Central Park NYC - Ramble & Reservoir Saturday, July 15, 2017 OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob.
Highlights: Yellow- & Black-billed Cuckoos, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, continuing adult male Magnolia Warbler, also our first-of-season southbound flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds. Canada Goose - Turtle Pond & Reservoir Wood Duck - dark-billed male Turtle Pond Mallard - 9 very tame juveniles remain at Turtle Pond, almost ready to fly Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Summer House Meadow (Bob, 6am) Black-billed Cuckoo - Tupelo Field before 8am, seen later at Azalea Pond Mourning Dove - nest in Shakespeare Garden empty Chimney Swift Ruby-throated Hummingbird - female or hatch-year in hosta and bee balm Shakespeare Garden Herring Gull - 5 Reservoir & flyovers Great Black-backed Gull - 3 Reservoir - adult and two 1st-cycle (hatch-year) birds Double-crested Cormorant - 4 Reservoir & a couple of flyovers Great Egret - Turtle Pond Black-crowned Night-Heron - Turtle Pond Turkey Vulture - circling up over Oak Bridge Red-bellied Woodpecker- Ramble Downy Woodpecker - male & female Warbler Rock (Bina from Mozambique) Northern Flicker - 3 Warbler Rock Great Crested Flycatcher - 4 Eastern Kingbird - 3 Warbling Vireo - Summer Hosue Meadow Blue Jay Barn Swallow - 2 low over Great Lawn, another over Oak Bridge White-breasted Nuthatch - Summer House Meadow American Robin - many Gray Catbird - adult carrying food to nest Tupelo Field, others elsewhere Northern Mockingbird - north end of Maintenance Field Cedar Waxwing - 6 to 10 incl. fledgling at Upper Lobe House Finch - 10 to 15 (all age & sex classes) American Goldfinch - heard flight call Shakespeare Garden (Peter Haskel & Bob) Song Sparrow - Bow Bridge Baltimore Oriole - juvenile Warbler Rock Red-winged Blackbird - Turtle Pond & small southbound flocks Brown-headed Cowbird - Riviera Common Grackle - Delacorte Theater, etc. Magnolia Warbler - adult male Bow Bridge Northern Cardinal - here & there, including courtship feeding at Upper Lobe (nest early & often) Many young Eu. Starlings & House Sparrow fed by their parents, alas. Six days ago (last Sunday, July 9) Stefan Passlick found and tweeted a Black-billed Cuckoo at the north end of the park. This is the earliest July date on record for Central Park. Remarkably the bird was not flagged as rare on his ebird checklist, here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38057359 Deb Allen -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --