Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fledglings and migrants

By now, many of the birds nesting in Central Park have finished raising their young (some, like the Robins are on their second or third brood, in case you were wondering why there are so many Robins in the world). I've been seeing the inevitable young Grackles, Starlings, Cardinals, Mallards, and so on, and also young Orioles, Waxwings, and this charming little Warbling Vireo:

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Warbling Vireo juvenile, Central Park
baby Warbling Vireo, in the big willow at the Upper Lobe

There were some Cardinal juveniles around as well, chasing about and begging food from any bird in the area, including each other and the little Vireo.

A few days before that, I saw one of the parent Vireos in the same spot:

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Warbling Vireo, Central Park
adult Warbling Vireo, in the big willow at the Upper Lobe

Warbling Vireos are usually quite hard to get a good photo of, so I was happy to see this one being so cooperative.

Migrants continue to move through. On the rumors-of-warblers front, a Cerulean (adult male!) was reported around the Upper Lobe on Sunday, and a Prothonotary on saturday at the Point. These were unfortunately not refound. There have been several reports of Worm-Eating Warblers. Elena and I had a Canada Warbler on Saturday at Azalea Pond, a bit early, and of course Black-And-White Warblers, American Redstarts, and Northern Waterthrushes are in.

Also on Saturday, we had the Olive-Sided Flycatcher at Azalea Pond again, and a Great Crested Flycatcher near bank Rock Bridge.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Great Crested Flycatcher, Central Park
Goodness Gracious, Great Crested Flycatcher!

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