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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Bob Horton
Audubon's Original Artwork and Central Park, NY
|Seventeen members and guests, including
4 youths and three adults from the Rancocas Nature Center met Bob
Krinsky at the Tavern on the Green Restaurant to begin our birding in
Central Park. It is amazing the variety of birds you can find in the middle
of New York City. Bob lead us through the southern half of the park, which
he knows very well. Birds of interest included Hermit Thrush, Wood Thrush,
Veery, as well as Orange-crowned Warbler and Northern Waterthrush. On the
reservoir we saw a Common Loon in breeding plumage, Shovelers and Buffleheads.
When we saw a Turkey Vulture, Bob was excited. He said they are quite rare
in Central Park. Other birds include Baltimore and Orchard Oriole.
After lunch, we all went to the New York Historical Society to view 40 of John James Audubon’s original watercolors. These were used as the artwork for “Birds of America”. The paintings are magnificent. Using the magnifying glasses provided by the museum, you could see all of the details and fine lines in each drawing. Jeff Holt gave us a short explanation of Audubon's work and his Double Elephant Folio.
After the museum, some of us went home, some went
on to the Natural History Museum, and some went to McSorley’s Pub
Birds seen or heard in Central Park, NY
Pictures by Bert Filemyr