Today’s walk in the North End of Central Park produced 50 species, including 11 warblers. Starr and Lenore were unable to make it today, so Alex Hale, a dedicated young birder whose life list will soon total 600 species, led the walk.
Highlights: (* = new bird for the season)
- Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
- Great Crested Flycatcher (at least 9, an unusually high total)
- Red-breasted Nuthatch
- Swainson’s Thrush* (first fall report for Central Park)
- Orange-crowned Warbler*
- Kentucky Warbler* (male, west end of Loch)
- Black-throated Green Warbler* (first fall report for Central Park)
- Scarlet Tanager* (first fall report for Central Park)
The best bird of the day is without question the Kentucky Warbler, which Starr also had on the spring walks, and which has shown up in Central Park much more often than usual this year. Historically, it has been “very rare” for the Park, a bird not seen every migration season or even every year.
The Orange-crowned Warbler is also a great sighting. Last year this bird was easier to get after the migration seasons than during them, as some were noted in Central Park beginning in early November and continuing through December. Swindler Cove Park had one that stayed into early January.