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Central Park’s North Woods

New York, NY

overcast 72 °F

There was a nice flurry of bird activity during a walk with my mom through the North Woods of Central Park — she came to visit for a weekend! The North Woods are landscaped like the Adirondacks with beautiful water features and huge trees; all fallen trees and shrubs are left untouched which in turn is a great attraction for birds (and raccoons!).

In the lagoon on the north end of the park, this GADWALL was a great surprise, swimming with the much more common MALLARDS. I have also been keeping my eye out for American Black Ducks which frequent Central Park, but to no avail as of yet.
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Pretty manmade waterfalls in the ravine of the North Woods:
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This BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was the most obliging bird of the day:
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This female MAGNOLIA WARBLER was also great:
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Red-eared Slider, nice!
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This female-type AMERICAN REDSTART was also a cool addition to our day:
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Bird-of-the-day to the unexpected Gadwall, with runner-up to the sweet Black-and-White Warbler! Stay tuned because mom and I will be birding Central Park again tomorrow morning!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 953 Species

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Central Park!!!

rain 79 °F

Since arriving in NYC for college, this morning was truly my first time birding here. Despite unfavorable light conditions for photography, birds and particularly songbirds were plentiful and active. It was a great introduction to birding the park! I spent most of my time in “The Ramble,” which is the most famous birding location in the park due to its wooded habitat and water features.

The day started off with this PEREGRINE FALCON I spotted sitting on the side of the steeple of Riverside Church:
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My first noteworthy bird of Central Park was this OVENBIRD in horrible light conditions:
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NORTHERN FLICKER:
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This was the view I got of every male AMERICAN REDSTART this morning, hah!
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Juvenile GREEN HERON in a tree:
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GRAY CATBIRD:
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WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH:
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This fearless BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER came about a foot away from me at one point!
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Female RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER:
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Male BALTIMORE ORIOLE:
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Here’s the female:
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Female MAGNOLIA WARBLER:
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SWAINSON’S THRUSH:
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HOUSE WREN:
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VEERY:
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The morning of birding ended with a “bang” — three fantastic, uncommon warbler species!

First, I had this gorgeous male CANADA:
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Then, a fall-plumage BAY-BREASTED:
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And finally, a warbler popped out at eye-level which turned out to be a WORM-EATING, my bird of the day! I have only ever seen this bird once before, and I didn’t manage a photograph of one until today’s bird! Fantastic and a very uncommon bird that is even scarcer back in Chicago!
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Stay tuned, the next few weeks are the peak of autumn songbird migration here in New York, and I am sure to return to Central Park!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 953 Species

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College!

New York, NY

all seasons in one day 96 °F

I have officially started school as a freshman at the Manhattan School of Music! My major is classical vocal performance, and I am a bass-baritone voice type.

Orientation week was a big success, which included a cruise that passed the Statue of Liberty:
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And today, a fun trip to Coney Island Amusement Park & Beach. I even saw a few birds!

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS:
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HERRING GULLS and my bird-of-the-day, the GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL in the center:
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Two other interesting species seen this week that evaded photography included my first migrant warbler, a BLACK-AND-WHITE which was near the 9-11 Memorial, and a city-hunting PEREGRINE FALCON. Stay tuned, on saturday I will hopefully document my first of probably regular episodes of birding Central Park!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 953 Species

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Idaho Wrap-up

overcast 54 °F

What a fantastic trip! Two lifers! Thanks to everyone who has made my experience here in Idaho, yet again, so enjoyable.

I leave you with one further bird — this one Poo and I found in the South Hills and is evading identification. The combination of the gigantic beak as well as the light underparts have me befuddled — ideas?
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Finally, on wednesday I leave for college at the Manhattan School of Music! I am sure posting on here will be a bit sparser, but I still plan to go birding, especially in Central Park!

Happy birding,
Henry
World Life List: 953 Species (2 life birds on this trip)

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Day 20: Quest for the Idaho Endemic

South Hills, ID

sunny 89 °F

Today, my birding friend Poo Wright-Pulliam, who is also an extremely skilled painter, took me down to the South Hills of Idaho to find two would-be life birds: Cassia Crossbill and Burrowing Owl. The crossbill, interestingly enough, is endemic to this region of Idaho and was just recently split from the Red Crossbill after scientists discovered it was, in fact, a unique species! So I was really hoping to see it.

Along a scenic overlook near Twin Falls, we found CANYON WREN and WHITE-THROATED SWIFT, both great birds, but they managed to evade photography. The scenery was beautiful though:
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My first photographed species came along once we entered the South Hills when this awesome GOLDEN EAGLE flew over, my first of the year!
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Seems like appropriate habitat for a Golden!
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WARBLING VIREO:
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We saw this crossbill, but it was giving strange calls so unfortunately we couldn’t decide if it was a Cassia or the more common Red — they must be identified by voice. It got our juices flowing, though!
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BOOM! I had the car stop when I saw tiny birds at the top of a dead tree, and lo and behold, they were CASSIA CROSSBILLS (with some PINE SISKINS)!!! Life bird for both of us!!!
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After finding the crossbills, we stumbled upon another uncommon sighting, this ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER:
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Female LAZULI BUNTING:
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On the way to look for the Burrowing Owls, Poo spotted this magnificent PRAIRIE FALCON, just a life bird for me two days ago:
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Its relative the AMERICAN KESTREL male was perched on a nearby post, too!
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WESTERN MEADOWLARK:
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Although we failed to find the Owls, a handful of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES put on a wonderful show for us and allowed for great photographs!
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Back up north near the Richfield Diversion where we were looking for the mockingbird from thursday, we came upon this COMMON NIGHTHAWK:
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CINNAMON TEAL with a GREAT BLUE HERON:
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And a cool SAGE THRASHER, a relative of the mockingbird, which unfortunately we were never able to find.
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Then, we visited a little-known canyon on the opposite side of the highway and were astounded by its beauty and fantastic rock formations!
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Then, we found a BREWER’S SPARROW:
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And this YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, very cool!
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Bird-of-the-day to the Cassia Crossbill and runner-up to the Golden Eagle. Stay tuned, tomorrow is my last day in Idaho and three days later I arrive in New York to start college!

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 953 Species (1 life bird today: Cassia Crossbill)

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