Thursday, May 09, 2013

that's more like it plus PS about Fifth Avenue nest

Warbling Vireo [below] drawings via

Joe DiCostanzo writes a cheerful note this morning via eBirdsNYC:

To paraphrase Mark Twain: The reports of the death of Spring migration have been greatly exaggerated. Though everything is relative; a morning that in another Spring that might have seemed just reasonable, this year seems like a gift from heaven.

It was overcast, damp and at times downright wet for my American Museum of Natural History bird walk this morning,[Thursday May 9, 2013] but at least there were some birds to be seen, including 14 warblers. Highlights below:

Green Heron (flyover the Maintenance Meadow)
Chimnet Swift (a few over the Lake early)
Blue-headed Vireo (Azalea Pond)
Warbling Vireo (various places including the usual one at Hernshead)
Red-eyed Vireo (several)
Northern Parula (various places in the Ramble, singing)
Yellow Warbler (Hernshead and elsewhere)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (singing high in an oak sw of the Humming Tombstone)
Magnolia Warbler (se of the Tupelo)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (various places in the Ramble)
Yelow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler (Azalea Pond and se of the Tupelo)
Palm Warbler (east of the Azalea Pond)
Blackpoll Warbler (heard west of Azalea Pond)
Black-and-white Warbler (scattered through Ramble)
American Redstart (Azalea Pond and elsewhere)
Ovenbird (calling all from many spots in Ramble)
Northern Waterthrush (Upper Lobe and Azalea Pond)
Common Yellowthroat (Maintenace Meadow and Azalea Pond)
Scarlet Tanager (female at Azalea Pond)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male se of Tupelo)
Baltimore Oriole (various places)

I also heard from others about Veery, Yellow-throated Vireo (The Point), and Prairie Warbler.

Joe DiCostanzo

PS ...there are 3 [count 'em, three] fuzzy white babies in the nest on Fifth Ave. & 74th Street. Congratulation, Pale Male and Octavia, [as PM's latest mate has been dubbed.]