Saturday, September 13, 2014

September 13 - Whiskered Tern at Cape May

Today I saw an extremely rare bird for North America in the Whiskered Tern

1 Cape May, CAP 12-13 Jul 1993
2 Cape May, CAP 8-12 Aug 1998

Sunday, May 25, 2014

May 25 - Lord Stirling & Great Swamp

At Lord Stirling we had a Prothonotary Warbler and a very cooperative Mourning Warbler. We heard Alder Flycatcher and another Mourning Warbler

At Great Swamp Overlook we had another Alder Fly, and a flyby Sandhill Crane

Saturday, May 24, 2014

May 24 - Doodletown

Out with the regular group for a half-day so we chose Doodletown, NY which is just south of the Bear Mountain Bridge.  Today we saw 4 Kentucky Warblers, so it seems as though there are two separate breeding pairs !  It's not often that you mention a warbler before the beautiful Cerulean Warbler, however the Kentucky is rarer, as evidenced by the almost dozen Ceruleans we saw, including one female bringing food to it's nest !

Friday, May 16, 2014

May 16 - Swainson's Warbler !!

Finally, after waiting to see this bird for more than 12 years I got to see one at my local spot of Garret Mountain.
I received the Rare Bird Alert at work and immediately left to go the 15+ miles to the location.  Fortunately the bird remained there for me to enjoy for over an hour.

Credit: Jim Kuehlke

Photo: Larry Scacchetti

Monday, May 12, 2014

May 12 - Cuckoos & Nighthawk

A brief visit for one hour before work today yielded a pair of Yellow-Billed Cuckoos & a single Black-Billed Cuckoo.  A flyover Common Nighthawk eventually landed and showed quite well on it's perch.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

May 11 - Garretus Borealis

Today was another fine day, topped off with the boreal birds of Bay-Breasted, Blackpoll, Cape May, and Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher.

Today's slightly different mix of 24 warblers were: Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Blue-Winged, Black-and-White, Tennessee, Orange-Crowned, Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Bay-Breasted, Cape May, Northern Parula, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Yellow, Chestnut-Sided, Blackpoll, Black-Throated Blue, Pine, Yellow-Rumped, Prairie, Black-Throated Green, Canada, and Wilson's all being seen.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 10 - Garret Mountain hot streak continues...

The foggy conditions persisted throughout the overnight and most of this day.  The continuing Least Bittern was spotted by Jennifer and we all got some of our best looks as this bird.

The best bird of the day was the Golden-Winged Warbler that was found by Bill Elrick just past 8 o'clock this morning.  Fortunately for me the bird remained in the area for a long time and I got to see it for the first time within this park

The amazing Wood-Warbler show continued with 24 species of Ovenbird, Worm-Eating, Northern Waterthrush, Blue-Winged, the Golden-Winged, Black-and-White, Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Cape May, Northern Parula, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Yellow, Chestnut-
Sided, Blackpoll, Black-Throated Blue, Palm, Pine, Yellow-Rumped, Prairie, Black-Throated Green, Canada, and Wilson's all being seen well & with several of each.  We heard Cerulean but did not see it.

We also had a very strong candidate for Bicknell's Thrush, however the bird did not sing.

At last, I was able to see Pileated Woodpecker in this park after birding here since 2000.
So I added two Park birds today !