|Jack-in-the-Pulpit © Joseph DiCostanzo|
Much showier, but also a spring favorite was the Flowering Dogwood now coming out in spots on the ridge.
|Flowering Dogwood © Joseph DiCostanzo|
There were a number of other trees, vines, and wildflowers in bloom, many of which I am still learning to identify. I find plants much harder than birds, even though they don't move!
Another touch of color Ann and I came across was a bright orange fungus growing out of a small log at the top of the Clove road. I don't know what it is, but it certainly seems distinctive.
|© Joseph DiCostanzo|
To finish up, the following are some of the highlights of the morning's bird list in more or less checklist order:
Common Loon - 2 breeding plumage individuals Nadir and I saw flying over as we left the soccer field
Spotted Sandpiper - 2 by Muscota Marsh at 6:30
Greater Yellowlegs - 1, Nadir spotted one on the flats north of the soccer fields that flew off to the south. Not common in the park.
|Greater Yellowlegs © Joseph DiCostanzo|
Nearly all of the following warblers were seen in the morning with things much quieter in the midday.
Ovenbird - a few, some calling
Worm-eating Warbler - 1
Northern Waterthrush - several calling as well as seen along the temporary running water in the Clove left by the recent rains
Blue-winged Warbler - 3, on the ridge
Black-and-white Warbler - all over
Tennessee Warbler - 2, on the ridge
Nashville Warbler - 3, ridge
Common Yellowthroat - lower Clove
American Redstart - a few all day, males and females
Northern Parula - all over the ridge
Magnolia Warbler - a few in the morning and midday
Blackburnian Warbler - 3, ridge
Yellow Warbler - on the edge of the soccer field
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 2, males on ridge in the morning and 1 male lower Clove midday
Black-throated Blue Warbler - all over the ridge all day
Palm Warbler - still a few around, but getting scarcer
Pine Warbler - Nadir spotted one in a far tree on the ridge which I missed, but didn't try very hard for since I have seen a number of them earlier in the park this spring
Yellow-rumped Warbler - fewer than yesterday, but still good numbers
Prairie Warbler - 2, ridge
Black-throated Green Warbler - scattered individuals on the ridge
Scarlet Tanager - 1, singing in the upper Clove in the morning
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 1, a male on the ridge in the morning
Orchard Oriole - 3, an adult male and two first year males
Over the weekend, I recorded 75 species in the park. The winds are going back into the northwest tonight so I expect things will be much quieter for the next couple of days.