Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tom's Summary of Sightings for the last 5 Days

New migrants are arriving today and will continue to arrive during the next week or two,. Here is TOM FIORE's very thorough report of  his Central Park sightings from Sun. 4/12 thru Friday, 17 April 2015:

Palm Warbler  photo by David Speiser

Common Loon (reservoir; breeding plumage, present thru today 4/17)

Pied-billed Grebe (seen earlier in week, reservoir)
Double-crested Cormorant (many, rese
rvoir, etc.)
Great Blue Heron (singles)
Great Egret (multiple)
Snowy Egret (a few low flyovers & 1 or 2 at reservoir on some mornings)
Green Heron (Meer, today, 4/17)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (multiple)
Black Vulture (at least 2 earlier in the week, and the past weekend)
Turkey Vulture (multiple)
Wood Duck (several still around)
American Black Duck 
Northern Shoveler (few remaining at reservoir)
Bufflehead (fairly good no's. lingering)

Red-breasted Merganser (earlier in week, res.)
Hooded Merganser (several thru at least Wed.)
Ruddy Duck (at least 2 lingering to today, res.)
Osprey (few fly-overs)
Bald Eagle (several fly-overs in the past 6 days)
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk (several, & 1 in park 4/14)
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot (few at reservoir earlier in week)
Solitary Sandpiper (sunrise; Meer, Thurs. 4/16)
Spotted Sandpiper (several sightings, reservoir)
Laughing Gull (1, reservoir earlier in week, not first of year)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (very few, from 4/15)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Ramble Wed. 4/15)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (most passed thru now)
Yellow-shafted Flicker (many thru the week)
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe (few; almost none lingering)
Blue-headed Vireo (1 as of 4/14; few more today)
Tree Swallow (earlier in week & prior dates)
N. Rough-winged Swallow (multiple)
Bank Swallow (at least 1 today, Meer, also earlier)
Barn Swallow (multiple, including many fly-overs)
Cliff Swallow (1 today, after missing for 5 days, Meer)
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch (small numbers)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper (mostly passed thru now)
Carolina Wren
House Wren (1, poss. 2, Ramble & vic.)
Winter Wren (at least several thru the week)
Blue Jay (many)
American Crow
Fish Crow (pr. active across n. end recently)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (few lingering)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (multiple)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (multiple)
Hermit Thrush (multiple, more expected soon)
Brown Thrasher (more than a few spring arrivals; few had wintered)
Cedar Waxwing (small numbers, so far)

Northern Parula (1 seen singing, Summit Rock, early a.m. today 4/17)
[Myrtle] Yellow-rumped Warbler (modest no's. so far)
Pine Warbler (multiple, esp. in areas in south half of park)
Palm Warbler (many thru week)
Black-and-white Warbler (1 or 2, north end, from 4/14-16)
Northern Waterthrush (singing, from 4/15)
Louisiana Waterthrush (a few continuing)
Common Yellowthroat (at least 2 continuing, modestly early)

Eastern Towhee (many earlier in week & continuing today)
Field Sparrow (small no's. this week)
Chipping Sparrow (fair no's., now diminished)
Savannah Sparrow (few this week)
"red" Fox Sparrow (last seen 4/13?)
Song Sparrow (lingering nesters etc.)
Swamp Sparrow (still modest no's.)
White-throated Sparrow (many migrants, overwintered ones moved on)
Dark-eyed Junco (still a few in north end, 4/17)
Brown-headed Cowbird
Eastern Meadowlark (Monday 4/13, one, Great Lawn)
Rusty Blackbird (several thru week, & most moved on)
Common Grackle
Red-winged Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole (adult male, early, 4/14, n. of reservoir by tennis courts)
Pine Siskin (a few, earlier in week)
Purple Finch (many on passage as fly-thrus, also a few in Ramble area)
American Goldfinch (modest no's.)

Good spring birding,

Tom Fiore,