« August 2019 | Main | October 2019 »

Sora

Madison Square Park had a Sora this afternoon.  Lots of rare birds are showing up in small city parks this week!

CI5I6996


Virginia Rail, Abington Square Park

A Virginia Rail was found by Roy Tsao on Saturday in Abington Square Park at 12th Street and Eighth Avenue in New York City.  It alternated between being totally hidden to roaming the park looking for worms.  In the video, you see two earthworms being consumed.  This is a rare bird for Manhattan and to have it in a very small pocket park was highly unusual.  These little parks continue to amaze us with what they can attract during migration.

20190928VIRA01

20190928VIRA02

20190928VIRA03

20190928VIRA04

20190928VIRA05

20190928VIRA06

20190928VIRA07

20190928VIRA08

20190928VIRA09

20190928VIRA10

20190928VIRA11

20190928VIRA12

20190928VIRA13

20190928VIRA14


Pale Male

Pale Male was perched east of the Maintenance Building in the Ramble for most of the afternoon in Central Park on Saturday before going off to roost via a tree on Cedar Hill.  He's been hunting rodents, where he was perched, on earlier days this month.

2019092101

2019092102

2019092103

2019092104

2019092105

2019092106

2019092107

2019092108

2019092109

2019092110

2019092111

 


American Bittern

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.

2019091801

2019091802

2019091803

2019091804

2019091805

2019091806

2019091807

2019091808

2019091809

2019091810

2019091811

2019091812

2019091813

2019091814

2019091815

2019091816

2019091817

2019091818

2019091819

2019091820

2019091821

2019091822

2019091823


Jewelweed

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.

2019091301

2019091302

2019091303

2019091304

2019091305

2019091306

2019091307