Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Central Park, Sept 16th

Faced with a drop in temperatures and a north wind overnight I went into Central Park for a day's birding. The weather was overcast rather than the forecast partly sunny, and there were less birds around than I was expecting - later reports came in of Connecticut Warblers in various city locations, but one was not found in Central Park. Nevertheless there was a decent selection of species to be found in modest numbers:

Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
House Wren
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Pine Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Baltimore Oriole

Also of note was a group of 6 migrating Chimney Swifts riding a thermal over the Maintenance Field going south.

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