Philadelphia Vireo, North End

Vireo philadelphicus Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo (Photo credit: davidhofmann08)

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

We birded Central Park’s North End on another pleasant morning that started out in the high 60s and warmed quickly. We had 33 species (so 33 is our base number for the North End) including 5 warblers and 3 flycatchers, with these highlights: (* means new bird for the season)

  • Eastern Wood-Pewee (The Pool)
  • Least Flycatcher* (The Pool)
  • Eastern Kingbird* (The Pool)
  • Philadelphia Vireo* (Great Hill above NE side of Pool)
  • Black-capped Chickadee* (The Pool)
  • Carolina Wren (Great Hill)
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch (The Pool)
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher* (The Loch)
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler (The Loch)

The Philadelphia Vireo is the first such report of the fall season in Manhattan. This one had a bright yellow throat and breast, leaving no question as to its identity.

It is good to see another Red-breasted Nuthatch, a species that has been almost entirely absent from Central Park since spring 2011.

In the winters of 2011 and earlier, the Black-capped Chickadee was a very common bird that you could count on seeing at the Evodia Field feeders in good numbers. It was observed in the Park this last spring, but much less frequently. Since this is our first sighting of the fall season, we are making it a highlight bird. Perhaps we will see more of it this season.

At the rest stop we heard a singing Carolina Wren. I went west from the Great Hill restroom area to investigate and soon sighted it. The group eventually got good views of it. (It looked very drab and worn). The Carolina Wren is by no means a rare bird for Central Park. It can be found in the Park year-round. Though never present in great numbers — I generally observe only one or two in a full walk of the Park — its piercing, musical song is very loud, particularly for a small bird, so it can be heard from far away. I am always glad to see or hear one.