Labor Day Birdwalk
September 5, 2010
7:30AM- 12:30 PM

Warblers, Flycatchers, Shorebirds and Raptors

    Getting up early on your day off isn’t for everyone, that’s for sure. Those of us who did get up, were rewarded with a nice array of birds. First, we cut into a clearing behind the City island Traffic Circle to find flocks of chickadees, several Common Yellowthroat, many male and female Redstarts, a Magnolia and Pine Warbler. The activity in one small clearing was great and we stayed perhaps twenty minutes, all of us pointing out birds. We had some very close looks at several birds.
We hiked down to Orchard Beach and found more species on the way. Downy Woodpeckers were plentiful as were Common Yellowthroats. 
   We walked into “The Meadow” and found some Empidonax flycatchers. The birds hung around long enough for us to study with our Sibley guide. But we still couldn’t make any decisions, since the birds weren’t calling. My guess is that they were Willow Flycatchers. We then walked back to the CI Traffic Circle and checked the waters near Turtle Cove. Above us was a an Osprey and a Red-tailed Hawk, all in one binocular view. There was a nice flock of Goldfinch, some Semi -palmated Sandpipers, a few Yellowlegs and two pairs of Killdeer.  Of course there were Great and Snowy Egrets and Cormorants flying over.
   Then we got into our cars and headed over to the southern zone of the park. On the way over to the landfill we had some nice looks at a Kingbird and Jane found a warbler who flew too quickly for us to identify. Dennis, who had come all the way from Brooklyn, was trying for a Northern Harrier or possibly a Kestrel. We waited and suddenly we spied a lone Kestrel sitting on a iron fence post. That was nice. Felling tired and satisfied after five hours of a spectacularly beautiful and “birdy” day, we decided to go home.

L to R: Celia, Oliver, Cathy and Dennis. Jane joined us later on in the morning.

Left: SemiPalmated Sandpiper on the mud.

Above: Lesser Yellowlegs




American Goldfinch. There was a flock at Turtle Cove.

Species Account

Pine Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

American Redstart (Several)

Common Yellowthroat (Several)

Downy Woodpecker (Several)

Empidonax Flycatcher sp. (4)

Snowy Egret (Several)

Great Egret (Several)

Northern Mockingbird (4)

Common Grackle (2)


Osprey (2 overhead)

Red-tailed Hawk

Mourning Dove (6)

Semi-palmated Sandpipers (several)

Lesser Yellowlegs (2)

Killdeer (4)

Double crested Cormorant (2 flyover)

Eastern Kingbird (2)

American Kestrel

Black-capped Chickadees (flock)

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