Central Park NYC Saturday, May 12, 2018 OBS: Robert DeCandido, PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob.
This Morning's Highlights (starting at 6:30am): Continuing first-spring (second-year) male Kirtland's Warbler 1st NY County and 3rd NY State Record (pending acceptance by the New York State Avian Records Committee) & 20 other Wood Warbler Species. After examining photos taken this morning, I was able to determine the age and sex of the Kirtland's Warbler. The bird has worn brown primary coverts with narrow pale edges that contrast with the fresher greater coverts (lower wing bars) an indication of a second-year (first-spring) bird. Seen from below its (his) outer rectrices (tail feathers) are the rounded feathers of a second-year (first-spring) bird rather than the truncate feathers of an after-hatch-year (adult) bird. This young male lacks the dark lores and deep yellow throat and breast of an adult male bird. For these and other plumage criteria see Pyle, Peter.1997. Identification Guide to North American Birds. Part 1. Slate Creek Press. Bolinas, California. -- Canada Goose - residents Wood Duck - male Reservoir Gadwall - pair Reservoir Mallard - residents Ruddy Duck - 2 Reservoir Mourning Dove - 6 Common Nighthawk - flyover female 7:52am (Deb, spotted by one of the m.ob. at Kirtland's Warbler) Chimney Swift - 15 over Reservoir early morning Ruby-throated Hummingbird - male Warbler Rock American Coot - Reservoir Spotted Sandpiper - Reservoir Herring Gull - low numbers on Reservoir Great Black-backed Gull - low numbers on Reservoir Double-crested Cormorant - at least 10 Reservoir Red-bellied Woodpecker - residents Downy Woodpecker - residents Northern Flicker - residents Great Crested Flycatcher - 6 Eastern Kingbird - 2 Turtle Pond White-eyed Vireo - between Summer House and Warbler Rock in Ramble Warbling Vireo - pairs with singing males (no nest-building yet) Red-eyed Vireo - 5 Blue Jay - residents Barn Swallow - 20 Reservoir Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Balancing Rock/Captain's Bench Veery - 3 Swainson's Thrush - 60 Wood Thrush - Gill Overlook American Robin - residents Gray Catbird - pairs (a bird in Shakespeare Garden collecting bark strips from a woody vine (Signe Hammer & Deb) Cedar Waxwing - flock of 8 Upper Lobe (NW part of the Lake) House Finch - 4 White-throated Sparrow - 2 in Ramble Baltimore Oriole - 4 pairs Red-winged Blackbird - 2 or 3 Turtle Pond Common Grackle - 7 Ovenbird - 10+ Ramble Northern Waterthrush - 4 Black-and-white Warbler - 20 Nashville Warbler - 2 (Shakespeare Garden & Warbler Rock) Common Yellowthroat - 10 American Redstart - 8 (5 males, 3 females) Kirtland's Warbler - first-spring male continued in the area of the West Drive at around 91st Street Cape May Warbler - 2 Summit Rock Northern Parula - 20 (5 males, 15 females) Magnolia Warbler - 8 Bay-breasted Warbler - 3 (2 west of Reservoir, 1 Shakespeare Garden) Blackburnian Warbler - at least 3 Yellow Warbler - 5 Chestnut-sided Warbler - 12 Blackpoll Warbler - 7 (5 males, 2 females) Black-throated Blue Warbler - 6 (4 males, 2 females) Yellow-rumped Warbler - 9 or 10 Prairie Warbler - 2 (Oak Bridge & the Point) Black-throated Green Warbler - 3 Canada Warbler - 3 male (1 Warbler Rock, 2 at the Point) Wilson's Warbler - 10 male (6 of these at the Point) Scarlet Tanager - 4 (2 males & 1 female west of Reservoir, 1 male at the Oven) Northern Cardinal - residents Rose-breasted Grosbeak - singing male west side of Reservoir - early morning -- A Few of the Many Central Park Bird Reports from Today on Twitter: Emilie Storrs @RichTapestry tweeted a Prothonotary Warbler not far south of the Kirtland's Warbler location. The Prothonotary continued & was later tweeted by Martin Sandler @MISESQ. Peter Reisfeld @warblerwave tweeted a Hooded Warbler at the Pinetum. Gus Keri reported a Solitary Sandpiper at the Pond via @BirdCentralPark. Mary Beth Kooper @imarybeth tweeted a Savannah Sparrow east of the Pinetum. See @BirdCentralPark #birdcp maintained by David Barrett for up-to-the-minute updates on NY County birds. Deb Allen Follow us on twitter @BirdingBobNYC & @DAllenNYC -- 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/ --