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More Central Park in May!

New York, NY

sunny 71 °F

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4:

Now is the time of year I get behind in reporting and my reports are more concise due to so much time actually birding and limited time to write. “Today” I hit Central Park as I was expecting there to be a modest influx of new neotropical arrivals, plus, I got a rare bird alert about a Chuck-will’s-widow which would be a photographic lifer. And I was right about the migrants! Right off the bat, I noticed a wealth of newly-arrived NORTHERN PARULAS:
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OVENBIRD:
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I made a bee line to the pinned location for the CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW in the North Woods and immediately found a couple birders peering at it with their scopes and cameras. It was tucked up high on a branch on a tree, true to nightjar form. It was only found because somebody accidentally flushed it up there earlier in the morning.
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Photographic lifer! Here you can see how it so easily camouflages into the surroundings:
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A BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was also a great one to pick up for the year:
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Many NASHVILLE WARBLERS were also around, FOY:
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And my FOY ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER which is uncommon for around here:
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BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER:
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Male BALTIMORE ORIOLE, FOY:
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WHITE-THROATED SPARROW:
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FISH CROW is always a great flyover at Central Park — it thankfully honked right on cue:
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Another FOY: ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK:
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BLUE-HEADED VIREO:
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HERMIT THRUSH:
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CHIPPING SPARROW:
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My FOY BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was a nice one to pick up at the High Meadow:
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And a BLACK-THROATED GREEN:
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FOY INDIGO BUNTING:
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Yet another FOY, a LEAST FLYCATCHER:
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WARBLING VIREO:
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NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH:
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FOY CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER!
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GADWALL:
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YELLOW WARBLER:
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FOY AMERICAN REDSTART:
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WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW is actually quite an uncommon find here so this was great to see:
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The next stop was the Harlem Meer in search of a Bank Swallow which is another uncommon species for Manhattan. Unfortunately, I dipped, only finding the more common swallows like NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED:
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And BARN:
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BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON:
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GREAT EGRET in full breeding plumage:
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Bird-of-the-day to my photographic lifer Chuck-will’s-widow, an awesome find!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 1129 Species

Posted by skwclar 23:34 Archived in USA

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thank you and NY

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