Friday, December 27, 2013

Merry post-Christmas, Happy pre-New Year's

                    Baltimore Oriole [adult male] --Central Park -- 5-5-08 
                    Photo by DAVID SPEISER --

Central Park news of 12/27 from Anders and Pat and a HINT from Marie

Hi all,

This morning I observed the now long staying adult male Baltimore Oriole feeding at a sapsucker drill on the eastern side of Tupelo Meadow. After a few minutes a second Baltimore Oriole flew in to the same tree. The new bird was sporting mottled drab plumage, but showing yellow-orange on breast and sides. The adult male BAOR flew towards it and seemed to chase it away. The second oriole spread its wings and tail and seemed to crouch in front of the adult male, as if to show subordination or begging for food. The two orioles interacted for about five minutes and was flying around together or chasing each other. Then the young oriole flew of towards Maintenance Field, where I later lost it.

Happy New Year!

Anders Peltomaa


12/27/13, Friday

Sapsucker tree near Tupelo Meadow fenced in area:
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Baltimore Oriole (m)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (m)
Song Sparrow
House Finches, many @ Feeders
3 Pied-billed Grebes
4 American Coots
6 Hooded Mergansers
Buffleheads - pair
Wood Ducks 3 (2m)
Ring-necked Duck (SE)
many Northern Shovelers
ditto Mallards
Canada Geese
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrals 12/26/13 roof 91/Columbus 1 bright M, 1 F


Pat Pollock

Hint from Marie about that mysterious LOOW:

Think of  a category of special birds one is not supposed to give specific locations for...