Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Migration tail end

We unfortunately are nearing the end of the peak migration. But there is still stuff to see. Like MOURNING WARBLER, GRAY CHEEKED THRUSHES,BICKNELLS THRUSH and common warblers.

Topping the day is the continuing MOURNING WARBLER. Yesterday's bird was found today by Rafael Campos in the past weekend Least Bittern spot, the "No mans land" between the Rose Garden and the Compost Yard next to the Zoo. The big Willow Oak and Tulip Tree designates the site.

Then comes reports of GRAY CHEEKED THRUSHES of which one may be a BICKNELL'S THRUSH. Long Island Pat Palladino reported 7 GRAY CHEEKEDS in the Park today.

Warblers are found in the right spots. For example, at the Ambergill Bird Pool, a WILSONS & CANADA WARBLER appeared . Along with them , MAGNOLIA-the most common species today--in a number of spots. Rob Bate saw the pair of CAPE MAY WARBLERS in the Kusa Dogwood tree in the center of the Vale Cashmere Pool while the Goats Bleated....Also of note, WORM EATING WARBLER spotted by Linda Ewing at the Ambergill Pool, a good one given the date. NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH  and more MAGNOLIAs in the Peninsula. So the season hasn't ended yet. There's still more birding toward the end of the month but numbers will drop as the shift to breeding grounds commences.

posts from nysbirds more details

Subject: Mourning warbler Prospect Park
From: Rob Bate <>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 11:41:57 -0400
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Raphael Campos redoing the Mourning Warbler shortly before noon. It is in the same area where the Least Bittern was seen a few days ago south of the Rose Garden in an "Aurelia Grove" behind a transformer "tombstone" near a huge tulip tree and willow Oak. 

Rob Bate 

Subject: Bicknell's and Hooded Warbler - Prospect Park Peninsula
From: Pat Palladino <>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:00:29 +0000
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In addition to the Bicknell's Thrush, a female Hooded Warbler was foraging in the Peninsula this morning.

Pat Palladino

Subject: Bicknell's Thrush in Prospect Park
From: Joshua Malbin <>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 06:48:13 -0400
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A Bicknell's Thrush found yesterday by Rob Jett was still present and
singing this morning in Prospect Park, on the lefthand paved path of the
peninsula, about halfway between the pink beach and where the paths