Sunday, May 3, 2020

May 3 - Inwood Hill Park

I spent over six hours this morning birding in Inwood Hill Park. Most of the time with Danny Karlson, but we were joined at times by Diane Schenker, Hilary Russ, and Rachael Joakim. It was a nice morning with warmer temperatures and a nice variety of birds, but fewer than yesterday. This was a surprise since the overnight winds and radar indicated a good flight of migrants.and most of us expected a better morning than yesterday. One surprise was the relative paucity of Black-and-white Warblers. Yesterday they were easily the most common warbler around. They seemed to be everywhere. This morning they were around, but in far fewer numbers.

I did end up with 50 species of birds (adding a Great Black-backed Gull from my window when I got home). That total included eight new species for my April/May list (in italics in the list below). I also heard a singing Baltimore Oriole from my window after getting home. My overall April/May list for the park is now 92 species with 37 from my apartment. Also seen from my window today was the first Canada Goose goslings I have seen this year.

Before getting to the bird list, a couple of non-bird photos. A very nice Tiger Swallowtail cooperatively posed in the Overlook Meadow when we were trying to track down a singing Yellow-throated Vireo.

Growing on a dead tree stump on the eastern edge of the Overlook Meadow was this very large Dryad's Saddle fungus (Cerioporus [Polyporus] squamosus). It was larger than a large dinner plate.

Today's bird list:

Canada Goose
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture - over the Palisades
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo 
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
European Starling
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush - singing in the Clove and on the ridge
American Robin
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Baltimore Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Northern Waterthrush
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Cardinal

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