Here’s a special bonus two-trip entry, because my week has been insanely busy.

On Thursday, I went out to Prospect Park to clear my head before immersing myself in the kitchen. Initial disappointments, including a distinct lack of Pine Siskins at the Breeze Hill feeders and a falcon that flew overhead too rapidly to be positively id’d (based on size I suspect it may have been a Peregrine but can’t rule out a large female Merlin,) were swept away when I saw my life Red-necked Grebe on Prospect Lake. These grebes are rare but regular in the park and two individuals were seen this past spring, but I’m a little disappointed that no one else has reported this one. Nevertheless, it was a distinctive bird, with the silhouette, size, dark cap, and traces of red remaining in the plumage of the neck making for an id that I’m confident in. I also had a good mammal sighting in a melanistic squirrel.

Then I got back home to find that the stray cat we took in last month was delivering her kittens in the bathroom! Dinner, let alone posting my bird list, was necessarily somewhat delayed.

Rock Dove Columba livia
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Bufflehead Bucephela albeola
American Coot Fulica atra
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristic
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia alibicollis
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Falcon sp.
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Northern Shoveler Anas acuta
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisigena *LL
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Friday I stuck close to home, but this morning I went to Central Park with Todd. While he trained for the marathon, I did a little walking through the Ramble and the Shakespeare Garden. I didn’t get a long list, but I did pick up Rusty Blackbird which I was afraid by this time I might have missed for the year.

Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Tufted Titmouse Baeopholus bicolor
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicolla
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
Thrush sp?
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Northern Shoveler Anas acuta
Rock Dove Columba livia

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