September 2007


And once again, more winter residents than migrants, although there were a relatively large number of American Redstarts and I got a very nice look at a fully winterized Scarlet Tanager.

The noteworthy bird of the day was definitely the Brown Creeper… Creepers, actually, since there were two of them chasing each other around the trunk of a tree. Evidence of breeding success? At any rate, this puts the former nemesis bird on my NYS list, bringing it to a nice round 200.

Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
Rock Dove Columba livia
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorx auritus
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Brown Creeper Certhia americana
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottus
Gadwall Anas strepera

My most annoying misses were Red-breasted Nuthatch and Solitary Sandpiper, both of which have been reported in the park this week and both of which I need for my year list.

So, hoping that the cold front would carry some groovy migrants, I got up bright and early this morning and headed for Central Park.

Apparently there was some hardcore migrant action at the north end of Central Park today, including a Clay-colored Sparrow. But me, I went to the Ramble. Oh well. The Bay-breasted Warbler was a year bird, anyway.

American Robin Turdus migratorious
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Common Grackle Quicalus quiscula
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Grey Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicola
Bay-breasted Warbler Dendroica castanea
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens

The Downy Woodpecker was pecking on a locust seedpod. It was kind of amusing to see a bird as long as my hand picking at a seedpod that evolved to be eaten by mammoths.

I got up a little late this morning, and then the trains really screwed me over; as a result, I only had about 45 minutes to bird in Central Park. Given that, I had a pretty good trip:

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
American Robin Turdus migratorious
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Rock Dove Columba livia
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustulatus
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Common Grackle Quicalus quiscula
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus *LL

The Carolina Wren was especially nice; I had already turned back and left the Ramble, reluctantly conceding that my need to get to work was more critical than my need to chase the Red-breasted Nuthatch or the Blue-gray Gnatcatchers that were reported recently, and as I walked through the flower gardens near the marionette theater it gave me two good, long looks and totally revised my opinion of the day.

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