Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May 2 - Inwood Hill Park

I went into the park for about two hours this morning. It was not as birdy as I thought it might be, but still I found 43 species. The highlight was on the way out when i encountered the winter plumaged Red-throated Loon that James Knox had reported yesterday. It was in one of the channels of water north of the soccer field that are present when the tine is partway in (or out). I have seen the species here before, but that was in the winter. In the spring it is possible to spot one (or a Common Loon) flying over, but it is surprising to find one lingering in the waters around the park. This bird may be oiled - at least it appears to have something on the underside, visible when it reared up out of the water.

Red-throated Loon 05/02/2017 Inwood Hill Park
Red-throated Loon 05/02/2017 Inwood Hill Park
Another surprise was a group of eleven Leasst Sandpipers on the mudflats north of the soccer fields at the north end of the park.

Least Sandpipers 05/02/2017
The full list (including nine warblers) is below.

Canada Goose
Red-throated Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Red-tailed Hawk
Least Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush
Wood Thrush working on a nest 05/02/2017 Inwood Hill Park
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow

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