1st Spring Migration Walk 2016

Saturday, May 7 @ 8:30AM

Hunter Island-Turtle Cove, Pelham Bay Park

It was cloudy, cool and wet but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. We were all happy to be outside, looking for birds and socializing. Don decided his bookshelf was overloaded and filled his car with a bunch of birding books to distribute. So we happily took a book or two. There were still a few left over, so I guess his library is quite extensive. I know my shelves are groaning too.

As we walked up the trail, our first birds were a beautiful pair of Orchard Orioles. In the same tree was a Yellow-rumped warbler. This is where the wise cracking fun began. I commented that they were called “Butter Butts” in the south, and the fun went on from there. Poor Bob got most of the ribbing with his new 12 x 50 binoculars, which actually came in very handy when we had trouble identifying two loons that were way out on the water.

As we proceeded up the trail there were more common birds, a good looking male House Finch, Flickers, Cardinals but then we came to our first Baltimore Oriole. That was our “Bird of the Day.” I think we had 8 of them by the time we finished. Warblers were relatively few compared to other NYC locations. We saw a couple of Black and Whites, Yellow Warblers , Yellow -rumps and a Palm. Missing today were the sparrows and not a Red-tail or Osprey which are almost always around. My guess is that the weather had a lot to do with them not being very active. Three hours later, we all got back to our cars, we finished the Hunter Loop, saw birds, had some exercise and fun with our friends.

L. Some of the books Don was distributing. There were more, we had already picked through a bunch. R.One of the many spectacular Baltimore Orioles we saw. Photo by Ted Kavanagh.

Species Account: Great Black-Backed Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Orchard Oriole, Yellow-rumped warbler, Blue jay, American Robin, Common Grackle, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Baltimore Oriole, Flicker, Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse,

Eastern Towhee, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Black and White warbler, hermit Thrush, Gray Catbird, White-breasted Nuthatch, Fish Crow, Downy Woodpecker, Warbling Vireo, Yellow warbler, Great Egret, Double-crested Cormorant, Common Loon, Brant, Red-breasted Merganser, European Starling, mallard, House Sparrow, palm warbler.

Home     Contact     About