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Central Park, Take One

Posted Saturday 3rd May 2008 at 21:35 by birderbf
On my first visit to Central Park this year I had some wonderful surprises and surprising misses. Some ordinarily patently obvious species, like Black-throated Blue Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, etc weren't apparent at all. Only one of three interesting warblers (Hooded, Cape May and Worm-eating) made an appearance again from earlier in the morning. Despite a 100% cloud cover and temps in the 50's, I wouldn't have missed the trip for anything.
Here follows my 34 new birds that I acquired for...
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Another visit to the sanctaury

Posted Sunday 20th April 2008 at 22:59 by birderbf
... produced ZERO warblers, instead, four species of sparrows (incl Chipping and Savannah, new to my BIGBY list) and one early House Wren, singing away.

The list is now at a pathetic 47. However I'll be in Central Park as often as possible this year. I foresee a few flycatchers, 3 swallow species, a swift, one to three vireos, the other two mimids (catbird, thrasher), one or two more wren species, no less than twenty more warblers and maybe some other things hanging around. Maybe...
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Early Spring

Posted Saturday 12th April 2008 at 22:52 by birderbf
Over the last two weekend I soaked up most of the new arrivals for this year. Last weekend at Hempstead Lake State Park I was running out of luck on Fox Sparrow and Winter Wren, until I got some hot tipoffs from 2007 2nd state Smith's Longspur finder Ed Coyle. We were wacking the bushes (not literally) for wrens, but only found gnatcatcher after gnatcatcher. Still wonderful! Then we both heard a song, and he called it as a Fox Sparrow. We ambled off in the general direction and eventually I spotted...
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Bigby

Posted Friday 28th March 2008 at 16:14 by birderbf
Today I did my first unofficial "Bigby" run. A "Bigby" list is a list of all the birds one sees from walking, biking, or from mass transit (I have to check on the details of the mass transit part though, because buses and ferries are big pollutants!).
Mass transit is a common way for me to go birding, especially inside Manhattan. Actually I don't think I've ever ticked anything besides pigeons when driving in Manhattan (which is rare). I know I have seen most of the eastern...
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Spring

Posted Saturday 8th March 2008 at 01:10 by birderbf
Anyone else sensing it? Yesterday I had some sort of small tree blooming neon yellow flowers already, and today I spotted my year Brown-headed Cowbird among the masses of blackbirds moving around. In the past I've noticed the House Finches to sing first, but perhaps not this year - it seems the cardinals beat them out!
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