Thursday, March 20, 2014

Inwood Hill Park - Osprey - Mar 20, 2014 - Spring arrives!

Did a quick walk around the north end of the park this morning. Soaring over the ship canal in from 218th Street was my first Osprey of the year! It should have been carrying a green sprig in its talons to mark the official arrival of spring later in the day.

The male White-winged Scoter, present since Mar 6, was back in the canal east of the Henry Hudson Bridge again this morning, though I hadn't found him yesterday. Also in the canal were three female type Red-breasted Mergansers. Two more White-wings were in the Hudson west of the railroad bridge.

The ridge did not turn up any new arrivals, but Carolina Wren, Tufted Titmouse, Northern Cardinal, and Song Sparrow were all singing actively. There seemed to be even more Snowdrops out than the other day (see Mar 17). Finally, just up the trail to the north of the Shorakkapoch Rock, a Hairy Woodpecker was calling and actively feeding. This is the same place I found a Hairy earlier in the week. 

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