Marie Winn's Central Park Nature News
Pale Male & Lola News Bird Sightings, screech-owls, owls, Central Park, Moths & More
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
FIRST PHOEBE of 2013
An exciting e-mail came from Tom Fiore a few minutes ago:
Hi Marie, An Eastern Phoebe (my emphasis - mw) was by the Pool, near W. 100 St. this morning. Also evident were a big influx of American Robins, far more than have been lately. An (overwintering) E. Towhee was singing a bit on slopes of the Great Hill just above the Pool; more & more birds generally are singing each day now, despite the chilly starts to a lot of days, including this one! It is not spring by either calendar or feel, yet a lot of harbingers are making their presence seen, heard and felt - sun feels warmer, too.
PS Every year I get all worked up about the first Phoebe. I knew Tom would find it. He always does.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
the BIRD ITSELF, in Central Park
Our North Woods correspondent Rebekah Creshkoff sent in a report this morning:
3/13/13 Elm buds on the Great Hill are red and bursting, Dark-eyed Juncos are trilling, and the earliest migrants are arriving. As evidence, attached is a photo of droppings marking the spot where an American Woodcock spent the day yesterday on the plaza of 270 Park Avenue.*
I saw the bird at about 6:45 pm last night and didn't dare attempt to rescue it (I was unequipped, and it generally goes very badly with woodcocks) and left, hoping he would make it out safely overnight. But this morning, I found one beautiful non-primary woodcock feather at the base of the building's glass curtain wall.
American Woodcock - March 15, 2005
photo by LLOYD SPITALNIK - http://www.lloydspitalnikphotos.com
* I'm posting a photo of the bird itself, not the droppings. I know you won't mind...
Monday, March 11, 2013
Green-winged Teal and others TODAY
Green-winged Teal [m] -- Commons.wikipedia.org
David Barrett reports at 1:24pm today, via eBirdsaNYC: