White-crowned Sparrow, Great Hill


English: White-Crowned Sparrow / (Zonotrichia ...

White-Crowned Sparrow

Lenore Swenson’s walk in the Central Park North End had 47 species, including 7 warblers and 7 sparrows. It was an overcast morning in the mid-50s with occasional very light sprinkles falling.

With the bulk of warbler migration already having taken place, the focus is shifting toward later-migrating fall birds. The North End is noted for producing of the best sparrow-watching in the Park, and some of the rarest finds.

Today Lenore found White-crowned Sparrow on the Great Hill, which is a new species for the group both for the season and for the year (#151). She also had Swamp Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and Chipping Sparrow.

Merlin, seen flying around Storm Field, was another new species for the fall. The group also saw Cooper’s Hawk, a recent arrival that is now making its presence felt in the Park.

Other good birds seen today: Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher (in the Loch) and Black-capped Chickadee.

19 May 2012: Summer Tanager, Great Blue Heron

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)

Summer Tanager

A Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), taken in ...

Great Blue Heron

Bird migration comes in waves, and though today was a slow day in the Central Park North End, we expect much better days to come. Starr had 42 species including 8 warblers today.

The best bird of the day was seen just as the walk was beginning, on the south slope of the Great Hill in the trees just north of the 103rd Street path and just west of the east path going up from the Pool, a male Summer Tanager.

Baltimore Orioles were abundant again today around the Great Hill, and with clear skies and sunshine we had many great views of vibrant, orange males.

We also got to see Mallard ducklings again, both at the Pool and at the Meer. The latter location also had a Great Blue Heron wading by the island.


  • Great Blue Heron (island on Meer)
  • Peregrine Falcon (flyover, Loch)
  • Summer Tanager (south of Great Hill)
  • Scarlet Tanager (heard, Loch)
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak (heard, North Woods)