Today and Yesterday
Today the park was full of Hummers [and quite a few other birds]
Friday, September 10, 2010
... a rather productive morning today, birding the northern end of Central Park from 8-11 am. Even before entering the park, birds were prevalent with a bit of a morning flight visible from Broadway (3 Baltimore orioles, 12 Robins, 5 Cedar Waxwings and 8 un-IDd passerines were noted within 10 minutes, all moving west) We heard "zeeps" immediately upon park Entrance, and nearly immediately found a PHILADELPHIA VIREO foraging with one of many Red-eyeds. Continuing up the Great Hill, down through the N Woods towards the Loch, up to Wildflower Meadow and back a similar route, we encountered the following, highlighted by a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT near the Ravine and some flyover BOBOLINKS (good bird for Central Park, though most sightings are of flyovers). Overall, diversity was quite good and there were plenty of "birdy" pockets. Many warblers were shuffling around aerially, allowing several birds to go un-identified. Also of note, TENNESSEE and MOURNING WARBLERS reported at the north end of the Loch in some Jewelweed.
>Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos 20
>Great Egret - Ardea alba 1 Meer
> Osprey - Pandion haliaetus 1 flyover, headed south
> Cooper's Hawk - Accipiter cooperii 1 flyover
> Ring-billed Gull - Larus delawarensis 5
> Rock Pigeon - Columba livia 100
> Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura 40
> Chimney Swift - Chaetura pelagica 2
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Archilochus colubris 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker - Melanerpes carolinus 1
> Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens 2
> Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus 5
> Eastern Wood-Pewee - Contopus virens 4
> Least Flycatcher - Empidonax minimus 2
> Empidonax sp. - Empidonax sp. 5 All willow/alder type. *Is there an ebird moderator out there who can add "Alder/Willow Flycatcher" to the CP Checklist?
> PHILADELPHIA VIREO - Vireo philadelphicus 1 Seen just after 8am, moving with other birds just NW of The Pool. Rather bright individual, with slate forehead, white eyebrow and lemmon yellow throat apparent. Foraging from high in London Planes to at eye level in shrubbery.
> Red-eyed Vireo - Vireo olivaceus 21
> Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata X
> Red-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta canadensis 1 Seen in morning flight from CP, moving south, low.
> Carolina Wren - Thryothorus ludovicianus 6
> House Wren - Troglodytes aedon 1
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Polioptila caerulea 1
> Veery - Catharus fuscescens 8
> Swainson's Thrush - Catharus ustulatus 15
> American Robin - Turdus migratorius 120
> Gray Catbird - Dumetella carolinensis X
> Northern Mockingbird - Mimus polyglottos 8
> European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris X
> Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum 30
> Northern Parula - Parula americana 1
> Magnolia Warbler - Dendroica magnolia 1
> Blackburnian Warbler- Dendroica fusca 1 female, NW of pool.
> Black-throated Blue Warbler - Dendroica caerulescens 2
> Prairie Warbler - Dendroica discolor 1 Male, S end of Loch.
> Black-and-white Warbler - Mniotilta varia 10
> American Redstart - Setophaga ruticilla 25
> Ovenbird - Seiurus aurocapilla 3
> Northern Waterthrush - Seiurus noveboracensis 4
> Common Yellowthroat - Geothlypis trichas 8
> Canada Warbler - Wilsonia canadensis 2 Great Hill and Loch
> Wilson's Warbler- Wilsonia pusilla 1 female, S end of Loch
> YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT - Icteria virens 1 Foraging near canopy on W slope of the Ravine.
> Scarlet Tanager - Piranga olivacea 6
> Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis X
> BOBOLINK - Dolichonyx oryzivorus 10 Flyovers-- 1 flock of 9 and 1 individual, all moving west.
> Common Grackle - Quiscalus quiscula 20
> Baltimore Oriole - Icterus galbula 15
> House Finch - Carpodacus mexicanus 1
> American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis 4
> House Sparrow - Passer domesticus 250
Seen by others:
Note from Marie:
Good birding indeed!!