Mourning and Tennessee Warblers, Ramble


Lenore Swenson’s walk in the Central Park Ramble had 48 species including 7 warblers and 4 sparrows.

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Titmice, and both Kinglets continued to be abundant.


  • Wood Duck (3 at Upper Lobe)
  • Pied-billed Grebe (5 on reservoir)
  • Mourning Warbler (immature, north of Tupelo Meadow)
  • Tennessee Warbler (Triplets Bridge, on ground)
  • Black-capped Chickadee

Wilson’s Warbler, North End

Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla (male)

Wilson’s Warbler

Starr Saphir and Lenore Swenson’s walk in the Central Park North End had 35 species including nine warblers.

The walk began with Starr seeing the group’s first-of-season Nashville Warbler in the thicket just west of the Pond. This shy bird immediately took cover, but those who missed it should see more over the coming weeks. Elsewhere on the walk Starr heard a Yellow-rumped Warbler, also a first-of-season bird for the group.

On the way up the path to the Great Hill we heard and saw at least 20 Chimney Swifts overhead. We were also treated to views of lone American Kestrel at two points.

Storm Field, the fenced-in field on the SE side of the Great Hill, produced some good birds. Lenore found a Red-tailed Hawk perched in a tall oak tree. A Red-breasted Nuthatch called several times, yank-yank-yank. A Tennessee Warbler briefly perched for us. We heard the rattle of a Belted Kingfisher. We also got good views of a Wilson’s Warbler. These last two birds were first-of-season for us.

As dark clouds rolled in, birds became a bit harder to find. Still, our visit to the Loch brought us a Northern Waterthrush working the mud, and a Chestnut-sided Warbler in the trees.

Then we were hit with a brief but somewhat heavy shower, which, along with the darkening skies, all took as a signal that it was time to bring this walk to an end.

American Redstart continues to be the most frequently-seen warbler, but Common Yellowthroat is not too far behind, and becoming commoner.

Tennessee Warbler, Strawberry Fields

Tennessee Warbler (Vermivora peregrina) at Sav...

Tennessee Warbler

It was great to have Starr Saphir back and leading her walk on a sunny, 69-degree morning in the Central Park Ramble.  We had 45 species including 11 warblers, with these highlights: (* means new bird for the season)

  • Osprey* (flyover)
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee (north of Hernshead)
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Upper Lobe)
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • White-eyed Vireo* (heard from Maintenance Meadow, first-of-season for the Park)
  • Philadelphia Vireo (between Azalea and Maintenance Meadow)
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch (heard, near 80th and CPW)
  • Veery (Maintenance Meadow)
  • Swainson’s Thrush (Maintenance Meadow)
  • Worm-eating Warbler (Upper Lobe)
  • Tennessee Warbler* (Strawberry Fields, first-of-season for the Park)
  • Northern Parula* (female)
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler*
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak* (Oven, first-of-season for the Park)
Altogether we added 7 birds to the fall season list.
Activity was light at the start, but things really picked up when we hit some hot spots, which turned out to be the Upper Lobe, Maintenance Meadow, and the inner Ramble area just north of Azalea.
The Osprey was also a new bird for the group for the entire year.
The White-eyed Vireo that Starr heard was later sighted by other birders in Maintenance and reported online.

16 May 2012: Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Today’s walk in the Central Park Ramble produced 60 species of which 18 were warblers — a very good morning!

Overnight rain that ended briefly before the walk may have helped us see more birds by pushing back the feeding schedule. Humidity near 100%, no wind, and temperatures in the high 60s also made for great birding conditions.

Among the warblers, the most frequently-seen today were Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue, American Redstart, Magnolia,  Blackpoll, and Common Yellowthroat.

Early in the walk the Humming Tombstone area proved most productive, with the trees around it holding many Parulas and others.

As were exited the Ramble and walked up the paved path to to the Castle steps, Starr saw a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher being chased out of the tree on the west side of the path, a first-of-season bird.

Near the end of the walk all heard a Tennessee Warbler singing loudly and often in a tree near the Rustic Shelter. The dense leaf coverage made getting a glimpse of the bird extremely difficult.

It was another good day for hearing and seeing Baltimore Oriole, particularly females.

Highlights: (* means first-of-season)

  • Eastern Wood-Pewee (Humming Tombstone)
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher* (SW of Castle, Ramble border)
  • Eastern Kingbird (Turtle Pond)
  • Red-eyed Vireo (two good views in Ramble)
  • Cedar Waxwing (many in Maintenance Meadow and Azalea)
  • Tennessee Warbler (Rustic Shelter)
  • Nashville Warbler (Point)
  • Blackburnian Warbler (Humming Tombstone)
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler (SW of Castle, Ramble border)
  • Canada Warbler (east of Rustic Shelter)
  • Wilson’s Warbler (Upper Lobe)
  • Orchard Oriole (heard, NW of Hernshead)
  • Baltimore Oriole (many)