Other than those days when a good migration flight occurs, it is the time of the year where on some days birding could get slow. However, there are birds around as evidenced by the number of rarities being reported; plus, there are few not so rare but still good birds to get late in the season like the ones I found last week in the Bronx. After my Van Courtlandt Park walk last Saturday, I decided on continuing to bird the Bronx. My first stop was at Pelham Bay Park where after a bit of poking around I found a very cooperative Orange Crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata).
This was a first for the Bronx for me and I was pleased as it was one I was looking for. After getting a few photographs and observing the bird feeding, I scoped the cove for a bit finding both Red-throated and Common Loons. After making a few passes and counting the waterfowl, I decided to leave. On my way out, I decided to bird the same area where I had the Orange Crowned Warbler, the habitat looked promising and so I went off trail poking around. My hunch paid off; About 20 minutes into my exploration, I spotted some bird activity in the distance, they were American Robins. I got excited because they were more Robins than I had seen in awhile (yes, I still appreciate all of the common birds). Closing in on the location, I realized that they were active near a patch of Porcelain Berries.
Tags: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx NY