With the helpful guidance of many of you who responded to my query, I was able to bird Howland Island on Thursday, after a stop to see the prothonotary warbler at Armitage Road (a lifer! Yay!). I did not see the same numbers of warblers that had been reported a few days earlier (no Cape Mays, for example), but saw many exciting birds, including 3 ceruleans (and heard at least seven others that I couldn’t spot), 1 blackburnian, 1 magnolia, dozens of redstarts and yellow warblers, warbling (2), yellow-throated (1) and red-eyed (1) vireos, Baltimore orioles (3), rose-breasted grosbeaks (2), tree swallows (4), eastern bluebird (1), indigo bunting (1), and great crested flycatcher (2).
A few instructions for those who haven’t been to the area and are interested in seeing ceruleans, in particular. I parked by the Howland Island Road bridge, then walked over and took the first path/road on the right. This path leads first to Lost Pond, where I heard the first two ceruleans. I kept going, always staying to the right (per the instructions in “Birding the Cayuga Lake Basin”). I spotted the first cerulean with the help of Katherine Graham and Kathleen Sheffield (?), high up in the treetops. Most of the ceruleans seemed to be quite high up, and it was often difficult to spot them. They move around a lot, often from tree to tree, even more so than other warblers, it seemed. Keep looking up and listening for their song. I finally got my best view up by wood duck lake, when one of the ceruleans flew to a tree right over the path. The guidebook indicates that you will eventually see a sign for “Wood Duck Way,” at which you should turn left. I missed the sign, and am not sure if it’s still there. I used google maps to check my location, and ended up doing a slightly longer loop by heading up toward Cook Lake, then made a left on the grassy track heading south toward the Howland Island bridge. This is a more open path, where I saw the bluebird and nesting tree sparrows (these are also in full view by the Howland Island bridge). By that time it was close to mid-day, and i didn’t hear any ceruleans on this stretch. Thank you to everyone who provided helpful advice! Best, Sandra Sandra Babcock slb...@cornell.edu Sent from my Ipad -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --