Marie Winn's Central Park Nature News
Pale Male & Lola News Bird Sightings, screech-owls, owls, Central Park, Moths & More
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Spring signs and a hawk PS
Sharron Crocker, a correspondent of this website, wrote yesterday [2/28/11]:
There are signs of spring everywhere -- here's a picture of the first Song Sparrow I've seen and heard this year ... it was being quite vocal for a long period of time ...
PS: Bruce Kerr writes:
I think Pale Beauty is quite an appropriate name for Pale Male's current mate as the Latin name for the Buzzard family [Buteo] is pronounced "Beauty-o"
Monday, February 28, 2011
A steady hand helps
Everyone knows that it's not too hard to get chickadees and titmice to feed from the hand. But downy woodpeckers? That's an uncommon achievement. By dint of incredible patience and perseverence birdwatcher Rebekah Creshkoff has managed to tame a pair of North Woods downies who regularly come for their [pun alert] hand-outs. Note in photo #1 Mrs. Downy waiting her turn as a chickadee feeds. A titmouse and another titmouse conclude the sequence. You can see it in live action on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygqhEnJwn14
Leonard J. Friedland
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Sunday in the park with Ken
Witch-hazel in the snow
photo by Ken Chaya 2/22/11
Ken Chaya creator of Central Park Entire: the Definitive Illustrated Map [a wonderful new resource for all who love the park--see the website at centralparknature.com ] writes today's report:
I took a wonderful walk in the park today. It was cautiously whispering “spring” everywhere. Snowdrops were emerging from beneath the leaf litter and the witch hazel continues with it’s showy blossoms. Perhaps the best moment for me was meeting a senior couple I know who have been birding the park since the sixties (but took time off for children and business etc). They had not yet seen the Varied Thrush, and I was very pleased to be able to locate it for them. There is that magic moment “that look” you know, when a person gets a “lifer.” So much fun!
PS from Marie The map include a legend identifying ALL CP's trees, and ALL the trails in the Ramble and North Woods. I don't think that has ever been done before!