Saturday 8 September 2018 79 °F
Since arriving in NYC for college, this morning was truly my first time birding here. Despite unfavorable light conditions for photography, birds and particularly songbirds were plentiful and active. It was a great introduction to birding the park! I spent most of my time in “The Ramble,” which is the most famous birding location in the park due to its wooded habitat and water features.
The day started off with this PEREGRINE FALCON I spotted sitting on the side of the steeple of Riverside Church:
My first noteworthy bird of Central Park was this OVENBIRD in horrible light conditions:
This was the view I got of every male AMERICAN REDSTART this morning, hah!
Juvenile GREEN HERON in a tree:
This fearless BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER came about a foot away from me at one point!
Female RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER:
Male BALTIMORE ORIOLE:
Here’s the female:
Female MAGNOLIA WARBLER:
The morning of birding ended with a “bang” — three fantastic, uncommon warbler species!
First, I had this gorgeous male CANADA:
Then, a fall-plumage BAY-BREASTED:
And finally, a warbler popped out at eye-level which turned out to be a WORM-EATING, my bird of the day! I have only ever seen this bird once before, and I didn’t manage a photograph of one until today’s bird! Fantastic and a very uncommon bird that is even scarcer back in Chicago!
Stay tuned, the next few weeks are the peak of autumn songbird migration here in New York, and I am sure to return to Central Park!
World Life List: 953 Species