Back from three weeks in Asia at the start of May and checked in to see what I'd missed in New York. Turns out that migration was well underway and in fact I'd missed a good early push, so much so that when I checked where I was on the "Hot 100" for the year in New York State on eBird ... I wasn't even in the top 100. So some catching up to do ....
|Kentucky Warbler (Photo: Anders Peltomaa, used with permission)|
|White-tailed Deer and Cerulean Warbler|
Among the day trips. A very wet swing through Albany, Schoharie and Otsego Counties provided American and Least Bitterns, Virginia Rail and other marsh birds. A trip to Rockland and Orange Counties yielded Golden-winged, Cerulean and Mourning Warblers (plus a second Kentucky Warbler) and Acadian Flycatcher. Ulster County chipped in grass birds like Bobolink and Grasshopper Sparrow while Suffolk County gave me Vesper Sparrow. Queens County gave me Little Blue Heron and some shorebirds, and I was even able to pick up some county birds like my first Purple Sandpipers for New York County. The tapestry of a Spring Migration year list slowly coming together.
|Bobolink and Grasshopper Sparrow|
So after the craziness, back to a more stable routine. This morning I got up at 5am and went to the gym, ignoring reports of Bicknell's Thrushes (which I never see anyway). Feeling like I'm pretty much caught up now so I can focus on rarities and travel and don't need to be running around quite so much.