Date: 3/3/17 2:15 pm
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2...>
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC 3/3; & a thought on SI's YHBL's
It might be worth anyone who is checking out areas around Great Kills
Park on Staten Island (Richmond Co., part of NYC) for possible
lingering Yellow-headed Blackbirds to try at other sites in the
vicinity, as the flocks the Yellow-headeds (an adult male on Tuesday
2/28 - that bird was in a cowbird-icterid flock at Wolfe's Pond Park
when noticed, then the other individual in less-ostentatious color,
from Thursday 3/2 which was at Great Kills - there are other sites
within a short distance where icterids might be flocking, feeding or
roosting; there are in fact many such potential sites in the SE
portion of the island-borough-county alone, & far more sites around
the entire county!)

Of possible interest to some readers:

Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City
Friday, 3 March, 2017 -

A less-windy day after Thursday's 50-60mph gusts, but back to 'normal'
for early March, weather-wise, at least for this day - yet, with buds,
blooms and some small leaves appearing that would, in decades past,
suggest a mid-April day! But for birds, it is much the expected for
the date - and some of the same lingering species are still about -

Red-necked Grebe (this bird, on the CP reservoir, has been present for
some weeks since being released after rehabilitation with the Wild
Bird Fund on Manhattan's west side - it was present today, Friday on
the reservoir past mid-day, & a "report" from another water-body in
the park seems odd, since this grebe has not been seen in the multiple
this year - there have been Double-crested Cormorants in the lake &
elsewhere, & I have seen a few folks make an initial identification
error on a cormorant, wanting this grebe as the sighting; the RN Grebe
was photographed by several observers at the reservoir today, in
morning & afternoon hours - it continues to roam the entire reservoir,
sometimes very near shore and sometimes not near.)

Common Loon (on the reservoir for many days now, in non-breeding
plumage, as with the above grebe; this bird has often been hard to
spot as it may be in the central area of the reservoir, & can be
diving or simply keeping a lower profile at times)

Red-headed Woodpecker - a young bird gaining color by the week is
continuing in the area of the park just west of East 68 Street,
sometimes can be quite high in branches, & may or may not be that
active; patience is a virtue awaiting this bird to show itself. It is
sometimes rather aggressive with other nearby birds of various species.

Other birds include the reported release of 2 rehabbed American
Woodcock into the park's north end, on Thursday afternoon (3/2), these
also coming from the Wild Bird Fund of Manhattan's west side. There
have been some other & prior woodcocks in the park as well. Ongoing,
or passage-migrant birds this Friday include -

Pied-billed Grebe (2, still at reservoir)
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Hooded Merganser (few)
Ruddy Duck
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
[feral] Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Eastern Towhee
[red] Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Evening Grosbeak
House Sparrow

- - - - - -
“You’re on Earth. There’s no cure for that."
-'Endgame' - a 1957 Samuel Beckett play.

Thanks to all who are respectful of wildlife and other human beings,
Good -and ethical- birding,

Tom Fiore


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