Raptors Arrive!

Juvenile Broad-winged Hawk, Buteo platypterus,...

Broad-winged Hawk (juvenile)

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Cooper’s Hawk 

Lenore Swenson led today’s walk in the Central Park North End and had 44 species, including nine warblers. Weather was cool and dry again, near 60 at the start, with clear skies and northwest winds.

The group had two new raptors for the season: Broad-winged Hawk and Cooper’s Hawk. The latter is also a new bird for the year, bringing the year total to 145.

(Yesterday the Park had a massive raptor flight in the afternoon — over 700 Broad-winged Hawks were seen passing overhead. Surely some roosted in the Park overnight, and others came through today.)

Lenore also added Gadwall today, another new bird for the season.

Other highlights for the day are Philadelphia Vireo, Blackburnian Warbler (female), Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird, both male and female, at the Loch.