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Connecticut Warbler in Central Park!

I must remark that I do not deserve this bird, since it was originally reported Monday, has been hanging around since, and despite birding like a fiend yesterday, I did not make it to that section of the park. So when I sauntered in to the Pinetum this morning and had it magically appear five minutes later, only to walk out into the sun and feed in the grass, quite out in the open, I could only think that I had not truly earned this one.

Today was less bird-ridden than yesterday but still was interesting enough to keep me out there for five and a half hours. I had a total of 58 species, though there were a few seen by other birders in the park that I did not see. There were two Cape May Warblers near the Pinetum, for instance, that deigned not to show themselves while I was there. The Yellow-rumps were thick, and the Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets rampant. My neck hurts.

Wood Duck (2, male & female)
Gadwall (18)
American Black Duck (5)
Wild Turkey (1, molt coming along nicely)
Osprey (1, soaring south)
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift (6+)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch (2)
White-breasted Nuthatch (2)
Brown Creeper (5)
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren (1)
Golden-crowned Kinglet (multitudinous)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (semi-multitudinous)
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush (many)
Wood Thrush (1)
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher (2)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Connecticut Warbler (1)
Common Yellowthroat
Scarlet Tanager (1, male)
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow (multitudes)
White-crowned Sparrow (2, one adult, one juvenile)
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
House Sparrow

27 Responses to “oct 8”

  1. You are right, you do not deserve that Conn W! JUST KIDDING (maybe). Plumage? Is there any chance it was a different one and that is just the place that Connecticut Warblers show up in when they pass through? Because that’s really unusual, at least up here, that they remain in a single spot for more than an hour, let alone three days. But then again, that’s Central Park. You may be right, it may be sick or injured. THEREFORE NOT COUNTABLE. Just kidding (not really). What a life you lead.
    Mark, slaving away

  2. C,
    Did you take some photos? I’m sure you were busy enough as it was… but love those photos.

  3. Be sure to check out the book EGG AND NEST. I have had Rosamond several times on the show and I am trying to get her back again to talk about this project.
    I love her decaying dice photos.

  4. JESSE: Verve just released THE COMPLETE GERSHWIN SONGBOOKS, 3 CD set, great covers by Fitzgerald, Armstrong and even Fred Astaire. The station is giving it away as a premium and I got a copy. I know, I listen to the PALMS and their ilk on the one hand, but I do love the “American Songbook.”
    Mark, an enigma wrapped in a Twinkie

  5. re: photos: no pics this time – sometimes the camera is just too heavy (the lens, really) and I leave it home. and regret it, just about always.

    re: CT Warbler: it was a 1st year, click here for a photo (not mine, as per above).

    re: an enigma wrapped in a twinkie: nice. very High/Low.

    C, eating a scone from Balthazar

  6. RE: Camera being heavy. And how. Sheila is in PT now because of serious neck and shoulder problems, possibly caused by hanging the huge camera w/lens and bins around her neck while attempting to bird.
    RE: imm plumage. That really seems to be BY FAR the most common plumage seen in NE, though I have seen a fair share of adult males and females. What’s the habitat like where it is? It’s not STILL there is it?

  7. As of this morning, it’s still there… and it’s crazy because there is a small tangle of brush between the Pinetum and the 86th St. Traverse Road. It comes out of the brush and WALKS ON THE LAWN, feeding. Like four to fifteen feet from the gazillion birders and dogs and whatnot.

    For excellent reference on the different areas of the park, click this Birds of Central Park Birding Map.

  8. “Your pen wants you to go birding”.?????? What does saucy Eberhard Faber say? “Take in a movie!”??? Does matronly Ms Rapidograph caution your behavior or encourage it? Is cranky old Mr. Drawing Table still not talking to you?
    RE: Connecticut. Sounds like the behaviour of a bird with seriously bruised DNA, not destined for a second year. If it has stayed there this long, start looking to the CBC, sadly NOT THAT FAR AWAY.
    SCONES: Holy Lia Fail, do I love scones! I like my scones like I like my women: flaky and dotted with currants.
    Mark, who probably could be talked into cannibalism if the sauce was outstanding and plentiful.

  9. I’m still a few topics (and maybe viral videos) behind. In chronological order:

    1) I don’t know Rosamond Purcell that well, but the dice photos blew my mind: I ran the entire book through a flatbed scanner, page by page, at the highest resolution I could get. I was going to print, frame, and hang them up somewhere, but I don’t think I have room now. If anyone wants to talk early synthetic thermoplastics (Bakelite and so on) and super-dense glass (Rox, Sani Onyx, Vitrolite), I’m (in terms of enthusiasm, not expertise) your guy.

    2) Gershwin is good, too! Thanks, Mark.

    3) As a writer, lefty, and non-artist, Eberhard-Fabers used to be my favorite pens. Fine-tipped rollerballs (.02″) in matte black, utterly featureless except for three ridges on the flat-topped cap and the boxy silver clip. Haven’t seen them in ages.

    4) Scones are good, but I wouldn’t seek them out unless they’re part of a full-on tea with finger sandwiches and everything. Although they’re one of the few baked goods that I don’t mind seeing superfluous chocolate chips put into: pancakes and muffins get too sweet, but scones do just fine.

  10. C,
    Did I catch a rumor that you might be in SE AZ sometime soon? I’ll be in Tucson Oct. 20-26th.

    I feel the same way about taking a ‘proper’ camera… that’s when I find the tiny point-n-shoots helpful.

  11. Best new bird book not really about birds: A SUMMER OF HUMMINGBIRDS: LOVE, ART AND SCANDAL IN THE INTERSECTING WORLDS OF EMILY DICKINSON, MARK TWAIN, HARRIER BEECHER STOWE, AND MARTIN JOHNSON HEADE by Christopher Benfey. A wonderful crazy accounting of a truly Pynchonesque cast of artists “adrift” during and after the Civil War.Did the interview today, just got home and was notified of a Selasphorus at a feeder next town over. Boing!

  12. Here’s a short vid on a very cool find. They are endangered and their closest relative, the CHINESE GIANT SALAMANDER is hopelessly on its way out as are most creatures Chinese, except Homo sapiens..

    msn video

    This looks like an axolotl on steroids.

    The biggest salamander in the northeast is the SPRING SALAMANDER which is a lungless stream dweller clocking in at c.8inches and is absurdly salmon pink. I have only seen them in fast moving high mountain streams in the Berkshires, turning over large flat rocks. I have always wanted to see a HELLBENDER of the Ozarks.

  13. re: George Tooker’s birdwatchers – funny! I was reading about the exhibit, but missed that image entirely.

    re: SE Arizona – I’m not going (sad), I just know someone through twitter who is there now. I am going to the Lower Rio Grande Valley in November, though. Should anyone find themselves along the Texas/Mexico border at that time.

  14. Great!! Maybe we can finally get together and have a coffee before I immigrate to Mexico. I want to be a trailblazer for the expat community that’s about to grow down there. Of course I’m only talking about a McCain presidency. Otherwise I’ll stay put.

    Go OBAMA!!!

  15. FINALLY, after salivating in deep frustration over your reports of birding Central Park, we were finally able to get out and do some serious hardcore birding this AM at Great Meadows, Concord with my class. (You’ve been there with us and Lynne Cherry).Tons of waterfowl (9 species), 4 species of rail, PB Grebes, pipits, ginormous numbers of sparrows and icterids, esp. Swamps and Red-wings, and (1) Snow Bunting and (41) siskin overhead. Winter: ahoy! Weather: stunning; and not too crowded as most other birders are up at Scarborough Marsh, Maine looking for the Eurasian Golden Plover (I only chase life birds and state birds and have had hundreds in trips to Europe).
    Jed: Canada is most of my friends’ expat-to-be choice, but we are thinking: OZ! (great birding and better accent and marsupial delite).
    Mark, ah, to bird at last!!!Denial is NOT the key to pleasure. Well, maybe…

  16. Boo hoo… I got my hopes up a tiny bit! One of these days when you do go, I’ll have to meet up with you there. Lower Rio Grande Valley sounds very cool though.

  17. To continue our slow-motion/high speed thread from a while back, and as a reminder of our collective fiscal nightmare, EXPLOSIONS:

    cool photos:

    video compilation (last one is a bird, not exploding):

  18. and for your LOLCAT Sunday:

    scroll down to “Crouching dragn sleepn kitteh.” and then keep going.

  19. Ça c’est quoi ? La fin du Zabrinski Point!?????!!!


    Et le chat et la iguanee: tres droll.

    La singe et sur la table.

    Marc: Bird fast. Die young. Leave a long life list.

  20. RE: STOP BIRD PORN. I read your Twitter and went to their website.
    1. Read about their organized protest in Central Park this afters (is this why you went there?)
    2. It is either (1) some typical artsy confrontational goof OR (2) pathetic animal rights thingie OR (3) some ambiguous combo. How did you feel about it??? PLEASE GIVE DETAILS. The letters on the website were hilarious.
    Mark, into 1970s Euro-trash soft-core bird porn made with only domestic fowls.

  21. So, is this an animal rights issue, or just some completely misguided moral tirade?

  22. More misguided moral tirade. I had heard of them before, and had assumed it was completely a spoof. They’re not really worth a full post, funny as it was. I’ve been calling it 1/2 media stunt and 1/2 mental health issues. The Twitter thread I started has people that believe it’s just a ploy, but I talked to the demonstrators and at least the ones I saw were true crazies (we get good at that in NY – telling crazy people from attention-seekers). Their agenda is a bit bigger than just trying to stop voyeurism of birds (which they have hyper-sexualized in a disturbing fashion). We ran into them in Columbus Circle on a walk with friends – psychologist friends, experienced in this arena, no less! A very small demonstration, BTW.

  23. Have an very partisan morning, whichever side of the fence you are on (kid warning: some swearing):

  24. Great video – I’ve watched it twice. Don’t know which scares me more, the loose cannon that picked her or the fact that there are actually people who would vote for them.

  25. RE: Anti-Bird Porn: look, if you check their site, they have all sorts of really silly, goofy and foul-mouthed posts there, which indicates to me they are more put-on than insane. It really smacks of psych experiment territory.
    RE: Vid: I don’t want to bog this blog down with political discussion, but you can probably guess where I stand, Well, yes, there: and proceed about 100 yards to the left of that. All I will say is that overt perky inanity is like finger-nails on a chalkboard to me, and literally drives me to paroxysms of dark thoughts and despair, and lots of profanity. “Willful stupidity”: the world’s worst cologne.
    Had an AMAZING day yesterday birding Gooseberry Neck in Westport: migration a go-go: three Dickcissels; a Lark Sparrow, an Orange Crowned, and tons of migrants. Even saw a LONG-TAILED SKIPPER, life butterfly.
    Coming home from Quabbin today, we had a kettle of 96 TVs, which we watched for some time. Hope it’s not some form of omen: personal OR national.

  26. geez – you’d think I would do a real post or something. but instead, I was catching up on and found ANOTHER THREAD CONTINUATION – this being the canine/vulpine-on-the-trampoline thread:

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