Saturday, October 1, 2011

Central Park Oct 1st

With favorable conditions for migration I made it to Central Park via the absurdly early 0612 train out of Princeton Jct and was rewarded by a pretty decent movement of warblers in Strawberry Fields where I racked up 9 species in the space of half an hour. There was an obvious good movement of Blue Jays with me seeing over a hundred in various flocks during the day.

Most other areas were quiet, but the Maintenance Field held a Yellow-breasted Chat that was mostly skulking, and also was a good observation point for a decent hawk migration - mostly Sharp-shinned Hawk (10+) but also several Cooper's Hawk, American Kestrel, Osprey, Peregrine and one likely Merlin. Gadwall and Solitary Sandpiper were on Turtle Pond.

The Chat was the first one of the year for me (and likely the last).

A lack of Kinglets and Sapsuckers made me think that there was a decent amount of fall migration still to come, even if it was October 1st.

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Solitary Sandpiper
Chimney Swift
Northern Flicker
Empidonax sp (Acadian-ish and Yellow-bellied-ish)
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
House Wren
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-breasted Chat
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting

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