23 September 2010

September in Central Park, New York City

I was lucky enough to get a layover in Manhattan on EK 201 before it goes to the A-380 at the end of October. This is probably my favourite city on the Emirates worldwide network, so I was really looking forward to this.
Excitement started already approaching JFK on September 22nd, with Prez Obama himself scheduled to land in his Air Force One around the same time we were scheduled in.
Luckily we did not get delayed, and The Man himself touched down 10 minutes after us:

Air Force One on approach to rwy 31L
On short final
We have touchdown
Nice paint-job



I woke up early (as usual in New York) on Sept 23rd, blue skies and already 20ºC (69ºF) outside. Ditching the sweater for a T-shirt, expecting to see 30ºC (86ºF) by noon as promised by the meteorologists, I walked towards Central Park and The Rambles.
Birds were around, but apparently in far fewer numbers than 3 days ago when the wind had brought a great fall in New York City. I was still happy with the selection, not so much with the lack of light. All photos are ISO 1600-3200.
Halfway through the morning I met a super-nice birder/lawyer by the name of Mike and we hung out for the remainder of the morning. Birding is always nicer in good company.

Eastern Phoebe, Sayornis phoebe
The Phoebe met me just as I approached the Boathouse, and I have not seen this species listed in any recent Central Park birdlist. Too common perhaps......

Common Grackle, Quiscalus quiscula
Common Grackle is abundant in Central Park

Magnolia Warbler, Dendroica magnolia
Magnolia Warbler, Dendroica magnolia
This first-winter or female Magnolia Warbler came out in the sunlight for a few seconds

Downy Woodpecker male, Picoides pubescens medianus
Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens medianus
Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens medianus
A family party of Downy Woodpeckers were quite approachable

White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis
White-throated Sparrows has just started to arrive in the park

Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia
The star of the day was this amazing little warbler, an unforgettable Lifer for me in Florida in 1986 and always a thrill to see

Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia
Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia
Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia
Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia
Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia
Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia
Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia
Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia
Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia
Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia
Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia

Swainson's Thrush, Catharus ustulatus
One of the Swainson's Thrushes seen today

Swainson's Thrush, Catharus ustulatus
Swainson's Thrush, Catharus ustulatus
Swainson's Thrush, Catharus ustulatus

American Treecreeper, Certhia americana americana
The American Treecreeper has arrives in Central Park in the middle of September

Black-throated Blue Warbler, Dendroica caerulescens caerulescens
Black-throated Blue Warbler, Dendroica caerulescens caerulescens
Black-throated Blue Warbler - what a stunning bird!!

Wood Thrush, Hylocichla mustelina
This trusty Wood Thrush was seen by the little pond in the Ramble, apparently a pair had bred here this summer

Wood Thrush, Hylocichla mustelina
Wood Thrush, Hylocichla mustelina
Wood Thrush, Hylocichla mustelina
Wood Thrush, Hylocichla mustelina
Wood Thrush, Hylocichla mustelina
Wood Thrush, Hylocichla mustelina

Veery, Catharus fuscescens
A brief glimpse of a Veery

Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis cardinalis
Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis cardinalis
Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis cardinalis
The Cardinals were showing off

Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura carolinensis
Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura carolinensis
Thios Mourning Dove had found a sunny spot in the bush and enjoyed a lazy morning

Goodbye
The last bird of the day was another obliging Black-and-White Warbler



Police line-up?
Arriving back at my hotel, an amazing amount of New York's finest were milling about. Apparently the President was about to visit my hotel.
Now it's time to catch some zzzzzz's before the flight back to Dubai

And as usual, the days list:



23.09.2010 NYC; Central Park (New York, USA)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos) - 30
Eastern Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis borealis) - 1
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral') - 10
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura carolinensis) - 1
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) - 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) - 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens medianus) - 4
Yellow-shafted Flicker (Colaptes auratus luteus) - 3
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) - 1
Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis hiemalis) - 1
Grey Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) - 3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius migratorius) - 50
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) - 2
Veery (Catharus fuscescens) - 1
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) - 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula calendula) - 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa satrapa) - 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus atricapillus) - 8
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) - 2
American Treecreeper (Certhia americana americana) - 3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata bromia) - 4
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris vulgaris) - 100
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus domesticus) - 50
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus olivaceus) - 2
Northern Parula (Parula americana) - 3
Magnolia Warbler (Dendroica magnolia) - 4
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Dendroica caerulescens caerulescens) - 2
Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus pinus) - 1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) - 6
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) - 2
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) - 2
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas trichas) - 2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) - 10
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis cardinalis) - 8
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) - 100

3 comments:

  1. Hey Tommy, love the blog, love the birds, ... don't love you the same way! Keep it up bro.

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  2. I loved Birding in Central Park, last year! http://emena.photography/blog/9-aves/58-birds-of-n-y-central-park

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