Sunday, February 21, 2010

Brown Thrasher in Central Park

photo of Brown Thrasher by David Speiser --

From Ben Cacace in yesterday's eBirds:

Date: Saturday, 20 February 2010 (7:15a-11:20a)
Location: Central Park - reservoir to the Ramble / Lake
Reported by: Ben Cacace

The *Brown Thrasher* and the 45+ *American Crows* were both surprises.

The *thrasher* was on the east slope of Sparrow Ridge feeding with robins, white-throats & finches. This spot is west of the Great Lawn and east of Summit Rock at a latitude of approximately 83rd St. The huge group of *crows * were seen heading south then later heading north from the same spot in the Pinetum.

A juvenile *Red-tailed Hawk* was coursing over the west side of the nesting pair's territory just east of Summit Rock.

Approximately 25-30% of the reservoir is frozen.