Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Owls and an Orchard Oriole

Photo of the West Side female screech owl taken by Donna Brown 1/22/08 Check her website for details:

Made it to the West Side owl tree today--three other owlers present.
Fly-out was at 5:40 pm. Only the male emerged. We believe the female is sitting on eggs!

The following report is not not a Central Park sighting but took place at a park that happens to be right across the street from my office --Union Square Park-- where today at about 3:30 I sent in the the last missing parts of my book, the Bibliography and the Acknowledgements . Now I'm really finished. Whew! Finally I can devote myself to pleasant tasks like posting reports on this website.

Ardith Bondi, who took the photo of the Orchard Oriole above, writes:

This afternoon, Wednesday, January 23, 2008, Alice Deutsch led me to an Orchard Oriole in Union Square Park. It was feeding on sap from some Sapsucker holes (Alice saw the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker drill them) and crumbs on the ground in the fenced-in area behind the Ghandi statue. Alice said she and Lenore Swenson first spotted this bird in the same location on December 4.

As for Central Park bird life, Pat Pollock sent in the Central Park Report to e-birds::
In addition to the Yellow-breasted Chat at the Conservatory Garden

3 woodpeckers: Hairy, 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers,
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hermit Thrushes - 3 sightings

We also saw Pied-billed Grebe
DC Cormorant
Several (f) Hooded Mergansers