When things are slow bird-wise in Central Park, especially on a warm, sunny day, one good spot to check for birds is Tanner Spring, on the west side of the park near the 81st St entrance. There is always some water there for birds to drink, bathe in, and just plain enjoy. Of course, photographers love this spot too, because they can set up at Tanner Spring and let the birds come to them. In fact, if you are someone who owns books with pictures of birds taken in Central Park the rock in the background of the pictures below might look familiar.
The drill here is the same as normal. In the comments let us know what birds you think are in each picture. Remember, we want species names, so if think there is a sparrow present remember that “sparrow” is not enough of an answer; you need to call it a “Song Sparrow” if that is what you think it is. Good luck, though I think that somehow you won’t need it on this quiz.
And a bonus quiz picture, taken in Central Park but not at Tanner Spring:
May you have cool, refreshing water from a source cleaner than Tanner Spring…and may you guess all three pictures correctly!
1. (right to left) Northern Cardinal female, Blue Jay, European Starling
2. American Goldfinch
3. Log? lol I don’t see any birds…
1. (left to right) Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, House Sparrow, European Starling, House Sparrow
2. House Sparrow
3. rabid Raccoon waiting to pounce on unsuspecting photographers
Methinks this quiz is tougher than expected, and I forgot to offer a prize…so, the person who gets the most correct will get a free beer from Charlie the next time he sees them!
1. What John said (No. Cardinal, Blue Jay, House Sparrow, Eur. Starling, House Sparrow).
2. House Sparrow and Spirit of Corey.
3. Song Sparrow?
1) I see what John sees
2) House Finch
3) Hermit Thrush
I expect Charlie can send the beer in the mail?
1) What John said
2) American Goldfinch
3) Can’t find anything so it’s probably a Fox Sparrow skulking under the plants.
1) what Jason said what John said
2) What Jason said
3) Can’t find anything so it’s probably some European Acrocephalus warbler, first record for NA.
Come on, Nate, don’t tell me you have actually found a bird on the image. And no, you’ll have to join Charlie on one of his Wiltshire Nature Walks to claim your price.
@All: I’ll say that 2 out of 3 have been answered correctly. And Charlie has generously agreed to give everyone who even guesses one image correctly a free beer!*
*Not really, but it was fun to type.
@Jochen- I am not lying when I say I did find a bird in image three.
It looks to me like a Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush, but that seems unlikely for Central Park so Hermit Thrush it is.
Though I could also be convinced it’s just a discolored spot on the log.
Wow, you are good, Nate. Thanks to your hint (thanks!) I also found it. Well, I agree it’s (most likely) a Catharus thrush. The colouration of the back reminds me more of Swainson’s than of a Hermit, but I guess that’s just a wee bit too early in the season. Furthermore, there seems to be a contrast in the wing that’s diagnostic for Hermit, so I guess that’ll be my final attempt:
1) What John said
2) Goldfinch (American, granted)
3) Hermit Thrush
If I win, I guess we’ll have to do what everyone hates: share a beer. So I might actually hope I am wrong…
Ah, I see #3 now. In case Hermit Thrush isn’t it, I can convince myself it’s an Eastern Phoebe.