I was at the Swan Pond at Stewart Park starting about 1:40pm as a fairly 
substantial rain shower was tapering off. 

There were lots of Barn Swallows (I saw 9 perched together during a lull) and 
several Northern Rough-winged Swallows (I saw 4 perched together), and at least 
1 male and one female Tree Swallow.

I did not manage to count the Yellow-rumped Warblers, who were doing a lot of 
flycatching over the pond, but I’m guessing there were at least 10. Nor did I 
manage to count the less conspicuous Palm Warblers, but I think there were at 
least 4, and they also did some flycatching. I was surprised not to find the 
Yellow Warbler I saw there a couple days ago, which I had assumed was on its 
territory there. Maybe it gave up for awhile. 

There was also an Eastern Phoebe and my first-of-year Eastern Kingbird 
flycatching over the pond. 

I agree, it was busy, and beautiful to watch. I stayed there for over an hour. 

- - Dave Nutter

> On Apr 28, 2018, at 9:13 PM, Sandy Wold <sandra.w...@gmail.com> wrote:
> This morning 8:30-10am I saw so many birds in my loop through Renwick Woods 
> to the Swan Pond and then through the Golf Course.  
> Here are the highlights and many FOYs for me:
> --flicker kek-kek-keking incessantly near the top of a tree near a snag.  I 
> think it was a she (no mustache)
> --I estimate that there were at least 12 Golden-rumped Warblers.  They were 
> all sitting around the main pond on shrubs or up in trees darting out to snag 
> a bug over the water and back.  This was happening so fast, I could not 
> accurately count them.  The loud music and yelling over with the crew team 
> did not seem to affect them or their calling.
> --By 9:30am, I noticed a second warbler, the Yellow Warbler!  They had more 
> of a swallow-like insect hunting behavior.  At times I thought I saw a third 
> species of warbler and other species of swallow, and then they disappeared.  
> I thought I heard a flycatcher a few times, but never saw it.  The swallows 
> showed up soon thereafter, and I think they sound slightly different.
> --Then by 10am, a huge swarm of swallows arrived, about 30!  They were all 
> over the pond zipping back and forth.  I watched to see if the GRWs stopped.  
> They seemed to break for a minute or two, but then they went back at it.  It 
> was quite the choreography, and they seemed to operate at different heights 
> above the pond. I definitely saw Barn Swallows and think I may have seen one 
> of the other kinds.
> ---As all of this was going on, the bull frogs started up.
> --As I walked across the golf course, the tree frog went at it.
> --Heard but not seen: Kingfisher, Song Sparrow, American Redstart
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