Sunday, March 30, 2008

Revisiting the list of spring birds

Photos above and below by Murray Head

Website reader Rosemarie Bria writes:

Hi Marie.  I saw the list on your site of new spring avian arrivals in Central Park and I didn't notice a mention of the Cedar waxwings that were around behind and  east of the feeders in the Ramble feasting on the black locust pods for a couple of weeks.  When I checked back last Thurs, they seemed to be gone.  My friend Murray Head, an amazing potographer, took some gorgeous photos of them.  I hope you enjoy them.  Take care,

Rosemarie Bria

The list of birds that
might show up during this coming week was posted on 3/25 ,. Here is the tally of those that have arrived as of yesterday:

Wilson's Snipe
American Bittern
Spotted Sandpiper
Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Belted Kingfisher
Rusty Blackbird
Field Sparrow

The area where the Snipe and the Bittern are most likely to be found [the reeds near Bank Rock Bridge] is closed off to the public because of construction. Consequently we are unlikely to find these birds this year. Let's see how many of them will be seen by Tuesday, when my week will be up.