It's been a 'bitty' Spring with little time off but a few good days here and there. Slowly filling out the year list though and adding a few decent species here and there.
Saturday, May 3rd
Had a choice to make today - chase a (lifer) SMITH'S LONGSPUR in Connecticut or an ABA bird BAR-TAILED GODWIT in New Jersey. I chose wrong. Spent a pleasant few hours watching robins and song sparrows on a soccer field in Connecticut, but the Longspur was long gone. Running errands on Long Island later, I was at least able to add a couple of Blue Grosbeaks - small consolation but a good bird nevertheless.
|Blue Grosbeak - Robert Moses SP, Suffolk County, NY|
So after a birdless day in Central Park on Saturday I decided to go North and chase the warblers on their breeding grounds .... and I was very glad I did. Ended the day in Putnam, Orange, and Rockland Counties with 21 species of warblers including Golden-winged, Tennessee, Hooded, Cerulean and Kentucky Warblers. Hit Doodletown Road, Sterling Forest State Park and a side trip to Blue Chips Farm where I dipped Upland Sandpiper. In addition to the warblers I got a WOOD TURTLE a Box Turtle and some lizards. Very nice day out in the country.
|Bear Mountain State Park|
|Worm-eating Warbler (above) and Hooded Warbler (below)|
Once again though I managed to miss the best non birds seen that day. Others saw a TIMBER RATTLESNAKE (this is a great spot of them but I never see them) and a BLACK BEAR. One day I'll see the rattlesnakes - they are apparently always there but my timing always seems to be off. Will just have to keep going until I see one I guess.
Tuesday, May 12th
Did a Long Island run with Nathan Remold, a visiting Cornell/Chicago birder.
|Black-billed Cuckoo - Jamaica Bay|
Later stops included Dune Road in Quogue where we got Nathan's LIFER Seaside and Saltmarsh Sparrows. Took me a few stops, but I was eventually able to deliver the local amadromus .....
|Solitary Sandpiper - Jamaica Bay|