A very cooperative American Bittern was in the fenced in area of the Tupelo Meadow in Central Park's Ramble today. For the most part it perched on a rock and stayed still. But for about ten minutes, after a Cooper's Hawk flew into the Tupelo Tree the American Bittern took a defensive posture, and for a brief time looked radically different almost doubling in size. The Cooper's Hawk soon forgot about the Bittern and after about twenty minutes caught a Northern Flicker.
The Jewelweed is in full bloom and is attracting two birds, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. The huge patch in Strawberry Fields is gone, but large patches are in The Oven (an area of the Ramble off The Lake) and in the Loch of the North Woods. With some patience you will find both species of birds this time of year, if you find the Jewelweed patches.
Octavia, the female of the 927 Fifth Avenue nest was on the "Woody" building one block north of the nest late on Friday afternoon. (Woody Alan no longer lives in the Woody building, by the way.) Octavia was in to rush to leave, but eventually left and perched on a window railing at 70th and Fifth Avenue, which faces north and overlooks The Frick Collection's garden.
I caught up with a Black-crowned Night Heron preening on The Pond, in the SW corner of Central Park on Thursday.
Pale Male was on the "Linda Building" at 73rd and then his nest on Sunday afternoon. This year was unusual in that Pale Male and Octavia weren't seen copulating in the spring by any of the regular hawk watchers. Their nest failed this year, too. It will be interesting to see what happens next year.
The Pond in the southeastern corner of Central Park had a Green Heron on Sunday. It was fishing for minnows when I found it on the far shore of the southwest corner of the pond. Fall migration has begun slowly in the park. Number are still very low, but we're getting interesting birds. The highlights of the day for me were a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Canada Warbler, two Northern Waterthrushs, American Redstart, Belted Kingfisher, Great Egret and Baltimore Oriole.