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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Orange-crowned Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler (click to enlarge)

(Photo credit - Sean Sime)

Savannah Sparrow

(Photo credit - Sean Sime)

Sean and I took advantage of a brief break in our work to rush out to Kissena Park, in Queens, to try and locate a reported Orange-crowned Warbler. Thanks to Jean Loscalzo’s excellent directions we were able to locate the warbler without a problem. It was found foraging for insects in the company of a Nashville Warbler within a pair of locust trees. The time was approximately 2:15pm. The addition of the orange-crowned to my year list makes this the first time that I've seen all the expected northeastern wood-warblers in one year. Thankfully we managed to get to the park, find the bird and head back to Brooklyn before the cloudburst.

Also of note was an abundance of Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers. Along the weedy edges of the baseball fields was a nice assortment of sparrows. As we were leaving we spotted a kestrel flying over the field clutching a small passerine in his talons. It didn’t look like an Orange-crowned Warbler.

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Kissena Park, 10/11/2006
Red-tailed Hawk (3, flying low over velodrome.)
American Kestrel (Flying over baseball field with prey.)
Ring-necked Pheasant
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Gray Catbird
Orange-crowned Warbler (Feeding in locusts near sidewalk north of velodrome.)
Nashville Warbler (Feeding with orange-crown.)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Abundant.)
Palm Warbler (Abundant.)
Chipping Sparrow (Approx. 20.)
Field Sparrow (2.)
Savannah Sparrow (Several.)
Swamp Sparrow (Several.)
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow (1.)
Baltimore Oriole (1.)

Other common species seen (or heard):
Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow

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