Starr’s fall season got off to a great start this morning in the Central Park Ramble. The weather was perfect: high 60’s temperature, some sunshine, no wind. And there were more birds than one might have expected.
We had 40 bird species (so 40 becomes our base number for the Ramble) including 7 warblers and 4 flycatchers, with these highlights:
- Great Blue Heron (flyover)
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Tupelo Meadow and Azalea)
- Eastern Wood-Pewee (Gill)
- Acadian Flycatcher (Azalea Pond)
- Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Turtle Pond)
- Great Crested Flycatcher (Maintenance Meadow)
- Red-breasted Nuthatch (heard, Turtle Pond)
- Wood Thrush (Maintenance Meadow)
- Veery (Azalea Pond)
- Chestnut-sided Warbler (Gill)
- Black-and-white Warbler (5+)
- American Redstart (10+)
- Common Yellowthroat (Bank Rock Bridge)
- Northern Waterthrush (Triplets Bridge)
- Ovenbird (Triplets Bridge)
- Canada Warbler (4)
The Red-breasted Nuthatch was a new species for the group for the entire year. It has been extremely rare lately. There are no prior eBird reports of it in Manhattan this year, though the ebirdsnyc group on Yahoo has two: one in June and one at the same location yesterday.
The Great Crested Flycatcher is the first one reported in Central Park this fall.
The complete list of birds observed today, which can also be seen through the tab at the top of the page for the 2012 Fall Bird List, is:
|2||Great Blue Heron|
|14||Great Crested Flycatcher|