Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rare Sparrow-might still be there!!!

Grasshopper Sparrow - Ulster Co. NY --6/17/09
photo by David Speiser

And 13 warbler species -- nothing to sneeze at either.

Tom Fiore reports a rare sighting this morning:

Thursday, 26 August 2010 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

A Grasshopper Sparrow appeared at the Great Hill in the park's northwest quadrant - first seen on the upper south slope (a bit below a cyclone-fenced wood-chip filled area) and then moving down to a somewhat more brushy area in the lower slope about 20 yards above the north side of the Pool, the closest park entrance being at West 103 Street. Additionally and almost a bit more surprising, a Lincoln's Sparrow was in the same area a bit higher on the hill in denser vegetation. A 'baker's dozen' (13) warbler species in the first 150 minutes of the morning with a Worm-eating Warbler at the Loch (in the central area within), also located in the north end of the park being the highlight amongst the warblers, which included a modest fresh arrival including obviously more Magnolia Warblers. The general migrant activity seemed patchy with birds in smallish flocks for the most part, an increasingly common sight even on bigger days of migratory passerine stopover, as compared with a decade or two in the past. More reports later or at night as warranted. This morning's Grasshopper was seen at about 7:30 a.m. & again at about 8:45 and again the later sighting was farther down-slope nearer the Pool. I briefly looked 'round Summit Rock very early on and saw relatively little at that early hour - but would think Ramble area observations could also be good this day. (Summit Rock is near W. 83-84 Streets).