Monday, October 12, 2009

It's far from over

Black-throated Blue Warbler -- 9/25/09
Photo by Lloyd Spitalnik

Now that the excitement of the Sedge Wren's rare appearance has simmered down, it's time to focus on the Fall Migration again. It is far from over, as the report below from Stephanie Seymour of Englewood, NJ. demonstrates:

There seems to have been a good migration last night. I got to the park in Strawberry Fields at first light and there was much activity - actually, most of my time was spent in Strawberry Fields [SF], since it was so busy there. Highlights include 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, many Kinglets - mostly Ruby-crowned, 1 Field Sparrow and 1 Junco among the hundreds of White-throats, a gorgeous Pine Warbler that was hopping on the ground in front of me, lots of Hermit Thrushes, and 3 Winter Wrens. Here is my full list:
Canada Goose 30
Mallard 58
Rock Pigeon 5
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 (1 at SF and 1 by the Oven)
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
Eastern Phoebe 2 (1 SF and 1 Maintenance Field)
Blue-headed Vireo 1 (SF)
Blue Jay 11
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Winter Wren 3 (SF, Maintenance Field, and ?? can't remember #3's location)
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 30+
Swainson's Thrush 1
Hermit Thrush 9 (all over)
American Robin 75+
Gray Catbird 4
Brown Thrasher 1 (SF)
European Starling 20
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12 (mostly in SF)
Pine Warbler 1 (SF)
Common Yellowthroat 1 (SF)
Eastern Towhee 4
Field Sparrow 1 (SF)
Song Sparrow 30+ (SF and Maintenance Field)
White-throated Sparrow 300+ (everywhere)
Dark-eyed Junco 1 (SF)
Northern Cardinal 13
Common Grackle 15
House Sparrow 20

Phil Jeffrey sends in some additions to Stephanie's list, seen today in Central Park: House Wren on west side in the W80's. Red-eyed Vireo at Tanner's Spring Palm Warblers in multiple locations Black-throated Blue Warbler (female) at Tanner's Spring American Redstart at Tanner's Spring Scarlet Tanager at Tanner's Spring