Saturday, May 12, 2012

Five and a half hours!

Magnolia Warbler -- Photo by MURRAY HEAD -- 4/30/09

Starr Saphir's group had 62 species, including 19 warblers, in a 5.5-hour walk through Central Park's North End this morning. The most productive area was the SE part of the Great Hill along the path up from 103rd Street, which produced Cape May and Blackburnian and a multitude of the more common warblers. We had two male Bay-breasted Warblers, one in the Wildflower Meadow and the other at the south end of the Loch. Highlights: Green Heron (North Woods) Northern Harrier (flyover, North Woods) Common Nighthawk (heard calling, SE Great Hill) Least Flycatcher (heard, NE Great Hill) Great Crested Flycatcher (NE Great Hill) Blue-headed Vireo (Loch) Red-eyed Vireo (Loch) Gray-cheeked Thrush (North Woods) Cedar Waxwing (SE Great Hill) Nashville Warbler (SE Great Hill) Cape May Warbler (SE Great Hill) Magnolia Warbler (many) Bay-breasted Warbler (Wildflower Meadow and the Loch) Blackburnian Warbler (SE Great Hill) Yellow Warbler (Meer) Chestnut-sided Warbler (many) Blackpoll Warbler (North Woods) Canada Warbler (North Woods) Wilson's Warbler (Loch) Scarlet Tanager (many) Rose-breasted Grosbeak (heard) Baltimore Oriole (many good views) David Barrett