Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Yesterday's bird report

Multiple, not super numbers of  Palm Warbler  in the park yesterday
Palm Warbler- photo by Murray Head

Tom Fiore has sent in an impressive list of birds he saw yesterday and a detailed report of his birdwatching day:
Tuesday, 22 April, 2014 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

After a few days during which migration slowed to a crawl (at best) and most birders were not lingering very long, today provided a little more... interestingly, much of the park appeared & certainly sounded quiet in the first hour of daylight, then as the morning warmed into the afternoon, further sightings were added, and the nature of today's (or, really, last night's) arrivals became a little clearer. This was a widespread & good migration in much of the northeast. More migration is occurring in the area this evening & night...

I ended up with 8 &-a-half hours in the park, and also (briefly) looked in at the n. sections of Riverside Park (Manhattan west), where there were at least some of the same (among more common) migrant species..

A modest number of additional (species) sightings were reported (some by word of mouth or to other lists) today, and a whole lot of birders were out & about, more or less all day long. (caprimulgid, anyone?)  It may be worth a look up in coming days, not only for possible raptors, but a wide variety of other birds which migrate & move about during daylight hours...

Turkey Vulture (at least a few, p.m. fly-overs)
Double-crested Cormorant (largest numbers noted on the day may have been a single fly-over flock of 75+, as well as numerous smaller groups, plus those in the park)
Great Egret (multiple as fly-overs, & a few in the park)
Snowy Egret (p.m. fly-over)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (several)
Canada Goose
Wood Duck (2)
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler (70+)
Bufflehead (6+)
Ruddy Duck (8+)
Osprey (fly-over)
Bald Eagle (adult fly-over, Meer area; K.Chaya report)
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot (2)
Laughing Gull (1, reservoir, 3:45 p.m.)
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Rock Pigeon (feral)
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (at least several, from n. end & Ramble areas)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male, Ramble, p.m., thanks to 'anon'.)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (very few)
Downy Woodpecker
Yellow-shafted Flicker (not that many)
Eastern Phoebe (2)
Blue-headed Vireo (15+ through park)
Blue Jay (many)
American Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (2 or more)
Barn Swallow (12+)
Black-capped Chickadee (2)
Tufted Titmouse (few)
White-breasted Nuthatch (1)
Brown Creeper (1)
Carolina Wren (several)
House Wren (several)
Winter Wren (2)
Kinglet species (poss. Golden-crowned)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (40+ through park)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (more than a few)
Hermit Thrush (80+ in park, best day yet)
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher (several locations, singing)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (a few small flocks)

Nashville Warbler (seen singing, Loch, p.m.)
Yellow Warbler (Ramble, Bow Bridge, p.m.)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (multiple ~ 75+/park)
Pine Warbler (1 or 2)
Palm Warbler (multiple; not super numbers)
Black-and-white Warbler (several locations)
Louisiana Waterthrush  (Loch, & the Pond)
Common Yellowthroat (male seen, Loch)

Eastern Towhee (more than a few)
Chipping Sparrow (90+ through the park)
Field Sparrow (2)
Savannah Sparrow (8+ through the park)
Song Sparrow (multiple)
Swamp Sparrow (more than a few)
White-throated Sparrow (many)
Dark-eyed Junco (15+)
Northern Cardinal
Baltimore Oriole (same 2 overwintered birds; still the only ones seen thus far this year in Central Park; they have ranged a lot in the greater ramble area & nearby)
Red-winged Blackbird (scattered locations)
Common Grackle (multiple)
Brown-headed Cowbird (too many, suddenly)
House Finch (scattered locations)
American Goldfinch (multiple)
House Sparrow

Thanks to those north end & Ramble birders who gave detailed reports, good directions, & who spotted nice birds.

Good & responsible birding,

Tom Fiore