This is odd as we’ve been seeing floods of indigo and cape mays here in Brooklyn. In Greenwood Cemetery two days ago/ it felt like five or more in every other tree. This morning had indigo buntings in cadman plaza, which is in downtown Brooklyn.
Interesting... Please excuse my brevity. Sent from my iPhone > On May 12, 2020, at 7:52 PM, David Nicosia <daven102...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > All, > > This spring season is the slowest evolving migration season that I can > remember in a long time in Broome Co. (20 years at least). I basically am > seeing the same warbler species that I had May 2-3: Black-throated blues, > greens, blackburnian, ovenbird, nashville, northern and louisiana > waterthrush, black and white, palm, prairie, yellow-rumped, blue-winged, > yellow, chestnut-sided, northern parula and american redstarts. These > species arrived between May 1-5 and are still around and in most cases really > good numbers I am happy to say. Many of them are on their breeding grounds > now too. Yesterday, May 11th, I had 102 species of birds in Broome County > with no new neotropical migrants which is crazy! I also had 102 species on > May 3rd many of the same species! > > Still lacking (or very scarce) in Broome Co. are: cape may, bay-breasted, > tennessee, hooded, magnolia, canada, wilson's, mourning and of course > blackpoll warblers. I still am not seeing very many indigo buntings yet, just > a few here and there. I have yet to get a scarlet tanager although there are > a few reports here and there in Broome co. Also lacking or very scarce are > red-eyed vireos. I have yet to get one with a few reports trickling in > sporadically from others. On the other hand, blue-headed vireos are very > common this year in Broome Co. Is it because they are not be drowned out by > the red-eyed vireo's incessant singing? > > I have been off since May 2nd on my annual birding vacation and its like the > "groundhog day" of birding: same species different day. But it has been a lot > of fun with such great species that we have! I have seen and really enjoyed > blackburnian, black-throated blues and greens, prairie and others numerous > times with great views. I can't complain about that! Today I had a close > encounter with a blackburnian warbler. The bird was foraging fairly low in a > norway spruce tree at Greenwood Park in Broome co. I was very still and the > bird came within about 6 feet of me. It was neat watching the warbler, naked > eye, forage and finding small insects to eat on a windy and bitter cold day. > It was 38F with winds gusting to 25 mph at least. The bird was also singing > occasionally and didn't seem to care about the brutally cold conditions. With > the lack of leaves on the trees, I have gotten spectacular views of many of > these warbler species which often is not the case as leaves unfold fast in > more normal Mays. > > After today May 12th, conditions in upstate NY are going to change. Warmer > weather is on the way and yes we are going to see southerly winds especially > Wednesday night and Thursday night and a few days next week. I think migrants > are going to arrive fast and furious so expect a very active period from May > 14-21 and even beyond for our beloved neotropical migrants. I have noticed > that our shorebird species are arriving pretty much on-time and not really > affected by the cold May. In any event, the next week to 10 days, I predict > is going to be a lot of fun. I hope you can get out and enjoy the finest time > of the year!! > > Best, > Dave Nicosia > -- > NYSbirds-L List Info: > Welcome and Basics > Rules and Information > Subscribe, Configuration and Leave > Archives: > The Mail Archive > Surfbirds > ABA > Please submit your observations to eBird! > -- -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --