18 April 2012: Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Starr had a first-of-season Red-eyed Vireo in an oak tree at the northern end of Maintenance Meadow, directly across from the restrooms.

One of our regular group members, Karen, spotted a female Wood Duck perched high in a tree in the  Ramble south of Azalea Pond. Though most people see this duck while it is swimming (a pair of them was seen throughout the winter and early spring on the 59th Street Pond), the Wood Duck, as its name implies, prefers to nest in tree cavities or nest boxes in wooded areas near water. It also has an unusual feature for a duck: sharp claws that help it perch in trees.

We had 41 species today. The only warbler seen in large numbers was the Yellow-rumped Warbler, though there were also scattered Palm Warblers.