Some of Starr’s longtime bird walk members showed up on a sunny morning in and around the Ramble for a walk sponsored by Peter Dorosh and the Brooklyn Bird Club. Starr was honored with a memorial plaque from the BBC. Starr’s co-leader Lenore Swenson also joined the group and helped us find some good birds.
Overall species and individual bird counts were extremely low for this time of year, as has been the case for the last week. Weather patterns appear to be discouraging migration through our area.
Highlights of the walk were:
- Great Egret (flyover)
- Osprey (flyover, Strawberry Fields)
- Chimney Swift
- Blue-headed Vireo
- Red-eyed Vireo
- Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
- Northern Waterthrush (the Oven)
- Black-and-white Warbler (at least 5)
- HOODED WARBLER (male, Strawberry Fields)
- Northern Parula (at least 5, mostly heard)
- Yellow Warbler (Maintenance Meadow)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (heard in Tupelo Meadow)
We also saw a text alert that Alex Hale, who was a close friend of Starr and had birded with her often, found — fittingly — a Cerulean Warbler along the Loch in the North End.
— David Barrett