Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Great Singers

Wood Thrush -- 5/18/09

Eastern Wood-pewee
photo by David Speiser -- 9/16/08

Two great singers dominated Central Park's soundscape early this morning--a Wood Thrush [heard east of the Azalea Pond] and an Eastern Wood-pewee, calling persistently near the Tupelo meadow: Pee-oh-weeee, pee-yur. The musical offerings quite made up for the paucity of warblers, agreed our group of birdwatchers out for Steve Quinn's last Tuesday morning walk of the spring. Quinn, a great birder and an especially great identifier of bird song, is Senior Project Manager at the American Museum of Natural History and author of Windows on Nature: The Great Habitat Dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History.

PS If birds had tonsils you'd see them in Lloyd Spitalnik's amazing photo above.