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Old Wednesday 4th May 2011, 00:19   #1
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From my Manhattan Window

Hello,

My previous thread, "A rank beginner in New York," has been closed because of lack of posts. I am alive and well but circumstances have prevented me from visiting Central Park and other local spots.

However, I am still bird watching, from my flat's window. I live fewer than 200 metres from Broadway and not far far from the Hudson River. I also look out at a rather large private garden. Feeding birds is strictly forbidden by the management, so all my sightings are of birds who arrive of their own accord without inducements.

This morning I saw a gray catbird and a white throated sparrow. Recently, last week, I spotted a hermit thrush and quite likely a wood thrush. I also saw a northern flicker on the ground, outside. The northern flicker frequently forages on the ground, which confused me, when I first saw one. Without the help of another bird watcher, I would not have realised that it was woodpecker.



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Old Wednesday 4th May 2011, 16:23   #2
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Hi Pinewood,

So sorry that circumstances are keeping you away from Central Park.
The early migration has been spectacular, over 20 warbler species thus far, 8 or so sparrow species, plus the usual orioles and tanagers. The influx before the leaves are fully out has made it much easier to spot and follow the birds.
Your fellow NYC Central Park birders are rooting for your speedy return.
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Old Wednesday 4th May 2011, 17:12   #3
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Thanks for the kind wishes,
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Old Wednesday 4th May 2011, 17:42   #4
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Good to hear from you again Arthur. Thanks for sharing your views. I know you love Central Park, and hope you'll be able to get back there soon.
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Old Wednesday 4th May 2011, 17:48   #5
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Good to hear from you again Arthur. Thanks for sharing your views. I know you love Central Park, and hope you'll be able to get back there soon.
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Thank you for you kind words.

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Old Friday 6th May 2011, 04:45   #6
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I'm jealous of the wood and hermit thrush spottings! They have eluded me so far. Hope you can get to Central Park soon, the only thing better than the birds in Central Park are the other helpful birders. :)
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Hello Jamerbean,

The wood thrush, if I did see one, is hard to come by, even in Central Park. My best birds from my window were an American woodcock and a probable common redpoll. Patience and persistence bring many rewards.

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Old Friday 6th May 2011, 23:34   #8
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It is amazing what can be seen in Manhattan. I once saw a Woodcock in Soho. Hermit thrush I've seen in my Westchester yard 3x in 10 years--obviously more frequently in the preserves. Wood thrush never, but I always see and hear them in the spring and summer in deeper woods. Every year I cherish these birds. Go get 'em Arthur... For winter habitat preservation think about Birds and Beans coffee, too, if that's your pleasure. Warblers are coming through in bigger numbers this week. That always makes me happy. I fear that one season some will just not be there...
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Old Sunday 8th May 2011, 01:39   #9
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Hello Jacquot,

Your encouragement, and the encouragement of others, got me to Central Park, yesterday, for a few minutes. Time enough to see a yellow rumped warbler, a common yellowthroat and an American redstart, all sighted just north of Strawberry Fields.

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Arthur.

It's good to have you back!

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Old Monday 9th May 2011, 10:25   #11
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Hello all,

I am looking out the window, about thirty minutes after dawn, with nothing in sight.

Once again, I managed a few minutes in the Park but I sighted just one warbler, a Canada warbler, which I think may be a life bird. It was seen by another watcher, shortly before I arrived.

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Old Tuesday 10th May 2011, 01:32   #12
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Good to hear Arthur, Canada Warbler is a good bird, too! I hope you can get out more. I've been seeing warblers coming through in the neighborhood, but haven't been able to get to the hot spots yet, maybe a little while this weekend. I'm really glad you got there.
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Hello Dave,

Another thrush visited me, today. By the orange cast on the head, I am going to claim a definite wood thrush.

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Chipmunk

Hello,

Not a bird, but the for the first time in Manhattan and only the second time in all of New York City, I spotted a chipmunk outside my window. This rodent is so unfamiliar that I thought it may have been a pest.

Still keeping in touch with nature in the city,
Arthur

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Hi Arthur,
Chipmunks are definitely on the upswing in NYC.
It may be due to the wet summer or global warming, but there have been more Chipmunks spotted in Central Park than in the prior 10 years combined.
Possibly they have just cracked the code for NYC survival, 'keep your head down and run fast', or maybe they have just gotten tough enough.
Am very glad one of the had the courtesy to come by and say 'Hi'.
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Every winter, I manage to meet a northern mockingbird. Today, as in past years, it was on my street, up a tree. As I was walking home, I spotted it and named it to a child next to me. She answered, "Oh, yeah." Turned out that her parents are avid bird watchers.

I did get a chance to visit the Pool in Central Park, near West 100th Street,recently, where I found buffleheads. These are the smallest diving ducks, so they are rather active.


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Glad you were able to get over to Central Park, Arthur. It probably felt good to get back to your old "stomping grounds".
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Old Tuesday 7th February 2012, 13:25   #19
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Glad you were able to get over to Central Park, Arthur. It probably felt good to get back to your old "stomping grounds".
Hello Larry,

Actually, the Pool is 2 km north of my usual grounds. The Pool is more likely to have buffleheads than is the Lake, for some reason. In the summer, egrets and cormorants feed at the Pool.

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Hello,

Cherry blossoms abound near my flat, so spring is in full swing, The American robins are frequent visitors, but this morning a mourning dove appeared, at my window. Mourning doves are rather infrequent urban visitors. On the other hand, northern cardinals have appeared quite often.

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Old Friday 6th April 2012, 18:00   #21
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Hello,

This morning, I glanced out the window and saw a bird with a yellow breast and a rufous head. I was surprised at seeing a warbler, so early in the spring. Checking the guide, I decided that it must be a a palm warbler. A few minutes, later, I saw a white throated sparrow. Together, they make an unaccustomed seasonal overlap.

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Hey Arthur,
I've been over NY on business and was lucky enough to get CP a few times in the last week. Indeed, there's a real mix of (winter and summer) migrants around and I found a couple of big junco flocks on the edge of the Great Lawn and just North of the Reservoir and both flocks had a pine warbler in them. There were a few palm warblers around and I had three together on the edge of Tupalo Meadow. Other seasonal mis-matches were white-throated, song, swamp and fox sparrows with a couple of Louisiana waterthrush, golden and ruby-crowned kinglets at The Oven's. With a supporting cast of hermit thrushes and the odd phoebe.
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More seasonal overlap

Hello Nick,

From your lips to some divine power. This midday, I saw juncos from my window and a warbler, probably a prairie warbler, simultaneously. Unfortunately, my hands were occupied and I could not glass the warbler.

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Old Monday 16th April 2012, 01:37   #24
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Hello all,

Friday morining, about 9 AM, I glanced out my window to see a fox sparrow. Although, I would much prefer bird watching in Central Park, morning observations at my window are rather more fruitful than I ever expected.

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Hello all,

Friday morining, about 9 AM, I glanced out my window to see a fox sparrow. Although, I would much prefer bird watching in Central Park, morning observations at my window are rather more fruitful than I ever expected.

Happy bird watching,
Arthur
Fabulous Arthur. Fox sparrows are a favorite here. Had some move through few weeks ago. Havent seen our locals yet.
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