16 May 2012: Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Today’s walk in the Central Park Ramble produced 60 species of which 18 were warblers — a very good morning!

Overnight rain that ended briefly before the walk may have helped us see more birds by pushing back the feeding schedule. Humidity near 100%, no wind, and temperatures in the high 60s also made for great birding conditions.

Among the warblers, the most frequently-seen today were Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue, American Redstart, Magnolia,  Blackpoll, and Common Yellowthroat.

Early in the walk the Humming Tombstone area proved most productive, with the trees around it holding many Parulas and others.

As were exited the Ramble and walked up the paved path to to the Castle steps, Starr saw a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher being chased out of the tree on the west side of the path, a first-of-season bird.

Near the end of the walk all heard a Tennessee Warbler singing loudly and often in a tree near the Rustic Shelter. The dense leaf coverage made getting a glimpse of the bird extremely difficult.

It was another good day for hearing and seeing Baltimore Oriole, particularly females.

Highlights: (* means first-of-season)

  • Eastern Wood-Pewee (Humming Tombstone)
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher* (SW of Castle, Ramble border)
  • Eastern Kingbird (Turtle Pond)
  • Red-eyed Vireo (two good views in Ramble)
  • Cedar Waxwing (many in Maintenance Meadow and Azalea)
  • Tennessee Warbler (Rustic Shelter)
  • Nashville Warbler (Point)
  • Blackburnian Warbler (Humming Tombstone)
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler (SW of Castle, Ramble border)
  • Canada Warbler (east of Rustic Shelter)
  • Wilson’s Warbler (Upper Lobe)
  • Orchard Oriole (heard, NW of Hernshead)
  • Baltimore Oriole (many)