I picked up a handful of birds on my trip home (notably Wild Turkey) and my Saturday visit to the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx (notably Northern Goshawk) but today was my first dedicated birding trip of 2008, a pleasant pre-work hour in Central Park. It’s unseasonably warm today, but the birds in evidence were mostly the usual suspects:

Rock Dove Columba livia
Common (European) Starling Sturnus vulgaris
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
American Robin Turdus migratorius
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristic
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

There were two Red-tailed Hawks, actually. The one I saw better was an immature bird, which was being watched from a distance by an adult and from rather closer range by a mob of very angry Blue Jays. It looked very harassed.

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