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Old Tuesday 30th January 2018, 00:22   #526
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Winter in New York

Hello,

New York is now enjoying a bit relief from winter's icy grip. The Lake and Reservoir were almost free of ice. Last week, I saw a wood duck on the Reservoir's ice, as well as hooded mergansers. Later last week, as well as today, I saw a pair of buffleheads on the Reservoir. Only northern shovellers and mallards on Turtle Pond, which finally had open water, today. On Sunday, when there was a covering of thin ice on much of the Lake and on Turtle Pond, warm air created a mist over the icy cold water.

Two weeks, ago, I did see a great blue heron, sitting on the shore, near the only water clear of ice. That spot was where a culvert emptied into the Lake.

Last week, I did see a leucistic grackle in the Park. Of some note is that I have seen more Cooper hawks than usual. Otherwise it is the same old, same old.

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Hello,

We had a January thaw which melted much of the ice on both the Reservoir and on Turtle Pond. As a consequence, northern shovellers are joining the mallards on the Lake but not in huge numbers. This week on the Lake, I did see female hooded mergansers and a ruddy duck, which usually find the Lake too shallow. I have been seeing a few more red-bellied woodpeckers but the downy woodpeckers are more common. I spotted a brown creeper , which has probably wintered in the Park. As I often birds do not read field guides.

Another unexpected bird was a great cormorant which was enjoying the Reservoir on Sunday. This bird was known simply as a cormorant, or as a shag, years, ago. They are neither supposed to stray from shorelines nor visit nearby waters in the winger.

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I have never stumbled across this thread before --- very nice! :)


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Hello,

Chosen Juan, thank you. I am surprised at how my jottings are so well received in places all over the world.

Last week, I neglected to mention seeing a northern mockingbird. This is not an uncommon bird but I have not seen one for quite a while.

This week on the Reservoir and on the Lake I have seen wood ducks. This is the first winter I recall seeing wood ducks on such a regular basis. With the recent thaw, I have seen hooded mergansers return to Turtle Pond, which had been frozen for weeks.

Today, I saw on the Reservoir
mallards,
shovellers,
American coots,
Ruddy ducks,
a wood duck,
a grebe, probably a horned grebe,
buffleheads,
a ringed necked duck,
Last week, I saw a male northern pintail on the Reservoir.

Otherwise today, I saw
northern cardinals,
blue jays,
white throated sparrows,
a white breasted nuthatch,
a black capped chickadee,
grackles,
house finches
goldfinches, in winter plumage,
downy woodpeckers
juncoes,
American robins, which had disappeared in the deep freeze.
and tufted titmice.

I have sighted fox sparrows as recently as early this week,


In the next three weeks, I hope to see an early spring bird, a phoebe. I hope that I may prove correct.

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Hi Arthur, I too would like to thank you for your observations. You have some of the same, or very similar species to the birds that can be seen in London's parks (I find this blog a very enjoyable read - http://kensingtongardensandhydeparkb...logspot.co.uk/) alongside others that really are very different. After reading Saul Frank's excellent book on urban peregrines in NYC I really would like to have a look around your area - I hope to be able to do so some day.

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Hello Patudo,

I thank you for your kind words. Central Park is on the Atlantic flyway so it is visited by many species. I am hardly a good bird watcher, but I am persistent.

On Monday, I saw a male red winged blackbird then I saw a pair of golden crowned kinglets. I saw that brown creeper again, which apparently has overwintered. They should show up next month in some numbers. The next day I saw either immature males or female red winged blackbirds. On Friday, I saw a white throated sparrow whose stripes on the head were very white indeed. I believe that is a sign of being ready to mate.

Thursday's walk to the Reservoir brought only mallards, a coot and great blue heron.

Wednesday, the temperature rose to 25C. The next day it was barely 3C, in the morning. This very changeable weather may be driving the birds odd activity.

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No phoebe for me

Hello,

Although others have seen phoebes in Central Park, I came up short. However, last Sunday I saw a ruddy duck on the Reservoir whose sides were actually ruddy. Today, I heard a familiar call which another bird watcher identified as a northern flicker. Otherwise nothing new.
Today, I did have a discussion with a leader of bird watching groups as to whether a brown creeper was an early migrant or one which stayed for the winter. Inquiring minds want to know but no one can really be sure.
The reservoir had a lonely female bufflehead, not even a hooded mergansers or a coot.
I probably saw a black capped chickadee, today, which are rather uncommon this year.

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Hello,

I had some business to which I had to attend, today. We are expecting up to 20cm of snow starting tonight, so I might have little opportunity for bird watching.

This story appeared in the newspapers of a romantic entanglement or dispute among red-tailed hawks. For reference sake, Tompkins Square Park is about five km, south and east from the southeastern end of Central Park and has an area larger than five hectares.

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Hi Arthur,

I also enjoy stopping by your thread. I was in NYC maybe a month ago to see the Michelangelo exhibit. We stayed on the west side and walked across Central Park to get to the MET. I thought of your "rambles" in that place. We had a lovely time, but it was pretty cold so I didn't do any birding. Central Park is a fantastic place to see spring Warblers, though. And it won't be long now!

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I also enjoy stopping by your thread. I was in NYC maybe a month ago to see the Michelangelo exhibit. We stayed on the west side and walked across Central Park to get to the MET. I thought of your "rambles" in that place. We had a lovely time, but it was pretty cold so I didn't do any birding. Central Park is a fantastic place to see spring Warblers, though. And it won't be long now!

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Hello Mark,

Thank you for your interest in my ramblings. I live on the Upper West Side and often visit the Metropolitan* Museum of Art, going through the Park on foot. I saw the Michelangelo exhibition. It was unbelievably engrossing: paintings, sculpture, and numerous drawings.

Today, I thought that I heard a phoebe but I cannot be sure. We had about 13cm of snow last week So there were some pretty sights in the Ramble, which often looks very sylvan. Even the next day I could not negotiate many of the paths without risking some injury.

I will add a panorama of the Lake.

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Spring days one and two

Hello,

Yesterday, the first day of spring, the temperature was 1C. I have yet to see a crocus bloom, but the daffodil buds are appearing. The only sign of spring was a song sparrow, which stood out from the several fox sparrows under the feeders in Central Park.
Earlier, this, week, I saw a red tailed hawk, soaring with a branch in its beak: part of there mating ritual.
Today, we are expecting between 29 and 48cm of snow, so no bird watching for me.

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Hello all,

Spring has still not brought much for me. I have given up on seeing crocuses but there were odd flowers near Azalea Pond. It turned out that they were azaleas but they Korean Azaleas, which may be an invasive species. There were more brown creepers in the Park, so the migrants must be passing through.
The American goldfinches are coming into their spring colors. However, I am still seeing fox sparrows along with song sparrows and plenty of red winged blackbirds.
Today, I saw my first great egret of the season. It is pictured with Bow Bridge in the background At Turtle Pond a pair of hooded mergansers turned up, the first in weeks. There,I also saw a red tailed hawk try to take a mallard, without success

The American goldfinch is from Eaton's Birds of New York, as illustrated by Louis Agassiz Fuertes. The azaleas and the great egret were photographed with an iPod.

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Hi Arthur

I'm another one just discovering and very much enjoying your thread after making my first ever visit to NYC and Central Park over Easter.

I had a terrific couple of mornings - Saturday was the perfect early spring day - with a cloudless blue sky, no wind and some warming sunshine. Sunday was cloudy and a little warmer. All told the Park gave up 36 species, including the big highlight - an American Bittern perched high in a tree in the Tupelo field. Where I come from (Hong Kong) Bitterns just don't do that!

I really like your photo of the Great Egret - looks like a painting from 80 years ago! I believe also had my lifer Swamp Sparrow very close to where that shot was taken, although you may need a microscope to pick it out!

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Hello Mike,

I am happy that you are enjoying this thread. I am impressed at that bittern, in Central Park is a good bird. One up a tree would be a terrific sighting.

I was in the Park on the morning of Maundy Thursday and then was caught up in the holy days with family. Monday, we had almost 14cm of snow, which kept me out the Park. Yesterday, it was raining but today I resumed my usual walk, which turned out to be rather fruitful.

At the feeders, I saw brown cowbirds and chipping sparrows. At Turtle Pond, I saw a pair of double crested cormorants, a phoebe and a pair of black crown night herons.]]

All images by Louis Agassiz Fuertes from Birds of New York.

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The waterthrushes are here

Hello,

On Sunday, I spotted a Louisiana waterthrush, on the shore of the Lake known as the Oven, just west of the Point. Today, on the Point, at a rill, I spotted a northern waterthrush. Yesterday, I an American kestrel or sparrowhawk, looking at the feeders. Kestrels are not uncommon on Manhattan. Indeed I know a famous grocer whose vermin, especially roaches, attracts sparrowhawks. I have seen them outside Central Park but that was first sighting inside the Park. Today, I also saw a swamp sparrow.

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I add a photo of the gill, taken with an iPod, which can be compared to my autumnal and wintry images in earlier posts.

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Hello all,

The warblers have started to arrive and I managed to sight palm warblers and pine warblers, I started seeing hermit thrushes, on Thursday.
Today, I sighted a ruby crowned kinglet as well a flock of cedar winged waxxbirds. Agains an overcast sky, I recognized two on a branch without even seeing the yellow stripe on the tail. Seeing two, I knew to look around as they are rather gregarious and found another eight nearby. Cedar wa

On the woodpecker front. I saw both a northern flicker and a yellow bellied sapsucker.

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Into spring

Hello,

I have little new to report. I am fairly sure that I saw a white crowned sparrow and a wood thrush. Today I was a large raptor over the Great Lawn. With its white head and white tail, I am confident that it was an adult bald eagle. This would be only my third sighting of the U.S. national symbol.

I add a photograph of Cherry Hill, at its best.

Bird images by Louis Agassiz Fuertes; Cherry Hill taken from Bow Bridge with my iPod.

Today, I met a group of bird watchers on the Point. When I mentioned that there was a black crowned night heron on the opposite shore, right ahead of me. The leader asked where in relations to some daffodils. To which I replied a few meters to the right. Before he put his glass to his eye he asked, "Isn't that a supermarket bag?" Sometimes, the unexpected happens.

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Hello KC and Delia,

I have learned to take a good look at everything and take nothing for granted.

On Sunday, I was at the Reservoir where I sam my first red throated loon but not in full breeding plumage,
and where I saw truly ruddy ruddy ducks, whose bills were not yet blue, if I recall.
Last week, I also saw a blue gray gnatcatcher. Yesterday, I saw a pair of Eastern towhees at the feeders, along with brown headed cowbirds. Today's best sighting was a myrtle warbler also known as a yellow rumped warbler or a butter butt.

All images by Louis Agassiz Fuertes, from Birds of New York,

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I've still got a few Butter-butts hanging around but haven't seen a Blue-gray Gnatcher yet. I hear them but haven't seen any.
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Old Friday 27th April 2018, 14:10   #547
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Rain

Hello all,

Rain has shortened my bird watching this week and Sunday, I travel to Brooklyn, if my papers are in order. However, I thought that I might add a few birds, newly seen this season. First of all, for only the second time I spotted a yellow crowned night heron. It was on the Point on Thursday. A little belatedly, I saw tree swallows flying over the Reservoir. By chance, I passed by a bit of grass north of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where a few bird watchers were staring intently at some house sparrows. It turned out that one of the birds was a male indigo bunting, a bird I have not seen in quite a while.
The bills of the ruddy ducks on the Reservoir are starting to turn blue and there are still buffleheads on the Reservoir, but not for much longer.
I also attach a photo of the 3,500 year old Egyptian obelisk which is in Central Park.

Happy bird watching,
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Old Saturday 28th April 2018, 19:05   #548
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Hello Arthur,

Glad you're seeing some spring migrants. I saw 50+ species in the park yesterday on a group outing. Highlights were Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Veery, and 11 warbler species including American Redstart and Black-throated Blue Warbler.

A great birding location for sure, and what a resource for you to tap into.
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Hello Birdmeister,

You did very well. I avoid groups but it is clear that dozens more pairs of eyes may help.

Today, I did see a rose breasted grosbeak at the feeders. Near the Northern Lobe, aka Bank Rock Pool, I saw a northern parula; on the Point were several black and white warblers; at the Oven, I saw a male Amerian redstart and east of the Maintenance Meadow, a yellow warbler turned up.

Last week, I saw my first prairie warbler of the season.

All images by Louis Agassiz Fuertes.

Happy bird watching,
Arthur
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That it for spring

Hello all,

Today, the temperature may reach 25C; tomorrow perhaps 30C. New Yorkers say that we never have much of a spring and that seems true.

Today's new birds were a spotted sandpiper, a warbling vireo, a blue headed vireo, a Baltimore Oriole, and an orchard oriole.

Other birds seen today include:
mallards,
double crested cormorants,
a great egret,
a black crowned night heron,
northern cardinals,
blue jays,
rose breasted grosbeaks,
red winged blackbirds,
mourning doves,
grackles
downy woodpeckers,
red bellied woodpeckers,
northern flickers,
yellow warblers,
northern parula,
prairie warblers,
black and white warblers,
blue gray gnatcatcher,
a northern waterthrush,
white throated sparrows
an Eastern towhee,
and a tufted titmouse.

All illustrations by Louis Agassiz Fuertes.

Happy bird watching,
Arthur
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