Wednesday, September 25, 2013

First Junco and LOTS of other birds

White-throated Sparrow - photo by LLOYD SPITALNIK

Angus Wilson reports today on yesterday's visit to The Ramble - 9/24/13:

As noted by others there has been an influx of White-throated Sparrows in the last couple of days. I came across at least 15, all immatures but doubtless birders spending more time will have found many more. Another species more typical of October was my first Slate-colored Junco of the season.

In addition, here's Joe DiCostanzo's report for this morning [9/25/13]

Beautiful morning in the park with a good variety of birds. My American Museum of Natural History group recorded about 45 species of birds from 7:00 - 9:30 am in the Ramble. Lots of activity in the Maintenance Meadow. Highlights included:

Broad-winged Hawk (some perched in trees, others flying low over head and one kettleof perhas 20 birds)
Red-tailed Hawk (probably one of the residents)
Spotted Sandpiper (on shore of Lake)
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (male and female, Maintenance Meadow)
Eastern Phoebe
Red-eyed Vireo
Red-breasted Nuthatch (spotted by Lenore Swenson)
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Gray-cheeked Thrush (1, Maintenance Meadow with at least 2 Swainson's)
Swainson's Thrush
Brown Thrasher (several in Maintenance Meadow)
Cedar Waxwing (Maintenece Meadow)
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Tupelo Meadow)
Magnolia Warbler (everywhere)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (male, Maintenance Meadow)
Palm Warbler (several at Hernshead)
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Ovenbird (east side of Tupelo Meadow)
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager
Field Sparrow (1, Maintenance Meadow)
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (1, Maintenance Meadow)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1, Maintenance Meadow)

Joe DiCostanzo