Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are enjoying feeding on the Jewelweed flowers in Central Park this season, and occasionally rest on branches nearby.  This young bird rested on the same branch every five minutes or so, sometimes staying only a few seconds but sometimes stayed for as long as two minutes.


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Red and Green

It's ironic, given that I'm Red/Green Colorblind, that my two good birds of the day on Saturday were a Red-tailed Hawk and Green Heron.

The Red-tailed Hawk was the same bird I saw Friday. It was again perched on a window railing of 2 East 70th Street. 

The Green Heron was in a shallow area of the The Pond north of Gapstow bridge.  These mudflat areas are import to wading birds, but they're constantly being removed by the Central Park Conservancy. The original landscaping of the park had water bodies with clean sculpted edges, which removed the transitional areas of marsh and mud needed by many birds.  Luckily, natural erosion does a great job of bringing these mudflats back!

At about 6:56 on the video is a great shot of the Green Heron "licking its lips". 


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El Museo del Barrio

My quest to find the nest of the pair of hawks that have been seen on upper Fifth Avenue came up empty again.  While I was in the Consevatory Garden, I saw a Red-tail circle around the garden with a pigeon in its tallons.  The hawk then took the bird to the roof of the El Museo del Barrio.

After a few minutes, the Red-tailed Hawk flew off in the direction of the Academy of Medicine, and disappeared.  Searches of the ledges of the building came up empty.


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American Woodcock

American Woodcocks have been in Central Park for about the last week.  I caught up with one on Saturday.  They're very well camouflaged, worm eating birds with a silly walk and mating ritual. 

The bird was doing a good job of hiding, but we did get some glimpses!


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Central Park

With the snow and ice, I only stayed in the center of Central Park today.  I added two species to my year list, a Fox Sparrow and a Rusty Blackbird.  Highlights also included a very tame Carolina Wren and a Long-eared Owl.


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Mute Swans

The Reservoir had a pair of Mute Swans today.   It isn't that unusual for the park to have a swan or two on the Harlem Meer or The Pond in the southeast corner of the park, but this was the first time I remember a pair on the Reservoir.  Maybe they're passing through searching for warmer climates.  I'm sure there are lots of frozen lakes further north.

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Wood Ducks and a Northern Pintail

Fall brings back to Central Park a wide variety of ducks.  Today, there was an unusual duck for the Park, a Northern Pintail, and a group of Wood Ducks among the Mallards on the northern shore of The Pool.  The Pintail was trying to sleep and was hard to photograph, but the Wood Ducks were having fun being out in the open.


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Central Park Sunday

On Sunday, I had a great time in Central Park.

As I walked into the park, Pale Male was in a favorite windows on Fifth Avenue.  It was so nice to find him within a minute of walking into the park.  Later, I saw another Red-tail circling around 85th and Central Park West.

Then it was off to see a Vesper Sparrow in the Pinetum.  It was eating grass seed on a newly seeded lawn.  This semi-rare sparrow for Central Park was fairly easy to watch.

The last highlight of the day was a Cape May Warbler high atop an Elm tree.  This specific tree has been knocked full of holes by Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers and has been dubbed by some birders the Magic Tree, because it is attracting so many warblers this year.


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Fall In Central Park

I had lots of fun birding in Central Park this weekend.  It's a great time because you never know what you'll see and where.  A Red-tailed Hawk, a Brown Thrasher, Blackpoll Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, bright yellow male American Goldfinch, and some Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds where some of the highlights.


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Another Hummingbird

This one was calmly perching for about a half hour with small breaks in a patch of Jewelweed in the Upper Lobe area of Central Park's Lake.  It's so great to have them migrating though this time of year.


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American Goldfinch

In late August, Central Park can have lots of migrants one day and be quiet the next.  On Saturday, it was fairly quiet.  A highlight was a common bird for the park, an American Goldfinch.  Generally we see them at the bird feeders in the winter, so it was nice to see this bird enjoying seeds in the Wildflower Meadow in the North Woods.


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