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Central Park, 2022

New York, NY

all seasons in one day 34 °F

With a new semester beginning tomorrow, it’s time for a post of the limited birding I was able to do this winter break. Tian and I stayed in Manhattan for the break and apart from one foray to Brooklyn about which I wrote in a previous post, we stayed on the island (mostly sheltering in the dorm due to omicron raging outside). After the aforementioned Brooklyn trip, I didn’t use any public transit due to the pandemic so birding for me was limited to the northern half of Central Park which is walkable from the School of Music.

On the way there we passed by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine where I noticed something different about one of the angels—

In the form of a RED-TAILED HAWK:

Central Park hosted a fair diversity of waterfowl on the Pool and the Reservoir including this female BUFFLEHEAD:



Many, many RUDDY DUCKS can be found on the southwest corner of the Reservoir:


And more BUFFLEHEAD pictured with CANADA GEESE and MALLARDS:

A tiny GREEN-WINGED TEAL pictured with the rump of a Mallard:

My first herp of 2021 was an old male Red-eared Slider (introduced) at Morningside Park, amazingly out basking in the cold weather:

And finally, to end, a sunset view from our dormitory building looking north toward the George Washington Bridge.

You may have wondered what happened to the pelagic day cruise — well, thankfully it wasn’t canceled but it was postponed to January 29 so barring any bad weather or further outbreak situations, you should be hearing about that from me fairly soon. Also, I will be posting a 10-year recap of my birding highlights as it was exactly 10 years ago, January 2012, when a Cooper’s Hawk flew into my Oak Park backyard igniting this avian passion of mine.

Good birding and stay healthy.
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Posted by skwclar 01:37 Archived in USA

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So glad that you and Tian are staying safe and at the same time getting out and about! Thanks for the posts and take care!

by Susie Nies

A beautiful sunset! Glad you’re
Able to get at least a little birding and beeping anyway! Stay safe and Hi to Tian!
Happy 10 years of being a nirder!🥰🤣

by Poo

Hahaha! Spell check changed herping to beeping!😂

by Pooi

Thanks for the bird photos and the sunset view; we had Northern Pintail on last outing. Happy 2022 birding!and good health to you both!

by Mary McCutchan

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