Trip Reports
Central Park — September 17, 2017

Many thanks to NYSYBC Youth Member Jordan Spindel for scouting ahead of time and leading this great trip! For a great map of Central Park showing the names birders use to refer to many different locations, check out David Barrett's Central Park Birding Map.

American Robin - Photo by Filip Vujanic
American Robin - Photo by Filip Vujanic

Participants for this field trip met up at 7:15 in the morning. Today's trip leader, Jordan Spindel, told us the plan for the day. We began at Strawberry Fields, a memorial to John Lennon. On the way there, we saw Black-and-white Warbler. At Strawberry Fields, we saw Northern Parulas and Eastern Wood-Pewee, and other warblers such as American Redstarts, Magnolia Warblers, Canada Warbler, and more. As we went on, we saw Carolina Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Green Warbler, and a white Rock Pigeon.

At the second place we stopped, we observed common birds really closely. We saw American Robin, House Sparrow, Canada Goose, and Northern Cardinal (which was really close). We also had a nice view of The Lake. There were many Mallards, and some turtles on a rock. Some of them were sleeping and some of them were awake. We could see many buildings across the lake which was very cool.

Birding the Oven - photo by Carena Pooth
Birding the Oven - photo by Carena Pooth


At the next place we stopped, we saw many warblers, including Northern Parula, Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and American Redstart. We didn't get many species here but we enjoyed seeing warblers. After they left, we didn't get any birds, so a few minutes later, we headed to next place.

At the Oven, we saw many species. If I listed all the species, it would be a long list. The birds I think were cool were Northern Waterthrush, Tennessee Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo (we saw this bird when we were heading to another place). Also, there were many mice, which are great food for hawks to eat.


Ruby-throated Hummingbird - photo by August Davidson-Onsgard
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - photo by August Davidson-Onsgard

At Belvedere Castle, we saw a few Red-tailed Hawks flying and calling. Also, there were many Chimney Swifts flying around. We saw many turtles on the rocks, but one of them had a different shell from the others’. We found out that this turtle was old, but the same kind as the others. When we went down the stairs, we came to the Shakespeare Garden. We saw a few Pine Warblers and Cape May Warblers in pine trees across from us. We also saw Eastern Wood-Pewee and Common Yellowthroat.

Then, Jordan got information about a Red-headed Woodpecker being spotted nearby at the Locust Grove, so we rushed over there. When we got there, we didn't see the woodpecker, but we saw Rose-breasted Grosbeak and American Redstart. A few minutes later, after a big crowd had left, we were lucky to see the juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker fly into a tree. We were very happy about that!

By now it was close to lunchtime. We saw a few more birds on the way to the Boathouse restaurant, including Pine Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Northern Parula, And Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

We had a nice time and great birding in Central Park. Thank you to our trip leader, Jordan Spindel!

Rion Yoshimura, Age 11

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David Barrett's Central Park Birding Map with birding location names

List of Birds Seen on this Trip  by Adam Vinson and Jordan Spindel

Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo

Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler

Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Pine Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Baltimore Oriole
Common Grackle
House Finch
House Sparrow

        Species Total: 47