Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Misty Moisty Morning in Central Park

DSC_0171 Bow Bridge-kab Bow Bridge in Central Park 6-10-2013

Since I took the trip to New Jersey to go birding with Rick Wright I did not have as much time to go birding in New York City. Thus is was that I found myself going for a stroll through Central Park on my last day there. The whole month of June was cool, cloudy, gray and rainy, and this morning was no exception. Laden down with binoculars, camera, smartphone and notebook my brother, his partner and I set out for the park.  Though the birds were not quite as active as they might have been on a sunny day, I did manage to see and photograph a few before I had to stuff my camera up my shirt to prevent it from getting rained on! Here is some of what we saw:

Central Park Birds

DSC_0174 female cardinal-kab Female Cardinal

DSC_0179 male cardinal-kab Male Cardinal


DSC_0186 red-eyed vireo-kab Red-eyed Vireo


DSC_0194 geese-kab Canada Geese

Yes, the water was this green! Everything was green!

“The red was green, the blue was green,

the Emerald City all was green,

It made a very pretty scene, especially if you like green!”

(For my little brother and sister-Do you know where this quote came from?)

DSC_0205 house sparrow-kab House Sparrow


DSC_0208 catbird-kab Gray Catbird


DSC_0212 flicker-kab Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)


DSC_0220 oriole-kab Baltimore Oriole

Belvedere Castle and Beyond

DSC_0234 castle-kab 

DSC_0235 caslte windows-kab 

DSC_0237 NYC skyline-kab 

Such gray and misty days always make me think of this old nursery rhyme I used to read to my children:

One misty moisty morning

When cloudy was the weather

I chanced to meet an old man

Clothed all in leather,

He began to compliment and I began to grin,

“How do you do, and how do you do, and how do you do again!”

From Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes


Scenes from the Shakespeare Garden

DSC_0242 shakespeare garden-kab 

DSC_0245 roses-kab 

DSC_0246 foxglove-kab 

DSC_0247 rose fence-kab

By the time we were done the mist has developed into a steady drizzle. By the time we left the city is was a downpour. As always, I had such a good time in the city and I look forward to going back again next year. I mean, what could be better than family, good food, and good birds?

Birds seen in Central Park on June 10, 2013:

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Mallard
  3. Black-crowned Night Heron
  4. Double-crested Cormorant
  5. Rock Pigeon
  6. Mourning Dove
  7. Chimney Swift
  8. Downy Woodpecker
  9. Northern Flicker
  10. Great-crested Flycatcher
  11. Eastern Kingbird
  12. Warbling Vireo
  13. Red-eyed Vireo
  14. Blue Jay
  15. Black-capped Chickadee
  16. Wood thrush
  17. American Robin
  18. Gray Catbird
  19. Northern Mockingbird
  20. European Starling
  21. Cedar Waxwing
  22. Pine Warbler
  23. Northern Cardinal
  24. Common Grackle
  25. Red-winged Blackbird
  26. Baltimore Oriole
  27. House Finch
  28. American Goldfinch
  29. House Sparrow


  1. Love your photos and you including the nursery rhymes! We all hold memories of them. I have never been to New York! Central Park looks very interesting.

    1. Sheila, it is very interesting and full of birds!

  2. Central Park looks like it's the best part of New York! I always think of that homeless lady feeding the pigeons in Home Alone 2 and how magical that place can quickly transport one from the big city. Beautiful pictures.

    1. Lol, Thanks Chris! You will have to visit one day to see all the birds for yourself!

  3. Hi Central Park looks wonderful to walk around and take such beautiful shots.My favorite is the white Foxglove.

  4. I still marvel at this beautiful park in a big city. Have never been there and really should as a relative designed Central Park.

    1. Gaelyn, so you are related to Frederick Law Olmstead? How cool is THAT!


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