Saturday, April 26, 2014

A southern squall overnight, mix of old and new

The overnite squall brought in some new birds, most obvious the Prospect PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, and the target bird I had in mind HOODED WARBLER in Greenwood Cemetery. And in the cemetery both RED HEADED WOODPECKERS are in full glory,their red heads fully developed making my day and for others seeing the rare warblers a satisfying day.

The cemetery HOODED WARBLER fortunately for me stuck around , and a number of old friends saw the bird in cooperative manner. On the slope on the south side of Sylvan Waters, the HOODED WARBLER first appeared among Norway  saplings, behind the blossomed Saucer Magnolia Tree, then into the mature Yew Tree. It was a bright bird,easy to see and in full views.

In the cemetery as well, both RED HEADED WOODPECKERs continue their long stay : one at plot 109 at Battle Ave, the other by the intersection of Cypress and Grape Aves, along the Heliotrope path , before flying east along Cypress to a oak tree. The plot 109 bird was very well seen, in its favorite sycamore tree, then flying across the road to the lawn, then ascending to an oak.. awesome looks ,great bird...

But the highlight today was the new species , a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER found first at the back view of Upper Pool, the credit belonging to the founder Jim Muchmore. Various observers were present responding to twitter tweets... as reports came in thru the day , the bird was tracked to the following spots : Lull water by Terrace Bridge, Lull water by Rustic Arbor, and then this evening , Dennis H reported it across from the Peninsula Pink Beach (southern Lullwater), but acting very skittish and harder to see. North winds are in progress so its likely the rare warbler might stick around..hopefully.

BALD EAGLE was observed over the Nethermead mid afternoon by Kier.Also,worthy to mention,BANK SWALLOW at Sylvan Waters and I think the Lake.

See all the forwarded reports below for lists and photos. Not a lot of birds today,but that didn't dampen anybody's spirits seeing either HOODED or PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS.