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Central Park

New York


17 September 2007

Observers: F. Simpson




With a 10 hour stopover in New York, en route from Lima to London, I had to visit to Central Park in Manhattan. I was last here in October 2002 on a quiet autumn day. Today the Big Apple was like the summer day London never had this year. And the locals knew it too… it was thronged with people. Despite this there were many birds to be found. American Robins were everywhere (why did I take an overnight bus to Yorkshire for one earlier this year?) I was happy enough to complete my set of New World kingfishers with a Belted and another US hummer but it was also a good time for the fall migrants. I spent most of the day in the undergrowth so probably missed out on any raptors heading south. The only birders I met this time were at Belvedere Castle who were wondering whether a Solitary Sandpiper on the Turtle Pond (admittedly, viewed from above – not the best angle) was a Louisiana Waterthrush! I got there from JFK using the Skytrain ($5 Metrocard), the Long Island Rail Road ($6 return) to Penn Station followed by a big slow yellow taxi ($9)… probably quicker walking there! Didn’t have time too eat so had a 100 Grand bar, yum.




The List


Mallard  Anas platyrhyncos

Gadwall  Anas strepera

Solitary Sandpiper  Tringa solitaria

Mourning Dove  Zenaida macroura

Feral Pigeon  Columba livia

Chimney Swift  Chaetura pelagica

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  Archilochus colubris

Belted Kingfisher  Ceryle torquata

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  Sphyrapicus varius

Downy Woodpecker  Picoides pubescens

Eastern Wood Pewee  Contopus virens

Least Flycatcher  Empidonax minimus

Red-eyed Vireo  Vireo olivaceus

Warbling Vireo  Vireo gilvus

Blue Jay  Cyanocitta cristata

American Crow  Corvus brachyrhynchos

Tufted Titmouse  Baeolophus bicolor

Black-capped Chickadee  Poecile atricapilla

Red-breasted Nuthatch  Sitta canadensis

White-breasted Nuthatch  Sitta carolinensis

Carolina Wren  Thryothorus ludovicianus

House Wren  Troglodytes aedon

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  Regulus calendula

American Robin  Turdus migratorius

Wood Thrush  Hylocichla mustelina

Veery  Catharus fuscescens

Swainson's Thrush  Catharaus ustulatus

Gray-cheeked Thrush  Catharus minimus

Gray Catbird  Dumetella carolinensis

Brown Thrasher  Toxostoma rufum

European Starling  Sturnus vulgaris

Tennessee Warbler  Vermivora peregrina

Nashville Warbler  Vermivora ruficapilla

Yellow Warbler  Dendroica petechia

Chestnut-sided Warbler  Dendroica pensylvanica

Magnolia Warbler  Dendroica magnolia

Yellow-rumped Warbler  Dendroica coronata

Pine Warbler  Dendroica pinus

Blackpoll Warbler  Dendroica striata

Black-and-white Warbler  Mniotilta varia

Ovenbird  Seiurus aurocapillus

Northern Waterthrush  Seiurus noveboracensis

Connecticut Warbler  Oporornis agilis

Wilson's Warbler  Wilsonia pusilla

Northern Cardinal  Cardinalis cardinalis

White-throated Sparrow  Zonotrichia albicollis

Song Sparrow  Melospiza melodia

Brown-headed Cowbird  Molothrus ater

Red-winged Blackbird  Agelaius phoeniceus

Common Grackle  Quiscalus quiscula

House Finch  Carpodacus mexicanus

House Sparrow  Passer domesticus


Two more from the train:

Ring-billed Gull  Larus delawarensis

American Herring Gull   Larus smithsonianus






All photographs © 2007  F. S. Simpson

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