Tuesday, April 26, 2005

South Winds

After my early morning physical therapy session I took a walk through Prospect Park. I was optimistic that last night's south winds helped carry large numbers of migrant songbirds into the park. Other than increased numbers of Blue-headed Vireos, the quantity and variety of bird species hadn't dramatically changed. I did manage to add two new species to my year list; Warbling Vireo and Purple Finch. Maybe tomorrow the weather will help transport more of our feathered friends on their way to their northern breeding grounds...

More Redbud

(Photo credit - Rob J)

Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)

Seen feeding behind the Music Pagoda (thanks Elyse)
(Photo credit - Rob J)

Tulips

The garden in front of the Litchfield Villa
(Photo credit - Rob J)

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Prospect Park, 4/26/2005
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Double-crested Cormorant (Approx 20 in several flyovers.)
Great Egret (Upper Pool.)
Wood Duck (Drake & hen, Upper Pool.)
Spotted Sandpiper (Prospect Lake.)
Ring-billed Gull
Chimney Swift
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo (approx. 15-20, various.)
Warbling Vireo (Singing in sycamores at Music Grove.)
Tree Swallow (A few over lake.)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1, Upper Pool.)
Barn Swallow (~20, over Prospect Lake.)
House Wren (1, Peninsula. 1, Ravine.)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Fairly common.)
Hermit Thrush (Common.)
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher (Lullwater.)
Blue-winged Warbler (Ravine.)
Northern Parula (Lullwater.)
Yellow Warbler (Upper Pool.)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Abundant.)
Pine Warbler (1, Lullwater. 3, Peninsula.)
Prairie Warbler (Ravine.)
Palm Warbler (Fairly common.)
Black-and-white Warbler (~8 - 10.)
Eastern Towhee (2 or 3.)
Chipping Sparrow (8, Nellie's Lawn.)
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (1, Ravine.)
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Purple Finch (Behind the Music Pagoda.)

Other resident species seen (or heard):
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, American Black Duck, Mallard, Herring Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow

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