16 April 2012: Prairie Warbler at Azalea Pond

Prairie Warbler/Dendroica discolor

Prairie Warbler

After the first two nights of southerly winds in over two weeks, we would have expected an exceptional migration day. It turned out to be just an average day, but we still had 41 total species.

At 9:45 we responded to a text message alert from Anders Peltomaa who had spotted a Prairie Warbler at Azalea Pond. We arrived on the scene quickly and within a few minutes the bird reappeared, perching on the fence and then on the ground, giving good closeup views to all. This is the first Prairie Warbler reported in Central Park for the season, and naturally is also the first for our walks — and our best bird of the day. We thank Anders for the timely alert.

We also had our first-of-season Brown Thrasher in the Ramble.

Highlights:

Prairie Warbler (Azalea Pond)

Blue-headed Vireo (3, Turtle Pond and Azalea Pond, excellent views)

Pine Warbler (3)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (15+, seen everywhere)

Palm Warbler (6)

Brown Thrasher

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