Pied-billed Grebe, Turtle Pond

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), Lake ...

Pied-billed Grebe

Lenore Swenson led today’s walk in the Central Park Ramble, tallying 41 species including 12 warblers.

Highlights include a female Blackburnian Warbler; an Ovenbird; the continuing Eastern Whip-poor-will in its usual resting spot above the source of the Gill; and plenty of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Brown Thrashers could be heard and seen often today.

A special highlight was seeing a Pied-billed Grebe on Turtle Pond, a new bird for both the season and the year for the group (#149). This species is seen consistently, though in small numbers (generally one to four), on the Reservoir during late fall and winter. I don’t recall ever having seen one on Turtle Pond.

A text alert at 7:15 AM from Peter Scully announced a female Golden-winged Warbler at the North End of Strawberry Fields. I was on the scene by 7:35 but did not see it — nor did anyone else. Lenore brought the group by a bit later but the Golden-winged Warbler did not reappear.

It was not until 4:05 PM that another birder reported seeing it. I ran over, searched the area, waited, and searched some more. Finally at 6pm it made a very brief appearance above the path going along the eastern edge of Strawberry. Most of the ten or so birders present (and I) got to see it. Of course we cannot count it as a bird for the group, but it is very rare for Central Park — seen generally only once or twice per year — so worth mentioning. And there is the chance it will be around in the morning.