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Old Wednesday 31st October 2012, 21:19   #76
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Hello,

I may have seen another wood thrush, at my window, but all I noticed was the spotted breast. It might have been a juvenile American robin.

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I may have seen another wood thrush, at my window, but all I noticed was the spotted breast. It might have been a juvenile American robin.

Happy bird watching,
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Always a joy to see one, good on you!
What with the storm blowing birds about, a Wood Thrush would not be that surprising. Still, lucky to have one this late in the season. They are usually all gone by now.
A lovely bird and an enchanting singer, they have even nested in Central Park on occasion.
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Good to hear you through Sandy unscathed! Hope all gets back to normal as soon as possible.

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Old Thursday 1st November 2012, 12:36   #79
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Good to hear you through Sandy unscathed! Hope all gets back to normal as soon as possible.

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Hello Dave,

Thank you. I am very fortunate. I am most inconvenienced by the closing of the Metro, even its partial reopening is causing me difficulties.

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Hello all,

I suspect that Baglee, a frequent contributor to this thread, is without electricity. His descriptions suggested that he lived near Fifth Avenue and West 11th Streets, not far from Washington Square Park, where there has been no electricity since Monday night. That area should have been without flooding, more than 1 km from any flooding. Another problem was debris from scaffolding, trees and other things blown about by the high winds.
I hope that he may be safe and dry,
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Hi Arthur

Glad to hear that you are safe and well after the storm been keeping updated from Tv news and internet

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Hello all,

Yesterday, a hermit thrush visited my window, along with white throated sparrows. This morning the temperature was 4C. This is affecting those millions without electricity, hard hit by Sandy.

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Old Tuesday 6th November 2012, 17:00   #83
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Hello all,

Today, a blue jay landed at my window. The bird has a beautiful color but a raucous call.

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Hello all,

Upon returning home a little bird zoomed by me into some bushes. I am fairly certain that it was a black capped chickadee. This would be a first sighting at my block of flats.

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Good evening Arthur, things getting back to normal over there now?

I had a vacation to Canada last year, and the bird I most wanted to see was a black capped chickadee, seemingly one on the most common bird, and guess what?... didn't get a snifter of one! Got mountain chickadee though :-)
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Good evening Arthur, things getting back to normal over there now?

I had a vacation to Canada last year, and the bird I most wanted to see was a black capped chickadee, seemingly one on the most common bird, and guess what?... didn't get a snifter of one! Got mountain chickadee though :-)
Come back to NYC, visit Arthur and take a stroll through Central Park.
You will see plenty of them.
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Old Wednesday 14th November 2012, 10:21   #87
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Hello DMKSlater,

I am sorry to read that your Canadian visit was marked with a disappointment.

As I wrote, I had little inconvenience from Sandy, but there has been much damage, loss of property and loss of life, throughout the region. There are some still without electricity, more than two weeks, later. Thousands are homeless or without heat as central heating plants do not take kindly to salt water.

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Chickadee

A happy New Year to all,

In the last few weeks, only blue jays, white throated sparrows, northern mockingbirds, and chickadees have visited my window. I think that today, a Carolina chickadee may have turned up, but I am not certain. I do not recall seeing any white wing feathers so it may have been a Carolina chickadee rather than a black capped chickadee.

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Happy new year Pinewood, good birding for 2013.

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Thanks for your entertaining reports through the year Arthur. A happy 2013 to you and your family.
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Hello Delia and Dave,

Thank you for your kind wishes, which I heartily reciprocate.

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Old Wednesday 13th February 2013, 16:08   #92
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Titmouse

Hello all,

This morning a small, gray bird showed me some of its rufous feathers. From behind, I managed to see the tuft on its head. I am certain that it was a tufted titmouse, the first one to come to my window.

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Spring is in the air...so Central Park will be alive soon...isn't there another park someplace near by that is also a bird park......? jim
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Spring is in the air...so Central Park will be alive soon...isn't there another park someplace near by that is also a bird park......? jim
Hello Jim,

A bit less than 5 km, from Strawberry Fields is the Riverside Park Bird Sanctuary:

http://www.riversideparkfund.org/vis...ird-sanctuary/

Riverside Park sits along the Hudson from 59 to 129th St, Central Park's western boundary is about 1 km from Riverside Park.

Farther away, are Greenwood Cemetery and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Still farther, but reachable by public transport is the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

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Thanks Arthur....Riverside park...that was the one I was trying to think of..... I have been to Prospect and have birded Jamaica Bay many times...love that place! thanks, jim
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An excursion

Hello all,

I managed an excursion to Central Park, today.

My most significant sighting was of a Carolina chickadee. I have no problem recognizing chickadees, but I have had to work on distinguishing between black capped and Carolina chickadees, by the white wing bar of the black capped variety. I saw two Carolina chickadees, long enough to satisfied, that i had made the identification.

From my home window, I am still seeing tufted titmice and white throated sparrows, so it was no surprise to see them in the park, along with:

Buffleheads
Ring billed gulls
Northern Cardinal
Bluejays
Northern shoveller
mallards [including a hybrid]

Apparently, the weather has warmed enough, today it was 6C, for the turtles to emerge from hibernation and bask on the rocks in the Lake.

Some tourists from Argentina wanted to know how to go, from the Park, to 420 Ninth Avenue. There is an algorithm for determining cross streets in much of Manhattan, so I thought that it was near West 35th Street. They then showed me a map with a place on note indicated at West 34th Street and Ninth Avenue. I looked them in the eye and asked, "Do you want B&H Photo?" The answer was positive.

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More Central Park

Hello all,

I should have included this link to a map of Central Park, as many are not familiar with its 320 hectares, 25% of which is water.

Today, I had an appointment at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to view the Matisse exhibition, so I decided to walk through Central Park in the rain. Nothing much new, but I did see more tufted titmice. Upon reaching the Belvedere Castle, I looked over Turtle Pond and saw a hawk in a tree, on an island in the pond. I had to walk around the pond, a detour, to be sure that it was a red tailed hawk.

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Hell all,

Last Sunday I was in the Park, and crossed paths with Birding Bob, who was leading a group of about 18. It was on the shore of the Lake, near Oak Bridge, where he spotted a pair of wood ducks, a ruddy duck, and buffleheads,, which I had already spotted. He used a recording of a female wood duck to attract the male, but none too successfully. After I said "hello," I moved away from his group, as seemed proper. I did manage to get a better view of the wood duck than his group. Of course, Bob does a whole tour of the Park, so his patrons probably did very well.

Today, my best bird was an early sighting of a double crested cormorant, at the Lake.

I was told that there was a lot of activity near the feeders.

At home, nothing new, but tufted titmice are still visiting my window.

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Hello all,

I got to the Park, today. The daffodils are up and the turtles have returned to basking on the rocks, after a couple of weeks of cold weather.

My best bird of the day was a northern flicker, but I also saw a slate covered junco, which I associate with colder weather.

I am including an image from the 1910, Birds of New York, of a mourning dove, which I saw today, and of an extinct relative.

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I need the exercise

Hello all,

The temperature was about 1C, this morning, cold for early April, but during my short walk in Central Park, I did see a some birds of note. I had another encounter with a northern flicker, I saw some white throated sparrows which have become rather scarce, a black capped chickadee and a red bellied woodpecker.

I also note the absence of shovellers from the Lake.

I am also including an illustration of a white throated sparrow and a white crowned sparrow, probably by Louis Agassiz Fuertes, from Frank Chapman's Handbook of Eastern Birds, 1904.

Happy bird watching,
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