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Old Tuesday 1st January 2019, 02:25   #651
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Hi Arthur and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you. Not sure which fellow you are talking about but stay safe.
"This fellow" is a link to someone who must have been overdoing his celebrations:
The Merry Drinker.

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Ah, I missed it in your original post
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Old Monday 7th January 2019, 00:48   #653
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Three woodpeckers + and five waterfowl

Hello all,

On New Year's Day I saw my first mature Cooper Hawk, my first in a while, and I has another glimpse of that great horned owl.

On January 3rd, I saw five different waterfowl on the Reservoir: mallards, shovellers, ruddy ducks, a female hooded merganser and American coots.

Today, I saw three live woodpeckers, red bellied, downy and a northern flicker. Additionally, I saw an immature red-tailed hawk finishing off a breakfast of a hairy woodpecker. I also got a glimpse of a brown creeper.

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Hi Arthur!

Sounds as though you've had a good beginning to your new year. When you said you saw "three live woodpeckers" I kind of raised my brows until I got to the part about the Hairy Woodpecker.
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I can see the raptors

Hello all,

New York is preparing for a snowstorm: all the supermarkets are crowded with those apprehensive over twelve so cm. of snow. However after the snow, temperatures my drop to -13C. If it gets much lower than that, my central heating becomes inadequate.

Of late, I have seen nothing new but the various raptors in Central Park have become more visible. I have seen both mature and immature red-tailed hawks and Cooper hawks, and I am fairly sure that I saw an immature sharp shinned hawk but I had trouble deciding if the tail was rather long.


I had a couple of good looks at that great blue heron.

There are still plenty of American crows about.

All illustrations are by Louis Agassiz Fuerte from Birds of New York.

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Hi Arthur!

Yeah, my son is looking forward to the snow We'll be plenty cold here on Monday (wind chills in the teens) but no snow. Stay safe.
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Old Sunday 27th January 2019, 11:48   #657
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An odd one

Hello all,

On Monday of this past week, I awoke to -16C. Thursday, we received nearly 3 cm of rain, at least it was not 25 or 30 cm of snow. The recent rain washed away ice from the previous downpour and subsequent freeze, which was welcome. So the weather has been variable.

At the feeders, I met a couple from the UK. Within five minutes I pointed out three species of woodpecker: downy, red bellied and a northern flicker. As theu were not bird watchers, I doubt that they realized what a treat that was.

Since my last posting I have seen a northern mockingbird, which is not uncommon for the colder months, more American robins, an eastern towhee, a hermit thrush, unusual for January 21st. I also spotted a bird on the ground, which at first I thought might have been an American goldfinch, but a pale yellow patch on the the tail convinced me that it was a Myrtle warbler, AKA yellow rumped warbler,but in dull winter plumage. I have seen one, once before in the winter but not in Central Park.

All images by Louis Agassiz Fuertes.

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In winter's grip

Hello,

On Sunday, I visited the Reservoir where I saw seven kinds of waterfowl: mallards, shovellers, buffleheads, American coots, female hooded mergansers, ruddy ducks, some with red sides and pie-bliied grebe in non-breeding plumage. The same day, I saw a male brown headed cowbird.

On Tuesday, I had another view of a hermit thrush. As it is the very end of January, it may have been an early arrival.

Wednesday morning I awoke to a temperature of -7C. Wednesday's best bird was a sharp shinned hawk.

Tomorrow's early morning temperature is expected to be -15C which means I am not taking a bird watching walk. As Pierre Salinger said, "I may be plucky but I am not stupid."

Happy bird watching,
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P.S. The National Weather Service reports the six AM Central Park temperature as 2F, or close enough to write -17C for government work.
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Oooh!!! Bit chilly that Arthur.

-5 c only here this morning LOL. However, we were +5-8 c the previous few week. So a big difference.

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Freez and defrost

Hello all,

Wednesday night we had a great deal of rain. Yesterday morning it -5C. This weather is more typical of the end of the month.

Last week's best birds were my first field sparrow of the season and a sparrowhawk, or American kestrel. I saw the field sparrow again, tody, in the company of a bird watcher from California, She was so happy to have a life bird.

I spotted the kestrel high in a tree across the Great Lawn. With only an 8x I had difficulty perceiving the markings. A photographer came along with a long lens on his camera. He thought it might be a merlin. A passerby came along and asked what we had seen. As we discussed it, the passerby said, "It is really something the way you two argue." The photographer decided that it was a kestrel.

Today, I managed to see both red breasted and white breasted nuhatches. I had not seen red breasted nuthatch in quite a while. I have been seeing that great blue heron thrice in the last week. On two occasions it was sitting on dry land, probably because of the cold.
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An early sign of spring

Hello all,

My best woodpecker days are still just downy, red bellied and northern flicker but I often see only the former two. Yesterday, and three times last week I saw ruddy ducks on the Lake, which they generally do not favour, but only a few. On Sunday, I saw three female hooded mergansers on the Reservoir, close to the South Gate, but today I saw a male hooded merganser on Turtle Pond.

I continue to see hermit thrushes, but with greater frequency. Yesterday, I saw and recognized a female eastern towhee, although I was initially confused by it. Today, I saw both white breasted and a red breasted nuthatch. However, today's best bird was a male red-winged blackbird.


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Rainy but a bit warm

Hello,

An often see bird in the Park is the common grackle. At this time of the year, flocks are on tree branches looking like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Of late we have one with a white head. In the past two weeks, I have seen it three times but not close enough to photograph.

This weeek,I had only one three woodpecker day: the usual red bellied, downy and northern flicker.Early in the week, I did see another field sparrow, but a chipping sparrow turned up the next day. I have been seeing an immature male red-winged blackbird, which is illustrated in my previous post. I visited the Reservoir , today, just after a rainfall. It was rather foggy, but I did see the pie-billed grebe, again, still in non-breeding plumage and perhaps five pairs of buffleheads.

Of course, I see many red-tailed hawks, but one, immature one, was close enough for a photograph with my iPod Touch.

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Sounds like a good week and a neat image of the Red-tailed Arthur!
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Hello all,

With the exception of American coots, which I had not seen for awhile, I cannot write of anything new, this week.

One recent morning, I was asked by a novice what birds could be seen in Central Park during the winter. Here are the other birds I have seen this week:
red-tailed hawks
white throated sparrows
northern cardinals
blue jays
mallards
northern shovel[l]ers
ruddy ducks
pie-billed grebe
common grackles
tufted titmice, in abundance
black capped chickadees
red breasted nuthatches
white breasted nuthatches
downy woodpeckers
red bellied woodpeckers
chipping sparrow
great blue heron
mourning doves

I have seen neither a bufflehead or nor a hooded mergansers, this week and of course, there is no counting house sparrows, Canada geese and house sparrows.

If you look at the distant center of the attached photograph, you notice a building under construction, with blue windows on the right side and with the top in the low clouds. The penthouse flat in that building was sold for $238 million, without internal construction. The owner wants that built to his own specifications.

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Hello,

On each of my excursions to Central Park, I check the Lake for waterfowl. In the colder weather I can count on northern shovellers and mallards on the Lake. Of late I have seen ruddy ducks on several occasions. Today, I was happy to see a male wood duck. I have been told that they have been at the Pond in company with that mandarin duck.

In the last four days, I have seen at least two immature sharp shinned hawks in the Park. One had a ragged tail end, so I could distinguish between them.

Today, I saw a male junco for the first time in many weeks. I have been informed that juncos are more common in the northern part of the Park, more than a km from my usual haunts.

So far, my only signs of spring have been a song sparrow and an increase in the number of American robins which I see.

Yesterday, I met a tourist from Cornwall who was curious about a dark bird with a purple sheen. I told him that it was a common grackle. Then I recalled that grackle is a somewhat derogatory word for tourists in Cornwall. He confirmed that but insisted it was used mainly for visitors from Devon.

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Actually, that's not quite correct. The "insult' is actually "grockle" not grackle and as someone living in Devon for 35 years and having lots of Cornish friends, I don't think it does refer to residents of Devon but just outsiders in general who are on holiday (vacation). The word emmet is also used which is a reference to ants.
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not one crocus

Hello,

Chas, I thank you for your correction.

We are definitely in spring but I have seen few signs of it among the birds and not one crocus. I do not think that our winter was harsh but rather that it was prolong.

A week ago, I did see a brown thrasher, the American goldfinches are changing their plumage but not in synchrony and not totally. Yesterday, I did see a male brown headed cowbird . High over the Park a Cooper hawk appeard, this week.

Last Thursday, I was at the Reservoir, where I renewed my acquaintance with our buffleheads.

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