Friday, October 05, 2012

Tom's report of Central Park's migrating birds

photo of Northern Flicker by DAVID SPEISER - Central Park 4/3/08

Thursday, 4 October, 2012 -

Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

Some morning movement, as well as a lot of apparent southbound exodus of the night preceding. Seen moving in numbers in the first hour of the day were many Yellow-shafted Flickers, Blue Jays, Cedar Waxwings, Common Grackles, and American Goldfinch.  In with the goldfinches, with a few stopping off as well in a few places, were over a dozen Pine Siskins. There also were modest numbers of Palm Warblers in many areas of the park - a lot put up into trees, as is typical, when & where dogs, people, machinery, & so forth were active on the lawns. A good selection of other birds was also present including a variety of warblers. 
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Good birding,

Tom Fiore,

Thursday, October 04, 2012

And the answer is...

According to our friend and consultant Lloyd Spitalnik,  the avian visitor to Yankee Stadium was...

[only in profile, however, so not displaying its characteristic stick-pin mark]

Name that bird

Can you identify the bird that interrupted a baseball game at Yankee Stadium a few days ago? I'll post an answer soon.

Note: the bird is shown on the link above. But alas, first you have to watch a 14 second advertisement. And then there's a guy introducing the segment for another few seconds. So TURN YOUR VOLUME OFF!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The Berries - a photo Essay by MURRAY HEAD and a PS

Hi Marie,

A tree grows on a slope north-west of Cedar Hill...
whose berries were ripe for the pickin'.
as a flock of juvenile Cedar Waxwings discovered.
in they flew, out they flew, and now those berries are missin'.

October 1, 2012

PS and here's a list from this morning, sent in by PAT POLLACK:
10/2/12, Tuesday

Before the rain (11:45 am) very birdy in Ramble, Str. Flds, Main. Fld. - more birds than we've had before this fall:

Black Thr. Blues/Greens
Com. Yellowthroats
Palm W's
Prairie W. (Main. Fld.)
No. Parulas
Nashville (Andrew - MF)
Black & White W's
Hooded Warbler (south end of Str. Flds. - seen by others)
Woodthrushes 2
Swainson's Thrushes
Wh. br. Nuthatches
Cedar Waxwings
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
Eastern Towhees
Brown Thrashers
Red-eyed Vireos
Red-br. Nuthatch
Winter Wren (John Beauchamp)

(Richard's group spent 2 hrs. in Str. Fld and may have had other birds not listed here)