“The Central Park Effect” Comes to the Theater, Amazon, and Netflix

I just received a press release with the news about Jeffrey Kimball’s documentary focusing on Starr Saphir and Central Park birding. You will soon be able to see the film in a Manhattan theater, or order the DVD online.

Birders: The Central Park Effect is opening Friday, Jan 18th at the Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St. New York City

Showings are twice daily at 3 PM and 7 PM from Jan 18th through Jan 24th.  For more information and to buy tickets: Cinema Village

The DVD will be available on January 22nd, from Amazon, Netflix and other outlets. More information is available at www.centralparkbirdfilm.com.

New York Times Feature on “Birders: The Central Park Effect”

“Birders: The Central Park Effect” will premiere on HBO this coming Monday, 16 July 2012. Elizabeth Jensen of the New York Times wrote the feature article “Film Subjects That Keep Flying Away” on the documentary and its director, Jeffrey Kimball, that mentions Starr Saphir and also includes a photo of her along with Mr. Kimball and other birders appearing in the film.

When you watch the documentary you will appreciate the painstaking care that went into getting excellent video images of the birds, the difficulties of which are discussed in the above article. Altogether 117 species appear in the film and the credits list them in order of appearance. You may enjoy the identification challenge the film provides as many of the birds appear without being explicitly named in the dialogue. Those of you who bird by ear will not be disappointed: the soundtrack comes alive with calls and songs.

30 May 2012: Last Spring Walk

This morning was humid but cooler than yesterday with overcast skies, which made for much more pleasant birding. Starr had a good turnout for her last walk of the spring, in the Central Park Ramble. We had 40 bird species including four warblers (Blackpoll, Chestnut-sided, Wilson’s, and Common Yellowthroat).

Joining us today was Jeffrey Kimball, the producer/director of the upcoming HBO film The Central Park Effect, which prominently features Starr Saphir. Jeffrey is a knowledgeable birder himself and he pointed out a number of birds for the group.

As we stood on the rocks at Hernshead I noted a distant male Wood Duck (presumably the same one that has been hanging around this area lately) near the rock on the opposite shore of the Lake. Almost on cue, this duck began paddling directly toward our group. It came right up to us. It probably has come to expect handouts from large groups, but we were not about to break Park regulations by offering it snacks better suited to humans.

We were glad to hear and then get good looks at another Acadian Flycatcher, which appeared in the Ramble just south of the steps to the Castle. We also saw a Great Crested Flycatcher in the same area. Along with the many Easter Wood-Pewees that we heard and a couple of Eastern Kingbirds, we had a four-flycatcher morning.

The first tree you see upon exiting the Ramble on the steps up to the Castle, on the SW edge of the Castle plaza, once again produced some good birds today: a Chestnut-sided Warbler and singing Wilson’s Warbler.

Our walk ended in Strawberry Fields.

Even though the walks are over until late August (see the home page for Starr’s fall schedule), this blog will continue. Starr will be coming out with some comments on the season, and she also plans to write about her birding travels, the first of which will be a short trip upstate probably within the next week. I may continue to do some writing, too. So please keep visiting the site!


David Barrett