Monday, September 10, 2012

Central Park Sept 9th

Sandwiched inbetween Saturday's and Sunday's trips to Sandy Hook I went to Central Park on Sunday morning.  On average migration was quite modest - the front had taken its time to come through the previous evening and the north winds developed too late. 

Strawberry Fields was comatose apart from a single Ovenbird, or would have been if the humming throng of the impending disease-a-thon had not been gathering at 72nd Street. 

The Ramble was a little more active, mostly around Azalea Pond and Maintenance Field.  Somewhat oddly both Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos were heard singing.  At Azalea there was a cooperative adult male Hooded Warbler and Redstarts and my sole Wood Thrush for the day.  At Maintenance - where I ultimately spent most of my time waiting for the chat (it didn't appear) - warblers included Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Canada Warbler, Common Yellowthroat.  Eastern Wood-Pewee was also here (heard in several locations) along with a Great Crested Flycatcher.  Best bird of all was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo which flew in, gave brief views, and dropped down in the dense foliage now on the edge of the Maintenance Field.  While I didn't get into double digits for warbler species I did manage a good diversity and also saw at least four Ruby-throated Hummingbirds during the day.

The last interesting bird, as I was headed out for the subway, was a Hairy Woodpecker - these are fairly scarce in the park but it's not clear if this constitutes a migrant or not.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Canada Warbler

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