Friday, April 25, 2008

More Pale Male bathing photos and a spring migration report

All photos by Barrie Raik
taken on April 22, 2008

As for the accelerating Spring Migration, here's today's exciting report:

Site = Central Park (67th to 87th)
Date = 4/25/08
Time = 6:30am to 10:30am
observers = Douglas Kurz

Strawberry Fields ("SF"), Lake, Falconer's, Ramble,

Tupelo, Castle, Turtle Pond

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron (imm. flyover)
Canada Goose
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-eyed Vireo (one in SF)
White-eyed Vireo (singing, Swampy Pin Oak area)
Blue-headed Vireo (throughout area)
Blue Jay
American Crow (flyover)
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch (SF)
House Wren (Ramble)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (several, Ramble, S. Tupelo)
Hermit Thrush (quite a few)
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing (flock in trees N of Poland Statue)
European Starling
Nashville Warbler (singing at SF, also S. Tupelo)
Northern Parula (one singing N of Bow Bridge along E side of Lake)
Yellow Warbler (one singing at Point, flew across Oven)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (abundant today)
Palm Warbler (still good numbers in Ramble)
Black and White Warbler (one near Summer House)
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow (SF, Tupelo)
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (one Lower Lobe of Lake)
White-throated Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch (see notes)

NOTES: Tom Fiore had a Cape May at SF (upper canopy oaks at south end) before I got there. I saw several Purple Finches singing today -but they appeared to be females. According to the (large) Sibley, 1st year males appear identical to females, so that would explain it. A wave of Yellow-rumped Warblers gave us the first taste of real
numbers today.