Sunday, May 17, 2009

Finally some time in Central Park. Wednesday a common yellow throat, northern parula and a yellow rump by the lake.
Friday, yellow rump, female yellow throat, magnolia warbler, ovenbird, cedar wax wings, northern parula and chestnut-sided warbler in the Ramble. Baltimore Oriole on Falconer'sHill.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Work, weather and weariness have kept me from getting out in the field. Around the neighborhood sightings have been rare. A house finch across 1st Ave from St. Vartan's Park on Friday and a white throated sparrow inside the garden, a common yellow throat inside the fence at St. V's garden today. Otherwise, Robins, mourning doves, pigeons house sparrows and starlings. On Wednesday I was heartened to hear and then locate a cardinal as I sat in the 5th floor lunchroom at work.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Pretty slow bird weekend around the neighborhood. At St. Vartan's little park a few gray catbirds hopped around, along with American Robins, European Starlings and a white-throated sparrow. Mourning doves, house sparrows and rock pigeons as always.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The only bird photo I took yesterday, an Eastern Towhee in the Ramble. Much of what I saw yesterday are FOS, and here's the list from 4/29:
Of course, the ubiquitous gang:
House sparrows
Rock pigeons
European Starlings
Blue Jaws
Northern Cardinals
Canada geese
Then, in the Ramble and around the lake, brefly:
Eastern Towhee
Yellow rumps everywhere
Palm warbler (not FOS)
Black and white warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Hermit thrushes
Tree sparrow
White throated sparrows
Titmouse (heard only)
Red-bellied woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Common yellow throat warbler
Ruby Crowned Kinglet

I had only a biref time, but was energized and heartened by the sight and sound of these beautiful creatures. It's like running into old friends.

Friday, April 17, 2009

A hermit thrush in the little garden at St. Vartan's PArk on 1st Avenue between 35th an 36th.
It's been a bad week for birding. I burned my hand rather badly on Easter Sunday, and am missing the Spring migration. I managed to get to Central Park for a try at the yellow-throated warbler which has been around the model boat pond all week. The bird was not there when I was there; he has returned since, but I haven't. This litle thrush is the most exciting thing I've seen.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

In the East River near 53rd Brant below, and a gull on the esplanade in the 60s. As I can identify few gulls on working on this large gull, wanting to get it right. I think it's a glaucous gull.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Common Loon swimming in the East River. Earlier this week an American Black Duck.
I brought the spotting scope to the river today for the first time, and tried my hand digiscoping the Great Black-backed Gulls on U Thant Island, just south of Roosevelt Island. I have a lot of work to do on digiscoping.
Otherwise, one of the red-tails was overhead, around 38th and 3rd.Starlings, American Robin, house sparrows, pigeons, and other gulls, which I didn't bother to ID.

Monday, January 26, 2009

On the 14th or 15th a Red Tail (adult, as far as I could tell) landed on the fire escape about 20 yards from my window, at eye level. The bird was just there for a few seconds, while everything else scattered, then he took off as well. Great moment.

This AM, a chipping sparrow was in the space out back, mixing with the house sparrows. A mocking bird was in the shrubbery out front on Saturday, noonish. First ever for all these birds in my experience of the block.