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Old Friday 3rd January 2020, 19:53   #726
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Winter in New York

Hello,

I have yet to see a black capped chickadee's and hardly see any white breasted nuthatches. However, I did see a pair of Eastern towhees, am still seeing brown creepers, as well as that great blue heron and I had a very good look at a Cooper Hawk.
Today was wet and cloudy.

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Still a good week for you it would seem Arthur.

I did see a White-breasted Nuthatch last weekend but haven't posted it yet
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Old Saturday 4th January 2020, 22:50   #728
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Still a good week for you it would seem Arthur.

I did see a White-breasted Nuthatch last weekend but haven't posted it yet
Hello KC,

As I have written, I never have a bad week bird watching in Central Park. Although, I regret missing the Iceland gull, last Sunday.

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Winter, not wintry

Hello,

After a couple of cold days, -6.5C, in early December, the weather has been extraordinarily mild, especially this past weekend, when the temperature hit 20C. An ornithologist, Dr. Robert deCandid, told me that the mild weather has kept many winter visitors away. Yesterday, I saw trees budding, turtles basking on rocks near Central Park Lake and whose white patches were quite brilliant, a sign of entering breeding season. All are rather unseasonable occurrences.
Sunday, I was in a bit of a hurry, as I had to meet people for the New York Botanical Garden Holiday train show and a meal on Arthur Avenue, both on the mainland in the Bronx. I did see the following:
white throated sparrows
northern cardinal
red tailed hawk
Cooper hawk
sharp shinned hawk, maybe
mallards
northern shovellers
house finches
goldfinches
red bellied woodpecker, maie
two great blue herons
hooded mergansers
brown creeper
blue jays
downy woodpeckers

Nothing truly outstanding but they constitute a nice morning.

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winter returns

Hello all,

Every late January we get a thaw. As I wrote, December and early January were warm. Yesterday and today, winter returned. This morning it was -7C, freezing the Lake and Turtle Pond, but the Reservoir still had open water with mallards, northern shovellers, ruddy ducks and a pair of buffleheads.

In the last week, I saw my third fox sparrow of the season and a chipping sparrow was still around before the cold snap. I got glimpses of a purple finch and probably a black capped chickadee. Today, a murder of American crows passed overhead. After an absence of a couple of weeks, mourning doves are again common. Raptors, red-tailed and Cooper hawks are a daily sight.

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The snowdrops are in bloom

Hello,

I have seen very little new. The week before last, I saw three woodpeckers in one day: downy, red bellied and a yellow bellied sapsucker..

The Reservoir is always rewarding: hooded mergansers, which did turn up on the Lake, as well, mallards, northern shovellers, buffleheads ruddy ducks and a pie billed grebe. Last week, an American coot appeared on the Reservoir; while today a female gadwall turned up.

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Hello,

The only new bird turning up was a non-breeding double crested cormorant on the Reservoir, last week. It was earlier than usual.

The week before, I saw a red bellied woodpecker make three nesting holes, which it seems to have abandoned Otherwise, the same old, enlivened by daily appearances of great blue herons on either the Lake or Turtle Pond and frequent closeups of Cooper hawks.

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Almost Nothing Special

Hello,

Of late, I have frequently seen both a mature and an immature Cooper hawk, but today, I saw none. However, I did see a pair of red-tailed hawks, aloft, circling each other.
The only thing new, today, were two snow geese on the Reservoir. I have seen snow geese aloft and at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge but today was the first time I have seen any floating on the Reservoir.

Today's other birds were American crows, white throated sparrows, blue jays, northern cardinals, house finches, goldfinches, a white breast nuthatch, downy woodpeckers and a red bellied woodpecker, mourning doves, mallards, northern shovellers, buffleheads, ruddy ducks, hooded mergansers, and a great blue heron. "

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Sounds like you had a pretty voluminous day Arthur.

I haven't seen any Snow Geese in awhile so good for you guy
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Old Sunday 16th February 2020, 20:11   #735
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Sounds like you had a pretty voluminous day Arthur.

I haven't seen any Snow Geese in awhile so good for you guy
Hello KC,

Yes, a good day for the middle of February. There were bird watchers at the Reservoir looking for an Iceland goal with no success.

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On schedule

Hello,

On Modany, the seventeen, inst., I saw a male redwing blackbird. Checking this thread, I find that my first of last year, was on the eighteenth.

Today, I saw a goose on the Lake. At first, I thought it was blue morph snow goose, but I have been informed that it was identified as a snow goose, gray lag goos hybrid..

I attach a photograph of the only kiosk in Manhattan, which is on West 83rd St. Please note the nice egret atop the kiosk, which replaces a rooster weathervane. I also attach a Central Park view, on a rainy wintry morning.

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Crocuses are sprouting

Hello all,

On Sunday and on Monday,, I saw two male downy woodpeckers chasing each other or perhaps dancing about. This was apparently displaying, as part of the courtship routine.

On Sunday, I saw a female common merganser on the Lake. This was a life bird but it had a plastic ring stuck in its bill, probably preventing it from eating. The park workers looked in vain for the bird in attempt to remove the ring. Our trash is killing our wildlife.

Aslo on Sunday, I saw a brown creeper. I saw one in January, so it was not the first for the year. I guess it might count as rather early for the season.

I have been seeing great blue herons, aloft and perching. They are more spectacular in flight than my iPod can capture. So I am providing a photo of one near the shore.

The heron was photographed with an iPod. The other illustrations are by Louis Agassiz Fuertes. The creeper and the common mergansers from Birds of New York by Eaton; the downy from Woodpeckers by Eckstrom

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Hello KC,

I did not even mention the Cooper hawk, hooded mergansers, ruddy ducks, etc.,which are still around.

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A sign of spring

Hello,

On Monday, and on Tuesday, I saw song sparrows for the first time this year. On Tuesday, a fox sparrow flew past me, only the fourth one for the season. On Wednesday , I also saw a bird, rather uncommon in Central Park: a male red breasted merganser. I think that I may have seen one, years, ago, but this one was.
Korean azaleas are already blooming in the Park. This is a hardy early blooming species, which have been imported but are apparently not invasive. Other birds, like a female towhee and juncoes which in previous seasons were common, are not usual, this year, but do appear.

Bird images are by Louis Agassiz Fuertes, the Korean azaleas were photographed with an iPod.

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Hello all,

New York City is not locked down but churches and synagogues have called off services; some schools have closed, theaters and cinemas are closed, and bars are supposed to limit customers to avoid crowding. The latter is probably unnecessary as people are staying at home.

Fortunately, I can still walk around Central Park. I have had two noteworthy encounters with redwings blackbirds. The first was sighting an almost mature male, which confused me with its remaining eyestripe. I have begun to see male redwings blackbirds with prominent red shoulders, even with feather erect like velvet, a sign of looking for love.

On Thursday, I saw my first northern flicker, for the first time in quite a while. The same day, I saw two other woodpeckers: downiest and red bellied. It was also a good day for ducks: mallards, northern shovellers, a pie billed grebe, buffleheads, ruddy ducks and hooded mergansers. That same day, I had a close encounter with an immature red tailed hawk near the source of the Gill, and then it had a quick wash.

I used my iPod for the photos of the red tailed hawk.

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I know it's not good for NYC. I worry about all of you including my son but he'll never leave the City

Stay safe Arthur and the photographs of the Hawk are quite nice guy.
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Stay safe Arthur and the photographs of the Hawk are quite nice guy.
Hello KC,

I thank you for you kind wishes.

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Hello,

First of all, there are more restrictions in New York: most schools are closed,non-essential business are now closed. Groceries and even off license premises, what New Yorkers call liquor stores and other Americans call package stores, are considered essential. The off licenses are requesting that orders be placed in advance or are to be delivered. Grocery shops are limiting the number customers at any one time, so I had to queue for half an hour, at one. On March fifth, I attended a concert devoted to Beethoven, at Carnegie Hall. It must have been one of the last concerts held at that venue.

I live in a block of flats, an apartment house to the locals, with 500 flats. There is one reported corona virus victim, who is self isolating in my building. The building's management have set out rules to keep people out, including deliveries only to the concierge, not to the residents' doors.

"You should have been here, a few minutes, ago," is probably the story of most bird watchers. I heard those words from someone who saw a tufted titmouse, which are famously uncommon, this year. I heard that also from someone who claimed to have seen a belted kingfisher, at the Northern Lobe of Central Park Lake. I looked where he pointed and did see a bird which seemed to me to be too blue for a belted kingfisher. Although an eastern bluebird had been seen in the park, this bird had no rufous feathers for it to be that bird. It was distant and small but I think that it may have been a tree swallow.


On Monday, I did see a male brown headed cowbird. On Tuesday and until today, I have been seeing wood ducks, a bird I love to see. The wood duck likes vertical cover when available, so this pair was near the shore under low hanging branches. Also on Tuesday, I spotted an American goldfinch in full summer plumage, but the many other ones are still in winter plumage. Today's best bird was an Eastern phoebe which may be a little late but sill a sign of the advancing season.

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I feel so badly for you and my son Arthur. New York City has been hit hard and hopefully you both can stay safe.

Hopefully your birding will help you keep a pleasant mind.
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I feel so badly for you and my son Arthur. New York City has been hit hard and hopefully you both can stay safe.

Hopefully your birding will help you keep a pleasant mind.
Hello KC,

I hope that your son may be well and that all of us on Birdforum may survive this pandemic.

With warm regards to all,
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Best wishes from the UK Lake District. Stay safe.
We're just reaching the end of a 14 day self-isolation having both been symptomatic.
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We're just reaching the end of a 14 day self-isolation having both been symptomatic.
Hello Mono,

My best wishes to you, as well. I am glad to read that you overcame the symptoms.

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Hello,

Yesterday was a day of intermittent rain. So I started a walk in the private park my block of flats shares with several others. The park is roughly one hectare in extent and has a large lawn, bushes at the western margin, many trees, a padlocked set of basketball courts, a children's play area and a small concrete hockey pitch. After a couple of circuits, lengthened by detours around some of the sports areas, I had seen song sparrows and juncos, along with our usual city birds. Then I felt rain and continued my constitutional around the ground floor, of my building which provides a fair distance: seven circuits of 90 metres each.

In the afternoon, I did three circuits during a break in the precipitation. I saw a juncos and a northern flicker at the beginning of my walk, song sparrows and more juncos. In fact, I saw my juncos at one time, than I have seen lately in Central Park.

Earlier in the week, I saw a pair of red tailed hawks roosting or perhaps nesting on a ledge of the San Remo block of flats. Unfortunately, this is the same sloping ledge which some hawks chose a few years, ago. Then the eggs rolled off.

Of seasonal not, on Friday, I saw my first hermit thrush of the season and a pine warbler,, my first warbler of the year, both in Central Park.

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