New Neo-tropical Migrants
Neo-tropical migrants were moving through the area last night in record numbers! This morning I saw on the list serv many more warbler “first of the year” sightings for April than I can ever remember reading! I figured this was an opportunity to report some of my recent first of the years to all my blogging friends!!
Last Thursday while driving through Allegany State Park I found a Brown Thrasher sitting up in a tree! Was in a hurry and didn’t get a good look but on Friday found the bird sitting in the same spot! Sure enough (CHECK) . . . first for 2009 Thrasher! Later in the evening produced my first of the year Chimney Swift (CHECK) flying over head! It is sure starting to feel like summer!
We headed out to Ripley Hawk Watch yesterday and although I didn’t get any first of the year raptors . . . . I did find a Barn Swallow (CHECK) and then Tim pointed out a Purple Martin(CHECK) . . . . both of which were flying around the parking-lot!
While rolling over in bed this morning, I could hear the song of the White-crowned Sparrow (CHECK) doing its imitation “White-throated Sparrow song but too frustrated to finish the song” song!! I then took a 9am walk around Red House Lake to hear/find a few Northern Parula (CHECK) vocalizing and then a Yellow Warbler in one of the shrubs! I thought heard a Yellow Warbler yesterday morning but wasn’t 100% sure on its ID! The bird is confirmed now . . . . Yellow Warbler (CHECK)!
Around noon today I was pointing a few bird calls to Patty and said “that is a Black-throated Green” . . . . (CHECK) another lifer! Other birds were the Eastern Bluebird, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and multiple Chipping Sparrows! O wait . . . what is that down there . . . . . with a little investiagation we produced a Common Yellowthroat (CHECK)!
Awesome “almost summer” weekend we are having here in Western New York!
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