Marie Winn's Central Park Nature News
Pale Male & Lola News Bird Sightings, screech-owls, owls, Central Park, Moths & More
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The following e-mail arrived yesterday:
. . . In addition to Monarchs galore on the butterfly bush on our roof, we also had this visitor (see photos above). Do you know its name?
PS We live on West 81st St twixt Amsterdam and Columbus Aves.
Lovely photos. I'm not much of a butterfly expert, but I do know this one. It's a Buckeye, pretty common throughout the U.S. You can see Buckeyes in Central Park's Shakespeare Garden [just a block or so from your house] fairly often.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
An uncommon warbler
Golden-winged Warbler [male] -- at Sterling Forest, NY
Photo by LLOYD SPITALNIK -- 6/1/2008
When: TODAY at about 11 a.m.
Where: In the woody field south of the Azalea Pond
Who: A group of birders led by Richard Lieberman, under the aegis of the New York Linnaean Society
What: They had a sighting of a very special bird for Central Park: a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER.
Note: there don't seem to be any photos of this warbler taken in Central Park. Please let me know if you happen to have one.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Why the name?
Yesterday photographer MURRAY HEAD saw and captured [on film of course] one of the large number of birds stopping over in Central Park on their way to southern wintering grounds. It was a GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER.
Why is the bird called a Great Crested Flycatcher when it doesn't seem to have any crest at all, great or small? The picture below, posted on 6/29/09 on a now defunct North Carolina blog, provides a clue. Hint: it was windy atop that birdhouse as the bird paused with nesting material in his bill. I think you'll agree that the flycatcher has a great crest indeed.