Saturday, March 12, 2016

PHOEBE news, yesterday


Eastern Phoebe in Central Park -- Photo by David Speiser 3/28/08

Jordan Spindell writes:

After scattered reports on the 10th, I decided to try my own luck at trying to find an Eastern Phoebe today, despite my chance possibly being a bit lower. It became apparent as I first walked in Central Park that migration was happening, as a flock of about 40 Double-Crested Cormorants was on the Reservoir, the most I've ever seen together there. In the Pinetum and Ramble, there were flocks of Song and Fox Sparrows everywhere. At the Humming Tombstone, I finally saw my target bird sitting on a branch, my first EASTERN PHOEBE of the year. It only stuck around for a minute before it flew off to the north. I then made my way to the feeders after watching a large flock of Fox Sparrows, when I went to watch some Song Sparrows bathing at the source of the Gill. Right there, another phoebe popped into frame in a bush, and this one was actually calling. Then, I noticed it seeming to appear in random parts of the bush. When it chased another bird out and into the trees, it became clear that there were 2 EASTERN PHOEBES here, making my day count 3 phoebes. Hopefully, the kinglets, sparrows, and Pine Warblers are just around the corner. Good Birding!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

And the winner is..

Eastern Phoebe

David Barrett!  He sent in an e-Mail a few minutes ago:


Since I know you keep track of this, I had what I believe is the first reported Eastern Phoebe of the season in Tupelo Meadow this morning at 9:15.


David Barrett

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

The Great First Phoebe Hunt

Eastern Phoebe  -- - photo by David Speiser, March 12, 2014

It's that time of year when a certain number of obsessed urban birdwatchers head for the park in hopes of finding the first Phoebe of the season. [Phoebes are generally the first songbird migrant to arrive in Central Park)
So get out your bins and join the Great First Phoebe Hunt.