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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)

Perched in a cherry sapling on Payne Hill
(Photo credit - Rob J)

I took a quick walk around the park late this afternoon and it looked as if the Yellow-rumped Warbler Express blew in last night. I noticed the black and yellow birds feeding on the ground and in the trees during my entire walk from the Vale of Cashmere to the Maryland Monument. At the Maryland Monument a Prothonotary Warbler zipped passed low to the ground and heading north.

Most of the park's Norway Maples are now adorned with pale, green flower clusters. Perhaps that's why my eyes have suddenly begun to itch.

Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

These flowers are just beginning to open
(Photo credit - Rob J)

-Why you shouldn't plant Norway Maples-

Redbud (Cercis canadensis) buds

(Photo credit - Rob J)

I took two photos near the Picnic House. A Redbud sapling caught my eye as it is just beginning to erupt with thousands of fuschia-red buds. Not far away, in a small patch of daffodils, I spotted a wildflower that I've never seen in the park. Thank you Mary for help with its identity.

Spring Snowflake (Leucojum Vernum)

I found this among some daffodils near the Sparrow Bowl
(Photo credit - Rob J)

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Prospect Park, 4/19/2005
Great Egret
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo
Barn Swallow
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

Other resident species seen (or heard):
Canada Goose, 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

Yellow Buckeye (Aesculus octandra)

Growing next to Vale of Cashmere ponds
(Photo credit - Rob J)

1 comment:

jnfr said...

Yellow-rumped warblers are common as dirt up in the mountains aorund here (Colorado) but I still love them

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