Blue Grosbeak, Maintenance Meadow

English: Female Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caeru...

Blue Grosbeak

Lenore Swenson’s walk in the Central Park Ramble had 51 total species. Temperatures were around 46 at the start after a night of light NW winds.

The group responded to a 10:36 AM NYNYBIRD text alert  of a Blue Grosbeak perched in a crab-apple tree just west of the Maintenance Meadow lawn. The cooperative bird remained there and gave good, close looks to all.

The Blue Grosbeak is a very rare and a worthy sighting anywhere in the New York area. There are only two other reports this season of it in Central Park. This is a new bird for the season for the group. Starr had one in the North End in the spring.

Other highlights from the Ramble:

  • Gadwall (Turtle Pond)
  • Osprey (flyover)
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (15+, seen everywhere)
  • Eastern Phoebe (5+)
  • Red-eyed Vireo (Maintenance Meadow)
  • Black-capped Chickadee (several)
  • White-breasted Nuthatch (5)
  • Carolina Wren
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Swainson’s Thrush (just one — large numbers departed)
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Cedar Waxwing (in fruiting trees all over)
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Palm Warbler (seen frequently)
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (abundant)
  • Eastern Towhee (heard and seen frequently)
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • [Field Sparrow (Sparrow Rock — not an official bird; I had it after the walk)]
  • Purple Finch (several, east side of Maintenance)
  • American Goldfinch

We also had Canada Goose on the Lake, not at all an uncommon sighting! And though we may have seen these birds in prior fall walks, they did not make it onto the fall list. So I am adding them today.

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