Results of 4th Annual Starr Saphir Memorial Spring Migration Walk


From left to right: Sandra Paci, Jeffrey Kimball, Lenore Swenson, and Tom Ahlf.

The weather forecast for steady rain all morning (May 6th) would seem to certainly put a damper on doing the walk. However, the four of us who showed up at 7:30 a.m. in light rain decided to give it a try. The light rain alternated with periods of soaking rain as we roamed the Central Park Ramble in search of birds until 11:00 a.m. Huddling under the Ladies Pavilion at Hernshead brought back memories of doing so on several of Starr’s trips, and of her saying: “You don’t get any wetter after the first 10 minutes!”

Despite the rain and dim light, we managed to get 46 species:

1. Canada Goose
2. Wood Duck
3. Gadwall
4. Mallard
5. Double-crested Cormorant
6. Great Egret
7. Black-crowned Night Heron
8. Red-tailed Hawk
9. Spotted Sandpiper
10. Ring-billed Gull
11. Herring Gull
12. Rock Pigeon
13. Mourning Dove
14. Red-bellied Woodpecker
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. Blue-headed Vireo
17. Warbling Vireo (h)
18. Blue Jay
19. Black-capped Chickadee
20. Tufted Titmouse
21. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
22. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
23. Veery
24. Hermit Thrush
25. Wood Thrush
26. American Robin
27. Gray Catbird
28. European Starling
29. Ovenbird
30. Northern Waterthrush
31. Black-and-white Warbler
32. American Redstart
33. Northern Parula
34. Yellow Warbler
35. Palm Warbler
36. Yellow-rumped Warbler
37. Eastern Towhee (h)
38. Song Sparrow
39. Swamp Sparrow
40. White-throated Sparrow
41. Northern Cardinal
42. Red-winged Blackbird
43. Common Grackle
44. Brown-headed Cowbird
45. Baltimore Oriole (h)
46. House Sparrow

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Red-eared Slider

Lenore Swenson