Date: 3/6/17 10:09 am From: Deborah Allen <dallenyc...> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Central Park, NYC & Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx - Sunday March 5, 2017
Central Park, NYC Sunday March 5, 2017 Robert DeCandido, PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob. on bird walk starting from the Boathouse at 9:30am
Highlights on a windy & cold day: Central Park:Red-headed Woodpecker, Fox Sparrows, and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.
Central Park notes include a brief walk along the south end of the Reservoir before the walk (DA).
Canada Goose - Reservoir & Lake American Black Duck - 2 Reservoir Mallard - 55+ Reservoir Northern Shoveler - at least 60 Lake Bufflehead - 3 Reservoir Ruddy Duck - around 60 SW Reservoir Mourning Dove - a few under feeders Herring Gull - 2 Reservoir (no other gulls observed there at 8am) Cooper's Hawk - immature male Red-tailed Hawk - 2 (Pine Hill & feeders) Red-headed Woodpecker - first-winter bird continues at the Dene (inside the park at about E. 68th Street) Red-bellied Woodpecker - residents Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 4 at 3 locations Downy Woodpecker - stealing some sap Blue Jay - many Black-capped Chickadee - several Tufted Titmouse - 24 Red-breasted Nuthatch White-breasted Nuthatch - feeders & elsewhere Brown Creeper - east side of Belvedere Castle (Bruno Boni) American Robin - small numbers House Finch - at least 6 feeders American Goldfinch - 2 Fox Sparrow - 3 south of Azalea Pond Song Sparrow - 2 (one singing at Bow Bridge) White-throated Sparrow - many Northern Cardinal - residents Common Grackle - at least 70 Shakespeare Garden
On Saturday (March 4th) a Long-eared Owl reported on ebird.org by David Barrett was seen by many observers in Central Park. One of the birds that came in to mob the owl was a nice surprise, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. (Golden- and Ruby-crowned Kinglets over-winter in Central Park in very small numbers).
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx Sunday March 5, 2017 Robert DeCandid, PhD, Deborah Allen, m.ob. on bird walk starting at 6:30 pm.
Three Eastern Screech-Owls were present in two different parts of the park Sunday evening, one of these heard-only, the other two birds were both gray-morphs that perched close together. We did not see the red-morph owl that we found on our last visit two weeks ago.
Numbers of Canada Geese on the Parade Ground have dropped-off dramatically.