Today's bounty, a mystery at the Azalea Pond and a PS from Jack
Photo by David Speiser http://www.lilibirds.com
Chris Cooper, a birder as likely to be encountered in the Ramble these mornings as any migratory warbler or sparrow, reports on today's scene via eBirds. His list adds to one posted a bit earlier by Stephanie Seymour, another daily reporter,.
The SW winds overnight boosted both numbers and variety overall, yielding a 6-warbler, 8-sparrow morning (so far, with more folks still to report in, I'm sure). Several of us witnessed Blue Jays going nuts at 9 AM at the N end of the Azalea Pond, with other birds joining in in classic mobbing behavior...but we couldn't spot any target. If you go, you might want to check there for a nightjar or owl.
The 6 warblers:
Black & White
Seven sparrows and a ?:
8.Dark-eyed Junco [I think it's considered a sparrow...]
8.House Sparrow [I think it's not really a sparrow, but a weaver finch...]
On Monday I wrote that no Yellow-throated Warblers were seen in Central Park in the year 2008. Jack Meyer sent in a correction this morning:
In 2008 there was a very late Yellow-throated Warbler in the tall Cypress at the west end of the Pool (100th st) on May 17. This bird was seen by Starr's group at 7:30 AM and later by Paula Schutte, Patricia Craig & me at 9:15. It seems to me there were other birders there at the time, but this is all I have recorded.