Monday, February 22, 2016

Woodcock time!

Common Woodcock

Jordan Spindel writes today, 2/22/16:

Midday today I was out in the Ramble birding.  I was taking a break at the feeders when I saw an AMERICAN WOODCOCK fly past heading east. It was clearly this species, with the mostly unmarked wings and long bill. I later learned that at least 1 or 2 other Woodcocks were seen in the park that day. Also continuing was the RED BREASTED MERGANSER on the reservoir. Other than those two, I only saw the usual suspects, but for the first time ever, I saw a Brown Creeper feeding on the ground!  It just shows you how small it really is.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Spring Migration - Act One, Scene 1

Tom Fiore reports:

Sunday, 21 February, 2016

At least a bit of migration occurred last night with American Woodcock showing, or more accurately, flushing in several areas of the northern end of Central Park (Manhattan, N.Y. City) as well as what seemed a slight up-tick in numbers of juncos & some sparrows.  Also a small number of male Red-winged Blackbirds, a couple of them giving song.  A fair chance there are a few other early migrants about as well.

Tom Fiore

American Woodcock