Fall Migration Walk

September 23, 2012 8:30 AM

Pelham Bay Park

Southern Zone

Here’s our terrific group, L to R: Jerry, Eleanor, Joe, Bill, Jack, Cathy, Richard, Don. Missing are Oliver, who left before we took the photo, also Billy who took the picture.

With NW winds and beautiful weather, I was excited to have a walk. While gathering in the parking lot a Northern Harrier flew overhead, a propitious start. We walked north and cut in to the area around the famous “Granny Oak” which is somewhere between 350-500 years old. Before we arrived we watched as four Carolina Wrens entertained us for at least ten minutes. Jerry spotted a Black and White Warbler nearby and several other birds flew into the foliage, too deep for us to see. Cathy found an Eastern-woods Peewee and we kept walking finding a Red-eyed Vireo, Red-breasted Grosbeak, many Gray Catbirds, and Flickers. Closer to the water Richard found at least two Empidonax flycatchers. We also had a good look at an American Kestrel perched in a tree.

    As we slowly circled back to the parking lot, stopping on the open fields, we had a Swainson’s Thrush and some of the more common birds, Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, a Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey and a House Wren.

We then explored the area close to the wall near the horse stable. There Richard’s eagle eyes found an Eastern Phoebe. While we watched the Phoebe, an Indigo Bunting flew directly underneath.

While I would have expected more warblers, we had a nice variety of birds and a spectacular day!

Species account:

Northern Harrier

Chimney Swift

Black and White Warbler

Indigo Bunting

Red-eyed Vireo (3)

Carolina Wren (4)

Swainson's Thrush

Flicker (4)

House Wren

Blue Jay (16)

Eastern Mockingbird (4)

Osprey

Cedar Waxwing

Eastern-Woods Peewee

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4)

Grey Catbird (several)

Downy Woodpecker (2)

Empidonax flycatcher (few)

American Kestrel

Red-tailed Hawk

Northern Cardinal

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Phoebe

Great Egret

Common Yellowthroat

Herring Gulls (several)

Canada Goose (several)

Someone on the walk asked me about Ostrich Eggs. Well, I can’t remember who asked but I promised a photo. I was in Whole Foods where they sell them. One egg is $39.99! They are quite amazing to see up close.

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