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First Central Park Outing of Fall!

Manhattan, NYC

semi-overcast 73 °F

Today, Monday September 9, was my first morning of the fall to bird Central Park! I had high hopes due to northerly winds last night and high levels of migration shown on the composite radar from last night.

I arrived to the Central Park Ramble just after 8am, and although it was not crazy birdy, there were definitely some birds around. GRAY CATBIRDS such as this one abounded throughout the morning:
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A few BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS were also seen throughout the morning, though this male did not feel like sticking around for decent photos:
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The female was a bit more obliging:
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MAGNOLIA WARBLER:
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NORTHERN PARULA:
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I heard a chip note behind me, and freaked out when I saw this WORM-EATING WARBLER just a few feet away from me! Very cool — an uncommon species of which I saw only this one today.
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BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS:
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A few OVENBIRDS were around, but I suspect they have not reached peak numbers yet as I may see dozens of them in the Ramble some days:
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VEERY:
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And its slightly-less-common cousin the WOOD THRUSH:
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RED-EYED VIREO:
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GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER:
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Then, I saw a twitter report of a Marsh Wren which is a very, very uncommon find for Central Park, so I took the subway a few stops north to 103rd to bird the Central Park Ravine. There were als some birds present there, such as this BALTIMORE ORIOLE:
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And ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK:
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NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was nice to see:
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Unfortunately, I failed to find the aforementioned Marsh Wren.

Overall, a great morning of birding at New York’s crown jewel of a park though! Bird-of-the-day to the Worm-eating with runner-up to the Black-throated Blue Warblers. Great to see these avian migrants before they wing their way south for the winter.

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 975 Species

Posted by skwclar 19:33 Archived in USA

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