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Old Thursday 3rd May 2018, 21:20   #551
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Warblers!

Hello,

the sudden summer weather seems to have brought many birds from the south.

I have mentioned the prairie warblers, which are as persistent like the palm and black and white warblers. I did see the black throated blue winged, the Maryland warbler, also known as the common yellow throat, magnolia warblers, and a hooded warbler.

On the Reservoir, I saw another spotted sandpiper, an American coot, blue billed ruddy ducks.

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Old Friday 4th May 2018, 21:37   #552
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Warblers and...

Hello,

I will finish off the week with five birds. I saw both a Nashville warbler and a Cape May warbler. Earlier this week, I finally saw an Eastern Kingbird, which is probably nesting in the Park. Wednesday and Thursday I was male scarlet tanagers or maybe the same one twice as the sightings were in virtually the same locations. Yesterday, I am pretty sure I saw a horned grebe on the Reservoir.

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Sounds like things are picking up for you Arthur. Nice sightings.
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Old Monday 7th May 2018, 17:10   #554
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Sunday in the Park

Hello all,

On Sunday, central Park was swarming with bird watchers, known as homo sapiens binoculars to a non-bird watcher. One of them gave me a tip on two birds: a prothonotary warbler and a Kentucky warbler. The latter seemed to have been spooked by all the attention and unfortunate noise, flying off before I could see it. I also managed to see black throated green, Blackburnian and bay breasted warblers.

A familiar warm weather bird, a gray catbird turned up a while back and will stay in the Park for the warm weather.

All images by Louis Agassiz Fuertes, form Eaton's Birds of New York.

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Hello,

First of all, let me note some non-warblers. Swainson's thrushes and ovenbirds are showing up. This morning, I saw a blue grosbeak, a life bird. It was not completely blue but I was happy to see it.

I can also add blackpoll, and worm eating warblers to my sightings.

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the story of my bird watching life

Hello all,

First of all, I did not see the Kirtland's warbler which visited Central Park. I arrived at its last known location, this morning, only to hear, "You should have been here thrty minutes, ago." How many times have you heard that line?

Today, I did see a Wilson's warbler. Over the last week, I did see a white eyed vireo and a yellow throated vireo, and chestnut sided warblers.

This past winter, I saw very few white breasted nuthatches, but today I did see one.

I never claimed to be able to predict bird sightings but today I got lucky. I was speaking with a couple who were less experienced than even I, at the pier on Turtle pond.. I was even asked by them to identify a double crested cormorant, a very common bird. I suggested that we were probably near a nest of Eastern kingbirds, when one turned up as I was talking.

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Sorry to hear about the Kirtland's Warbler. Our member "glide133" was able to see it and get a photo of it. Fingers crossed for you Arthur.
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First of all, I did not see the Kirtland's warbler which visited Central Park. I arrived at its last known location, this morning, only to hear, "You should have been here thrty minutes, ago." How many times have you heard that line?
Oh dear - what a shame for you Arthur. Sorry...... and, yes, I've heard that one more times than I'd like to recall!!! Not fair is it.

Still it seems you did have a good session after all.

Thanks for the report.
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Dear KC and Delia,

Not to worry as I always have a good day visiting Central Park.

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Central Park is the one area I truly miss about NY. My hometown of 35 plus years.
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four days without bird watching

Hello,

I had a long weekend without bird watching. Today, I had a somewhat brief outing as rain, once again, sent me homeward.

Last week, I did notice a pair of spotted sandpipers, at the south end of the Reservoir, which was rather curious but I also saw a gray cheeked thrush . Today, I saw a Canada warbler and a common nighthawk, which is uncommon in Central Park.

I fear that warbler season is coming to an end. As summer replaces what New Yorker call spring, flycatchers may be the only birds of interest to turn up.

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Yeah, we've had a lot of rain and a lot more coming over the next week so not much birding for me either.
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Nature in the Park

Hello,

I have not seen a new bird species since my last posting. I did see a northern flicker, yesterday, which I had not seen for a while.

I did locate a a baltimore Oriole nest as well. Their nests are a marvel. I also spotted an Eastern king bird, at its nest.

I have been hearing bull frogs bellowing around the Lake. Our female turtles are looking for a nice spot to dig nests. Last week, I saw a pair of snapping turtles mating in the Lake. These monsters enjoy eating mallard ducklings.

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Hello Arthur, I enjoy your posts. I have not been able to visit the USA unfortunately but have heard that Central Park remains quite pristine from early days which is certainly remarkable in an age of so much change and affords you these opportunities. Is your viewing all from your window or do you get out and about? I am 'stuck at home' myself much, most, of my days and my daily delight with birds is limited to a small garden and some nearby trees but gives me a lot of pleasure and opportunity to learn. I wonder if you are fortunate enough to make your observations from the Dakota?
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Hello Jape,

I am gratified that you enjoy my posts. For the first few years of this thread, I did indeed make most of my observations from my flat. For the last five years, I have been able to visit Central Park several times each week. I do not have a flat in the Dakota or any block of flats facing the Park. Those flats have a starting price of about US$60,000 per square metre. My flat, almost one km away from Central Park, is worth a small fraction of that amount.

The Park is totally engineered, rather than pristine. Thousands of horse drawn wagon loads of topsoil were needed before most of the trees were planted. The Lake and the Pool are fed from municipal water mains. The Reservoir is fed from aqueducts. Forty years ago, the Park was in a dreadful state of disrepair which has been corrected.

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