Thursday, April 30, 2009

The only bird photo I took yesterday, an Eastern Towhee in the Ramble. Much of what I saw yesterday are FOS, and here's the list from 4/29:
Of course, the ubiquitous gang:
House sparrows
Rock pigeons
European Starlings
Blue Jaws
Northern Cardinals
Canada geese
Then, in the Ramble and around the lake, brefly:
Eastern Towhee
Yellow rumps everywhere
Palm warbler (not FOS)
Black and white warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Hermit thrushes
Tree sparrow
White throated sparrows
Titmouse (heard only)
Red-bellied woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Common yellow throat warbler
Ruby Crowned Kinglet

I had only a biref time, but was energized and heartened by the sight and sound of these beautiful creatures. It's like running into old friends.

Friday, April 17, 2009

A hermit thrush in the little garden at St. Vartan's PArk on 1st Avenue between 35th an 36th.
It's been a bad week for birding. I burned my hand rather badly on Easter Sunday, and am missing the Spring migration. I managed to get to Central Park for a try at the yellow-throated warbler which has been around the model boat pond all week. The bird was not there when I was there; he has returned since, but I haven't. This litle thrush is the most exciting thing I've seen.