Chipping Sparrows, North End

Lenore Swenson’s walk in the Central Park North End had 47 species including 8 warblers. Temperature was in the 70s with gusty winds that made it harder to discern bird movement.

The group was overdue at having its first official Chipping Sparrows of the season, which it finally had this morning in the Great Hill area.

Otherwise the species list is similar to what has been seen on the last few walks. A Northern Waterthrush appears to be lingering around the Loch, working the mud near the west-most wooden bridge. Red-tailed Hawks swooped low over the Loch and the Grassy Knoll. Cedar Waxwings were seen all over, eating berries. Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, and Magnolia are the most commonly-seen warblers. A male Scarlet Tanager perched atop a tree at the lower end of the Wildflower Meadow, where American Goldfinch were feeding.

A cold front passed through in the late afternoon, and the NW winds behind it may bring some new birds to the Park.