Just a little behind with my postings!
I went to NYC for a conference in mid-September. The conference hotel is in Times Square in the mid-40s and Central Park is about a 25-30 minute crowded uptown walk from there. Arriving in the park it is then about another 25-30 minute walk to the Ramble. Being an infrequent visitor to such a huge park, I always need to adjust my route to make sure I stay on the correct trajectory for the Ramble. It's easy to get side-tracked when visiting such a fun and interesting place.
This year the resident birds were abundant. I saw a couple of other birders and a few photographers, but if migrant birds were present they made themselves scarce.
American robins were plentiful including this wary drinker.
Northern cardinals were also abundant and still feeding young.
I hope this escapee cockatiel (?) was enjoying its freedom.
Tailless common grackle
Dreadful photo of a northern waterthrush. Other migrants included a female-type rose-breasted grosbeak and ruby-throated hummingbirds nectoring on jewelweed.
In broad daylight I saw several of these guys, about as large as good-size hamsters, scurrying around.
These cute youngsters attracted a large crowd on the bridge over their drainpipe burrow. The sound of a roller-bladder over the bridge slats hustled them back into hiding.
As always, a sign on the opposite side of the bridge!