Spring Migration Walk

May 5, 2013

8:00 AM- 12:00 PM

A glorious sunny day for a walk!

So why is Peggy posing like a bird in the photo above? It’s probably because I was complaining about the lack of birds, so she became one.

In fact, we didn’t see a lot of species. What we did see were some great looks at some great birds. There were Yellow Warblers in many locations. We got good looks at colorful Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, as well as many other species. The lack of birds at this time is occurring throughout the northeast because of prevailing wing patterns. (An explanation is given on the home page.)

We gathered promptly at Rodman’s Neck at 8AM. Thankfully, nobody got lost. Some folks were coming from Queens and Brooklyn. In the City Island traffic circle we saw our first birds, a Warbling Vireo and Orchard Oriole. We entered the path that led to an area called, “The Meadow.” It was great to see that so many invasive species had been cleared by the Parks Dept. and hopefully native plants will again flourish. Back here we saw and heard Yellow Warblers. Everyone was also happy to see the nesting Tree Swallows. There were also Brown-headed Cowbirds foraging in the grass. The usual species made their appearance, there were Common Grackles, Blue Jays, Mourning Doves and a Downy Woodpecker.

Next we made a bee line for Turtle Cove. Carole spotted some distant shore birds and a Black-crowned Night Heron. The shore birds turned out to be Greater Yellowlegs but some flew and we were not able to get any good looks for ID. There was a lonesome Black Duck, a pair of Mallards, several Great and Snowy Egrets and a good looking Killdeer.

By that time we decided to not walk to Hunter Island, so we got in our cars and drove there. We walked around the entire “Island” and had some great looks at a Baltimore Oriole, Tufted Titmouse and one two other species. By that time it was approaching noon and we called it quits.

This was a totally enjoyable, social and fun morning on a beautiful, sunny, spring day!

Species Account:

Warbling Vireo (several)
Yellow Warbler (several)
Tree Swallow (nesting boxes)
Black-crowned Hight Heron
Greater Yellowlegs (5)
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Chipping Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Northern Flicker
Tufted Titmice
Gray Catbird
Brown -headed Cowbird
Red-tailed Hawk (3)
Red-winged Blackbird
Great Egret (few)
Snowy Egret (few)
Black Duck
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker (3)
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Blue Jay
Northern Mockingbird
American Robin (several)
Mourning Dove

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