Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City
Saturday, 15 October, 2016 -
Freshly &/or very recent migrant arrivals include more ducks,
particularly at the reservoir, but as well on some of the other
waterbodies in the park - however, a lone American Coot at The Pond
(SE sector of the park) which has been present daily for a week, & was
present Friday, was again found in the wide portion of the pond easily
seen from Gapstow bridge or the path south of that; a drake Wood Duck
is a daily presence (seen for over a month) & was also there Friday, &
again this day; it can sometimes be skulking in shadier areas.
At least 2 Hooded Merganser (non-adult) were present on the reservoir
as of 8 am this Saturday morning.
A minimum of 4 Buffleheads (perhaps more) were among some of the rafts
of Ruddy Duck at the reservoir, & elsewhere there were at least 3
Ruddy Duck numbers have increased just slightly from the 65+ present
at the reservoir (as of Friday) to 80+ (or more) today, with rafts
scattered on all sectors of the water there. Few were on other
waterbodies early in the morning.
Wood Ducks are also present on at least 5 of the park's principal
water-bodies, with a few at the lake, & others at Pool, Meer, &
reservoir in addition to the long-staying one at the Pond. American
Black Ducks have been increased slightly & were present on multiple
At least one female-looking Green-winged Teal continues at the Meer,
seen each day thru today there; an American Wigeon seems not to have
been 'definitively' seen since Thursday (at the Meer), but may well
continue in the park - checking all rafts of Northern Shovelers, which
are ongoing in the park, may lead to noticing a wigeon as it is
possible they move in concert.
Among "hot-spots" for numbers of migrants, the Siberian Elms & other
trees at & near the Pinetums (both east & particularly, west) have &
continue to produce multiple Warbler species, Cape May prominent in
interest among those, with up to 9 additional warbler species present
there both Friday & again this day - this including all of the
plantings & shrubby areas, not just the elm and pine circuits &
circle. A variety of sparrows are also being seen daily in these
areas, with both species of kinglets, both species of nuthatch, Brown
Creeper, & some additional migrants in the area. Additional Cape May
Warblers were present again at Shakespeare Garden and in elms at the
most-eastern edges of the Mall (but that area was becoming extremely
busy with an event taking place close by today), as well as locations
otherwise mentioned in this post.
A wide variety of other migrants are present, with some change-over in
these days & nights of northerly winds (due to change around to
southerlies, by later Saturday).
On Friday 10/14, Cape May Warblers were brought to the attention of
many in the north end of the park by Gabriel Willow, leading a bird-
walk with & for the NY City Audubon chapter (NYCAS) across the Great
Hill & elsewhere in the north end.
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