After my trip to Van Cortlandt Park early Sunday morning I decided to hit up Central Park on my way home in the hopes of checking a couple more birds off of my Anti-Global Warming Big Year list. I was successful in doing so, spotting both a Fox Sparrow and a small flock of Cedar Waxwings near the feeders in the Ramble. Overall, my walk through the park was enjoyable and birdy (or is that redundant?), with a large flock of Common Grackles that had a couple Rusty Blackbirds along, a bunch of common waterfowl on the reservoir including a couple of American Coots, and lots of the usual suspects like Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Cardinals, and Mourning Doves.

But one bird in particular stood out, the White-throated Sparrow below that decided to hop along the edge of a puddle five feet in front of me with the sun at my back. I’m pretty happy with this shot which, cigarette butt and all, certainly rises above the level of a record shot.

Central Park White-throated Sparrow

And for lots more good White-throated Sparrow pics that were also taken in Central Park, check out Charlie’s gallery.

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.