Saturday, June 21, 2008

News and photos

News: On June 20, while researching an area for the ongoing Central Park bird census, Alice Deutsch came upon a fledgling chipping sparrow. This is accepted evidence that the species is nesting in the area, and thus it is the first confirmed Chipping Sparrow nesting in Central Park. The chipping sparrow is not noted as a nester in the Birds of Central Park checklist.

Photo by Ardith Bondi

This photo of a beautiful grackle [what an eye!] was taken by Eleanor Tauber at the Gill.

Note: There's a section about a Grackle night roost near the Plaza Hotel in Central Park in the Dark. It's in the Birds Asleep chapter.