Today, I could have saved myself some time and just visited a corner in Green-Wood Cemetery, I birded mostly at my favorite tree (which I learned is an European Birch), that is surrounded by a japanese maple, a pin oak, and many azalea bushes near-by. In the one tree, I had 17 species of warbler plus scarlet tanager, chipping sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Swainson's thrush, and Red-eyed Vireo also in (or under). Here is my list that mostly is from under the birch tree.
Then in an unexpected chase, I joined some fellow birders, escaped to Prospect to find the earlier reported least bittern. Not too shabby!
In this weekend I got 4 life birds, the Nashville, Canada, & Mourning Warblers, plus the Least Bittern!
|I do not know what I have done to my camera's setting, but I warn, my photos are below sub-par. I am personally not too happy with them, but that's not what the day was really about. Here is a blurd, a rose-breasted grosbeak.|
|A great-crested flycatcher way high up. I liked forest park, it felt very "wild." But man, the trees were tall and the birds were high. Lots of neck straining.|
|A bay breasted warbler, high, and blurry.|
|More blurry bay-breasted.|
|Side view of the bay breasted.|
|A low look at the Cape May Warbler, right over my head.|
|A singing Nashville Warbler|
|A meh photo of the Nashville warbler. But the best I got of the 30 or so that I took.|
|A robin collects some bounty.|
|A catbird hiding in some shrubbery.|
|A low magnolia warbler, eye level in a young tree.|
|The ground was crawling with birds! Especially when I got to the birch tree, which had 10-12 oven birds, a N. water thrush, when I first arrived, a Swainson's thrush, and a chipping sparrow.|
|My sub-par photos but, identifiable of the Mourning Warbler.|
|He is little and quick and backlit, and I am not really a skilled photographer. I was looking for the Canada warbler and came upon him instead!|
|The Least Bittern, high up in a tree. Much smaller than I expected and really not easy to see, pretty well camouflaged on such a day!|