Thursday, May 16, 2013


Photo of Common Nighthawk in flight --[photographer unidentified, as of yet...]

5-16-13   Chris Cooper writes: 

Besides a nice round-up of some 20 or so warblers, a COMMON NIGHTHAWK flying above the Ramble eventually settled into a tree just S of the Humming Tombstone, whereupon sharp-eyed British birder Patrick's patient description got many of us on the bird. Later, Anthony Collerton reported a nightjar on the N side of the Tupelo Meadow, and an Antrostomus Argument--Whip-Poor-Will? Chuck-Will's-Widow? (I guess we can't call it a Caprimulgus Controversy anymore)--is ensuing over the I.D. as I write this.

Highlights (from 5:45-11:15 AM):

TENNESSEE W (Humming Tombstone, singing; thanks to Anthony Collerton. Another heard by Roger Pasquier at Falconer's Hill)
BAY-BREASTED W (3-Lower Lobe, Evodia Field, Maintenance Meadow)
Cape May W (7 or so, continuing at the Lower Lobe and elsewhere)
Blackburnian W (3 males & 2 females, various locales)
Canada W (1-Lower Lobe)
Wilson's W (several)
Yellow W
Magnolia W
Yellow-rumped W
Chestnut-sided W
Black-throated Blue W
Black-throated Green W
Black-and-White W
Blackpoll W 
Hooded W (singing male at Humming Tombstone, thanks to Anthony C; female reported by Andrew Rubenfeld et al.)
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Waterthrush 
Ovenbird (heard only)
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (The Point; another [same bird?] reported later at the Lower Lobe by Alison Rea)
Cedar Waxwing
Scarlet Tanager
Baltimore Oriole
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (heard only)
Eastern Kingbird
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Wood Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
House Wren
RC Kinglet
Indigo Bunting (heard only, the Polish Statue, thanks to Andy Gershon)
Swamp Sparrow

ALSO REPORTED: Olive-sided Flycatcher (Lower Lobe, by Tim Bush), Gray-cheeked Thrush (by Andrew Rubenfeld)

--Chris Cooper