Date: 3/17/17 7:46 am
From: Thomas Fiore <tomfi2...>
Subject: [nysbirds-l] Central Park [plus], NYC 3/16, & 3/17
Friday, 17 March, 2017 - Happy Saint Patrick's Day -

A Wilson's Snipe was continuing -as of 8-9 a.m.- in the same area of
Central Park at the West 77th Street 'streamlet' (75 yards or so east
of the NE corner of that street & Central Park West. Some raptor &
vulture movement is also apparent from appropriate vantage points. A
first-year Red-headed Woodpecker continues, and now has attained
nearly-full adult-like plumage, with bright red on much of the head -
this woodpecker remains in areas within Central Park just west of East
68th Street.
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A Northern Goshawk continues today in Prospect Park, Brookyn [Kings
County] NYC, thanks to Rob Bate for his eBird reporting.

Thursday, 16 March, 2017 -
Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

Wilson's Snipe, seen in 2 locations - one, as kindly reported by
Anders Peltomaa in a good location (reasonable for the bird, as well
as for birders to see; a second snipe, although ''accessible'', would
have made for troubles for that other bird, as well as for delicate
habitat the second bird was in) - almost all observers (80++ , thru
the day, to sunset) at the West 77th Street 'streamlet' were behaving
with the best interests of the bird[s] in mind.

A Common Loon was again on the CP reservoir & also at the reservoir
had been Red-breasted Merganser, 140+ Northern Shovelers, & other
species as noted in a list, below.

As air temperatures rose above the freezing-mark, by mid-day, some of
the dozens-upon-dozens (-upon dozens-) of American Woodcock, present
in many corners, reported and unreported, thru the park [and in his
rather rare event in many smaller parks, as well] were able to begin
to feed, at least to some extent - the same of course true for many of
the other birds, foraging & finding what they could in the snow & ice
of the past few days here.

In addition, as seen & noted by many, a number of the woodcocks ( of
course, other birds ) were predated on by raptors - that's natural &
normal, even if the specific circumstances were rather 'abnormal' -
and a sight some observers may or may not have seen much in Central
Park many -or any- times previously.

The ''Woodstcock'' event, 'round the Ides of March 2017, is one that I
have not seen the likes of in now 20+ years around here - & possibly
surpassed the prior generation-ago ('spring', storm-related) event
[N.B., the far greater number of observers, & the use of 'social
media', & 'smart-phone' bird-alerts, in addition to creating a bit of
FOMO [''FOMO'': ],
and ''flash-mobs'', has brought far more reporting than was once
available] - but that can be a topic for a very long & possibly
acrimonious discussion, which I'm not interested in provoking just

American Woodcocks were found in a wide variety of locations again on
Thursday in Manhattan; in Central Park alone, probably more than 50
were remaining - alive - with an additional 15-20+ being observed
etiher taken by raptors, or having been seen with just parts of their
carcasses found - woodcock feathers were seen scattered to the winds
in many areas...

Also found in quite good numbers on Thursday in Manhattan were Fox
Sparrow, with as many as 40+ in Central, and 10+ in just the 108-118th
St. portion of Riverside Park, as well as some in Morningside, & some
other smaller parks.

A modestly annotated list for (just Central Park), on Thursday, 3/16 -
[I was out for 9+ hours, & saw many other birders thru the day]

Common Loon - 1, reservoir
Pied-billed Grebe - 2, reservoir
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron - 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron - 1
Turkey Vulture - several flyovers
Canada Goose
Wood Duck - several locations, Meer, The Pond, The Lake
American Wigeon - 1, female plumage, Meer
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail - 1, The Pond
Green-winged Teal - 2, The Lake
Ring-necked Duck - 2, Meer
Hooded Merganser - 8+, several locations, Meer, reservoir, etc.
Red-breasted Merganser - 1, female-type plumage, reservoir
Ruddy Duck
Bald Eagle - 1, flyover
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon - flyover
American Coot - 10+, a majority are on reservoir
Wilson's Snipe - 2
American Woodcock - 50+++
Ring-billed Gull - majority are on reservoir
[American] Herring Gull - majority are on reservoir
Great Black-backed Gull - majority are on reservoir
['feral'] Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-headed Woodpecker - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Yellow-shafted Flicker
Eastern Phoebe - 1
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Hermit Thrush - 1
American Robin - 150++
Gray Catbird - 1
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher - 4
European Starling
Eastern Towhee - 3
Field Sparrow - 1
[Red] Fox Sparrow - 40+
Song Sparrow - 60+
Swamp Sparrow - 4+
White-throated Sparrow - 300+
Dark-eyed Junco - 35+
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird - 5, several locations
Common Grackle - 450+
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability
and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends
otherwise." - Aldo Leopold (18871948), U.S. wildlife biologist,
conservationist, professor, author, best known for his book "A Sand
County Almanac" (1949), which has sold more than two million copies.
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good -and ethical- birding - and say NO to bullying,

Tom Fiore


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