Tuesday, May 27, 2008

May 17 - Garret Mountain

A new species, of recent days regulars, is a Great Egret that was on the pond this morning.

Later a Peregrine Falcon flew through the park. Least Flycatcher and Phoebe were seen again after a short spell where I did not see them daily. And a new thrush was in the park today, in the form of Gray-Cheeked. Of all the other thrushes, I always remark how confiding the Gray-Cheeked is. The other thrushes seem to flush farther and quicker than this cold colored bird . In fact, many times the bird just moves a meter or two, and rarely getting more than a few feet of altitude.
credit: martinreid.com

The 14 species of warbler were: Parula, Yellow, Chestnut-Sided, Magnolia, BT Blue, Yellow-Rumped, BT Green, Blackpoll, B & W, Redstart, Ovenvird, N. Waterthrush, a nice look at Mourning Warbler (which happens to be a species I missed last year because I was out of town during their main migration period), Common Yellowthroat, and Canada.

A pair of Lincoln's Sparrows put in an appearance below the white birches, near the Basketball Courts. A lone Swamp Sparrow was seen, and both Orioles gave me wonderful hues to enjoy.