Pine Warbler, North End

Pine Warbler, male

Pine Warbler, male (Photo credit: Vicki’s Nature)

Lenore Swenson’s walk in the Central Park North End had 46 species of which 9 were warblers. It was an overcast morning in the low 60s after the passage of a cold front the prior evening with light NW winds overnight, during which moderate overnight migration had been observed.

Pine Warbler (both male and female) was a new species for the season. Though generally the first warbler to arrive in Central Park during spring migration, it is one of the last ones to pass through in the fall. As its name implies, this seed-eater prefers pine trees and is not usually found elsewhere.

Northern Shoveler on the Meer was also new for the season. These wide-billed dabbling ducks will be in the Park until late spring.

Other notable birds seen today were: Yellow-rumped Warbler near the beginning of its fall passage; Belted Kingfisher, an infrequently-seen species that visits the Pool and Loch; and Red-tailed Hawk — the group got to watch the hawk eat a pigeon near the Compost Heap west of the Conservatory Garden.

A rare Grasshopper Sparrow (immature) was reported early in the morning at the SE side of the Compost Heap area near the Conservatory Garden fence. Lenore brought the group to this spot later but could not relocate the bird. It was seen later in the day at various points along the southern boundary of the compost area, ranging as far west as near the East Drive.