Friday, October 02, 2015

Phil Jeffrey Reports on Yesterday's Birds


OCT. 2, 2015    Notwithstanding favorable northerlies and a rather decent migration as judged by radar, warblers were relatively scarce today with most of the migration apparently being of Catbirds, Thrashers, Flickers and Grackles.  Most action was in Maintenance Field, with Strawberry Fields being quiet. The Dickcissel was a no-show.

Osprey (1)
American Kestrel (2)
Chimney Swift
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Red-eyed Vireo
House Wren
Swainson's Thrush
Gray-cheeked Thrush (1, Warbler Rock)
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Parula
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee (2 females)
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting


Posted by: Phil Jeffrey <>

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The migration: It's not quite over

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak -May 16, 2013 - photo by MURRAY HEAD

Jordan Spindel reports from Central Park today at the end of the afternoon:

Today was less active than yesterday, but there was still a good variety of species, including about 7 warbler species Here is what I saw:

5 Redstarts
4 Black-and-White Warblers
2 Common Yellowthroats
1 Magnolia Warbler (Laupot)
1 Black-Throated Blue Warbler (male at Laupot)
1 Black-Throated Green Warbler (The Gill)
1 Pine/Magnolia/Baypoll Warbler (Upper Lobe)
1 Possible Parula
4 Swainson's Thrushes
2 Veerys
1 Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (Azalea in the open!)
1 Pewee
1 Empidonax species 
2 Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
16 Gadwall

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Birding on 9/11

Here's a report posted on this blog  13 years ago, just around the time interest in studying moths in  Central Park began:

Weird Pulsating Fly Identified

Three moths and a fly
The CP Mothers observed a weird and beautiful insect at their first Moth Night on 9/9/02. [See full report below]. Clearly in the Diptera [Fly] order, it was not to be found in the Peterson Insect Guide we had taken along. A few weeks later Nick Wagerik found it in the Audubon Insect Guide. It was a Pyrgotid Fly, one of a family that is attracted to lights [!]and is known to parasitize beetles.
The artist and illustrator Ed Lam was one of the mothing band that night, and captured the fly as well as the three moths to the left with his Nikon Coolpix digital camera.

Now, back to the present [or the present minus a day] 

Jordan Spindel  sent in [to ebirdsNYC] a report of birds scene on the 13th anniversary of the event now known as "9/11'

Today it seems like many migrants have moved into the city as predicted. Morning birding in Central Park was hard because the light was terrible, but I still identified 6 warbler species and a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak in an hour. The afternoon was good too. The light was mostly good, and I was able to go out with a friend and be there much longer. I saw 7 warbler species in the afternoon, including Nashville (good looks) and Tennessee (bad looks). Those 2 were in a flock of Parulas and Magnolia Warblers at Laupot Bridge. Here is what I saw:

M= morning only
A = afternoon only

3-4 Magnolia Warblers
1 Chestnut-Sided Warbler A
1 Ovenbird M
1 Common Yellowthroat M (a bird seen in the afternoon was probably also one)
2 Black-and-White Warblers
1 Willow Flycatcher A (heard calling at Maintenance Field)
3-4 Empidonax sp.
2 Eastern Kingbirds A (Maintenance Field)
1 Great Crested Flycatcher A (Maintenance Field)
1 Warbling Vireo
Red Eyed Vireo
Veery (many at Maintenance Field)
1 Swainson's Thrush A
1 Ruby-Throated Hummingbird A (Tupelo Field)
1 Red-Tailed Hawk (W 86th st entrance)
12 Gadwall (Turtle Pond)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Warblers in the Ramble

Jordan Spindel writes on 8/20:

American Redstart -- photo by David Speiser - http:/

I was in the Ramble in the morning and in the evening. I saw at least 6 species of warbler today. Here is my list for the day:

M=morning only
E=evening only

2 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS (Azalea Pond and Tupelo Meadow) E
1 Ovenbird (Tupelo Meadow) E
Canada Warbler (a lot, including a few flocks)
American Redstart (many)
Black-and-White Warbler (many)
Northern Waterthrush (several)
1 Vireo sp. M
Tufted Titmouse
1 White Breasted Nuthatch E
1 Ruby Throated Hummingbird (near Azalea Pond) M
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker

Posted by: Jordan Spindel <>

Sunday, August 09, 2015

They're heading south

American Redstart - photo by DAVID SPEISER- -- 5/20/10

Here's a report  from Debbie Becker received at 9:16 on Saturday 8/8:

Fall is coming- as migration in Central Park gets underway. 
Blue winged warbler - Azalea Pond
Black and white 
Northern waterthrush
Great crested flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo - Maintenance 
Baltimore Oriole
Cedar waxwing
Downy woodpecker 
American Crow
Eastern Kingbird
Black crowned night heron
Mourning dove
House finch
A million house sparrows

Good Birding,
Debbie Becker