Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Prospect May 29th "Speedy Mowa"; "Breezy Acadian "

Mel Brooks movie "High Anxiety " comes to mind in regards to this morning's MOURNING WARBLER. Throw in a little speed, assuming its the same bird, we witnessed a "Speedy MOWA" faster than the Indianapolis 500.

Ed Crowne, his second spring report of MOURNING WARBLER (MOWA) , is on a roll. Reporting to me 7:30 ish  a bird on the northwest slope of Lookout Hill by the stairs opposite the Quaker Cemetery closest to the drive T junction, Ed gifted us another great bird as spring fades away.

I got there about 45 minutes later and failed to see the bird in the dense and lush growth ( good to see). Hearing it helps with this skulker.No sign of the bird appeared , that is until late morning.

I received another report as I worked the Payne Hill area planting new stuff. Mary Eyster  texted me MOURNING WARBLER seen on the north slope of the Vale of Cashmere.Fortunately I was close by and lunch coming up, got over there quickly. Initially I didn't see the bird. The story was Mary heard it calling and thinking another Oporornis species instead saw the MOWA popped up in front of her, for a brief spell and faster than a blink of an eye, it disappeared. After about 15 minutes , while on the upper slope, I spotted the bright yellow chunky bird with a grayish hood ,moving fast and perching on saplings , out of sight  yet I saw it briefly enough. This bird has High Anxiety. In a matter of a few hours, it moved a mile from Lookout  to the Vale . I doubt its two birds.

I'm betting its gone tonight.This bird just wanna get out of here...

In other news, Karen reported BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and several other high birds in Butterfly Meadow and a flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS which usually breed in these parts.

Orrin forwarded me his Greenwood Cemetery report , posted below. 8 species warblers a nice tally to behold.

So there is still some birding left. As I mentioned before, don't stop birding until into next week. Stuff will be few but worth the quality given this season's late spring trends.

A late afternoon text Twitter tweet from Keir Randall informed the field of an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER on Breeze Hill as well as decent bird activity.This is a southern species moving its breeding range slowly northward. Not long ago, a nesting of this species in the Ricks place area occurred.


From Orrin Tilevitz

Picking out little birds in leafed-out copper beach trees on a heavily overcast day is at or beyond the limits of my skill set.  Nonetheless, I managed to hear or see 8 warbler species this morning at Green Wood Cemetery--blackpoll, chestnut-sided, common yellowthroat, yellow, black-throated blue, American redstart, northern parula, and magnolia.  Here is the complete list:

Northern mockingbird (imitating a northern flicker and a carolina wren)
European starling
Song sparrow
American robin
American redstart (heard)
Canada goose
Northern cardinal (heard)
Eastern wood pewee (several)
Blackpoll warbler
Chestnut-sided warbler
Magnolia warbler
Downy woodpecker
Gray catbird (heard)
Red-eyed vireo (heard)
House sparrow
Baltimore oriole (heard)
House finch (heard)
Cedar waxwing
Mallard duck
Northern flicker (heard)
Northern parula (heard)
Black-throated blue warbler (heard)
Black-crowned night heron
Chipping sparrow
Warbling vireo (heard)
Common yellowthroat
Yellow warbler
Red-bellied woodpecker

Keir Randall

Prospect Park, Kings, US-NY
May 29, 2013 6:10 PM - 8:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
39 species

Canada Goose 5
Mute Swan 2
Mallard 6
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Osprey 1
Laughing Gull 3
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1 South-east Breeze Hill, path by water opposite the peninsula. I'm pretty conservative reporting silent Empids to species but this one jumped out - biggish overall, strikingly large bill (wide) with a lot of yellow, a crisp eyering, low contrast in face/throat, no yellow in throat etc.
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 4
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Barn Swallow 4
House Wren 4
Carolina Wren 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 Ambergill path
American Robin 14
Gray Catbird 3
European Starling X
Ovenbird 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
American Redstart 4
Magnolia Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 Peninsula thumb
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Wilson's Warbler 1 Path above Wellhouse
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Baltimore Oriole 3
House Sparrow 6