Monday, July 27, 2015

Pat Sees a Lot of Robins

photo by LLOYD SPITALNIK - May 6, 2008 --

Monday, 7/27/15
Pat Pollock

The ratio of Robins [in the park] to any other birds is 50 to 1:  I saw Kingbird @ Turtle Pond this morning, Catbirds; Kevin had a Woodthrush @ northend of Upper Lobe; couple from So. Africa showed me a picture of a Northern Waterthrush but cdn't tell me where it was seen - I checked the Gill, Azalea Pond without success.  


Saturday, July 18, 2015

MURRAY'S HERONS- Getting bigger!

Photos of the Yellow-crowned Night-Herons MURRAY HEAD  discovered on Governor's Island on July 1, 2015.

Hi Marie

As promised an update.
They are a family, The parents and two chicks.
As you can see by their wings the chicks are not ready for Prime Time.
I would give it about 2 to 3 weeks.
It is purportedly to be a first for Governors Island.
(I would love to know where the parents go for food)

Dont forget, double click on images to see the enlargements.


Friday, July 03, 2015

Murray seeks…and finds!

Earlier today I received an e-mail from my friend the photographer MURRAY HEAD, wondering if I might possibly know the exact location of a Yellow-crowned Night Heron that had been reported on Governors Island. Unfortunately I had no inside info on the bird and e-mailed back to Murray that I couldn't help him

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron on nest on Governors Island- 7/3/15
photo by MURRAY HEAD

At 6:44pm Murray wrote me again:

About 10 minutes after emailing and asking if you knew specifically where it could be found,  I found it! It has been said that it is a first ever for Governors Island. I got 
that from some other postings on the Internet. 

How did he find it?
Murray gave me more details:

The principle I employ in these instances... If you can't find the bird...
have the bird find you. I used the anchovies hanging out of my pocket technique.

The nest is about 70 feet up.
I was just there basically to locate it, so that when the chicks are out of their shells,
in about a month... I can bring the proper equipment to get some decent photos.

Today I did not have such equipment... so the photo really does not do this fine bird justice.
Here it is anyway:  [See above]

[note from Marie: the photo looks fine to me! Congratulations, Murray!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Common Loon on Reservoir TODAY

Today long time Regular HARRY MAAS reports from Central Park: The Common Loon continues on the Reservoir near the north pumphouse as of 3 pm today.

Common Loon, April 7, 2014

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tom Fiore's Report for Sunday & Monday

Mourning Warbler --  photo by DAVID SPEISER []

Sunday & Monday, 24 & 25 May, 2015

Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City -

Winding-down, with peak migration here certainly past, yet still a fair variety; Sunday highlights included at least 4, perhaps more, Mourning Warblers in the park, mainly heard singing, but also a few glimpses at times... 1 was well-ensconsed in the Hallett Sanctuary near the park's SE corner, and at least 1 around the Ramble area, while at least 2 were in widely-separate areas in the n. end. On Monday, there were some more sightings, including at least 1 female of the species - & apparently sightings well away from a large park, as well. Other migrants Sunday were still Olive-sided & some Empidonax [genus] flycatchers, as well as some thrushes, mostly Swainson's but also some Gray-cheeked or its close & similar-looking relative (Bicknell's); a lot of these as well as other migrants seemed to go onwards over Sun. night with the favorable winds & weather. It will be harder & harder to amass a long list of migrants in the park, yet at least for a week or more there is sure to be further influx, & after that, stragglers will continue along with the odd lingering birds that do not nest, but simply stay on & put in a part of the early-summer season in the city... as an example there are regularly a few White-throated Sparrows that stay in some of the city parks for part, or even all, of a summer.

good birding,

Tom Fiore