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.