Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May 27 - Inwood Hill Park - late migrants

It was a warm morning, leading into perhaps the warmest day of the spring so far. However, there were still migrants around to be seen on a morning walk in Inwood with Ann. As on the last few mornings an Alder Flycatcher called a few times from the east side of the Overlook Meadow. Other flycatchers heard and/or seen this morning were Eastern Wood-Pewee and Great Crested Flycatcher. Also in the Overlook Meadow and singing persistently was at least one Indigo Bunting. Warbler numbers and variety are way down, but American Redstart and Blackpoll Warbler are still all over the ridge. North of the meadow we found a pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and heard a Scarlet Tanager singing. The complete bird list is below (42 species).

The Overlook Meadow also continues to be a good spot for butterflies with Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and 3 - 4 Silver-spotted Skippers seen. Cabbage Whites were scattered throughout the park.

I also photographed a couple of wildflowers now in bloom - Common Cinquefoil and what I believe is Star of Bethlehem.

Common Cinquefoil                                                                       © Joseph DiCostanzo

Star of Bethlehem                                                                               © Joseph DiCostanzo

Morning bird list:
Canada Goose
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Alder Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Barn Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Magnolia Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Common Grackle
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow

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