Tuesday, September 29, 2015

More Fall migration photos

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; American Redstart, Central Park
bold Redstart

Fall migration continues to be productive. Warblers are still coming through; I'm seeing mostly Common Yellowthroats and American Redstarts, like the charming little guy above.

There have also been some rarities, like this very cooperative Marsh Wren who spent a day at Maintenance Meadow in the Ramble.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Marsh Wren, Central Park
confiding Marsh Wren

I'm going to rant a bit now. This bird was showing quite well, popping out of the bushes along the west edge of the meadow every few minutes, and giving some fine looks. Then, one of Central Park's famous bird guides came through with his group.

Locals will know who I'm talking about when I say that he played recordings of the wren's calls for a good twenty minutes to try to get a better (or faster) look for his group. As so often, that didn't work at all--the wren went and hid the whole time. One of the onlookers was a visiting birder from England, who was boggled by the entire business. When the group went away, the wren eventually returned, but was much more skittish and less cooperative. At least it wasn't scared entirely out of the area; I've seen that happen, too.

The whole practice is abusive to to birds and inconsiderate of everyone else in the area.

Anyway. If you're visiting and want to go on a Central Park bird walk with a group, there are walks organized by the Museum of Natural History, the Audubon Society =, and the Linnean Society, which are all very good and don't engage in this kind of nonsense. Try one of them.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Yellow-Breasted Chat, Central Park
Chat in a tree, for once

Returning to rarities--the Maintenance Meadow also hosted a Yellow-Breasted Chat for a couple of days. Unlike all other Chats I've seen on migration, this one liked being up in a tree instead of hiding out in the bushes.

Last weekend, a Whipoorwill roosted at the Loch in the northern part of Central Park--I'll have photos of that when I do my next post--and a Grasshopper Sparrow was seen on the Knoll (also in the north end of the Park).

More common migrants have also been showing well. I spotted this Wood Thrush, my first of the season, while taking a break from the bad birdwalk incursion (so that time wasn't a total loss).

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Wood Thrush, Central Park
first Wood Thrush of the Fall

Great Crested Flycatchers have been around and a couple were active much lower down than usual.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Great Crested Flycatcher, Central Park
goodness gracious!

I haven't seen too many Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks this Fall, but one posed in the sun on a fence at Tupelo Meadow at the end of a line of House Sparrows.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Rose-Breasted Grosbeak and House Sparrows, Central Park
just trying to blend in with the crowd

There have been a lot of Brown Thrashers around--you can hear them all over, and sometimes they come out for a look around and a nice berry.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Brown Thrasher, Central Park
Thrasher with tasty berry

Northern Flickers have been moving through in great numbers as well.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Northern Flicker, Central Park
Flicker striking a noble pose

More coming soon.

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