Over by the railroad tracks, the songs of Indigo Buntings and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks alerted us to their presence. Another birder, Peter Reisfeld, joined us making a group of 6; we continued working our way on the northern segment of the bridal path loop located just east of the “Big Gully”. We had stopped to work over some warblers that were high up in the canopy, when I got a fleeting look at a bird whose sides showed white with streaks. My mind stumbled over possible candidates as I tried to track its movements. While the lighting was poor, I ruled out Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia, but was not entirely sure as the look was very brief. What the heck was it then? The bird was way back in the canopy and stayed out of sight for a bit, but I did not give up trying to track the obscured movements behind leaves. Suddenly, the bird shifted and showed another angle, as it poked its head out from behind some leaves. Guys, I think I have a got a “Yellow-throated Warbler” Dendroica dominica, I managed to blurt out. Then I lost the bird in the canopy.
|Rich, Al, Peter, Mike and hidden is Doug.|
I was pretty pumped up. This was a bird I had dipped on last year and finally this year I had gotten my first of the state in Staten Island and now my second, but more importantly, this one was in Queens, my home county. Everyone was ecstatic! Birder, Tom Burke had found a Yellow-throated Warbler about a week ago in Forest Park and someone (not sure who it was) had seen one the day before during the Queens Bird Club Big Day event in Forest Park. We had not given it any thought as to finding one and here we were enjoying our looks - talk about luck. Our group continued birding, but soon parted ways. I was feeling lucky and so decided to continue birding with Peter and Doug. We picked up additional birds including a non singing Worm-eating Warbler. Peter soon left and Doug and I headed to Jamaica Bay. At Jamaica Bay, we did not find the Kentucky Warbler that some of us had on Thursday and so we decided to head out to Jones Beach LI. It was at Jones Beach, that Doug and I had our second rare bird of the day - more on that in another post.
Tags: Forest Park Queens NY, Yellow-throated Warbler