Sunday, March 15, 2015

Tom walks in the rain on Saturday

Saturday, 14 March, 2015;  Central Park 
Male Common Redpoll, 12/12/12

3/14/15 In a drizzly lull in rain, a walk from one end of Central Park to the other (60th-110th Sts.) provided views of a few lingering or newly-arrived birds: a pair (hen & drake) of Red-breasted Mergansers at the C.P. reservoir, on the s. end of the open water; other ducks as prev., along with at least 2 Amer. Coot, & several hundred gulls of what seemed to be just the 3 most-typical spp.;  the male Common Redpoll made a quick showing at the Ramble feeders before noon, & on the western-most part of the N. Meadow ballfields, a single Killdeer was in the vicinity of some Mallards out on the newly-revealed grass there. All the park's water-bodies are now showing more small cracks & openings - there were even a few ducks at the Meer. Also noticed during my walk were American Kestrel, Cooper's Hawk (Ramble) & calling Fish Crow (near the Meer), along with smatterings of Amer. Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, & various wintering regulars.

good birding,

Tom Fiore Manhattan