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Bittern...in Central Park?

New York, NY

sunny 69 °F

This morning I read a report of an American Bittern which had been found roosting for the day in the Central Park Ramble, so after school today I headed over to see if I could find it, as well as any other migrants that might be in the area. Bitterns are secretive, seldom-seen heron species so it would be a real treat to see one in Central Park of all places!

As soon as I walked into the Central Park Ramble, I noticed a flurry of activity and it turned out an immature COOPER’S HAWK had just found a prey item and pounced on it! I didn’t get a good look at what it killed, but I suspect it was a Gray Catbird.
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Then, I made a beeline to Tupelo Meadow where the AMERICAN BITTERN, sure enough, was posing on a rock — just like the report said it had been doing all day! Too cool!!!! It provided some beautiful views and put on a show, turning about, posing, and preening.
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GRAY CATBIRDS such as this were also in the vicinity:
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The bittern attracted quite a crowd. An absolute celebrity! This is what birding in Central Park looks like.
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The light showed beautifully among the foliage on “The Point” in the Ramble — a part where the land juts out into the Central Park Lake which can be very productive for birds. Today, it was quiet there, but serene.
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Less peaceful was the emergence of many Norway (Brown) Rats for the evening. I saw one couple who were so disgusted that the woman said “let’s go run on the street, Ive had enough of this!”
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ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK in nonbreeding plumage:
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RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were profuse in a certain patch of jewelweed:
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Other than the Bittern, there wasn’t anything particularly noteworthy in the Ramble. A few COMMON YELLOWTHROATS were around though, one of the few warblers I saw today:
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And a Raccoon made quite the appearance.
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But unfortunately, she was being fed — that’s what makes her so fat! Other than proper bird feeders, avoid feeding wildlife so as not to make the wildlife tame around humans. This can put them in dangerous situations.
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Bird-of-the-day to the American Bittern, of course! Stay tuned, we are nearing the height of migration here!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 975 Species

Posted by skwclar 16:29 Archived in USA

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Wowza! What a treat! Your photos are fabulous and maybe I could paint from them some day?

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