Birding in Central Park

In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 30, evolutionary biologist Spencer Galen led the MSNH on a guided bird walk in Central Park to see spring migrants. We saw 36 species and highlights included a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Blue-winged Warbler and Baltimore Oriole. For a complete list of species observed, see below:

American Goldfinch (>3)

American Robin (song, >3)

Baltimore Oriole (2)

Black-and-white Warbler (song, 2-3)

Black-capped Chickadee (song, >3)

Blue-headed Vireo (2)

Blue Jay (calls, >3)

Blue-winged Warbler (song, 1)

Canada Goose (>3)

Chestnut-sided Warbler (song, 1-2)

Common Grackle (call, >3)

Common Yellowthroat (1)

Double-crested Cormorant (1)

Downy Woodpecker (1-2)

Eastern Towhee (song, 2-3)

Gray Catbird (2-3)

Hermit Thrush (1-2)

House Wren (song, 2)

Indigo Bunting (song, 2)

Mallard (>3)

Mourning Dove (song, >3)

Nashville Warbler (song)

Northern Cardinal (song, >3)

Northern Flicker (call, 1)

Northern Parula (song)

Northern Waterthrush (1)

Ovenbird (1)

Palm Warbler (song, 1)

Prairie Warbler (1)

Red-winged Blackbird (song, 2-3)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (song, >3)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1)

Swamp Sparrow (1)

Tufted Titmouse (song, >3)

White Throated Sparrow (song, >3)     

Yellow Warbler (song, 1)                                                                                                

Spencer Galen is a Ph.D. candidate at the Richard Gilder Graduate School of the American Museum of Natural History. He received his B.S. from the University of Delaware and an M.S. from the University of New Mexico where he studied the evolution of birds in the Peruvian Andes. Galen has spent time studying birds throughout North and South America, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and most recently Cuba. He is originally from New Jersey where he found a passion for studying birds as a child while observing the amazing spring migration that takes places across the eastern United States every year. Presently, his Ph.D. focuses on the evolution of malaria parasites in birds. To learn more about Spencer and his research, please visit his website here.

If you are interested in learning more about birds seen on this trip and learning their calls, please visit All About Birds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.      

To view photos from this event, please visit our gallery. All photos were taken by Maurice Chen.