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Old Wednesday 25th January 2017, 20:09   #451
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Nothing truly new

Hello,

The next two months short be rather short of anything new. The most exciting thing happened last week, when I spotted three different hawks in one day: red tailed hawk, Cooper hawk and a sharp shinned hawk.

Until five weeks ago, I had never seen a snow goose over Central Park. On Sunday, I saw three more over the Park and circling the Reservoir. Also on Sunday, I saw American black ducks. The next day, I saw the black ducks, hooded merganser and ruddy duck on the Lake, which rarely happens, as I usually see the ruddy ducks and hooded mergansers on the Reservoir or just the hooded mergansers on Turtle Pond.

No juncoes, few fox sparrows but there are still brown creepers in the Park.


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Cold weather

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There has been ice on the Lake and on Turtle Pond, on some days, but the Reservoir has remained ice free. There are still brown creepers and red breasted nuthatches seen by others. Today, on the Reservoir, I managed to see brown ducks, ruddy ducks, hooded mergansers, buffleheads, pie billed grebes and American coots but no shovelers, which were on the Lake.

Today, along with a brown headed cowbird I saw three kinds of woodpeckers: downy, red bellied and a yellow bellied sapsucker. Unlike the one pictured, I saw a female sapsucker.

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Old Sunday 5th February 2017, 23:35   #454
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Hello KC,

I cannot complain. I even went to the Pool but saw nothing new. See this map. The Pool is near West 103rd Street.

This year the coots and the pie billed grebes have been common. As I wrote, both juncoes and fox sparrows are hard to find.

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Old Monday 6th February 2017, 00:12   #456
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Hello KC,

The pool's source is the city's water mains flowing from a small grotto. The pool flows through the Loch, then empties into Ravine before reaching the Harlem Meer. I regard all those landmarks as "upstate," far from my usual points of observation. The Pool is known for waterfowl, for egrets and for herons.

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Another fox sparrow

Hello,

I have seen nothing much for weeks. I was out of town for a week which is partly responsible for this dull period.

Before my absence, I finally saw another fox sparrow. I missed a red headed woodpecker whose appearance coincided with my week away. I have not seen juncoes but I am told that they staying in the northern part of the Park.

Yesterday, I saw another yellow bellied sapsucker and today I saw my first [b]red winged blackbirds[/] of the year. They used to be seen almost all year round, but draining of some wetlands, around the Lake has reduced their numbers. There are still American black ducks on the Reservoir, and hooded mergansers on Turtle Pond.

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Hello all,

The first week of March has provided us with a roller coaster of wedding. The turtles came out at the end of February, as temperatures reached 19C, then plummeted to -9C.
Last week I had a four wood pecker day: downy, red bellied, yellow bellied sapsucker and a northern flicker. The latter only on one day.

[b]Common grackles[b] ae simply common, all over the place. We had a red necked grebe on the Reservoir. This bird has a story, as it was rehabilitated and released on the Reservoir. Then it stayed as it might not have been able to fly. On Sunday it was happily diving on the Reservoir, happily, fortunate that the extreme cold had not frozen its new home, even though Turtle Pond and the Lake, had frozen to some extent. Apparently, it would be rather uncommon in Central Park.

Today, I saw my first black crowned nigh herons and my first male wood duck, of the season.

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Back to winter

Hello,

Since my last post, we had some snow and frigid temperatures. I was busy with other activities on Sunday. Tuesday into Wednesday was snow. Yesterday and today the paths were too icy for me.

On Monday, I did see my first double crested cormorant of the season and I think that I may have heard a phoebe concealed among some leaves. Otherwise I have nothing about which I can write.

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Hello,

I am sure that I saw a phoebe this week, so the is another sign of spring. I must write that it was disconcerting to see double crested cormorants on the Lake, near ice, but is has been that kind of March.

I have been seeing both song sparrows and fox sparrows near the feeders. The latter have been in short supply as have our juncoes. A male northern pintail wandered a bit north from the Pond, near the Plaza Hotel to the Point on the Lake. They turn up but never in numbers.

Since my last sighting of a northern flicker, one did turn up, near the Oven. One of the Park regulars has just obtained a binocular a Nikon Monarch 5. We had a little dispute as to whether it was a red bellied or a flicker. He had made out the red at the back of the head, while I had seen its spotted abdomen. This was not a matter of who had the better optics but rather a matter of patience before identifying a bird. Then again, my memory failed me in recognizing a juvenile red winged blackbird.

Twice this week, a fellow with a binculars asked if a woodpecker was an acorn woodpecker. Today, I told him it was a downy and that acorn woodpeckers are European birds.

All illustration Louis Agassiz Fuertes from Birds of New York.
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Twice this week, a fellow with a binoculars asked if a woodpecker was an acorn woodpecker. Today, I told him it was a downy and that acorn woodpeckers are European birds. ...
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Hello Ed,

Live and learn. I did not realise that the acorn woodpecker is an American bird of the west. Nevertheless, they do not turn up in Central Park but they are birds with striking looks.

Before my last post, I saw a flock of raptors high overhead. After some consideration I am booking them as a kettle turkey vultures which rarely turn up in Central Park but are known to pass overhead. On Sunday, I saw a gray duck far off on the Reservoir, too far for a solid identification. Again, after some consideration, I will put it down as a gadwall rather than a wigeon. However, I certainly saw a [b]green winged teal[b] on the Lake. Yesterday, there was a pair of wood ducks on the lake; today, a solitary male bufflehead on the Lake. Diving ducks like the bufflehead generally find the Lake too shallow.
About two weeks ago, I saw a brown creeper, today another turned up. My guess is that the former may have wintered in the and the latter may be at the start of their migration. A couple of weeks ago, I black crowned night herons; today there were at least five on branches overlooking the Lake. Today was also a three woodpecker day: downy, red bellied and a northern flicker.

Monday, I heard a warbler which was identified by others as a pine warbler. Today, I saw a chipping sparrow along with fox and song sparrows. Please do not call a chipping sparrow a "chippy," as that another meaning in American English.

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Rain and physicians' appointments

Hello,

Rain and physicians' appointments have kept me out the Park. Last Sunday, I saw a ruddy duck which actually had ruddy sides but there was no sign of a blue bill. On Monday, I saw my first egret of the year on Turtle Pond. While looking at the egret a golden crowned kinglet buzzed me. Northern flickers are more plentiful and I saw red tailed hawk carrying a branch, part of its mating ritual.
The chipping sparrows may have departed but song sparrows are still around.

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The cherry trees are in bloom

Hello all,

In my last post I neglected to mention that I saw a [b]hermit thrush/[b]. Today, I saw blue gray gnatcatchers, a black and white warbler at the Point.

The shovellers have become scarce on the Lake, but are still to be seen on the Reservoir. Today, I saw a common loon on the Reservoir, along with mallards shovellers and buffleheads. The loon is a life bird for me. Even though it has been on the Reservoir for a long time, I never saw it until today.

I attach a photograph of Cherry Hill taken with my iPod Touch from Bow Bridge. The early blooming cherry trees give the Hill its name. It is also well known for Cherry Hill Fountain, which some might recognize.
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Hello,

I have not been successful at spotting migratory species but I can note three: palm warbler, myrtle [or yellow rumped] and a brown thrasher

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Still, no additional warblers

Hello all,

I have not seen any additional warblers but I have been especially disappointed in not seeing any waterthrushes. Watching them forage on a shore or stream bank always fascinates me.
On Sunday, there was only one ruddy duck on the Reservoir and I think that the northern shovellers have left the park, along with most of the white breasted nuthatches, the tufted titmice and the black capped chickadees. I did see a red breasted nuthatch on Monday. On Sunday, I saw a green heron in the Oven. For years a nesting pair would be seen on the Northern Lobe of the Lake but "restoration" and construction interrupted their annual stay.

On Sunday, I saw a belted kingfisher up a tree, on the island in Turtle Pond. It must have had some good fishing because it just sat in the tree and I was not rewarded with seeing it catch lunch. This only my third sighting of one. Yesterday, I saw my first field sparrow of the season. Also on Sunday, I saw a [b]male brown headed cowbird.

I attach a photograph of Central Park's only Egyptian obelisk, taken today with my new iPod Touch, when the foliage is still sparse. Like the one on the Great Smoke's Embankment, it is popularly called Cleopatra's Needle. New York's weather and pollution have not been kind to its hieroglyphics.

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A warbler and ...

Hello everyone,

The shovellers are gone as are the ruddy ducks. On the Lake I did see a pair of gadwalls and a lone American coot. There were two pairs of buffleheads on the Reservoir, today.

Today, I saw a black throated blue Today, I also got to see a blue headed vireo, and a Louisiana waterthrush, at last. The best bird of the day was a male rose breasted grosbeak.

However yesterday I saw a rare visitor to Central Park: a barred owl. I was given a tip by a very competent bird watcher, who said that he had not announced digitally. I met a group led by paid guide and told him the I was on the way to Rustic Shelter for a look. He turned his group around to follow me. It was certainly worth the 100 metre detour, but someone there was already announcing it on his smart 'phone. The reluctance to broadcast its presence was an attempt to avoid a "twitcher" situation and upset the owl. The owl was there for only one day.

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More birds of the season

Hello,

After a few days of anticipation, I finally met aa yellowthroat warbler. It is not usually a visitor to New York but does turn up occasionally. A worm eating warbler appeared up a tree, where it won't find any worms. On Friday, I began to see gray catbirds, which should be here all summer. As I was walking in Strawberry fields, I saw an ovenbird.

Last week, I neglected to mention seeing an eastern towhee. On Thursday, I saw a male wood duck on the Reservoir. It was arousing great curiosity among some German tourists.

I attach an iPod photo of an egret on Turtle Pond.

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Hello,

I had a rather happy day yesterday. At the start of my bird watching, I got a decent look at a male scarlet tanager, up a tree, at Strawberry Fields. At the Point, another bird watcher pointed out s Swainson's thrush, an Americans redstart and a veery. A little later, I saw a brown mass, concealed by leaves, high up in a tree, which was a least bittern a very unusual visitor to Central Park.

There was more yesterday, so I will continue later.

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Old Monday 1st May 2017, 16:22   #472
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Hello,

Yesterday, also brought a black throated green warbler. The best for yesterday was a red headed woodpecker, which made a three woodpecker day for me.

Although the Reservoir still had some buffleheads, I expect them to be gone by my next visit. As I am off for another "culture vulture" holiday [ or as a friend calls them, culchuh volchuh], I won't be in Central Park for eight days.

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Old Thursday 11th May 2017, 00:24   #473
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Hello,

I am back from my trip, yesterday. While waiting for a train at Newark Airport, I spotted an unfamiliar bird on the tracks. It was a kildeer, a bird rarely seen in Central Park and a life bird for me.

Today, I was treated to both an orchard and a Baltimore Oriole on my morning walk. The final photograph, a selfie, should reveal where I had been.


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Looking dapper as always Arthur! Paris or Vegas!
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Old Thursday 11th May 2017, 20:03   #475
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Ooooh!! Who is that handsome lad gracing my screen tonight!!!?

What wonderful pictures you've produced too Arthur!! Quite delightful.

Many thanks my friend.
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