Thursday, September 16, 2010

Central Park 9/16

Although 9/15 was perhaps the better day I had a (yet another) dental appointment so went into the city on the 0537 on 9/16 instead. The conservancy, bless them, have closed the lawn on Strawberry Fields making it difficult to bird there but there was still a decent movement of warblers. They always seem to drift north through Strawberry Fields in what's presumably a reflection of the local habitat. Best bird there was a Bay-breasted Warbler. In the Ramble birding was patchy - at times Azalea Pond (Ruby-crowned Kinglet) was hot, at times the Tupelo Tree. In the Maintenance Field it was slow but high quality - Yellow-billed Cuckoo doing a double fly-by, Ruby-throated Hummingbird harassing a Magnola Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Least Flycatcher and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

The Kinglet, Sapsucker and fairly numerous Thrashers signaled a subtle but perceptible species shift over the previous weekend.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Maint. field)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Hernshead)
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Song Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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