Having spent two long days birding in the park I slept in this morning. I didn't get into the park until nearly 11:00 am. It felt quieter than the last two mornings though my total for the day of 54 species was my best day yet this spring. I just had to work harder for things. I ran into Nadir Souirgi early on and we birded together most of the time, joined part of the time by Rachael Joakim. I only picked up two new species for the spring: Great Crested Flycatcher and a briefly seen male Scarlet Tanager.
Before giving the full bird list, a couple of non-birder photos. The first is the flower of Common Dewberry (Rubus flagellaris), a prickly vine that can be unpleasant to get caught in, but that can be fairly pretty.
The second photo is of the Dryad's Saddle mushroom that I presented in yesterday's post. Today's picture is of the same specimen, but today when I photographed in I put my Leatherman tool in the picture to give some scale. The tool is four inches long.
The following is today's bird list.
Great Black-backed Gull
Turkey Vulture 2 - one over the Palisades and one over the park
Osprey 1 - over the Hudson River
Peregrine Falcon 2 - overhead at the Meadow Overlook
Least Flycatcher 1 - on the ridge; path between the pine groves
Great Crested Flycatcher 1 - east side of the Clove, towards Payson Avenue
Yellow-throated Vireo 1 - top of the Clove
Blue-headed Vireo 3 - scattered locations
Warbling Vireo 2 - probably more around the north side of the soccer fields
Common Raven 1 - over the Palisades
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
House Wren 1 - on the ridge in a brushy tangle
Gray Catbird - all over the park now
Northern Mockingbird - around Muscota Marsh
Wood Thrush - singing in the Clove and on the ridge
American Robin - everywhere
Chipping Sparrow - soccer fields
Common Grackle - scarcer this spring than in other years
Black-and-white Warbler - many fewer than Saturday
Nashville Warbler 1 - on the ridge
Northern Parula - various locations
Chestnut-sided Warbler - the Clove
Black-throated Blue Warbler - the ridge
Scarlet Tanager - the ridge
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4 - top of the Clove path