CBS2's Hazel Sanchez has more on the Cerulean warbler.
- Today's nice weather wasn't the only reason people were flocking to Central Park. A rare bird was spotted out there. CBS 2's Hazel Sanchez joins us now with the details. Hazel.
HAZEL SANCHEZ: Hey there, Jess. We are right on the corner of East 79th Street and 5th Avenue. I'm going to get out of the way right away so you can see what's going on. Right now you can see there in the distance birdwatchers, or birders, as they are known, are gathered here hoping for a rare glimpse of the cerulean warbler, which I think they might be spotting right at this hour.
People from the city and beyond, suited with their binoculars and cameras, have been coming here for the past couple of days after birders spotted the cerulean warbler. It is a small songbird from South America that's known for its bright blue coloring. It migrates through New York City and mates upstate, but the cerulean warbler is very rarely seen in the concrete jungle of New York City. Birders say climate change has also made the appearance of these birds, these songbirds, less frequent, and also in fewer numbers.
So that's what's been the big draw here in Central Park. Many people have been here all day waiting for that rare chance of seeing this beautiful songbird, and what a joy it is when they do.
- So you've been all day and you finally got to see it.
- Finally got to see it, yes.
- Where was it?
- It was up there, and then it just dropped down.
- So exciting.
- We'll have to listen for it again.
RICHARD NELSON: The warblers are known to tease. I remind people what the birds are in charge. Because you really, you think you have them, and then they run, and then they go this way and that way, and you're all of a sudden captive to their motions. But that's part of the game. Because when you get them, the tremendous satisfaction.
RONALD LUGO: You can go and see the cerulean up in Sterling Forest, you can go down to South America and see it. But when you come to Central Park, this piece of green, a patch of green in the park, getting it here is special.
HAZEL SANCHEZ: It is pretty special. Now birders here in Central Park tell me that they have seen at least two cerulean warblers here in this park. There have also been sightings of one in Prospect Park, including a female, which I am told is even more rare. But the bottom line is these cerulean warblers will only be in the city for a few days, so catch them if you can live in Central Park heysel Sanchez Sebastian.