicoon, NY

#2 is from Teri, a friend of Carol Abrahams. It was photographed in Ulster County, NY

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hooded Warbler!

Pat Pollock writes on 8/18: 
photo of HOODED WARBLER by LLOYD SPITALNIK  http://www.Lloydspitalnikphotos.com

8/17, 8/16/, & 8/15/14, Sat. & Sun.

8/17, Hooded Warber (M) gorgeous, first found by Andrew Rubenfeld north side of Azalea Pond Sun. a.m.,  re-found by Magda just west of Lopate Bridge, and later by me west of path running between Lopate/Summerhouse and seen by a few others, moving about low to ground and in circular movement.  

 Junko found it east of Lopate along Gill early this morning.  I haven't gotten in yet today. She had a Worm-eating W. SW of Tupelo tree, and several of us had Blue-winged W. on Sat. [8/16]. 

There were other migrants:  Yellow-Billed Cuckoo on Saturday., N. of Azalea Pond and Warbling Vireo, Canada Warbler., Redstarts, Yellow Warbler, B&W Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo. also on Saturday. Azalea Pond area;  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher & Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Upper Lobe. On Sunday, I believe,  in Upper Lobe, someone spotted 2 Green Herons that immediately flew off. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Today's Migration News

Tom Fiore writes:

Saturday, 12 July, 2014

Some migrants passing at Central Park, in Manhattan (N.Y. City) including Spotted & Solitary Sandpiper, Northern Waterthrush, and Yellow Warbler, the latter a NYC breeder of course, but this possibly coming from a non-local area... Solitary SP was at the Meer, 2 Spotted SP at the reservoir, and N. Waterthrush in and by the Loch, all this a.m. - Yellow Warbler later on, by the Lake.

Tom Fiore,
Chestnut-sided warbler - photo by LLOYD SPITALNIK - http://www.lloydspitalnikphotos.com

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sad News

"Sad news for those of us following the nesting Ruby-throated Hummingbird, " wrote Pat Pollock [Ppoll987@Yahoo.com on this morning's eBirdsNYC. She continued:

 "At 9:30 am 3 birders witnessed the invasion of the nest by a Baltimore Oriole who scared off the (f) sitting on the nest and helped itself to the eggs & contents.  One of the birders photographed the whole thing (Roman T. Brewka -- website:  BirdsofNewYork.com ]
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Nest - drawing by C.A. Reed - commons.wikimedia.org

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Tree walk with a dendrophile*

KEN CHAYA -- tree expert extraordinaire

Last night from 6:30pm to about 8:45pm  I  and about 25 other fortunate people went on a Tree Identifying walk with tree expert and naturalist KEN CHAYA. I'll write again with more details of that we learned on Ken's walk, but now all I can say is that It was one of the most educational, inspiring and delightful experiences I've had in all my years as a park enthusiast. Ken is a marvelopuys walk leader, with an infectious passion for nature in general and trees in particular  The walk, given under the aegis of  Outdoorfest [www.outdoorfest.org]    began outside Strawberry Fields at 72nd Street and Central Park West, and ended up at Oak Bridge, the lovely structure  connecting Bank Rock Bay with The Ramble.  The participants, a group that included one well-behaved canine, were exceptionally well-behaved themselves. Very few engaged in private conversations with fellow walkers -- and everyone ended up with a different attitude towards trees. For a small group of New Yorkers who went on that transformative walk with Ken Chaya yesterday, trees will forever be transformed  into objects of reverence.

KEN CHAYA and co-author EDWARD SIBLEY BARNARD with their masterpiece map - CENTRAL PARK ENTIRE

Here's what the map looks like. It's folded in a clever way, and made of some kind of waterproof paper.  To buy map: http://www.centralparknature.com/store/index.html

*PS A dendropbhile is simply a tree lover

Loon update

Common Loon - The Reservoir - 11 April 2007 - photo by LLOYD SPITALNIK - Lloydspitalnikphotos.com

LYN DOMINGUEZ reports on ebirdsNYC today- 6/7/14:

This morning at 6:25 AM from the north, looking across the placid Reservoir, the common loon was resting in the southeast quadrant.
At 8:35 AM, with ripples on the water and a breeze from the north, when I got back on the Reservoir path at the southeast corner, the loon was at the northwest end (!) but it soon appeared near 90th St. and was fishing and diving actively along the eastern edge of the Reservoir. There were one or two good long looks at it.
Best regards,