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Old Tuesday 1st January 2019, 02:25   #651
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Hi Arthur and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you. Not sure which fellow you are talking about but stay safe.
"This fellow" is a link to someone who must have been overdoing his celebrations:
The Merry Drinker.

With warm regards to all,
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Old Tuesday 1st January 2019, 02:36   #652
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Ah, I missed it in your original post
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Old Monday 7th January 2019, 00:48   #653
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Three woodpeckers + and five waterfowl

Hello all,

On New Year's Day I saw my first mature Cooper Hawk, my first in a while, and I has another glimpse of that great horned owl.

On January 3rd, I saw five different waterfowl on the Reservoir: mallards, shovellers, ruddy ducks, a female hooded merganser and American coots.

Today, I saw three live woodpeckers, red bellied, downy and a northern flicker. Additionally, I saw an immature red-tailed hawk finishing off a breakfast of a hairy woodpecker. I also got a glimpse of a brown creeper.

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Hi Arthur!

Sounds as though you've had a good beginning to your new year. When you said you saw "three live woodpeckers" I kind of raised my brows until I got to the part about the Hairy Woodpecker.
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Old Friday 18th January 2019, 20:33   #655
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I can see the raptors

Hello all,

New York is preparing for a snowstorm: all the supermarkets are crowded with those apprehensive over twelve so cm. of snow. However after the snow, temperatures my drop to -13C. If it gets much lower than that, my central heating becomes inadequate.

Of late, I have seen nothing new but the various raptors in Central Park have become more visible. I have seen both mature and immature red-tailed hawks and Cooper hawks, and I am fairly sure that I saw an immature sharp shinned hawk but I had trouble deciding if the tail was rather long.


I had a couple of good looks at that great blue heron.

There are still plenty of American crows about.

All illustrations are by Louis Agassiz Fuerte from Birds of New York.

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Hi Arthur!

Yeah, my son is looking forward to the snow We'll be plenty cold here on Monday (wind chills in the teens) but no snow. Stay safe.
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Old Sunday 27th January 2019, 11:48   #657
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An odd one

Hello all,

On Monday of this past week, I awoke to -16C. Thursday, we received nearly 3 cm of rain, at least it was not 25 or 30 cm of snow. The recent rain washed away ice from the previous downpour and subsequent freeze, which was welcome. So the weather has been variable.

At the feeders, I met a couple from the UK. Within five minutes I pointed out three species of woodpecker: downy, red bellied and a northern flicker. As theu were not bird watchers, I doubt that they realized what a treat that was.

Since my last posting I have seen a northern mockingbird, which is not uncommon for the colder months, more American robins, an eastern towhee, a hermit thrush, unusual for January 21st. I also spotted a bird on the ground, which at first I thought might have been an American goldfinch, but a pale yellow patch on the the tail convinced me that it was a Myrtle warbler, AKA yellow rumped warbler,but in dull winter plumage. I have seen one, once before in the winter but not in Central Park.

All images by Louis Agassiz Fuertes.

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In winter's grip

Hello,

On Sunday, I visited the Reservoir where I saw seven kinds of waterfowl: mallards, shovellers, buffleheads, American coots, female hooded mergansers, ruddy ducks, some with red sides and pie-bliied grebe in non-breeding plumage. The same day, I saw a male brown headed cowbird.

On Tuesday, I had another view of a hermit thrush. As it is the very end of January, it may have been an early arrival.

Wednesday morning I awoke to a temperature of -7C. Wednesday's best bird was a sharp shinned hawk.

Tomorrow's early morning temperature is expected to be -15C which means I am not taking a bird watching walk. As Pierre Salinger said, "I may be plucky but I am not stupid."

Happy bird watching,
Arthur

P.S. The National Weather Service reports the six AM Central Park temperature as 2F, or close enough to write -17C for government work.
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Oooh!!! Bit chilly that Arthur.

-5 c only here this morning LOL. However, we were +5-8 c the previous few week. So a big difference.

Take care my friend.
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Freez and defrost

Hello all,

Wednesday night we had a great deal of rain. Yesterday morning it -5C. This weather is more typical of the end of the month.

Last week's best birds were my first field sparrow of the season and a sparrowhawk, or American kestrel. I saw the field sparrow again, tody, in the company of a bird watcher from California, She was so happy to have a life bird.

I spotted the kestrel high in a tree across the Great Lawn. With only an 8x I had difficulty perceiving the markings. A photographer came along with a long lens on his camera. He thought it might be a merlin. A passerby came along and asked what we had seen. As we discussed it, the passerby said, "It is really something the way you two argue." The photographer decided that it was a kestrel.

Today, I managed to see both red breasted and white breasted nuhatches. I had not seen red breasted nuthatch in quite a while. I have been seeing that great blue heron thrice in the last week. On two occasions it was sitting on dry land, probably because of the cold.
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Hello all,

My best woodpecker days are still just downy, red bellied and northern flicker but I often see only the former two. Yesterday, and three times last week I saw ruddy ducks on the Lake, which they generally do not favour, but only a few. On Sunday, I saw three female hooded mergansers on the Reservoir, close to the South Gate, but today I saw a male hooded merganser on Turtle Pond.

I continue to see hermit thrushes, but with greater frequency. Yesterday, I saw and recognized a female eastern towhee, although I was initially confused by it. Today, I saw both white breasted and a red breasted nuthatch. However, today's best bird was a male red-winged blackbird.


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