Sunday, April 19, 2015

Right back at you

The pace of migration is picking up. In Central Park, many Pine, Palm, and Yellow-Rumped Warblers continue, some singing. There's been some reports of Blue-headed Vireos, and I saw my first Black-and-White Warbler on Sunday. The day's highlight, though, was this very late Pine Siskin at the Evodia feeders.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Pine Sisking, Evodia,  Central Park

With the warming weather, the birds are all quite busy, and I've gotten very good looks at some. This White-Breasted Nuthatch has been around Laupot Bridge all winter, and still seems to have a lot of food stashed in the bridge posts.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; White-Breasted Nuthatch, Laupot Bridge

He was making curious little grumbling sounds as he worked around the area, on occasionally giving out the typical brash "henk! henk!" call Nuthatches are known for.

The cardinals in Central Park tend to be quite tame, and will often get up close to people, like this one:

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Northern Cardinal, Central Park

And why not? People sometimes have peanuts and stuff.

Nesting season is already starting for some resident birds. I've seen some Robins on nests, and others gathering nesting material.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; American Robin with nesting material, Central Park

Cardinals and Grackles have been carrying around nesting material as well.

I've seen all three of the common swallow species (Barn, Tree, and Northern Rough-Winged) at Turtle Pond in the last week, and a bunch of cormorants has been hanging out there as well.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Double-Crested Cormorant, Turtle Pond

Sometimes you can see why the Cormorant is called the devil's bird.

Some species have already passed through. The Fox Sparrows are gone. and the bulk of the Song Sparrows and Juncos as well. White-Throated Sparrows are still plentiful at the moment.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; White-Throated Sparrow, Central Park

They'll be moving on soon, but I'm enjoying them while they're still here.

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