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Central Park & northern NYC

New York, NY

semi-overcast 76 °F

Junior year has kept being extremely busy for me but I have managed to get out a couple of times recently. I wanted to first share a link to my recent recital, part of why I have been out birding so little: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUcYdZvHVmP_fIAOv6GZDtK5RfKgKBL6-

The other day I did manage to fit in about twenty of minutes of birding in the Central Park ramble after meeting up with a friend for the afternoon. This WINTER WREN was a delight:

BROWN CREEPER was less obliging for photos:

GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. All of these species so far are classic mid-late fall songbird migrants.

And HERMIT THRUSH which were congregating at a water feature in the Ramble:

Recently I also headed to northern NYC to bird and look for several herps that inhabit that region: Eastern Garter & Milk Snakes, Eastern-red Backed, and if I was very lucky, Northern Dusky Salamanders.

At my first location, within 15 pieces of cover flipped I had my New York lifer Northern Dusky Salamander which was incredible because it was the herp I was least likely to get! It is only found in two locations in NYC and this location I had them was crazy because it was extremely close to the subway and traffic! I found them by locating their preferred habitat, a tiny trickle of water coming out of a rock face and flipping rocks in the wet areas.

At another location where I tried for the snakes, I only found more Red-backs but also had a few birds including BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, and this EASTERN PHOEBE:

Snakes were a no-show, which I’m sure is fine for several of my readers here — LOL! Hopefully more to come soon, I will be venturing out more often for birding once I am two-weeks in from my third dose so I am better protected for taking public transit.

Good birding,
World Life List: 1125 Species

Posted by skwclar 20:19 Archived in USA

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Beautiful recital & nice nature pics! Thank you

by Mary Stevens

Wonderful Henry.
I am staying in Stanley tonight so took my friend from Phoenix to look for the great-gray owl. SUCCESS! 1, possibly two (it could’ve been the same one a mile down the road a little later). I’ll send pics.

by Poo

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