Rose-breasted Grosbeak, North End

Lenore Swenson’s walk in the Central Park North End had 49 species, including 10 warblers. It was a humid, calm, overcast morning around 68 degrees with low clouds and the threat of rain, which did end up arriving by 11:45, but not before everyone got to see a great many birds.

Though there were no new species for the season, there was a good variety of the expected species for this time of year, particularly in the Loch and the Wildflower Meadow. Lenore found a pair of male Rose-breasted Grosbeak that afforded a great view across the Loch. A flock of mostly juvenile Cedar Waxwing in the same area provided all with close looks, as did a Northern Waterthrush at the west end of the Loch.

Those who stayed on the walk until the end were treated to a pair of juvenile Red-tailed Hawks perching in trees adjacent to the Meer.

Here is a list from my own eBird report for the walk. A few of the birds did not become official (meaning seen by the walk leader, Lenore), and I have noted those. Generally I only report the “highlights” list here, which has the more uncommon or sought-after species. But I thought you might enjoy seeing the complete list.

  • Gadwall
  • Mallard
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Herring Gull
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Chimney Swift
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • House Wren
  • Carolina Wren
  • Swainson’s Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • American Redstart
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • [Ovenbird] (not official, but seen briefly in the Loch)
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Northern Parula
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • [Chipping Sparrow] (not an official bird for the walk, but there was a flock of four at the SE corner of the compost heap)
  • Song Sparrow (seen on the Loch, Wildflower Meadow, and the SE corner of the Meer)
  • Swamp Sparrow (west end of Loch)
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2, Loch)
  • Indigo Bunting (Loch)
  • Common Grackle
  • House Finch
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow