Cape May Warbler, Pinetum

English: Cape May warbler

Lenore Swenson’s walk in the Central Park Ramble and Pinetum had 52 species including 7 warblers and 6 sparrows. It was a calm, sunny morning with a temperature in the high 50s.

Lenore proceeded directly to the Pinetum to search for Cape May Warblers, which had been reported there the prior three days. The first pass yielded plenty of the usual suspects and a brief glimpse at a possible Cape May, but nothing satisfying for the group. Activity was at least 50 feet high in the tree and prolonged scanning was difficult because it required looking almost directly up.

So we took a break from the search. We went to the Reservoir and saw some Ruddy Ducks and the usual gulls.

On the way back we gave the Cape May one more try and this time — success! The bird was seen by most of the group flying near the top of the tree displaying its yellow front with dark streaks. It is a new bird for the fall season.

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Hermit Thrush continued to be very abundant.

Other highlights:

  • Wood Duck (at least two at the Upper Lobe)
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • MOURNING WARBLER (continuing in fenced-in area north of Tupelo Meadow)
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Purple Finch
  • American Goldfinch

[Birding away from the group, I had Pine Siskin and Field Sparrow in the Falconer’s Hill area.]