Saturday, April 13, 2013

Pat's report on TODAY'S birds; Tom's on YESTERDAY's

Louisiana Waterthrush                                          
photo by DAVID SPEISER -

Saturday, 4/13/13
Pat Pollock
For those of you looking for Louisiana Waterthrush, I met a couple in the Loch who'd seen one today @ Tanner's Spring.  They also had a bright Pine Warbler @ the string of Pine trees south of the Conservatory Gardens.
Staying @ North End - @ Meer 3 Barn Swallows & Black-crowned Night Heron
@ Loch Brown Creepers, Eastern Towhee (m) singing
Swamp Sparrow
Great Egret @ west end of Pool
CedarWaxwing perched high in tree @ Pool
At Ramble area, feeders Pine Siskin among a huge flock of Chipping Sparrows
2 Brown-headed Cowbirds (m) east of Maintenance Bldgs on grassy slope
Upper Lobe American Kestral perched atop tree
Carolina Wren singing near Gill


Hooded merganser - female -- wikipedia photo

Friday, 12 April, 2013 - Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. City

A slow & late stroll on such a chilled & wet day... many migrants managed to take off the previous night and my wanderings afoot after the rain was mostly past yielded scant results, with 3 Barn Swallows at the Meer new for me, and perhaps to Central in this year. A single E. Phoebe was the only of its kind I noticed, at the Conservatory Garden.

Of a things-in-threes theme, were 3 hen-looking Hooded Mergansers on the reservoir, and there were (still) a trio of Wood Ducks, 2 drakes & a hen, also there.Additional lingerers: a few Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks and not-uncommonly summering Gadwalls. A Pied-billed Grebe was there & at least 3 American Coots (& 2 others lingering at the Meer)...with gulls almost nonexistent, other than a few Great Black-backed Gulls out in the wind. Around the park, scattered singles of Hermit Thrush, and spare flocks of Chipping Sparrows, Slate-colored Juncos, & roving American Goldfinches were seen, plus an E. Towhee or two...(yes, it's a lull period, while we await a favorable night for arrivals from "south" of this area...) 

good mid-April birding,

Tom Fiore,