Wilson’s Warbler, North End

Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla (male)

Wilson’s Warbler

Starr Saphir and Lenore Swenson’s walk in the Central Park North End had 35 species including nine warblers.

The walk began with Starr seeing the group’s first-of-season Nashville Warbler in the thicket just west of the Pond. This shy bird immediately took cover, but those who missed it should see more over the coming weeks. Elsewhere on the walk Starr heard a Yellow-rumped Warbler, also a first-of-season bird for the group.

On the way up the path to the Great Hill we heard and saw at least 20 Chimney Swifts overhead. We were also treated to views of lone American Kestrel at two points.

Storm Field, the fenced-in field on the SE side of the Great Hill, produced some good birds. Lenore found a Red-tailed Hawk perched in a tall oak tree. A Red-breasted Nuthatch called several times, yank-yank-yank. A Tennessee Warbler briefly perched for us. We heard the rattle of a Belted Kingfisher. We also got good views of a Wilson’s Warbler. These last two birds were first-of-season for us.

As dark clouds rolled in, birds became a bit harder to find. Still, our visit to the Loch brought us a Northern Waterthrush working the mud, and a Chestnut-sided Warbler in the trees.

Then we were hit with a brief but somewhat heavy shower, which, along with the darkening skies, all took as a signal that it was time to bring this walk to an end.

American Redstart continues to be the most frequently-seen warbler, but Common Yellowthroat is not too far behind, and becoming commoner.