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Results of the Fall Migration Walk

2019-10-13-13-28-49RESULTS OF THE 7TH ANNUAL STARR SAPHIR MEMORIAL FALL MIGRATION WALK

Sunday, October 13, 2019, was sunny, cool to start, later warming up to about 68 degrees, with a slight west breeze. Most leaves on the trees were still green and quite dense. For 6 hours 21 of us searched the north end of Central Park. We spent some time at the end of the walk looking for a Pin-tailed Whydah that had been reported for several days, but it was not seen on this day.

We ended with a total of 51 species of birds:
1. Canada Goose
2. Wood Duck
3. Northern Shoveler
4. Mallard
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Mourning Dove
7. Ring-billed Gull
8. Herring Gull
9. Cooper’s Hawk
10. Red-tailed Hawk
11. Red-bellied Woodpecker
12. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
13. Downy Woodpecker
14. Northern Flicker
15. Eastern Phoebe
16. Blue-headed Vireo
17. Blue Jay
18. American Crow
19. Brown Creeper
20. House Wren
21. Winter Wren
22. Carolina Wren
23. Golden-crowned Kinglet
24. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
25. American Robin
26. Hermit Thrush
27. Gray Catbird
28. Northern Mockingbird
29. European Starling
30. House Sparrow
31. House Finch
32. American Goldfinch
33. Eastern Towhee
34. Chipping Sparrow
35. Field Sparrow
36. Savannah Sparrow
37. Song Sparrow
38. Swamp Sparrow
39. White-throated Sparrow
40. Dark-eyed Junco
41. Brown-headed Cowbird
42. Common Grackle
43. Common Yellowthroat
44. American Redstart
45. Cape May Warbler
46. Northern Parula
47. Black-throated Blue Warbler
48. Palm Warbler
49. Yellow-rumped Warbler
50. Northern Cardinal
51. Indigo Bunting

MAMMALS
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk
Northern Raccoon
Norway Rat

HERP
Red-eared Slider

BUTTERFLIES
Cabbage White
Clouded Sulphur
Orange Sulphur
Painted Lady
Common Buckeye
Monarch

Lenore Swenson

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Results of Spring Migration Walk

RESULTS OF THE 7TH ANNUAL STARR SAPHIR MEMORIAL SPRING MIGRATION WALK

Friday, May 3, 2019, was cloudy and overcast for the 5 hours of our walk, but the rain held off. Temperatures were in the low 50’s with a light ENE breeze. A total of 26 of us rambled through the Ramble in Central Park, encountering other groups of birders.

We had a total of 66 birds, including 15 warblers:
1. Canada Goose
2. Mallard
3. Rock Pigeon
4. Mourning Dove
5. Chimney Swift
6. Herring Gull
7. Double-crested Cormorant
8. Black-crowned Night Heron
9. Red-tailed Hawk
10. Red-bellied Woodpecker
11. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
12. Downy Woodpecker
13. Northern Flicker
14. Great Crested Flycatcher
15. Least Flycatcher
16. White-eyed Vireo
17. Yellow-throated Vireo
18. Blue-headed Vireo
19. Warbling Vireo
20. Red-eyed Vireo (heard)
21. Blue Jay
22. Barn Swallow
23. Tufted Titmouse
24. Red-breasted Nuthatch
25. White-breasted Nuthatch
26. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
28. Veery
29. Swainson’s Thrush
30. Hermit Thrush
31. Wood Thrush
32. American Robin
33. Gray Catbird
34. European Starling
35. House Sparrow
36. House Finch
37. Purple Finch
38. Pine Siskin
39. American Goldfinch
40. Eastern Towhee
41. Chipping Sparrow
42. Swamp Sparrow
43. White-throated Sparrow
44. Baltimore Oriole
45. Red-winged Blackbird
46. Brown-headed Cowbird
47. Common Grackle
48. Ovenbird
49. Northern Waterthrush
50. Blue-winged Warbler (heard)
51. Black-and-white Warbler
52. Common Yellowthroat
53. Hooded Warbler
54. American Redstart
55. Northern Parula
56. Magnolia Warbler
57. Yellow Warbler
58. Chestnut-sided Warbler
59. Black-throated Blue Warbler
60. Yellow-rumped Warbler
61. Prairie Warbler
62. Black-throated Green Warbler
63. Scarlet Tanager
64. Northern Cardinal
65. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
66. Indigo Bunting

MAMMALS
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Red Bat (barely alive)

Lenore Swenson

Results of Fall Migration Walk

RESULTS OF THE 6TH ANNUAL STARR SAPHIR MEMORIAL FALL MIGRATION WALK

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, a typical early autumn day – cool, calm, with some clouds – greeted the 18 of us who gathered for the Walk. For nearly 6 hours we meandered through the north end of Central Park – the Pool, the Great Hill, the Loch/Ravine, the Wildflower Meadow, the Meer, and the Conservatory Garden.

We ended with a total of 59 species of birds:
1. Canada Goose
2. Wood Duck
3. Northern Shoveler
4. Gadwall
5. Mallard
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Mourning Dove
8. Chimney Swift
9. Herring Gull
10. Black-crowned Night Heron
11. Sharp-shinned Hawk
12. Red-tailed Hawk
13. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
14. Red-bellied Woodpecker
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. Northern Flicker
17. American Kestrel
18. Eastern Phoebe
19. Blue-headed Vireo
20. Blue Jay
21. American Crow
22. Black-capped Chickadee
23. Tufted Titmouse
24. Red-breasted Nuthatch
25. White-breasted Nuthatch
26. Brown Creeper
27. House Wren
28. Winter Wren
29. Golden-crowned Kinglet
30. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
31. Swainson’s Thrush
32. Hermit Thrush
33. American Robin
34. Gray Catbird
35. Northern Mockingbird
36. European Starling
37. Cedar Waxwing
38. House Finch
39. Purple Finch
40. American Goldfinch
41. Chipping Sparrow
42. Field Sparrow
43. Dark-eyed Junco
44. White-throated Sparrow
45. Song Sparrow
46. Swamp Sparrow
47. Eastern Towhee
48. Common Grackle
49. Black-and-white Warbler
50. Nashville Warbler
51. Common Yellowthroat
52. Magnolia Warbler
53. Bay-breasted Warbler
54. Blackpoll Warbler
55. Black-throated Blue Warbler
56. Palm Warbler
57. Yellow-rumped Warbler
58. Northern Cardinal
59. House Sparrow

MAMMALS:
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk
Norway Rat

HERP:
Red-eared Slider

BUTTERFLIES:
Cabbage White
Monarch

DRAGONFLY:
Wandering Glider

Lenore Swenson

Results of the 6th Annual Spring Walk

RESULTS OF THE 6TH ANNUAL STARR SAPHIR MEMORIAL SPRING MIGRATION WALK

Friday, May 4, 2018, was a beautiful day in Central Park’s Ramble, or as Starr would say “her office”. The day was mostly sunny with some periods of cloudiness, temperatures in the 70’s, and a light southwest breeze. About 35 people participated in the walk, which went on for 5 hours.

We had a total of 56 birds, including 20 warblers:
1. Canada Goose
2. Mallard
3. Rock Pigeon
4. Mourning Dove
5. Herring Gull
6. Double-crested Cormorant
7. Great Egret
8. Green Heron
9. Red-tailed Hawk
10. Red-bellied Woodpecker
11. Downy Woodpecker
12. Northern Flicker (h)
13. Blue-headed Vireo
14. Warbling Vireo
15. Blue Jay
16. White-breasted Nuthatch
17. House Wren
18. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
19. Veery
20. Hermit Thrush
21. Wood Thrush
22. American Robin
23. Gray Catbird
24. European Starling
25. House Sparrow
26. Eastern Towhee
27. Song Sparrow
28. Swamp Sparrow
29. White-throated Sparrow
30. White-crowned Sparrow
31. Baltimore Oriole
32. Red-winged Blackbird
33. Common Grackle
34. Ovenbird
35. Worm-eating Warbler
36. Northern Waterthrush
37. Black-and-white Warbler
38. Prothonotary Warbler
39. Nashville Warbler
40. Common Yellowthroat
41. Hooded Warbler
42. American Redstart
43. Cape May Warbler
44. Northern Parula
45. Magnolia Warbler
46. Bay-breasted Warbler
47. Yellow Warbler
48. Chestnut-sided Warbler
49. Blackpoll Warbler (h)
50. Black-throated Blue Warbler
51. Palm Warbler
52. Yellow-rumped Warbler
53. Black-throated Green Warbler
54. Northern Cardinal
55. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
56. Indigo Bunting

Lenore Swenson

Results of Starr Saphir Memorial Walk

Results of 5th Annual Starr Saphir Memorial Fall Migration Walk

On Sunday, October 15, 2017, twenty-two people gathered in the north end of Central Park for the walk. Skies were mainly overcast; the temperature hovered close to 70 degrees, and there was a light southwest wind. The walk lasted 4 hours. Birding was somewhat slow, with 44 species tallied.

1. Canada Goose
2. Gadwall
3. American Black Duck
4. Mallard
5. Northern Shoveler
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Mourning Dove
8. Chimney Swift
9. Herring Gull
10. Great Black-backed Gull
11. Great Blue Heron
12. Red-tailed Hawk
13. Red-bellied Woodpecker (h)
14. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. Northern Flicker
17. Peregrine Falcon
18. Eastern Wood-Pewee
19. Eastern Phoebe
20. Blue-headed Vireo
21. Blue Jay
22. American Crow
23. White-breasted Nuthatch
24. Winter Wren
25. Golden-crowned Kinglet
26. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
27. Hermit Thrush
28. American Robin
29. Gray Catbird (h)
30. Brown Thrasher
31. Northern Mockingbird
32. European Starling
33. House Sparrow
34. House Finch
35. Northern Waterthrush
36. Cape May Warbler
37. Palm Warbler
38. Chipping Sparrow
39. White-throated Sparrow
40. Dark-eyed Junco
41. Scarlet Tanager
42. Northern Cardinal
43. Common Grackle
44. Brown-headed Cowbird

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Chipmunk
Northern Raccoon
Butterflies:
Cabbage White
Painted Lady
Monarch

Walk leader, Lenore Swenson