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. 

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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

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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

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