Monday, June 10, 2019

June 10 - Bridled Tern comes back to Great Gull Island

For the fourth summer in a row a Bridled Tern has appeared on Great Gull Island. I first spotted it two days ago on June 8. It is frequenting the same area of the island as the last two summers. Here is a picture taken today.

Bridled Tern 06/10/2019 Great Gull Island
 The island is a closed research facility so people cannot land, but last summer a number of birders did look for and see the bird from small boats offshore. Below is a map of the island indicating in red where the bird usually hangs out. Obviously the bird has to go off to feed at time, but I do not know what its schedule for that is.

Bridled Tern frequents the area marked in red on northeast corner of Great Gull Island.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

May 4 - Inwood Hill Park - good birds in the afternoon

The morning had been so good in the park, I went back in a little before 5:00 pm to see if I could find anything else. I was glad I did since I found a number of good birds I had not seen in the morning. I picked up one additional warbler, a late Palm Warbler. Thus bringing my warbler total for the day to 17 species. With reports of other warblers seen in the park during the day, the total variety of warblers in Inwood on Saturday was certainly over 20 species. Two good birds I found at the north end of the ridge were Summer Tanager and Blue Grosbeak. The Summer Tanager was a male, but not fully red, still a little blotchy. The Blue Grosbeak was an adult male. There may have been a second individual present which I only got a glimpse of, but the second bird could have been an Indigo Bunting which was also feeding in the vicinity. In total I ended up with 68 species in the park for the day. I very good day in Inwood.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

May 4 - Inwood Hill Park

A nice, birdy morning in Inwood Hill Park. The weather, however, was not the greatest. It was slightly foggy and when I started a little before 7:30 am it started to rain lightly. The light rain continued intermittently for the first two hours of my walk. Part way through the morning I was joined by Danny Karlson up on the ridge.

My walk started off well when a Green Heron flew up into a tree right next to me on the east side of the large bay north of the soccer fields. Continuing along the water's edge I heard my first Eastern Kingbird of the year (I later saw one when I was coming out of the park). As I passed the fenced in area on the north side of the soccer field I heard a Marsh Wren sing twice from the vegetation along the waters edge west of there. The Clove had a few birds, but most of the activity was along the ridge. Whenever the sun broke thru the heavy clouds, activity would pick up. By the time I left the park to go to the Saturday Farmer's Market on Isham with Ann, I had tallied 60 species with 16 warblers. The full list is below.

Canada Goose  3
Mallard  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Ring-billed Gull  14
Herring Gull  1
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  1   (northeast of the overlook meadow)
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
Marsh Wren  1    
Carolina Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Veery  1
Wood Thrush  3
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  4
Chipping Sparrow  5
Field Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  5
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Baltimore Oriole  2
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Ovenbird  5
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  6
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Hooded Warbler  1 (male)
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Blackburnian Warbler  1 (male)
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  3 (1 male and 2 females)
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Scarlet Tanager  3 (2 males and 1 female)
Northern Cardinal  3
House Sparrow  3

May 2 - Central Park - spring migration at last!

A belated posting on my Thursday AMNH Central Park walk due to having to go out of town immediately after the walk.

The group lucked into the best migration morning of the spring 2019 so far. We easily found over 50 species on our walk. This despite the fact that viewing conditions were often not good with the birds high in the trees and back-lit on a gray morning. Highlights included five vireos and eleven warblers.


Central Park--The Ramble, New York, New York, US
May 2, 2019 7:00 AM - 9:16 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.899 mile(s)
54 species

Canada Goose  2
Mallard  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  8
Chimney Swift  2
Herring Gull  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1     Male. Red crown, red throat, white vertical
stripe on folded wing.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Least Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  1     White iris, gray head, yellow spectacles, yellow flanks.
Yellow-throated Vireo  1     Calling bird. Distinctive raspy “three-eight” call.
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Warbling Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Veery  1
Swainson's Thrush  1
Hermit Thrush  4
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  10
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  8
House Finch  2
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  2
Chipping Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  8
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Baltimore Oriole  2
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Common Grackle  3
Ovenbird  1
Northern Waterthrush  3
Black-and-white Warbler  6
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  1
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  10
Prairie Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  3
Indigo Bunting  2
House Sparrow  5

May 1 - Central Park

I am late getting this list up because of work commitments and having to go out of the city for a day and a half. Wednesday morning in Central Park for my AMNH bird walk group was yet another in a string of gray, overcast, almost foggy days this week. It made for very frustrating birding with the warblers and many other birds high in the trees and back-lit and hence very difficult to identify. Nevertheless, we found 39 species with six warblers. The full list is below.

Central Park--The Ramble, New York, New York, US
May 1, 2019 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.83 mile(s)
39 species

Canada Goose  2
Mallard  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  6
Herring Gull  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Least Flycatcher  1
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Warbling Vireo  1
Blue Jay  6
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Veery  1
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  9
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  6
House Finch  2
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  2
White-throated Sparrow  10
Baltimore Oriole  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  4
Ovenbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Northern Parula  2
Blackburnian Warbler  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  4
House Sparrow  6

Sunday, April 28, 2019

April 28 - Inwood Hill Park - YCNH continues

A gray, cool day with intermittent light rain. However, the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron first found by Nathan O'Reilly last week continues around the edge of the bay north of the soccer fields. Nathan also found a Spotted Sandpiper by Muscota Marsh this morning, a first for the season. Also arriving today were Orchard Orioles and Warbling Vireos north of the soccer fields.

April 27 - Inwood Hill Park

The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron found by Nathan O'Reilly a few days ago was still present Saturday morning. I ran into a couple of birders who said they also saw the Horned Lark, but it had shifted over to the baseball fields along Seaman Avenue. Danny Karlson and I did a walk up onto the ridge and found it pretty quiet. Our list of 26 species is below.

Canada Goose  2
Mallard  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  3
Ring-billed Gull  15
Herring Gull  2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron roosting - 04/27/2019 - Inwood Hill Park
Black Vulture  2 flying south over the soccer fields
Black Vulture (bad photo) - 04/27/2019 - Inwood Hill Park
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  6
Tree Swallow  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  3
American Goldfinch  2
White-throated Sparrow  4
Savannah Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  4
House Sparrow  5

Friday, April 26, 2019

April 26 - Inwood Hill Park - Nathan O'Reilly hotstreak continues

Two days ago I wrote about the hotstreak Nathan O'Reilly has been on in the past week in finding good birds in Inwood Hill Park. He continued the streak this morning when he found a Horned Lark on the soccer field at the north end of the park. Nathan kindly texted me and I was able to join him and Nadir in enjoying the bird. It was a very pale individual, which I suspect means it is one of the inland or western races. I am going to do some research on subspecies to see if this can be pinned down.

April 25 - Central Park

A beautiful morning with bright blue, crystal skies for my Thursday AMNH bird walk. We found 37 species with five warblers. Though it was our best Thursday morning yet, we did have to work for the birds. Hopefully, the warbler numbers will increase sharply in the coming weeks.

Canada Goose  2
Mallard  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  7
Herring Gull  3
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Warbling Vireo  1
Blue Jay  8
Tufted Titmouse  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
Hermit Thrush  2
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  15
European Starling  12
House Finch  4
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  5
Chipping Sparrow  5
Field Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  12
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Common Grackle  5
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Northern Parula  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
Northern Cardinal  6
House Sparrow  6

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

April 19/23 - Inwood Hill Park - Nathan O'Reilly hotstreak

I have done a lot of birding in Central Park in recent weeks and less than I usually do in Inwood. However, I must mention the hot streak Nathan O'Reilly has been on a hot streak in the park over the last week. On April 19, Nathan found a Marsh Wren along the shore of the bay north of the soccer fields at the north end of the park. Marsh Wrens probably occur annually in the park but they are easy to miss and are not regularly reported. (most reports are in the fall.) I know that park regular Danny Karlson also saw the wren on the 19th. On April 22, Nathan found two Blue Grosbeaks on the soccer fields. On a day of intermittent rain, a number of other birders got to see one, or both of the grosbeaks, thanks to Nathan's report - I got to see one of them in the late afternoon after getting home from work. On the evening of April 23, Nathan found a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron roosting in a tree west of Muscota Marsh in the park. He emailed me at 6:35 pm, but I was not logged into my email at the time. Luckily I did check my email about an hour later and saw his message. With light failing under a heavy overcast, I grabbed my binoculars and ran outside where I met a birder who told me he had just seen the Yellow-crown fly from the mudflats onto the grass lawn west of Muscota Marsh. I spotted the Yellow-crown after a quick scan of the grass. This was I believe my 213th species for Inwood Hill Park. Thanks, Nathan. May your streak continue!