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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