Monday, May 14, 2012

Central Park May 13th

I had hoped for an even stronger migrant day on the Sunday, but instead there was evidence for declining numbers compared to Saturday (Thurs, Fri were likely even better but I was at work).  This was the first park visit recently where I didn't snag a first-of-year bird.  Strawberry Fields was quieter, although the calling Least Flycatcher was nice.  Belvedere Castle was still active, although mainly with commoner species, with one male Blackburnian Warbler and one male Bay-breasted Warbler being the best species up there.  Down in the Ramble it was somewhat quiet and patchy, and on the south side of the reservoir I didn't find any additional Bay-breasted but did find another Blackburnian in the south-west corner.

A pair of Tree Swallows were hunting around Turtle Pond and over the Ramble - never a common bird in Central Park, especially since this is already in the middle of Tree Swallow breeding season.

There was quite a lot of evidence of a flight the previous night - Yellow-rumped Warblers had mostly departed, for instance, although the number of Catharus thrushes still seemed anomalously low, even if I heard a few singing Swainson's Thrushes.

Chimney Swift                          
Least Flycatcher                       
Empidonax sp.                          
Eastern Kingbird                       
Red-eyed Vireo                         
Tree Swallow                           
House Wren                             
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                  
Swainson's Thrush                      
Wood Thrush                            
Gray Catbird                           
Cedar Waxwing                          
Northern Waterthrush                   
Black-and-white Warbler                
Nashville Warbler                      
Common Yellowthroat                    
American Redstart                      
Northern Parula                        
Magnolia Warbler                       
Bay-breasted Warbler                   
Blackburnian Warbler                   
Yellow Warbler                         
Chestnut-sided Warbler                 
Blackpoll Warbler                      
Black-throated Blue Warbler            
Yellow-rumped Warbler                  
Black-throated Green Warbler           
Canada Warbler                         
Scarlet Tanager                        
Rose-breasted Grosbeak                 
Baltimore Oriole                       

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