Friday, November 11, 2005

A fall report

Naomi Machado and members of her English for Foreign Students class at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.They joined the Early Birders just about a year ago on a cold early morning walk. [Naomi has become a regular Early Birder.]

The Early Birders, who meet for a bird walk every Wednesday at 7 a.m. 12 months a year, came into existence in June 1995 at the first "Fledge Party" of the Fifth Avenue Hawks.   Pale Male was a young, unknown redtail then, celebrating his first year of fatherhood. Now,  11 years and 26 chicks later, he is a super-star. It feels like we've all been through a lot together. We're waiting eagerly for a happier nesting outcome next spring 

Here's yesterday's bird report -- a typical fall-birdwatching day.

Date: November 9, 2005
Site: Central Park
Observers: "Early Birders": Marie Winn, Naomi Machado, Irene Warshauer,
John Holland, Karen
Asakawa, Carol Abrahams, Ardith Bondi
Reported by: Ardith Bondi

Double-crested Cormorant (Reservoir)
Canada Goose
Gadwall (Reservoir)
Northern Shoveler (Reservoir)
Ruddy Duck
Cooper's Hawk (flyover, Strawberry Fields)
American Coot (Reservoir)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee (ubiquitous)
Tufted Titmouse (many)
Brown Creeper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (bathing by Triplet's Bridge)
Hermit Thrush (Strawberry Fields)
American Robin
European Starling
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (Bank Rock Bridge)
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow