Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City -
On Tuesday, 13 June, a male Black-throated Blue Warbler was a very late
straggler or wanderer, at the Great Hill in the park’s north end. 2 Catharus
[genus] Thrush species besides nesting Wood Thrush, were seen, one Swainson’s
Thrush, & one 'Gray-cheeked’ type, these also in the north end of the park in
fairly thick vegetation. Quite late now for at least Swainson’s Thrush.
Wednesday, 14 June, a female Mourning Warbler flushed from nearly ground-level
at the edge of dense vegetation in the north woods of the park.
Not a bird, but of interest as rain showers were ending, an Eastern Red Bat
(Lasiurus borealis) flew by, under still-dark skies, but well after dawn. It’s
one of, if not the most commonly-observed bat species in Central, & possibly of
most of N.Y. City. It may be the most likely species to be observed in daylight
hours here in the city, sometimes rather active even in the daytime, more so at
dawn or dusk, or on some overcast days.
Thursday, 15 June, a singing male Canada Warbler was by the small stream near
W. 77 St. just inside the park, & a “return” of the Common Yellowthroat that
had been singing a lot north of the King Jagiello of Poland’s statue, e. of
Turtle Pond - also, other Common Yellowthroats in several locations continue to
sing from their respective places… whether any of these males have mates is
still to be seen.
There hasn’t been any grebe on the CP reservoir all this week, as far as I’ve
noticed, & not a whole lot of anything avian but the regulars of summer (Great
Egret, Black-crowned Night-Herons, Double-crested Cormorants, Barn Swallows, &
some of the expected urban waterfowl & a smattering of gulls, now mainly Great
Black-backed & [American] Herring Gulls.
"Have we fallen into a mesmerized state that makes us accept as inevitable that
which is inferior or detrimental, as though having lost the will or the vision
to demand that which is good?” - Rachel Carson (1907-1964; marine
biologist, conservationist, author whose books include ‘Silent Spring’. Sir
David Attenborough has remarked that that book may have had an effect on
science second only to Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species”.)
good -and ethical- birding,
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