Sunday, May 1, 2011

Good Weekend Part 2, May 1st

Following on the heels of Saturday, Sunday was slower but still pretty good. First interesting bird of the day was a Worm-eating Warbler at Balcony Bridge. I got a brief glimpse of what I believed to be the Varied Thrush (flushed by birders approaching too closely, yet again), then I got a tweet about a Bay-breasted Warbler in the Ramble. I got a brief look at that, and while trying to relocate it found a Blackburnian Warbler. After Nashville being a first-of-year bird the previous day there were several singing males in the Ramble and I saw a few individuals. While at the Bay-breasted I heard of a Yellow-throated Warbler elsewhere, and while unsuccessfully pursuing that I was told of a Summer Tanager. Summer Tanager is pretty rare in Central Park since it's north of the breeding range, but after a little searching it proved to be very active and not all that difficult to observe.

As the time approached noon I decided to check out Tanner's Spring which was initially quiet but had a brief flurry (N. Parula, Black-and-white Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler) followed by another quasi-rarity - an Orange-crowned Warbler. Hermit Thrush and Veery were here (I saw Wood Thrush near the Varied Thrush spot). Then after leaving Tanner's intending to go home I spent at least an hour along the south side of Turtle Pond where the Summer Tanager was flycatching bees in the tall oaks and giving excellent views. I also added Eastern Phoebe and Canada Warbler for the day here.

First of year birds: Summer Tanager, Bay-breasted Warbler, (Varied Thrush), Canada Warbler

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Peregrine Falcon
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Blue-winged Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Canada Warbler
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole

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