The Door is Closing on the Fall Migraion
There are a few straggling Palm and Pine warblers in the park but the warblers are just about gone. Winter birds heve been filtering into the park. Both Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets are easy to find, lots of sparrows including Dark-eyed Juncos are readily seen. Chickadees, Titmice and both Nutchatches are around too. In the water there are Brant, Bufflehead, Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser and American Black Duck. Each day more species should be arriving. Keep your head up for Merlins, Peregrines that patrol the parking lot. It looks like the Osprey are gone but lots of resident Red-tailed Hawks are plentiful.
Golden-crowned Kinglets are in the park now. The golden crown is not always visible.
This is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. His ruby crown is not evident in this photo. Notice his large white oval eye ring. He's also a slightly larger bird than the Yellow -crowned Kinglet.
Brown Creeper are here now. They work their way up trees, gleaning for insects.
Every few years we get a finch irruption.When there is a bad crop of cones in the north, some seed eating birds come further south. We have a flock of Pine Siskins feeding at various locations in the park. I've seen the current flock at Turtle Cove and just over the City Island Bridge. Other birders have seen them on Hunter Island. Evening Grosbeak have been seen in Brooklyn. I'm hoping to see some here.
The White-breasted Nuthatch is a more common bird here than the red-breasted. It likes to walk the trunk, usually spiraling around as it travels.
All photos and text by Jack Rothman. All rights reserved. No photo may be copied or duplicated without written permission.Copyright 2020
The current administration proposed to abolish critical protections for birds. US District Court Judge Valerie Caproni ruled in favor of birds and disallowed the abolishment or the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This was a great relief to many of us. The abolishment of the MBTA would have allowed the decimation of bird populations without recourse.
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City Island Birds was created in 2007 to bring birders, and would be birders, to the park. Everyone has always been welcomed. Our walks are always friendly, non-competitive and fun. We all love to see great birds, but without each other, it's never as enjoyable.
A Red-breasted Nuthatch in the trees near the Nature Center at Orchard Beach. You can find them in the park this time of the year.
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What Sparrow Is It?
It's sparrow time. They're here and they can be confusing. Yes, you looked in the book and studied them, but somehow you don't recognize them in the field. That's pretty normal. Looking in a book doesn't compare to doing it in the field. However, you need to start somewhere. If you go onto Amazon, you can find "Sparrows and Finches of the Great lakes Region and Eastern North America" by Chris G. Early for about $5, used. This reference makes sparrows a bit easier. In the meantime, try my sparrow quiz,
(Little Brown Job)
One of the last warblers to move through, is the Yellow-rumped Warbler. Some will stay for the entire winter.
So Many Deer!
It's rare that I don't see a few deer when I walk through the park, especially on Hunter Island. They are beautiful but are not good for the forest. Having no predators, the eat much of the understory where certain birds nest. I don't know what will become of the forest as they continue to eat all of the budding trees. The Parks department has put white tubes around the seedlings to help alleviate the problem but I don't believe its enough to solve the overpopulation.
City Island Birds Walk Results
Thursday, 10/22@ 8:00am
Almost gone are from the park are the Palm Warblers. I always see them in Florida in the winter
The Tufted Titmouse is back in full. They seem to be all over the heavily wooded areas of Hunter Island.