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.