28 May 2012: Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

English: Acadian flycatcher in rain

Acadian Flycatcher

We had 40 bird species, including 4 warblers (American Restart, Blackpoll, Magnolia, and Common Yellowthroat), in the Central Park Ramble this morning.

The best bird of the day was a male Purple Finch first pointed out by group member Margo on the south shore of Turtle Pond and positively identified by Starr. (The male Purple finch has a triangular bill and no dark streaks on its breast.) The bird was very cooperative and gave us good views. It is a great sighting for two reasons: the species has been rarer than usual in Central Park this year, with only a five observations noted on eBird; and it is also quite late to be seeing one. It becomes bird #140 on our season list!

Though we had already heard Acadian Flycatcher sing very briefly two weeks ago, today we both heard it and saw it well, with four observations across the Ramble — an unusually large count for this bird.

Toward the end of the walk we saw a Turkey Vulture flying over the Lake. It is late to be seeing one of these.

Turkey Vulture flying in Miami, Florida, USA.

Turkey Vulture