Wednesday 12 December 2018 38 °F
Today after my finals I birded Central Park in hopes of finding a male Evening Grosbeak that was reported here early this afternoon — this is an irruptive finch species that has become considerably rare in most of the Lower 48 as of late, but this year is an “irruption” year for them as they are already being seen throughout the northeast.
Upon arriving at the spot where the grosbeak was seen, I found this FIELD SPARROW which was very cool since it is extremely late for this species to be passing through:
Immature COOPER’S HAWK:
This graceful male BUFFLEHEAD dazzled viewers in the Loch. It proved to be a photographic challenge since every ten seconds or so it would dive under water and then resurface a few yards away — a guessing game unless you watch for the tiny air bubbles in the water which can tell you where a diving duck is, when the water is calm that is.
Unfortunately despite my best efforts, I couldn’t find the grosbeak. Win some, lose some!
World Life List: 958 Species