Central Park, NYC Monday, November 20, 2017 OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, m.ob.
Highlights: A cool blustery day with snow flurries this morning at 7am. Notable birds: a male Northern Pintail at Bow Bridge with a flock of Mallards, a Merlin also at Bow Bridge, an increase in the number of Fox Sparrows, and a very late House Wren in Strawberry Fields. Canada Goose - around a dozen Turtle Pond Wood Duck - 2 males Reservoir Northern Shoveler - 35-40 Reservoir, 1 on the Lake Mallard - 60+ Northern Pintail - Bow Bridge Hooded Merganser - 3 (2 males, 1 female) Turtle Pond Ruddy Duck - 75 Reservoir Pied-billed Grebe - Reservoir Mourning Dove - 11 (Ramble & Strawberry Fields under holly) Ring-billed & Herring Gulls - around 200 Reservoir & flyover Herring Gulls Cooper's Hawk - flyover juvenile Great Lawn Red-tailed Hawk - 4 (3 adult, 1 juvenile) Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3 or 4 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 5 Downy Woodpecker - pair Tupelo Field Northern Flicker - Sparrow Rock Merlin - male Bow Bridge (Bob - early) Blue Jay - not many American Crow - flyover flock of 8 Tufted Titmouse - 2 south of Evodia Field feeders White-breasted Nuthatch - 3 Brown Creeper - 2 Ramble House Wren - Strawberry Fields, a very late date for the species (Bob - early) Golden-crowned Kinglet - 3 (Pinetum, Upper Lobe, Maintenance Field) Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 2 at 2 locations in the Ramble Hermit Thrush - 2 (Locust Grove & Turtle Pond Dock) American Robin - higher numbers today, some eating holly berries in Strawberry Fields, a few southbound migrants Gray Catbird - Turtle Pond Dock Northern Mockingbird - in crab apple at Sparrow Rock American Goldfinch - north side of Bow Bridge migrating flock of 8-10 Fox Sparrow - 6 Song Sparrow - 2 White-throated Sparrow - 60 to 80 many on the west side of the Great Lawn Dark-eyed Junco - fewer than yesterday - around 100 Red-winged Blackbird - male Summer House Meadow, flyover flock of 25 migrants common Grackle - southbound flock and 15 local birds Northern Cardinal - at least 6 Carl Howard reported a Great Blue Heron at the Upper Lobe. We received a report of a late season first-year Tree Swallow foraging at the Meer today from Peter LeTourneau early this afternoon. Follow us on twitter @BirdingBob & @DAllenNYC. Deb Allen www.birdingbob.com (free weekly email newsletter available) -- 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://email@example.com/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/ --