Thursday, April 29, 2010

Prothonotary, and a few other species, 4/29

Weekday coverage of spring migration in Central Park for me involves waking up at 0430 and getting the 0537 train to Manhattan. What joy. Some days are more rewarding than others in that context, and Thursday was not an epic day although it did hold one special bird: a singing male Prothonotary Warbler present for the fourth day in a row. I think most or all of the few Prothonotarys that I've seen in NYC have been males, but I don't recall any of them singing. I heard this bird before even seeing it, and from time to time it approached relatively closely although almost invariably occluded by some leaves.

There was also a sign of some decent migration, although not yet in big numbers. The vibe was still of early season migration (still only Hermit Thrush; Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers predominating) with the leading edge of other species starting to arrive.

Broad-winged Hawk (single fly-over)
Accipiter sp (1 Sharp-shinned-like, the other uncertain)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 males)
Blue-headed Vireo
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow

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