Our group of 17 met Peter Rossi at Grand Central Station
at the Kiosk at 8:30am. We took the bus to the E. 79th St.
entrance to Central Park, met Dick Gershon and started looking
for birds. One of our first birds was a beautiful Blackburnian
Warbler, followed by Yellow-rumps, Warbling Vireo, Northern
Parula and Magnolia Warbler. A great start to our morning.
Barbara Michelin heard and saw a Red-breasted Nuthatch. We
walked towards Turtle Pond to Belvedere Castle, which led
us to the north end of the Ramble. We entered the Ramble at
the weather station. We found Cardinals, Robins, Blue Jays,
Red-wings, Tufted Titmice, Yellow-throated, Red-eyed &
Blue-headed Vireos, Kingbirds, Phoebe, Catbirds, Great Crested
Flycatcher, Baltimore Orioles, Goldfinches, Chipping Sparrows,
Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Flickers and Grackles. At the Lake
we found a Spotted Sandpiper, Tree, Barn and Rough-winged
Swallows, Great Egret, Double-crested Cormorants, Mallards
and Canada Geese. Our bird of the day was a female Summer
Other warblers we found were: 3 Northern Waterthrushes,
3 Canada, Worm-eating, Black-and-whites, Nashville, Ovenbirds,
Black-throated Blues and Greens, Redstarts, Common Yellowthroats,
Chestnut-sided, a Wilson and Blackpolls. It was nice to see
so many warblers moving through the trees. Other birds in
the Ramble were: Veery, Wood Thrush, a Towhee (heard), House
Wren, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 3 Swainson’s
Thrushes, a Field and a few White-throated Sparrows, White-breasted
Nuthatches, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Downy Woodpeckers.
Overhead were Chimney Swifts, Red-tails and a Cooper’s
Hawk that flew by.
After lunch at the Boat House we continued birding in the
Ramble towards Bow Bridge to Strawberry Fields. Eleanor Marr
saw a Bay-breasted Warbler before she and husband Bill, joined
the group, but alas the bird kept eluding us. Maury Lacher
joined the group after his Doctor's appointment. Dick took
us to the Green Heron’s nest like we had seen last year
at the north end of the Lake.
Dick had seen a Solitary Sandpiper before we arrived. Dick
and Peter saw a Black-billed Cuckoo briefly but others in
the group missed it.
At the end of the afternoon, we walked out of the park at
E 72st. Along our way we stopped at the Sailboat pond to see
Pale Male's nest. A fantastic camera was setup for us to see
the nest. Three of the group left to return to Grand Central
Station for the return trip home. The Marrs and Lachers helped
us find a bus that took the rest of the group close to the
restaurant and we walked the rest of the way. We ate at an
Indian Restaurant, Baluchi's, for dinner located on E 53rd
between 2nd and 3rd Ave. After an enjoyable meal we walked
to the train station to return home. Next year maybe we should
try the Oyster Bar located in Grand Central Station for dinner?
A special thanks from the club goes to Barbara Mansell for
organizing the trip. Also thanks go to Peter Rossi and Dick
Gershon for leading our group through the park. We had 71
species by day's end. A great day with good birds was enjoyed