On Saturday morning along the lower lobe, a Chestnut-sided Warbler flew into the duck weed that was covering the surface of the Lake. The bird may have been confused by the color and thought it was landing on solid ground. It tried to get out of the water by climbing up on to a stick in the water without success. The warbler eventually ended up slowly paddling to the shore and safety.
On Saturday morning, I went birdwatching with Jack Meyer. I highly recommend going on one of Jack's walks. They're a great way to expand your birding skills and learn the hot spots around the Lake, the Ramble and Turtle Pond.
Jack Meyer leads Central Park birding tours during the spring and fall migration seasons which start at 72nd and Central Park West (NE corner) at 7:30 am, four days a week, Thursday through Sunday. This season, Jack's fall tours will continue until Sunday, October 29. The walks last until 10:30 or 11:00 a.m., with a brief coffee break midway through. The walks are unstructured, and there is no obligation to stay to the end. The cost is $6 per person. No reservations are needed.
(If there are any questions, you can reach Jack at 212-563-0038 (Not after 8 PM please) or email [email protected]
Should the weather be bad, and you are uncertain if the walk is going, phone anytime after 5 AM . If you get Jack's answering machine, you will know that he has already left for the park and the walk is on.)
On Saturday, we a nice walk. Our list for the day was:
Double-crested Cormorant (Flyover.)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Ramble.)
Downy Woodpecker (Lower lobe.)
Northern Flicker (Ramble.)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Lower Lobe.)
Tufted Titmouse (Willow Rock.)
Carolina Wren (Azalea Pond.)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Lower Lobe.)
Veery (Lower Lobe.)
Northern Parula (Several.)
Yellow Warbler (Several.)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Lower lobe.)
Magnolia Warbler (Lower lobe, Point.)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Lower Lobe, Point.)
Blackpoll Warbler (Lower lobe.)
Black-and-white Warbler (Several.)
American Redstart (Several.)
Common Yellowthroat (Oven.)
Wilson's Warbler (Lower Lobe, Point.)
Canada Warbler (Point.)
Here are some of the warblers from the day...
Wednesday, Pale Male was on a railing at the back of the Met. On Thursday, I photographed a Flycatcher and a number of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in Strawberry Fields.
Warning Graphic Content! If you're not interested in seeing a rodent get eaten, you might want to view these pictures of Pale Male from a few weeks ago.
In the early evening on Monday, Pale Male was enjoying a meal of a mouse just opposite the north side of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I spent the weekend on the Connecticut shore of Long Island Sound, and photographed Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets.