Friday, June 22, 2007

Central Park NY 16 Jun 2007

A recovery day. Jamaica Bay sounds like the best spot within reach, but the website has more insect warnings than bird details so I decided to stick to Central Park.

First widely recommended area is the Ramble just beyond the BoatHouse. The trees are tall so to avoid 'jungle neck' finding a high exposed rock seemed a good plan. American Robins everywhere, plus cOmmon Grackles, Starlings and Sparrows, Red Winged Blackbird. After waiting ages I began to see other things. An all-red bird went past: SUMMER TANAGER? Plus a silver grey silent leaf-exploring bird nyi. And high up up yellow tailed bird glimpsed. Walking on I found a woodpecker the size of a sparrow...DOWNY WOODPECKER. A large woodpecker glimpsed too.

On the Western Edge around 73rd street lots of screeching alerted me to a tree housing a family of BLUE JAYS teaching their young to fly.

Walked on to Harlem Pond. Gadwall and a BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON.

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