Birders worth their salt will tell you that they were preparing in the closing winter stages, studying plumage and the songs of these fast moving birds that often tend to stay high in tree canopies. And speaking of tree canopies, with the warm weather, trees have leafed out much faster than many would have liked. This is where knowing the songs or chip notes will enable a birder to zero in on location and species. It is not easy and no amount of gadgets will substitute for empirical observation in the field. Here are some photos highlighting some of the fantastic birds seen over the past week as I did a bit of ground and pound in Manhattan, Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn.
Tags: Eastern Willets, Wilson's Phalarope, Kentucky Warbler