Saturday, April 27, 2013

Seen TODAY [Saturday]

Yellow-throated Vireo -- image from:

Pat Pollock reports:

4/27/13, Saturday
(some of birds @ Loch area seen with Bok Kow & Lee)

Yellow-throated Vireo
  atop tall yellow leafy tree along northern side of Loch midway -  spotted by Isiah and      
              also seen by his father & me - about 11 or so;
Northern Waterthrush along Loch
Swamp Sparrow
Winter Wren
Yellow-rumped Warblers Meer & Loch
Black & White Warblers, several
Blue-headed Vireo
Chipping Sps. large flock grassy areas south of Meer
1 Song Sparrow
Hermit Thrushes
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Egret Duck Is.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Hot off the Presses - THIS MORNING [second posting today]

                 Yellow Warbler  - Central Park --  May 4, 2007
                  photo by Lloyd Spitalnik                      

Chris Cooper writes about THIS MORNING's sightings:

A bit quieter than yesterday in a 2-1/2-hour walk (6:15-8:45 AM).
Nashville W (Double Jug-handle Path)
Prairie W (Double Jug-handle Path)
Pine W (female, Double Jug-handle Path)
Yellow W (2--Children's Glade, Double Jug-handle Path)
Yellow-rumped W
Palm W
Black-and-White W
American Redstart (the High Meadow)
Northern Waterthrush (the Loch)
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo (heard only; the Ridge)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
House Wren (heard only)
Chimney Swift
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Baltimore Oriole
N Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Finch (plumage was female, but it was singing)
Pine Siskin (thanks to Tom Perlman)

Murray comes to The Point


on Wednesday  [4/24/13]:

Palm Warbler 

Palm Warbler

Black-and-White Warbler

                             two Black-and-Whiter Warblers

 Black-crowned Night-Heron

All photos by MURRAY HEAD - taken in Central Park at The Point on Wednesday 4/24/2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

10. count 'em ten warbler species! and a PS from Stephanie

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher -- Photo by LLOYD SPITALNIK -

Chris Cooper reports:

Relief after several slow days, with good variety if not quantity. Individuals put in scattered appearances with little song (6:15-10:45 AM)

HOODED W (continues from Azalea Pond to Summer House/Warbler Rock)
Yellow-rumped W (abundant)
Palm W (many)
Black-and-White W (several)
Yellow W (Strawberry Fields thanks to Stephanie Seymour, and the Point)
Black-throated Green W (E of Azalea Pond)
Prairie W (Azalea Pond, thanks to Steph S again)
Pine W (Azalea Pond)
Northern Waterthrush
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo (the Point thanks to John Schemilt, and the Azalea Pond)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Baltimore Oriole
Hermit Thrush
House Wren (Strawberry Fields, Warbler Rock)
White-throated Sp
Song Sp
Swamp Sp
Chipping Sp
Field Sp
Savannah Sp (Bocce court behind Falconer's Hill)
WHITE-CROWNED SP (Bocce court behind Falconer's Hill)
DE Junco
E Towhee
Green Heron (pair flying and perching in trees)

ALSO REPORTED: N Parula (Shakespeare Garden, by Roger Pasquier and Phil Jeffrey), Nashville W (Steph S), Common Yellowthroat (Brian Padden), Purple Finch (Nadir Souirgi)

Stephanie Seymour of Englewood, N.J.adds via eBirdsNYC:

In addition to the birds Chris listed , my friend John and I found a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD near the back of the feeder area - Evodia Field. It was happily feeding from a bunch of flowers. Thanks to Jared H., we saw some CHIMNEY SWIFTS high overhead. And in Maintenance Meadow, I found a GRAY CATBIRD.

Happy birding.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pale Male a father again! + News from the Migration

Pale Male, standing guard on a balcony near nest - April 22, 2013
photo courtesy of

Big news of our hero Pale Male,   received last Sunday [4/21/13]  from Hawkwatcher Donegal Browne


Just got word from Stella who is in the park.   Today at 3:00PM Pale Male brought a rat to the nest.  Octavia began tearing it into small bits, and then made feeding motions.

Feeding has once again begun at Fifth Avenue.


Spring Migration news from Nadir Souirgi:


Central Parks North End was a bit birdier than expected this morning. While numbers were low and what was seen was probably a reshuffling of migrants already present; it was a small joy all the same. 
The North Woods was the most productive area, (no untoward individuals spotted this AM, thankfully) with one bright male Northern Parula, two singing Black-throated Green Warblers, the second confirmed by Matthew Rymkiewicz, multiple singing Yellow-rumped Warblers, at least 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a Blue-headed Vireo and many Ruby-crowned Kinglets singing high in the trees. As one birder pointed out, it seems like almost all of the Junco's and Chippies have left the north end. I encountered just one small mixed flock on the Great Hill. A relatively larger number of freshly molted White-throated Sparrows remain, with many of them observed feeding high in the canopy, as is typical this time of year. What are they eating? seeds, buds, hatching insects? Aside from the now ubiquitous Towhee, there was a lone Swamp Sparrow in the Loch, one singing Palm Warbler also on the Great Hill, and one very drab female Pine Warbler at Nutter's Battery. I also noted three Herring Gulls traveling north and with purpose. They were high and not wheeling around, so I wondered if they were migrants?
A quick look at lunch time yesterday also had a small number of birds, which I mention in the event that they stayed on: a really pretty Prairie Warbler in the Loch, Pine Warbler's at Nutter's, including a really bright male, Black-and-White Warbler at Duck Island (the small island in the S.W. corner of the Meer), and five Field Sparrows on the Grassy Knoll. Tomorrow is looking better.

Good Luck,

Nadir Souirgi

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hooded Warbler & PS

The report below was sent to eBirdsnyc this morning. It came from John McD. and announced the arrival of new [and beautiful] warbler: the Hooded Warbler:

Hooded Warbler -- Central Park - 4-21-2009

"It was a quiet morning in the Ramble this morning, with the highlight being a male Hooded Warbler, to the south of Azalea Pond.

Other migrants included...
Blue-grey gnatcatcher (2-3; N. end of Bow bridge)
Palm warbler (1; N. end of Bow bridge)
Black and white warbler (1; point)
Brown creeper
Golden-crowned kinlget
Ruby-crowned kinglet

Happy birding,

PS from Marie: I can't seem to locate the name of the photographer who took the great photo above. If you are the one, or know who took it, please let me know and I'll post a photo credit pronto.