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Old Thursday 11th May 2017, 20:13   #476
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Old Thursday 11th May 2017, 21:59   #477
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Hello Mono,

I wrote that it was a cultural trip.

Hello Delia,

You are quite welcome and thanks for the compliments.

Hello KC,

As long as the face frightens no one.

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Old Friday 12th May 2017, 10:55   #478
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Hello all,

Last Thursday and Sunday, I finally saw a barn swallow over the Reservoir. On both days, I saw a pair of gadwalls near the South Gatehouse. I have also been seeing cedar waxwings in the Park. I have been surprised to see a black capped chickadee, titmice, and white breasted nuthatches, in the last three days. All three are scarce by now.

Today was rather busy. I did see an Eastern kingbird. There are a plethora of magnolia warblers in the Park, but I have seen yellow warblers and more, but will save those for another post.

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Old Thursday 18th May 2017, 00:24   #481
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Hello all,

In the last couple of days, I have spotted flycatchers. The only one that was identifiable was an olive sided flycatcher. I also had a glimpse of a yellow throated vireo.

Yesterday, I did see a Wilson's warbler. Today, I saw blackpoll warbler. Yesterday, I had glimpses of Tennessee and bay breasted warblers.

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Hello all,

New York has had several days of rain which kept me inside. I also had a visit with a new dentist. I generally give dentists an alert that I have a dislocable jaw which only dislocates during dental work. If I open too wide it locks open. I think it upsets dentists more than it upsets me.

The only new warblers I have seen have been [b]Canada and Blackburnian warblers[b/]. However, I am fairly confident to write that I have seen alder flycatchers but they could have been willow flycatchers. I also saw an eastern wood pewee and a wood thrush.

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Hello,

About two weeks ago, Birding Bob pointed to a a bird flying away. It was a mourning warbler and that marks the finale of the spring migration season. A few days later, I saw a horned grebe on the Reservoir. Then nothing of note until yesterday when I saw a male wood duck on Turtle Pond.

It is summer, so new sightings are uncommon.

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Hello,

We have arrived at the summer doldrums. I did see a red bellied working on a nest hole. Unfortunately, too often these nests are seized by one of our resident alien terrorist species: the starling. I have seen northern flickers which have been known to nest in Central Park.

On Sunday, in the trees at the south end of the Reservoir, I saw a few cedar waxwings. As they are a gregarious species, there may have been more in the leaves.
Today, awhite breasted nuthatch landed in front of me. In Central Park,hey are plentiful in the winter but in the summer they seem to flee to the countryside.

Most Americans regard Canada geese as a nuisance. The Park Conservancy had hired a firm, the Geese Police, whose motto is, "Get the flock out!" It may have been failure in controlling their numbers. Of late, I have seen some goslings which seem to please some.

The Canada geese were photographed with an iPhone; other images by Louis Agassiz Fuertes.

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Hello,

I have seen nothing new but a few birds have turned up which are not too frequent on my walks. Once again a male wood duck was on Turtle pond. At the same time a rough winged swallow filtered by. Only a couple of minutes before barn swallows were nearby over the Great Lawn. A trip to the Reservoir showed a familiar scene, a mallard with her ducklings.

The ducklings were photographed with an iPod, the other images are by Louis Agassiz Fuertes.

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A flycatcher

Hello,

Warblers have been seen in Central Park, In fact, I have seen two but I am rather uncertain which ones. Probably a yellow warbler in autumnal colours and something else which flew past me. However, I did catch a glimpse of a crested flycatcher. That male wood duck is still on Turtle Pond, where I managed to photograph him with my iPod Touch. Summer is not the best season to show its colours but it is strikingly different from the usual mallards.

Otherwise, I get nice healthy walks, even I do not see anything new. The migration season is just starting up, so my weeklong absence to attend a family event will be of little consequence.

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