Saturday, August 25, 2012

Kentucky Warbler !!

Ken Chaya, who checks out the North Woods just about every morning, writes:

There was a Kentucky warbler skulking around in the Loch at about 10am this morning just north of the rustic bridge furthest east (rustic bridge #31). A small group got to see it behind some ground foliage and after they left, the bird popped out and hopped onto the path only a few feet from Tom Perlman and me. ...
Ken, by the way, is the author of Central Park Entire, The Definitive Illustrated Map

Photo by Lloyd Spitalnik -- Westchester County


Friday, August 24, 2012

Update on Pale Male's offspring

A Redtail's red tail: Pale Male yesterday, August 23, 2011
Photo courtesy of

The latest report from WINORR -- Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation-- from their Facebook posting:

"Pale Male's two offspring are doing much better. The first one appears fully recovered and unscathed by the ordeal. The second one has still not completely regained all its abilities and acts neurologic, slightly unbalanced occasionally. It hasn't returned to the sharp attentive bird its sibling is, but we are hopeful in time it may. A plan or time for release has not been determined yet as it will take much consideration as to where and when they are fully capable if not returned to their family for necessary training for the best chance for survival."



WINORR is a non-profit volunteer organization who provide professional care for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife.
Who is WINORR?

WINORR is a non-profit, volunteer orginization serving New York city ,Nassau and Western Sufflok Counties.

We provide professional care for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife.

Our trained volunteers receive no funds from federal, state, or country agencies and are totally dependent on donations, grants, and fundraisers to pay for our daily operation.

We rescue and care for wild animals received thru the Department of Environmental Conservation, local police, animal hospitals, humane societies, animal control, as well as the general public. The state and federal governments license us to provide this service.

A handful of local vets generously donate their time and expertise to WINORR. Our area does not have a wildlife rehabilitation center. A small network of home-based rehabilitators fill this void.

In addition to rehabilition, we also provide information and education for the community.

Lastly, we offer sanctuary or find permanent placement for non-releasable wildlife that are unable to survive in the wild and otherwise would face euthanasia.
To contact us call 516-293-0587
or write at ;
202 N. Wyoming Avenue
N. Massapequa , N.Y. 11758

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Moth Night!

                   Ailanthus Webworm  [Atteva aurea]

The first Moth Night of 2012 was held last night under the aegis of the Linnaean Society NYC. More than 80 excited night-lepidoptera lovers showed up at 7:15 at the park's Central Park West and 103rd Street entrance to look for moths [and other night insects] under the leadership of Linnaean Society Vice President Harry Zirlin. Among them were moth expert Nick Wagerik and Ken Chaya, co-author of the folding map of Central Park--Central Park Entire.

The flashy Ailanthus Webworm , see above, was one of a large number of moths we encountered during the evening. Among others we identified were the Copper Underwing [Amphipyra pyramidoides],the Ipsilon Dart [Agrotis Ipsilon],, the Sad Underwing {Catocala maestosa] , the American Idia [Idia americalis], the Common Idia [Idia aemula and the caterpillar of a Tussock Moth of an unknown species.

On my way out of the park at about 9:30 pm, Ken Chaya pointed out a large swarm of bees resting high on a Sycamore Maple near the small body of water called The Pool.

Very exciting evening!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Silently at water's edge...

and unnoticed by thousands that pass,
the Black-crowned Night Heron stealthily stalks his prey.

The Pond, East bank
August 18, 2012

A photo-story by MURRAY HEAD

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Migration reports of Sunday morning

Mourning Warbler --photo by Lloyd Spitalnik Central Park, 10/27/04 .

Mike Webster of Harlem, NYC, sent in this report at 10:38 this morning :

Spent 2.5 hours in the Ravine and then the Ramble (for the first time) this morning. Very happy to find my nemesis bird for years, the Mourning Warbler in the Ramble! Also one seemingly very early White-Throated Sparrow, 8 warbler species total, including 4 Canada Warblers and 2 Chestnut-Sided.


Birds of note for Ray Slyper, Andrew Rubenfeld, Doug Futuyma and Mike Bryant, who birded mostly around Azalea Pond, Maintenance Meadow and Oven, and reported to eBirdsNYC at 10:42 am, were:

Mourning Warbler, 1 young male by Gill and Azalea thanks to a very timely phone call from Jack Meyer and another later fleeting glimpse of an adult male by oven.
Blue Wings (multiple locations)
Canada (multiple locations)
Common Yellowthroat (Azalea)
Redstarts (multiple locations)
Black and Whites (multiple locations)
Yellow (drab, by Point)
Chestnut Sided (fall plumage, Gill and Laupot)

Wood Thrush (2)

Downy WP
Tufted Titmice
Red Tail Hawks, (2 juveniles in Ramble/Maintenance Meadow)

Many many many Robins, Catbirds, Cardinals adults and juveniles