Monday, May 06, 2013

Chris finds good birds this morning, though volume is "still pathetic"

photo of Hooded Warbler taken on May 3, 2008 by LLOYD SPITALNIK

Chris Cooper reports (via ebirdsNYC):

Despite overcast skies, in 3 hours (5:50-8:50 AM):

WORM-EATING WARBLER (1--actively feeding in tall oak at NE corner of Mugger's Woods, opposite Sunbather's Rock [the big rock overlooking the Azalea Pond]; not singing)
HOODED WARBLER (1--putting on a show at the Azalea Pond)
Yellow Warbler (2)
Black-and-White Warbler (3)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (5)
Northern Parula (2)
American Redstart (1 imm male at Azalea Pond, thanks to John Schemilt)
Ovenbird (1, heard only)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (3)
Blue-headed Vireo (1, heard only)
Warbling Vireo (2)
American Kestrel (1 male, Hernshead)

ALSO REPORTED: Pine Warbler (by John Schemilt)

Volume is still pathetic for the first week of May--one struggles to see a Yellow-rump, when we should be scraping them off our eyeballs--but at least variety improved slightly, approaching the double-digit warbler barrier. The Azalea Pond area continued to be the most productive; or as another birder wryly put it to me the other day, "This is where the magic lives."