Monday, April 8, 2013

Prospect / GWC April 8th, here they come ??

The first REAL warm front after a long cold spell kick started some birds our way, namely a small influx of PALM WARBLERS, supported by several PINE WARBLERS ( which FINALLY I saw one !), 2 YELLOW RUMPED WABLERs, all seen in the Lullwater.

First reported in the section of the Lullwater mid morning by Mary Eyster , then Elyse Taylor, the warbler flurry occurred in front of the Rustic Arbor; then the small flock of both warbler species moved towards the Terrace Bridge, generally about 150 feet north of the bridge,using the shoreline trees for "springboard" and perches. In the large Eastern pine tree on the west side, I spotted a bright PINE WARBLER after seeing  female and drab specimens, of 3 seen. PALMS were in the 6-8 bird range here. GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLETS added numbers under the 7 range of birds.But early reports tells of a fallout for this species. Even the Pine grove below the Terrace Bridge saw some Pine Warblers.

Over in Greenwood Cemetery, Rob Jett reported decent numbers of PALM WARBLERS and very good numbers of GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLETS

A late word from Rob Bate : LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH in the Binnen Run creek south side of the Nethermead (3 Arch) Bridge, and two RUSTY BLACKBIRDs in the Ambergill Creek, Esdale Bridge

The tally of 4 Warbler species is a GOOD omen.

With this "heat wave", its a good bet more migrants will come tonight on the southern front, perhaps a good time to look for the Yellow-Throated Warbler ( which I already have from a Florida trip at friends' feeder). But maybe Blue Gray Gnatcatcher will be a catch tomorrow. Time to start looking.....

( Note : there was a report Yellow-throated Warbler at Hempstead Lake in Nassau county , so eyes open here !)

From Orrin:

Greenwood Cemetery

GWC this morning, mostly around Battle Hill, the Valley Water, and the Sylvan Water:

Double-crested cormorant
Canada goose
Mallard duck
Red-tailed hawk
Northern flicker (at last a half dozen)
Downy woodpecker
Palm Warbler (1)
Golden-crowned kinglet (dozens, maybe hundreds, everywhere there are trees)
Black-capped chickadee
White-breasted nuthatch
White-throated sparrow
Dark-eyed junco
Field Sparrow
Northern cardinal
Eastern phoebe (many)
Hermit thrush (3)
American robin
Northern mockingbird
House sparrow


From Rob Bate:

4 Warbler species day.  Personal record for 2013
45 species total.

Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  X
American Black Duck  X
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  X
Ruddy Duck  X
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Egret  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  X
Laughing Gull  2
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Rock Pigeon  X
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  X
Downy Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  5
Eastern Phoebe  6
Blue Jay  X
Tree Swallow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
Brown Creeper  4
Winter Wren  2
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  50     Big fall out.  All through the park where I went
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  X
European Starling  X

Louisiana Waterthrush  1     In stream below Nethermead Arches Bridge.  Different individual than the one seen last week, this one more white, less yellow tinge.  Legs were bubblegum colored but not as bright as previous individual.
Palm Warbler  5
Pine Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3

Chipping Sparrow  2
Fox Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  8
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Rusty Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  1
House Sparrow  X