Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Early Olive-Sided Flycatcher

Fall migration has been a bit earlier than last year. I've had several warblers--both Waterthrushes, Black-and-White, Parula, Yellow, Redstart--and there's been reports of others, notably Worm-Eating. Last year was all Northern Waterthrush until this point in August.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Olive-Sided Flycatcher, Azalea Pond
big flycatcher on top of a tall bare branch, that's our bird!

And yesterday, a nice young man named Adrian Burke pointed me at an Olive-sided Flycatcher! It was on the tall snag at the southeast corner of Azalea Pond, where Olive-sideds like to perch when they come through, and it's the earliest Fall record in eBird for the species in Manhattan that I can see.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Olive-Sided Flycatcher, Azalea Pond
not a great shot, but  tufts of white feathers on the back is a good mark for Olive-sided

Keep watching the skies. And the trees. And the shoreline.

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