Sunday, April 17, 2011

Its on - Early Warbler Migration...

Prothonotary Warbler at the New York Botanical Gardens
In the last week, New York City, has seen a number of early Warblers moving through the area.  Yellow-throated and Prothonotary Warblers have been the top billing so far.  At least 4 Yellow-throated Warblers (Dendroica dominica) have been reported in several notable birding hotspots.  April 10th, at Prospect Park Brooklyn, birder Eddie Davis, found a Yellow-throated Warbler.  The bird was seen by many and stuck around for a few days.  On April 12th, in Staten Island, Professor Richard Veit, found a Yellow-throated Warbler at Wolfe's Pond. The very next day in Alley Pond Park Queens, a Yellow-throated Warbler was heard and seen by Queens County Bird Club member, Erik Miller. Unfortunately, no one else was able to see the bird and it was not re-found. and lastly on April 14th, veteran birder Bobby Kurtz found yet another Yellow-throated Warbler at Hempstead Lake (Nassau county),which was seen for a few times in the morning and then was never re-found.  I never got on any of these YTW, so this bird remains elusive for me as a state bird.  This past Thursday, another very good warbler showed up, this time in the Bronx, at the New York Botanical Gardens.  A Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea), which was apparently photographed by a visiting photographer.  I was able to see this bird on Saturday after my Van Courtlandt bird walk and got great looks.  With these early treats, NYC birders are hoping for more goodies.  Here are a few warblers that I was able get decent photos of so far during this spring migration.

Black-and-white Warbler

Pine Warbler

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7 comments:

MikeyBoy50 said...

Great shots Andrew,

It will keep me hoping until they come around here...

Love that Black-and-white Warbler pic.

eileeninmd said...

Great photos, I hope they are not moving too fast. I still want to see some of them.

BIRDINGDUDE said...

@MikeyBoy50 - thanks Mike. I had to work a bit for that shot of the Black-and-white Warbler. They are fast and very active, so I was lucky to get off a shot :)

BIRDINGDUDE said...

@Eileen - Thanks for the nice comment! I am sure you will be getting them soon :)

BirdGalAlcatraz said...

Wonderful, Andrew. For all the colorful warblers, the Blac-and-white Warbler remains my favorite. Such a classy little bird. Glad to see this pic!

Cynthia White said...

Wow! Love this post:)

Sharon M said...

Beautiful shots!