Governors Island Red-tailed Hawk

I made my last trip to Governors Island for the season on October 28th.  A Red-tailed Hawk was on a speaker pole at Fort Jay, and then made a hunting pass, before taking a drink from a rain gutter.  Photographers have been seeing two or three different adult Red-tailed Hawks this fall.  Let's hope two of them build a nest over the winter.

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Saltmarsh Sparrow On Sunday

After the ran stopped on Sunday, I took more photographs of the Union Square Saltmarsh Sparrow.  It was still there today, Tuesday.  If you go looking for it be aware that is hides anywhere from 30-60 minutes and then forages on the southeastern most lawn for about 10-30 minutes.  Hopefully it will continue for a few more days.

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Saltmarsh Sparrow

Alex Tey found a Saltmarsh Sparrow in Union Square Park today.  Rare for Manhattan, it was totally unexpected to be seen in Union Square.  Thanks to the great network New York City Birders have, at least 50 birders got to see this wonderful sparrow.  It was a life bird for me.  This October, I've gotten to see three new sparrows, Grasshopper, Lark and now Saltmarsh.

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Lark Sparrow

My 201st bird for Central Park was a Lark Sparrow today.  It had been found yesterday afternoon, and was seen again this morning.  It was then refound by Kellie Quinones in the afternoon.  Rare on the east coast, and especially rare for Central Park, it was a fantastic bird to see as it ate grass seeds by a soccer goal.  It was hanging out with two Dark-eyed Juncos.  The fun was interrupted by an American Kestrel on the hunt.  Luckily, none of the birds we were watching became a meal.

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Tennessee Warbler

On Saturday, a very cooperative Tennessee Warbler was easily photographed in the Wildflower Meadow in the North End of Central Park.  What a stunning warbler!  (The video is at half speed to make it easier to watch the warbler.)

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Grasshopper Sparrow

A Grasshopper Sparrow was at the Oven in Central Park's Ramble today.  It is a bird normally found in grasslands, and rarely seen in the park.  It either gave birders great looks or was very difficult to see.  I was lucky to get some great views of the bird.

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Clay-colored Sparrow

I'm finally catching up with processing images I took last weekend.  Here is a Clay-colored Sparrow south of the Great Hill in Central Park.

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Sora

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Octavia

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.

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Pale Male

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.

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Green Heron Fishing

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.

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