Sunday, April 19, 2015

Central Park 4/19--Black-and-white Warbler

We wandered over to Central Park mid-afternoon. We had our binoculars, we might as well use them. A pleasant Sunday afternoon, when the park is crowded with pedestrians, cyclists, and baby buggies, and the lawns are heavily sprinkled with sunbathers (who, frankly, I think, are rushing the season--it was in the 50's) does not make for ideal birding conditions.  All that said, we found some pretty good birds, including a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets (good to see them, because in our part of NJ they're vastly out-numbered by Golden-crowns), a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the Upper Lobe, and enough of the 3 common warblers (Palm, Pine, and Yellow-rump) to keep us interested.

Even when we lived in the city, I didn't like being in the parks on weekends and nowadays when a couple of dog-walkers at Double Trouble can make me feel like I need some more elbow-room, I like it even less, so after about an hour and a half we were leaving the park, recrossing the bridge by the Upper Lobe when we came across a NYC Audubon youth birding trip. As always we asked, "Whattya got," slipping easily back into the city argot, and what they got was our FOY Black-and-white Warbler, a bird I've been looking for the last few days with no luck around here. We had good looks as the warbler climbed around the thicker branches and added a couple of Red-bellied Woodpeckers onto the day list too. For a day when birding was not on the original agenda, we did pretty well.

25 species
Canada Goose  4
Mallard  5
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Rock Pigeon  25
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1     Heard
Blue Jay  10
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
American Robin  6
European Starling  20
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  4
Pine Warbler  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler  10
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  2     Heard
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  10
House Sparrow  25

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