Saturday, April 23, 2005

Spring Migration Heating Up

Some great birds were seen on Jack Meyer's walk this morning. At the end of his report [emphasis on certain birds mine] I'll post information about his walks --- there's still time! -- and about walks offered by another star in Central Park's birding firmament, Starr Saphir.

DATE: Saturday, 23 April 2005 LOCATION: Central Park OBSERVERS:Kellie Quinones, Pat Levine, Jack Meyer

Double-crested Cormorant (Lake.) Black-crowned Night-Heron (Lake shore north of Hernshead.) Gadwall (1m,1f on lake.) American Black Duck (Lake.) Red-tailed Hawk Spotted Sandpiper (West side of point.) Mourning Dove Red-bellied Woodpecker (Ramble.) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Ramble.) Downy Woodpecker (Several.) Northern Flicker (A few.) Eastern Phoebe (Turtle Pond.) Eastern Kingbird (Turtle Pond; west shore of lake.) Blue-headed Vireo (Humming Tombstone.) Warbling Vireo (Humming Tombstone.) Blue Jay Tree Swallow (Turtle Pond.) Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Turtle Pond.) Barn Swallow (Several, Turtle Pond & Lake.) Black-capped Chickadee (Humming Tombstone.) Tufted Titmouse (Ramble.) Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Several.) Hermit Thrush (Ramble, Hernshead.) American Robin Yellow Warbler (Point.) Yellow-rumped Warbler (Many.) Yellow-throated Warbler (Castle.) Pine Warbler (Several.) Palm Warbler (Several.) Black-and-white Warbler (Several.) Prothonotary Warbler (West shore of lake, 8:00AM.) Northern Waterthrush (Riviera.) Chipping Sparrow (Ramble.) Song Sparrow (Several.) Swamp Sparrow (A few.) White-throated Sparrow (Several.) Northern Cardinal Red-winged Blackbird Common Grackle



These walks are enjoyable for all, beginners or advanced birders, young or old. Here is the schedule:

Walks will be Thursday through Sunday, from March 31 to May 29

Walks leave at 7:30 AM from 72 Street & Central Park West. (NE corner.)

The cost is $6. No reservations are needed.

If there are any questions, you can reach him at:
212-563-0038 (Not after 8 PM please)


Starr Saphir's walks are legendary. And the reality surpasses the legend. Here is Starr's schedule for walks in Central Park:

******** Sat. and Tues. Morning North End walks*****

Sat. Apr. 2 - Tues., June 6

9:00 am (sharp) to approx. noon

103 rd St. and Central Park West, the Park side

*********Mon. and Wed. morning Ramble walks*****

Mon., Apr. 4 - --Wed. June 8

7:30 am (sharp) to approx. 10:30 am

81st St. and Central Park West, the SE corner

All walks non-smoking. Fee for each walk is $6 per person; no registration necessary. For further information, please call Starr Saphir (leader) at (212) 304-3808.