Monday, April 13, 2009

Central Park, April 12th

My first foray into Central Park for the year, and a smallish number of early spring migrants were present. Several Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Hermit Thrushes, one Fox Sparrow, a few Pine Siskins at the feeders and around the Ramble. Only two warblers: Louisiana Waterthrush in the Gill (seen singing) and a Yellow-throated Warbler at the south side of Conservatory Water. The latter was feeding on the roof of a concession stand and on the edge of the pond - rather atypical behavior for this species.

After that I went to Edgewater NJ to find Monk Parakeet, now that they had recently been added to the NJ list. Then down to South Amboy where I failed to pick out Little Gulls from the Bonaparte's Gull flock there in windy conditions but found other spring arrivals: Forster's Tern, Snowy Egret and Laughing Gull. A handful of Gannets were hunting in the bay.

Central Park list:
Great Egret
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Eastern Phoebe
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Yellow-throated Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brown-headed Cowbird
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

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