It was cool in the morning (30s - low 40s), warming up towards midday with bright blue skies and a few clouds all morning. Despite the lovely weather, it was surprisingly quiet. We only found three species of warblers: Pine, Yellow-rumped, and Palm. We only saw one of each. In fact I missed the Palm which Danny spotted. There were also a few Eastern Phoebes and a number of Hermit Thrushes. My total for the morning in the park was 37 species (list below) - the best morning I have had so far this April. I thought I was going to go the whole walk without adding anything to my spring list, until we spotted two Black Vultures over the soccer fields on the way out. Other birders saw Tree Swallows and I finally spotted one over the ship canal from my apartment window in the afternoon. This brings my totals for April to 58 species for Inwood and 29 from the apartment.
Before getting to the bird list here are a couple of wildflowers I photographed today.
|Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia)|
|Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)|
Black Vulture - 2
Turkey Vulture - 8 (over the Palisades)
Great Black-backed Gull
Eastern Phoebe - at least 3 on the Ridge
Tufted Titmouse - 2
Savannah Sparrow - a couple on the soccer field