Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Our newest Central Park Birder

Felicity Kira Speiser [Liliana's sister] born at 4:30 PM on September 28th , 2008.
Photo by David Speiser

and... a quick catch-up on the Fall migration from Eve Levine, via e-birds - 9/29/08

Finally had some raptors migrating over Central Park today. The following were viewed from the terrace next to Belvedere Castle from ~ 11:30-3:00:

Osprey: 6
Bald Eagle: 1 immature (12:55)
Sharp-shinned Hawk: 6
Cooper's Hawk: 5
Unidentified Accipiter: 12
Broad-winged Hawk: 1 adult
Red-tailed Hawk: 2 immature, 2 adult (probably resident)
Unidentified Buteo: 1
American Kestrel: 4

Another highlight of the day was a flurry of activity around the Humming Tombstone which included Tennessee, Blackpoll, Black-throated Green and Chestnut-sided Warbler, American Redstart, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Swainson's Thrush,Veery, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and White-throated Sparrow. Elsewhere I encountered Gray-cheeked and Wood Thrush and heard Rose-breasted Grosbeak in at least three locations. Tony Lance indicated that Strawberry Fields was active, mentioning Cape May and Pine Warbler in the Gingko south of SF which hosted Cape Mays several days last year. A number of people reported a Hooded Warbler (male) at Tanner's Spring.

Eve Levine