Phil's Central Park List




Dates, where there are any, refer to the first time I saw that species in the park. "LIFE" means either a USA or World life-list bird. There are a lot of those in this list because Central Park has been my primary birding location for eastern USA species since 1998. This list currently (Oct 2014) is at 208 - the most recent species was Eastern Meadowlark.

Common Name Latin Name Notes
Red-Throated Loon Gavia stellata 4/2/03, Reservoir
Common Loon Gavia immer 4/17/99, Reservoir
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps 1/1/99, Reservoir
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus 5/13/00, Reservoir
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena 3/15/14, Reservoir
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus 4/30/04, Loch
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodius
Great Egret Casmerodius albus
Snowy Egret Egretta thula 4/17/99, Lake
Green Heron Butorides virescens 5/20/99, Lake
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Nyctanassa violaceus 5/11/14, Azalea Pond
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura 10/7/00, Maintenance Field
Snow Goose Chen caerulescens 12/16/01, Xmas Bird Count
Brant Branta bernicla 11/17/12, Reservoir
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Wood Duck Aix sponsa
Gadwall Anas strepera Turtle Pond
American Wigeon Anas americana 2/5/02, Lake
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors 4/18/04, Reservoir
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata
Northern Pintail Anas acuta 9/12/99, Turtle Pond
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca 10/6/99, Turtle Pond
Canvasback Aythya valisineria 1/1/00, Reservoir
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris Reservoir
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis 11/6/99, Reservoir
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus merganser 4/14/03, Reservoir
Common Merganser Mergus merganser 3/00, Reservoir
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus Reservoir
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis Reservoir
Osprey Pandion haliaetus 5/29/99, Hawk Watch
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus 9/18/99, Hawk Watch
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus 9/18/99, aerial
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipter striatus
Cooper's Hawk Accipter cooperii
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus 10/29/99, Hawk Watch
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus 9/18/99, Hawk Watch
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Merlin Falco columbarius 9/25/99, aerial
Peregrine Falco peregrinus 10/5/99, aerial
Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianis colchicus Turtle Pond, Harlem Meer
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo Oct 2008
Sora Porzana carolina LIFE: 9/23/99, Bow Bridge
American Coot Fulica americana
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca 5/6/99, Turtle Pond
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria LIFE: 5/8/99, Turtle Pond
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia 5/7/99, Turtle Pond
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla 5/8/99, Turtle Pond
Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata 10/28/03, Maintenance Field
American Woodcock Scolopax minor 1/25/04, Oven
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides 4/18/04, Reservoir
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus 3/02/04, Reservoir
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger 7/1/03, Boating Pond
Rock Dove Columba livia
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus 9/25/00, Maintenance Meadow
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus 5/12/99, Azalea Pond
Barn Owl Tyto alba 1/7/04, Locust Grove
Eastern Screech-Owl (released) Otus asio LIFE: 3/25/00, Ramble
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus 5/2/01, Ramble
Barred Owl Strix varia 11/17/12
Long-eared Owl Asio otus Cedar Hill
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus 12/19/04, Tavern On The Green
Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus 11/11/01, Ramble
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor 9/18/99 over Turtle Pond
Chuck-will's-widow Caprimulgus carolinensis LIFE: 5/3/07 at Azalea Pond
Whip-poor-will Caprimulgus vociferus LIFE: 4/30/00 at 5th Ave/74th St
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris 9/14/99, Willow Rock
Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus 12/2/04, Strawberry Fields
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus LIFE: Fall '98, Locust Grove
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus 3/11/2000, Loch
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi LIFE: 5/18/99, Swampy Pin Oak
Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens 5/25/99, Evodia Field
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris LIFE: 5/16/02, Turtle Pond
Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens 5/3/11, Strawberry Fields
Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus 9/28/99, Maintenance Field
"Western" Flycatcher Empidonax difficilis/occidentalis Ramble, 11/21/15
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe LIFE: Fall '98, W93rd St.
Great-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus Ramble, 5/6/99
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus Ramble, 5/6/99
White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus Ramble, 5/6/99
Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons Maintenance Field, 9/27/00
Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius LIFE: Fall '98, Ramble
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus Ramble 5/6/99
Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus LIFE: 5/13/00, Ramble
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus Oven 5/10/99
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia Reservoir/Turtle Pond, 5/9/05
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota Reservoir, 5/9/05
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis Turtle Pond
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Turtle Pond
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor 10/6/99, Ramble
Black-capped Chickadee Parus atricapilla
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis 9/4/99, Ramble
Brown Creeper Certhia americana LIFE: Sept '98, Ramble
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
House Wren Troglodytes aedon 4/26/99, nr. Boathouse
Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris 9/24/01, Hernshead
Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
Eastern Bluebird Sialis sialis 11/17/12, Sparrow Rock
Veery Catharus fuscescens LIFE: 5/8/99, Ramble
Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus LIFE: 9/26/99, Ramble
Bicknell's Thrush Catharus bicknelli LIFE: 5/19/04, Ramble
Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus LIFE: 5/10/99, Ramble
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus LIFE: 9/98, Ramble
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina 4/24/99, Oven
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius 11/30/10, Ramble
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottus
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
Starling Sternus vulgaris
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera LIFE: 4/29/99, Ramble
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera 5/6/01, Ramble
Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina LIFE: 9/19/99, Cherry Hill
Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis celata LIFE: 4/29/99, Ramble
Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata 4/25/00, Ramble
Northern Parula Parula americana LIFE: 5/6/99 at Turtle Pond
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia 5/6/99, Ramble
Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica LIFE: 5/6/99 at Azalea Pond
Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia 5/7/99, Azalea Pond
Cape May Warbler Dendroica tigrina LIFE: 9/18/99, Cherry Hill
Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata
Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens LIFE: Fall '98, Strawberry Fields
Black-throated Blue Warbler Dendroica caerulescens LIFE: Fall '98, W93rd St.
Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca LIFE: 5/8/99, Ramble
Yellow-throated Warbler Dendroica dominica 4/9/05, Turtle Pond
Pine Warbler Dendroica pinus LIFE: Fall '98, nr Pinetum
Prairie Warbler Dendroica discolor LIFE: 4/30/99, Ramble
Palm Warbler Dendroica palmarum
Bay-breasted Warbler Dendroica castanea LIFE: 5/10/99, Turtle Pond
Blackpoll Warbler Dendroica striata LIFE: 5/10/99, Oven
Cerulean Warbler Dendroica cerulea LIFE: 5/6/99, Turtle Pond
Black and White Warbler Mniotilta varia
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla 5/8/99, Ramble
Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea 4/30/00, Azalea Pond
Swainson's Warbler Limnothlypis swainsonii 4/29/16, Strawberry Fields
Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorus LIFE: 5/6/99, Azalea Pond
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus LIFE: 5/6/99, Ramble
Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis LIFE: 5/5/99 Oven
Louisiana Waterthrush Parkesia motacilla LIFE: 4/21/99 Oven
Kentucky Warbler Oporornis formosus LIFE: 5/5/00, Ramble
Connecticut Warbler Oporornis agilis LIFE: 9/5/02, Tanner's Spring
Mourning Warbler Oporornis philadelphia LIFE: 5/27/00, Ramble
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Hooded Warbler Wilsonia citrina LIFE: 4/27/99 Azalea Pond/Gill
Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla 5/10/99, Point
Canada Warbler Wilsonia canadensis LIFE: 5/10/99, Oven
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens 5/5/2000, Ramble
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra 5/13/2007, Ramble
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea 5/14/99, Ramble
Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana 3/30/08, Huddlestone Arch
Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
American Tree Sparrow Spizelloides arborea 2/13/00, Azalea Pond
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina 4/11/99, Azalea Pond
Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida 5/12/14, Strawberry Fields
Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla LIFE: Fall '98, Tanners Spring
Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus 8/10/15, Locust Grove
Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus 9/10/04, north end ball fields
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis 4/11/99, Sheep's Meadow
Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum May 4th 2012, Falconer's Hill
Nelson's (Sharp-tailed) Sparrow Ammodramus nelsoni (nelsoni) LIFE: 9/29/02, Oven
Saltmarsh (Sharp-tailed) SparrowAmmodramus caudacutus 4/30/01, Gill
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys 10/15/99, Turtle Pond etc
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana LIFE: Fall '98, Tanners Spring
Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii LIFE: 4/30/99, Balcony Bridge
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus 5/10/99, Ramble
Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea 5/5/02, Point/Oven
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea 5/11/99, Ramble
Dickcissel Spiza americana 5/18/2008 Falconer's Hill
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius tricolor
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus LIFE: 4/24/99, Ramble/Gill
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna 10/19/14, Great Lawn/Turtle Pond
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius 4/30/01, Oven
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula 5/5/99, Ramble
Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus LIFE: 9/26/99, Tanner's Spring
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera Dec 15th 2012, Ramble/Muggers Woods
Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea USA: 12/4/99, 59th St Pond
Pine Siskin Carduelis pinus 12/4/99, Azalea Pond
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis
House Sparrow Passer domesticus