Monday, July 27, 2015

Pat Sees a Lot of Robins


photo by LLOYD SPITALNIK - May 6, 2008 -- http://www.lloydspitalnik.com

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.  


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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.

Murray 
7/17/15








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 [http://www.lilibirds.com]

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

Manhattan