Tag Archives: Central Park

2013 in 12 pictures

31 Dec

January The bird of early 2013 had to be the then putative 1st winter Kumlien’s Gull at Barmston. Found late 2012 and identified as an Iceland Gull by RL and ML, the darker than normal appearance led Martin Garner to suggest it was actually a Kumlien’s. This was confirmed on it’s return in December.

Regarded Kumliens Barmston 310113 Leo

1st winter Kumlien’s Gull-RL

February The 2012/13 winter was one of the best recent Waxwings years. Among the many I saw were these I found while at work on the 5th.


Waxwings-Finkle Street Cottingham

March Had a trip to the Spanish Pyrenees in late February/early March. The main target was Wallcreeper.



April The highlight this month was the Rock Thrush at Kilnsea. A female so not the most attractive bird but a much sort after addition to any Yorkshire [and British] list. But what made this bird extra special was a Caspian Tern that flew north and was another much wanted county tick.


Female Rock Thrush-Kilnsea

May Although 1st seen in January at High Eske NR this 1st winter Ring-necked Duck was much admired into May.


Ring-necked Duck-Tophill Low NR

June Had a largely non-birding trip to New York this month but did get some birding done mainly in Central Park where this was taken.


Blue Jay-Central Park, New York

July A trip to Fen Bog on 26th produced Keeled Skimmer-a tick for me.

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Male Keeled Skimmer-Fen Bog, N.Yorks

August On the 10th I trapped a Star-wort moth in my Cottingham garden. In Yorkshire virtually unknown away from Spurn Point.


Star-wort moth

September This Bittern seen on the 26th was a new bird for me at North Cave Wetlands.


Greater Bittern-N.Cave Wetlands

October An almost unbelievable find this Uresiphita gilvata caught in my garden on the 22th constituted this first record for Yorkshire.


Uresiphita gilvata

November These Snow Buntings at Paull on the 24th qualify purely because they are one of my favourite birds and were so approachable.

Snow Buntings Near Paull Holme Strays 241113 RL

Snow Buntings-Paull

December This juvenile Ivory Gull found by Geoff Dobbs at Patrington Haven on the 15th was not just a Yorkshire tick for me but a lifer. My only British tick in 2013!


Juvenile Ivory Gull-Patrington Haven

New York-Day 5- June 20th

17 Aug

Went to McSorley’s Old Ale House on Thursday. The Oldest bar in New Yorks and a real “spit and sawdust” pub.



Famous for putting down 2 glasses beer for every one you order. Literally had sawdust on the floor.


Liked this beaver plaque in a subway station.

Did the Metropolitan Art Museum  in the afternoon. Really didn’t have time to do it justice. If I returned I would take a full day and plan the route I took. As it was we just raced around. Hadn’t seen much work by the old masters before and managed to see pictures by most of the famous names but unfortunately little of their best works. Unfortunately failed to see anything by Salvador Dali.Image

View from the museum roof top cafe. Saw my only Chimney Swift from here.

Had another look round Central Park early evening.


Grey Squirrels including dark morph [below]



Walter Scott statue


William Shakespeare statue


American Robin. Always worth a picture.

After glimpsing one yesterday got a shot of an Eastern Kingbird today.

Blue Jay with Peanut


“Enemies united” statue.


Apple Store entrance. Had to queue to get in via the elevator so didn’t go in.

New York-Day 2-June 17

6 Jul

On our first full day we headed to central Manhattan


1st sight of Chrysler Building


Started the day with dried tomato and cream cheese on onion bagel at Ess-a-Bagel. Considered the best bagels in New York and certainly the best I had on this trip.


Great Blue Skimmer seen from Dylan’s Candy Bar. A temple to tooth decay.

Had my first look at Central late afternoon. Very busy and not with other birders but managed a few birds. Had brief view of a pair of Baltimore Orioles, a new one for me.


Mourning Dove


NYPD patrol car.


House Sparrow. The commonest bird in New York next being Starling and Rock Dove.


American Robin. The most abundant American bird. Seems to fills the same niche as Blackbird in the UK, even sings similar. An American tick.


Northern Cardinal


View from Central Park.


Plaque in Strawberry Fields,Central Park. 


The tribute to John Lennon in Central Park. Among the objects are a model Yellow Submarine, Walrus and John Lennon style sun-glasses.


The building where John Lennon had his apartment.