I was out of town last weekend, but did manage to get out for a bit this week. South winds and warm weather helped advance the North-bound migration and we saw the arrival of several more species.
As Golden-crowned Kinglet numbers continue to increase, they have been joined by lower quantities of the related Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
A non-warbler species which has begun dropping into our city parks and backyards this week is the Hermit Thrush. While their numbers are still relatively low, they have definitely increased from the few that managed to overwinter this year.
The winds this weekend won't be optimal for large numbers of North-bound birds, with mostly North or Northwest winds forecast. There will be several hours of South winds predicted for Saturday afternoon into the evening, so perhaps Sunday will be the better day to search for birds.
Below is my species list from this week. The species in all caps are migrants that have either made their first appearance around Brooklyn this Spring or whose abundance has noticeably increased.
Date Range: Apr 8, 2013 - Apr 14, 2013
Locations: Prospect Park
Great Blue Heron
American Tree Sparrow
Other common species seen (or heard):
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, American Black Duck, Mallard, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, American Robin, European Starling, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow